Senate draft of fisheries act begins circulating April Issue 3 2014

Senate draft of fisheries act begins circulating

The newest version of the Magnuson-Stevens Act out for discussion adds subsistence users and Tribal governments to the fisheries management law and has the potential to create new Community Development Quota in the Arctic, but it has not yet been made widely available to the public for review.

April Issue 3 2014

Data collection to begin as council moves toward Gulf ratz

Upcoming discussions on plans to rationalize the Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries will consider adaptive management and the potential for community fisheries associations.

April Issue 3 2014

New transit approved for Bay; canyon research continues

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council took final action at its April meeting in Anchorage to change the rules for vessel transit through Bristol Bay.

April Issue 3 2014

FISH FACTOR: Off-year pinks mean 2014 won’t match record salmon haul

Alaska’s total salmon catch for 2014 is projected to be down by almost half of last year’s record haul.

April Issue 3 2014

Appeal scheduled for decision to reject setnet ban initiative

Oral argument in the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance appeal of Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s decision to reject a proposed ballot initiative to ban setnetting will be held in Anchorage April 22.

April Issue 3 2014

Cook Inlet Aquaculture buys defunct Port Graham Hatchery

KENAI — Pink salmon fishing in the Lower Cook Inlet could soon be revitalized as the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association finalized its purchase of the Port Graham Hatchery on April 14 after nearly two years of planning, permitting and logistics.

April Issue 2 2014

FISH FACTOR: Kodiak seiners get first shot at pollock; fish talk in Juneau

Kodiak seiners will be scooping up pollock in their nets starting this week.

Feds give go-ahead to new Steller sea lion management April Issue 2 2014

Feds give go-ahead to new Steller sea lion management

Fishers targeting Atka mackerel, Pacific cod and pollock in the western Aleutians will likely have additional harvest opportunity next year.

April Issue 2 2014

Fisheries bills on the move as session enters closing days

As the Alaska Legislature enters its final stretch, work on fisheries issues continues.

Southeast Alaska guides prep for strong king salmon season April Issue 2 2014

Southeast Alaska guides prep for strong king salmon season

Scientists are expecting Southeast Alaska’s marine waters to fill with king salmon this summer — and fishing guides are among those angling for a boost to their businesses as a result of the strong forecasts.