Officials at Fish and Game say it’s been a good year for red king crab — so good, in fact, that the harvest was roughly 6,000 pounds over the guideline harvest limit.
Voters of the Bering Strait and Norton Sound mirrored statewide trends in Tuesday’s primary, especially on Ballot Measure 1, but chose differently in the race for Lt. Governor.
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.
For the past three years, Phil Pryzmont, local crabber and captain of the Erica Renee, has been taking observers into the Norton Sound with him as part of a crab migration project.
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.
An unusual weather system is pushing water into the Norton Sound, creating high water and climbing waves normally seen during fall storms.
Dental health aide therapists have been providing midlevel dental care in the Norton Sound region for about a decade. Now the Pew Charitable Trusts is lauding the program for increasing access to dental care to underserved groups.
Area fishermen will be about to catch 12 percent of 3.2 million pounds of harvestable red king crab this summer.
If you live near the Norton Sound, get ready for salmon.
Facing data that points to a decline in Norton Sound red king crab, Nome residents addressed the NPFMC to consider new data and safeguard subsistence harvests.