On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced that disasters took place in 14 fisheries across Alaska over the last four years, and will be eligible for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration disaster declaration funding requested by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries this week amended one of its fishery management plans to now bar commercial salmon fishermen from operating in the federal waters of Cook Inlet.
Though September in Alaska can’t boast offering endless sunlight like the summer months before it, and most of the salmon that have returned to spawn are either dead or well into their mating process, the month offers ample opportunity for fishermen to catch large rainbow trout.
While Alaska's vast opportunity for sportfishing lures many anglers to the state, the number of different fishing options, techniques and regulations can be overwhelming for someone just getting into fishing.
An out-of-state seafood processor tested positive for COVID-19 in Dillingham on Friday while under a 14-day quarantine. The positive diagnosis has sparked calls for more stringent screening protocols for Bristol Bay.
As part of the CARES Act, Alaska will receive $50 million in fishery assistance. The money will be made as direct assistance to subsistence, commercial and charter fishery participants, processors and other fishery businesses.
For the first time in its 96 year history, the International Pacific Halibut Commission will be setting catch limits for halibut this week with the knowledge that the commercial fleet’s catch has been around 90 percent female, a notably higher proportion than previously thought.