Most people don’t know that Alaska fishery managers operate 15 sonar sites on 13 rivers from Southeast to the Yukon – or that Alaska pioneered the use of sonars to track salmon. "We write these wonderful reports and we communicate with other scientists but if your user groups don’t know what you’re doing, really what good is it." Debby Burwen is a research biologist with Fish and Game’s sport fish division. For more than 40 years managers have used sonar as a tool to track salmon run strength in silty rivers where the salmon can’t be seen.
Like most subsistence fishermen on the Yukon River this summer, Charlie Wright, of Tanana, didn’t catch nearly as many king salmon as he was hoping to. With restrictions imposed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that severely limited fishing time and reduced the size of the nets fishermen could use in an attempt to get more Yukon River kings to their Canadian spawning grounds, it was all Wright and other fishermen could do to catch even a few kings.
Have you heard about the Bering Sea canyons? The Bering Sea, located between Alaska and Russia, has some of the largest submarine canyons in the world, namely the Bering, Pribilof, Zhemchug, Pervenets and Navarin canyons, which are on the eastern Bering Sea continental shelf break. Some have dubbed these the “Grand Canyons of the Bering Sea.”
A Bethel judge has ruled against some of nearly two dozen Yup'ik Eskimo fishermen cited for illegally fishing king salmon in the Kuskokwim River during a poor run last year. Several of the fishermen were found guilty Monday after their trials by judge resumed. Magistrate Bruce Ward adjourned the cases last month until he could determine whether the fishermen have a spiritual right to fish for king salmon when restrictions are in place, as they claim.
Two Bering Sea groundfish catcher-processor vessels have been accused of tampering with the scales used to weigh their harvest. As KUCB’s Stephanie Joyce reports, the alleged violations carry hefty penalties for the vessels’ parent company, American Seafoods.
A hot herring season has instead cooled, leading to slow fishing across the Kodiak archipelago. As of Monday afternoon, only about 4,000 tons of herring had been harvested from a quota of 5,410 tons. While 40 boats were registered for the fishery before its April 15 opening, only about 10 remain. The rest have gone west to the Togiak herring fishery, Alaska's largest.
The question of offshore oil and gas development has hung over Bristol Bay and the southeast Bering Sea for 35 years. Lease sales have been scheduled, fought, sold and repurchased only to be scheduled again once temporary moratoriums expired or were lifted.
Commercial fishermen in the Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery are off to a good start with nearly 5-thousand tons of herring harvested during the first 2 days of fishing. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.
It’s been more than 50 years since there were year-round permanent residents on King Island. And today, most King Island community members who now live in Nome, Fairbanks or Anchorage have never been to their homeland. But one person is raising money to bring members of her community to the island in the Bering Sea.
An Anchorage based Community Development Quota group wants a greater share of Alaska’s deep sea fisheries. The Coastal Villages Region Fund, which represents 20 villages in Western Alaska, has asked the state’s Congressional delegation to make changes in how the fisheries quotas are allocated, but critics call the plan “reckless” and say it could endanger the entire CDQ program.
A power struggle over who confirms sustainability of Alaska's wild salmon appears to be giving the state an edge, with the bulk of the 2013 harvest to be certified under a third party certification program provided by Ireland-based Global Trust.
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute announced April 16 that about 80 percent of the state's wild salmon would be available under this United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization-based Responsible Fisheries Management program.
“Icicle has worked incredibly hard in the two years since we took it over to make the Adak plant a viable operation,” said Amy Humphreys, Icicle’s new president and CEO. “We strongly support policies that encourage the development and sustainability of Alaska’s coastal communities and recognize this goal is often best achieved with a resident fishing fleet and year round seafood processing operation. However, given the questionable outlook for the Pacific cod fishery in the area and the high costs of operating in this remote location, we have decided to focus ou
As scientists from around the state and country gathered to discuss Arctic shift last week, it became clear that more questions than conclusions are available about Arctic fish populations - and where the warm winds of change will take them.
The NPFMC is taking up a proposal to create a more flexible catch shares environment for the Amendment 80 fleet. This video and computer animation explains the challenges faced by the fleet, along with proposed solutions.
Two weeks ago, a group of Bristol Bay fishermen traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with lawmakers and fight for the protection of their livelihoods and investments from a risky mega mine project, the Pebble Mine. During this time, on March 20th the CEO of the Pebble Partnership John Shively made shocking remarks at a Seattle meeting of the Northwest Fisheries Association.