National Fisherman


Ryan Revnak and Zach Sigler are finding a lot of dead fish in the Sacramento River this year, and that's just what they like to see.

State and federal officials have spent millions of dollars to make sure Chinook salmon thrive in the Sacramento River and its tributaries.

So hundreds of dead salmon in the river means they have been swimming back to the river from the Pacific Ocean to finish out their life cycle by spawning and dying.

"This is a positive change from the past four years or so," said Doug Killam, an environmental scientist for the state Department of Fish and Game. "This allows us to set how many fish can be taken the following year."

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Inside the Industry

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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