Archive of: Coastal Journal

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Halibut bodies to meet amid growing bycatch concerns January Issue 2 2015

Halibut bodies to meet amid growing bycatch concerns

Few fish have to swim through more red tape than the Pacific halibut. Halibut has been governed by two regulatory bodies for more than 40 years, and 2015 will hopefully see an increase in mutual understanding between the two, as well as a welcome public display of cooperation.

Chinook research funding a casualty of Walker budget cuts January Issue 2 2015

Chinook research funding a casualty of Walker budget cuts

Gov. Bill Walker’s plans for Alaska involve a lot of budget cutting, and a vital research project for king salmon is on the slab. As petroleum prices dive and Alaska finances look grim, the Chinook Salmon Research Initiative is one of many items Walker cut from former Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed capital budget, potentially halting several ongoing programs and complicating an Alaska fishery regulatory item.

October Issue 4 2014

Crab quotas up; illegal fishing still an issue

Crab quotas are up this year, but the fleet remains concerned about the fishery outlook as they wait for action from the U.S. government on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Quota for Bering Sea snow crab, Bristol Bay red king crab and Bering Sea tanner crab all increased for the 2014-15 fisheries compared to the prior year, and the St. Matthew Island section blue king crab fishery will open this year, unlike last.

Pricey reds rank Cook Inlet salmon value third-best in 10 years October Issue 4 2014

Pricey reds rank Cook Inlet salmon value third-best in 10 years

KENAI — If measured in sheer volume of fish, the Upper Cook Inlet commercial harvest of salmon was low: preliminary Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates show it at about 20 percent less than the 10-year average harvest. But, when the $2.25 price per pound for sockeye is factored in, the ex-vessel value of the 2014 harvest was high at $35 million — making it the second year in a row that Cook Inlet commercial harvesters have seen lower-than-average harvests with higher-than-average values. Last year, the commercial harvest in Upper Cook Inlet was valued at just more than $39 million, ranking it as the eighth-highest ex-vessel value since 1960, according to Fish and Game data. This year, commercial fishermen made just more than $35 million, coming in at the ninth-highest ex-vessel value since 1960 and the third-best in the last 10 years.

Feds, public weigh in on state’s Susitna hydro studies October Issue 4 2014

Feds, public weigh in on state’s Susitna hydro studies

A proposed hydroproject on the Susitna River is the impetus for substantial fisheries research, but state and federal interests have disagreed on components of the first year of work. The Alaska Energy Authority held a meeting on the fisheries studies Oct. 15, and provided an opportunity for federal scientists and members of the public to comment on the work that has been done so far, and what is planned for the second year of studies.

Mixed start for kings as salmon runs begin around state June Issue 4 2014

Mixed start for kings as salmon runs begin around state

In downtown Anchorage, fishers at Ship Creek are enjoying one of the state’s stronger king returns.

June Issue 4 2014

Bering Straits Native Corp. seeks land for future Arctic port

The prospect of new port facilities in Western Alaska will rely heavily on Arctic oil and gas development, according to a recent Northern Economics study.

R/V Sikuliaq readies for ocean research June Issue 4 2014

R/V Sikuliaq readies for ocean research

Next summer, there’ll be a new ship docking in Dutch Harbor and Nome on its way to the Arctic.

Appeal filed in Cook Inlet fisheries management lawsuit June Issue 4 2014

Appeal filed in Cook Inlet fisheries management lawsuit

The Cook Inlet Fisherman’s Fund is appealing the court decision that upheld the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s 2013 management of Cook Inlet salmon fisheries.