Despite another year of exceptionally low king salmon runs, managers along the Yukon River say there should be a strong summer chum run and a chance for small, incidental take of Chinook.
“This is a hard pill to swallow, but it’s a matter of sharing the burden of conservation between all areas and being proactive before it reaches a real crisis,” said Charlie Lean.
Campbell will take over as CEO in the Anchorage office on February 1, working for a few weeks with John Eckels before his retirement.
For decades, caribou have posed a threat to reindeer herders on the Seward Peninsula — their numbers swelling, even as the reindeer population shrinks. Now, a new front has developed in the turf war between reindeer and caribou.
Commercial salmon values were at record highs across Norton Sound this summer.
As the salmon season begins tapering off, returns across much of western Alaska have been above average. But there’s one fishery where the commercial harvest is shattering recent precedents: Kotzebue. And the cause is a mix of Mother Nature and marketing.
Wood bison have been extinct in Alaska for over one hundred years, but a new population will be released along the Lower Yukon River near Shageluk in early 2015.
Over the weekend, a hunter in Nome killed the first muskox since the Alaska Department of Fish & Game opened the hunt on August 1. Meanwhile, another dog was attacked on Anvil Mountain.
For the first time, centuries-old fishing knowledge from the Upper Kobuk River is being recorded with funding from a National Park Service Historic Preservation Grant.
Nome residents and wildlife officials dispute who is responsible for coming up with a solution to the problem.