2016 marks a quarter of a century for this weekly column that targets Alaska’s seafood industry. At the end of every year, I proffer my ‘no holds barred’ look back at the best and worst fish stories, and select the biggest story of the year.

The list is in no particular order and I’m sure to be missing a few, but here are the Fishing Picks and Pans for 2015:

Most eco-friendly fish feat: The massive airlift/barge project led by the Dept. of Environmental Conservation that removed more than 800,000 pounds of marine debris from remote Alaska beaches.

Best new fish service: ‘Print at home’ fishing licenses (and more) by the AK Dept. of Fish and Game.

Best fish financial potential: Mariculture for more shellfish, sea ‘vegetables’ –shrimp?

Worst fish kick the can: The Dept. of Natural Resources’ stall on a salmon vs. coal mine water rights decision at the Chuitna watershed in Upper Cook Inlet. DNR awarded a small reservation to protect salmon while allowing more time for PacRim coal to prove that building Alaska’s largest coal mine won’t hurt salmon and the ecosystem.

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