Scientists study steelhead for salmon's secrets

May 18, 2016
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

How do salmon find their way home? Some researchers are trying to figure out if they're following friends.

Carl Johnson

As fishermen prepare for the coming season, one newly-christened organization is looking to pay more attention to the their bottom line.


The dollar has weakened against the euro and yen, last year's wild frozen and canned inventory is moving smoothly, and an expected 6-7 percent decline in farmed Atlantic production might help drive the price for Bristol Bay's catch back up.


Icicle Seafoods has a new owner. Canadian-based Cooke Seafood announced it had signed a definitive agreement to buy Icicle’s whole operation. 

Hannah Colton/KDLG

How can boat captains protect against litigation? Get P&I insurance, says attorney Jurgen Jensen, and use a medical questionnaire to screen prospective crew. 

BOF considers change to proposal process

May 4, 2016

Given the tight state budget, the Alaska Board of Fisheries is considering a change that could expedite consideration of some proposals a little.

Molly Dischner/KDLG News

Boats aren’t the only thing that have to be prepped for the fishery. Workshops in Dillingham and Naknek this week will give fishermen a chance to get ready for the business side of fishing.

Bristol Bay commercial halibut fishery opens Sunday

Apr 29, 2016
Molly Dischner/KDLG News

The Bristol Bay commercial halibut fishery opens Sunday – but that’s not the only opportunity to catch halibut locally.

Tim Sands

Size of fish, not quota or lack of fish, will end seiners' 2016 effort. How close will they get to 20,000 by Saturday noon, and what effect will more catch have on take home price? 

Herring fishery continues as some prep for halibut

Apr 26, 2016
Molly Dischner/KDLG News

A week into a challenging Togiak herring fishery, some fishermen are ready for halibut season.

Dept. of Fish and Game

First 15 tons hauled in by one seiner Tuesday, with roe yield sampled at 15 percent. That was good news for a fleet and industry caught flatfooted by the herring's record early arrival.

BBRSDA plans to develop Bristol Bay sockeye brand

Apr 12, 2016
Mike Mason/KDLG

Coming soon, although maybe not to a grocery store near you quite yet, a Bristol Bay salmon brand.

Tikchik Narrows Lodge

A group of Western Alaska lodge operators say Alaska should be exempt from a new rule that requires 90 days of sea-service time for each body of water. 

CFEC changes up for discussion in House Resources

Apr 6, 2016

The House Resources Committee took testimony this week on the effort to restructure the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.

Committee moves on fish tax increases

Apr 6, 2016

Increased fish taxes are one step closer to reality after the House Fisheries committee moved forward with its own version of governor’s proposal this week.