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Alleged violation revolves around job title

Kelly Hepler, whose title with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is either “assistant commissioner” or “special projects coordinator,” was the subject of a Wednesday APOC hearing on several complaints that claim he should have filed a Public Official Financial Disclosure form annually from 2009-2013 and, on those forms, he should have disclosed that he had received gifts from the politically influential Soldotna-based Kenai River Sportfishing Association.

Huge Bristol Bay salmon harvest forecast for 2015

FISH FACTOR: Fishing adds jobs, salmon moves to second for US consumers

Fishermen get hands-on with marketing their harvest

Fishermen get hands-on with marketing their harvest

FISH FACTOR: Alaska ports top seafood landings list once again in 2013

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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

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

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.

Pollock, groundfish sectors battle over incidental harvests

Mixed start for kings as salmon runs begin around state

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.

 

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Alleged violation revolves around job title

Kelly Hepler, whose title with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is either “assistant commissioner” or “special projects coordinator,” was the subject of a Wednesday APOC hearing on several complaints that claim he should have filed a Public Official Financial Disclosure form annually from 2009-2013 and, on those forms, he should have disclosed that he had received gifts from the politically influential Soldotna-based Kenai River Sportfishing Association.

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Alaska pinks drive record 2013 salmon harvest

America’s wild salmon harvest set a record in 2013, contributing to a slight increase in the nation’s seafood landings.

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Bristol Bay buyback up for discussion

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Feds reject emergency bycatch cap reduction

Federal fisheries managers rejected a request for an emergency reduction to the king salmon bycatch cap in the Bering Sea.

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American Seafoods Co. to pay $1.75 million for flow scale settlement

American Seafoods Company will pay $1.75 million to settle three cases related to flow scale issues, according to an Oct. 14 announcement from the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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