Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Say a prayer

The U.S. Coast Guard says it medevaced a man with "severe burns" from the fishing vessel Bountiful southwest of St. Paul.

Copper River salmon forecast

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting a commercial harvest this year of 771,000 sockeye salmon.

That's not great.

Driftnetters took nearly 1.3 million sockeye last year in the Copper River District.

Here's the forecast.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Vessel registration fix

State Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, has filed House Bill 185 to exempt commercial fishing boats from a 2018 law requiring they be registered with the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Troll fishery in the crosshairs

Wild Fish Conservancy, a Seattle-area conservation group, is serving notice of its intent to sue the federal government regarding "overharvest" of Chinook salmon in the Southeast Alaska troll fishery.

"It is irresponsible for NOAA to authorize this harvest in Alaska when they know it undermines efforts to restore imperiled wild Chinook populations in Washington, British Columbia, and Oregon rivers, and contributes to the starvation of endangered Southern Resident killer whales and fishing communities all along the coast," says Kurt Beardslee, the group's executive director.

More here.