Low chinook salmon runs led to a resource disaster declaration by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in September, but funding to support affected communities is still up in the air as the year comes to a close.
The European Union on Tuesday took a significant step towards protecting its threatened fish stocks when a parliamentary committee backed a series of reforms aimed at boosting fish supplies to sustainable levels by 2020.
Pollock harvesters heard good news at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Anchorage Dec. 5 to 11.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council revisited the new program that will place human observers on a wider range of vessels come January, but ultimately did not ask the National Marine Fisheries Service to make any additional changes.
Ask an Alaskan what community is home to the most commercial fishermen and they will respond Kodiak or Dutch Harbor, or maybe Petersburg or Bristol Bay.
Congressional spending cuts could smack the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute with a 40 percent reduction in future federal “Market Access Program” grants that provided more than half of the current year’s $8.58 million international promotional budget.
Chinook and chum could receive a little extra protection in federal waters when work continues on salmon bycatch efforts.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved a motion asking the National Marine Fisheries Service to include certain alternatives in its new environmental impact statement, or EIS, for efforts to protect Steller sea lions in the western Aleutian Islands.
An Alaska senator wants $15 million for tsunami debris cleanup on the West Coast included in a federal disaster relief package for states affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Halibut catch limits could be cut for the ninth year in a row.