Halibut scientists plan to expand the yearly Pacific stock assessments by 30 percent next summer, adding 390 survey stations to the existing 1,300 already in use from Oregon to the Bering Sea.
Discussion is just getting under way about possible changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act and federal fisheries management.
A bill extending the limited entry program for scallops is making its way through the Alaska State Senate, but not without scrutiny.
The Anchorage/MatSu region is the major population center in Alaska and the fastest growing area in Alaska.
In response to the historic sport and commercial fishery closures during 2012, justified by the smallest return of Kenai kings ever observed, the Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider changes in the management of Kenai kings at the upcoming Statewide Finfish meeting in Anchorage March 19 – 24.
The just released “Fisheries Economics of the U.S.” by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries covers the commercial and recreational fishing industries from 2002 to 2011 and is loaded with descriptive seafood industry stats by region.
In 2012 Gov. Sean Parnell stepped out for the first time ever and declared a statewide king salmon fishing disaster; enormous portions of King salmon water were closed to fishing.
What to do when the Kenai River late-run king salmon may not meet escapement is up for discussion in Anchorage, in hopes that users and managers can find a solution before the start of the 2013 fishery.
Upper Cook Inlet fishermen aren’t the only ones concerned for their future.