JUNEAU -- Lawmakers on Tuesday plan to discuss a bill that would make personal use a priority in managing state fisheries.

The bill, from Republican Sen. Bill Stoltze of Chugiak, would direct the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to prioritize state fisheries for personal use when restrictions are necessary.

JUNEAU, Alaska - A Ketchikan lawmaker is proposing that no seine vessels longer than 58 feet can fish in state salmon fisheries.

Rep. Dan Ortiz said the bill he introduced Wednesday would protect fishing and processing opportunities for Alaskans by limiting the size of boats seining for salmon.

The Chum Trollers Association said in its proposal that trollers aren’t getting their share of hatchery salmon based on a plan put in place in 1994, and that the board should direct the Northern Regional Planning Teams, the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association and Douglas Island Pink and Chum to develop a new management plan.

In the wake of the release of an independent expert engineering investigation and review into the Mount Polley mine disaster in British Columbia, a watershed-based conservation group is voicing concerns over approval of a new permit for another BC mine.

ANCHORAGE — Walmart announced on Jan. 28 the launch of an in-store brand, The Alaskan, for sale in every Alaska Walmart Supercenter and 20 Washington stores, as well as 14 additional products of wild Alaska cod, salmon, rockfish, sole and crab to its general stock.

The new items are on shelves just a couple years after Alaska seafood in Walmart stores was in jeopardy following a company plan to only stock seafood products carrying the Marine Stewardship Council certification for sustainability.

Ocean Outcomes, a new global fishery improvement organization, launched officially at the Seafood Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana, the organization said Wednesday.

Launched by the Wild Salmon Center (WSC), Ocean Outcomes – or O2 – is an international group of fishery experts who work hand-in-hand with high-risk commercial fisheries to increase the supply of sustainable seafood.

The Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center (SAVEC) has contracted with Izetta Chambers to examine the benefits of a Fisheries Business Cooperative for the Bristol Bay area’s small ‘mom and pop’ seafood processors. Due to the high cost of doing business in rural Alaska, as well as the slim profit margins on seafood products, a fisheries business cooperative would enable Bristol Bay fish business entrepreneurs the ability to compete more effectively with the larger, well-established and well-financed businesses in the region.

Alaska salmon fisheries today are the largest wild salmon fisheries in the world. But how they got there is a story of the birth of the seafood sustainability movement. This is that story.

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Dillingham will try again on the fish tax. The City Council voted last week to send an annexation petition forward to the Alaska Local Boundary Commission to annex the Nushagak River Commercial Fishing District. The annexation was adopted by a local vote in 2012 but overturned by a court ruling.