National Fisherman


As you’re out shopping this holiday season, someone wielding a clipboard might approach you and ask if you want to save king salmon. Don’t be fooled. The petition being peddled by professional signature collectors throughout the state won’t save Alaska’s iconic king salmon. In fact, it will hurt our great salmon runs and result in smaller harvests for everyone except a small group of Kenai River sportfishing guides, lodges and private landowners. 
 

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SEABROOK — Gov. Maggie Hassan will write a letter to federal fishing regulators supporting an alternative plan that, while still protecting local cod fish populations, will at least allow recreational party boats and commercial fishermen a hope of survival.

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An emergency measure to help northern Bering Sea halibut fishermen was defeated at last week’s North Pacific Fishery Management Council in a vote split along regional lines with all the Alaska representatives supporting the measure, which failed by a 5-5 tie vote.

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Dec. 21--PASS CHRISTIAN -- Seafood dealers say you can't beat the view at the new Pass Christian Harbor, but business is off to a rocky start.

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HOUMA, La. – The fall shrimping season, which comes to a close on some state waters Monday evening, has been average for area fisherman.

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The American canned tuna industry is now pretty much entirely Asian-owned.

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We, the Lummi people, are just like you. When the holidays come around, we'll look for nearly any excuse to share a meal and some laughs with our family and friends.

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The project manager for a proposed dam that would rise 735 feet in the Alaska wilderness said it could improve salmon-spawning habitat on the Susitna River, a statement that drew sharp criticism from opponents.

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Fish sticks made way for a different sea bounty at schools throughout the Seacoast on Wednesday, Dec. 11, when locally caught Acadian redfish was prepared and served in the cafeteria.

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A proposal to the Alaska Board of Fisheries from last year to look at developing a state-waters pollock fishery is getting legs with a test fishery with seines in Kachemak Bay.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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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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