Fisheries

Avery Lill/ KDLG

Rainbow trout are heading down from the Naknek Lake into the river to spawn, and a handful of fishermen from around Alaska are taking advantage of this short fishery.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Pacific Harvest Seafood looking to buy fall fish on a floating processor anchored at the Bethel seawall, offering a market where otherwise there will be none.

KDLG

Amidst state budget cuts, Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute, BBRSDA, and processors are looking to pool $720,000 to keep counting projects, test fisheries, surveys and ADF&G staff in place to avoid "conservative" management of world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.

Daher Jorge

The Bering Sea b​airdi crab fishery stayed closed this year for the fi​rst time in four seasons. State biologists decided there were too fe​w crab to harvest safely, but fishermen are questi​oning that call. They say they saw plentiful bairdi while crabbing for other species.

ADF&G

Now with some funding for management, Fish and Game monitoring sea ice and surface temperatures, and predicting early May arrival of state's largest herring fishery. Some 19 seiners and 16 gillnetters expected to fish, with early market signals suggesting a price in the $100-$150 per ton range.

Gavel to Gavel

Walker's nominees Reed Morisky, John Jensen, and Fritz Johnson praised in public testimony and lightly questioned by Senate Resources Committee Monday in Juneau.

AlaskaLegislature.tv/ Legislative Affairs Agency

House Joint Resolution 12 would urge Congress to enact legislation that would require genetically engineered salmon and salmon products to be prominently labeled as "genetically modified."

Most of us don't spend a lot of time thinking about what the farmed seafood we eat might itself be eating. The answer is usually an opaque diet that includes some kind of fishmeal and fish oil. Fishmeal is usually made from ground-up, bony trash fish and forage fish — like anchovy, menhaden or herring — that nobody is clamoring for, anyway.

Except researchers now say these are the very types of fish that may be more valuable to humans who eat them directly, rather than being diverted toward aquaculture and other uses.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

KUCB, Unalaska:  Three people were rescued Monday morning after their fishing vessel ran aground near Akutan Harbor.

After the U.S. Coast Guard heard reports the F/V Predator was taking on water, Petty Officer John-Paul Rios said they launched a rescue by air.

BBRSDA

Last year Gov. Walker dropped Fritz Johnson from the board for Kenai's Robert Ruffner, but Walker has put him on for another term that will begin in July if approved by Legislature.

State of Alaska

In a clunky five hour hearing to reconsider both, commissioner John Harrington called for vote, then re-vote, to see Dillingham's prior-approved annexation overturned.  The commissioners shrunk back boundaries for Manokotak to the mouths of the Igushik and Weary Rivers. Nushagak District likely to stay mostly tax free fishery for now.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Alaska Department of Fish and Game will conduct in-person household surveys in Dillingham in the coming weeks about subsistence fishing of king salmon in the Nushagak River.

KDLG

Three of five commissioners seemed to revoke support for Dillingham, Manokotak annexation plans Tuesday, granting Ekuk request for 'reconsideration' that could reverse LBC's December approval votes.

KDLG

State, federal, and international agencies have been testing Alaskan seafood for Fukushima-related radiation since 2013. No detectable levels have been found.

Dave Bendinger / KDLG

Seamless rubber boot offers updated features to "celebrate the athlete in fishermen," says Grundens USA president Mike Jackson. Can Grundens cut into XtraTufs' cornered market for fishing footwear? 

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