State prosecutors are disputing religious protection claims by Alaska Native fishermen cited for illegal fishing who say bans on their subsistence lifestyle violate their spiritual freedoms.
The International Pacific Halibut Commission will meet in Victoria, British Columbia, Jan. 21 to Jan. 25 to set catch limits and review its management strategies.
There’s lots of movement in Alaska’s salmon permit markets, but sales of catch shares are in a stall.
Aid for communities affected by fisheries disasters is still uncertain after the House of Representatives passed a second disaster relief bill this month that didn’t include Alaska.
The U.S. House of Representatives has shut out fishermen from New England, the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska from any emergency aid in its pending disaster relief bill.
Kenai residents concerned about the increasingly popular personal use fishery on the Kenai Peninsula are calling for the city to put limits on dipnetters.
Bristol Bay fisheries will operate under some revised regulations this year.
Commercial fisheries disasters were declared after low chinook runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers in 2012, and several proposals to be considered by the Board of Fisheries will consider ways to preserve fishing opportunity for residents reliant on those fish.
Fishermen could catch a few extra sockeyes in Upper Cook Inlet waterways in 2013.
An Alaska nonprofit filed suit in U.S. Alaska District Court Dec. 21 over the new observer program set to take effect Jan. 1.