With chum salmon surging through much of Western Alaska, commercial openings are having dramatically different effects–from a price spike in Kotzebue, to frustration along the Upper Yukon.
A strong fall chum run of 850,000 fish expected, and Fish and Game managers say that should be more than enough to meet subsistence and commercial needs.
Managers for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have announced the closure of sockeye salmon fishing in the Nome sub-district.
If you live near the Norton Sound, get ready for salmon.
The analysis potentially opens up the pollock fishing industry to new limitations and early closures, but falls far short of the immediate relief many subsistence users called for.
Yesterday an advisory panel on salmon bycatch heard more than an hour of public testimony—part of the ongoing debate on how to limit the number of king salmon accidentally caught by pollock fishermen at a time of unprecedented restrictions on subsistence fishing and historically low king salmon runs.
As subsistence fishermen and state fishery managers anticipate the worst Chinook run on record, tight fishing restrictions have some subsistence fishermen saying they can’t catch summer chums.
The Bureau of Land Management is drafting a new land use plan for 10.6 million of acres in its Bering Sea-Western Interior planning area, including lands in and around dozens of Lower Yukon communities.
In Monday’s news: Shell’s drilling rig Nobel Discoverer arrives in the Chukchi amid uncertain weather; telecommunication problems in Wales trouble residents, organizations for more than a month; Coast Guard suspends search for crewmen missing after fishing vessel sinks near Kodiak Island; strong Yukon River chum salmon runs sees a single pulse of over 200,000 fish two weeks ago; 66-year-old pilot George Vonderheide killed in single-engine plane crash near Homer; and Sitka’s “Brewery Bandit,” Carl Liberty, charged with burglary and theft from Baranof Island Brewery.
In Wednesday’s news: Governor Sean Parnell rejects state-run health insurance exchanges for Alaska; The Coast Guard says no damage found on Shell’s oil rig after it…