National Fisherman

FAIRBANKS — Commercial fishermen experience the highest rate of occupational fatalities and second highest rate of non-fatal occupational injuries of any job in the state of Alaska, according to a bulletin released Thursday by the state Department of Epidemiology.
While attempts have been made to reduce injuries, both fatal and non-fatal, in the Alaskan fishing industry, Epidemiology states that relatively little is known about the patterns that cause the incidents.
To delve into the subject, the department examined injuries in Dutch Harbor, through the patients treated at Iliuliuk Family Health Center, the primary care center in the Dutch Harbor area.
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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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