Fishing

A map of the Yukon River drainage showing major and minor spawning grounds of chinook salmon. Photo courtesy of Randy Brown.

Where Are the Yukon Chinooks Headed?

by Ned Rozell- In a packed university conference room, biologist Randy Brown spoke of chinook, the fatty king of far-north salmon. “It’s more than just a fish, it’s a culture,” Brown said to the Fairbanks crowd, many of them Alaska Natives. Brown is the lead author on a paper in […]

Marine Safety Instructor Training in Seward April 24-29

Marine Safety Instructor Training in Seward April 24-29

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) is conducting a six-day Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) at AVTEC in Seward, Alaska, from April 24 to April 29, 2018. The MSIT is an intensive train-the-trainer course that prepares individuals to effectively teach cold-water survival procedures, use of marine safety equipment, and vessel […]

Sea otter eating a crab. Photo by Allison Sayer.

Fish Factor: Sea Otters, CFEC Seats, and Fish Trends

by Laine Welch- Sea otters and their devastating impacts on Southeast Alaska shellfish were among the many emotionally-charged topics at the state Board of Fisheries marathon meeting running from January 11-23 in Sitka.  The Board was set to address 153 proposals for state subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal use fisheries for the […]

Cordova Harbor. Photo by Allison Sayer.

Fish Factor: Fishing Picks and Pans of 2017

by Laine Welch- For 27 years this weekly column has featured news for and about Alaska’s commercial fishing industry. It began in 1991 in the Anchorage Daily News and now appears in more than 20 news outlets across Alaska, nationally and in the UK. Today, Alaska fishermen and processors provide 65 […]

Kodiak Fisherman To Sell From the Docks

City Council says Kodiak fishermen can sell seafood from their boats Mitch Borden/KMXT At its regular meeting last night, the Kodiak city council passed an ordinance to allow local fishermen to sell seafood on Kodiak docks. Last year, the city was given a petition asking it to revise a city […]

Bering Sea crab fisherman. Photo by Allison Sayer.

Fish Factor: Deckhand Apprenticeships, Fisheries Updates

by Laine Welch- Deckhand Apprenticeships The clamor of “take me fishing” is taking on new meaning in Alaska. Prospects for a deckhand apprenticeship program just got a big lift from a $142,000 national grant awarded to the Sitka-based Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA), and the group plans to get more boots […]

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Workshop in Homer January 13

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Workshop in Homer January 13

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop in Homer on Saturday, January 13, from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The workshop will be conducted at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, 575 Sterling Highway. This workshop is free to commercial fishermen, thanks to support from the U.S. […]