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.
During the Cold War, the U.S. Atomic Energy Agency made plans to detonate nuclear bombs a few dozen miles from Point Hope. This summer, state and federal agencies are cleaning out what they hope are the last remnants from Project Chariot’s legacy, even as residents of Point Hope say they still feel left out of the conversation about what happens on their land.
State managers emphasized record-level chum runs, even as middle and upper river fishermen say they are not yet seeing those returns for themselves.
An out-of-season take of a muskox in Icy View on July 17 highlights the lack of effective deterrents to ‘nuisance muskox’ around Nome.
Story49 pays tribute to the Little Sisters of Jesus as they prepare to leave Western Alaska. Sisters Damiene and Nermala reflect on their time in Nome, Diomede, and Anchorage.
Fish and Game biologists say the early opening is directly linked to the number of animals around Nome this summer.
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 bull musk ox is dead after it was shot by an area biologist in Kotzebue following the goring of a sled-dog early last Friday morning.
Managers for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have announced the closure of sockeye salmon fishing in the Nome sub-district.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is working with one of Alaska’s five Oil Spill Response Organizations on a drill near Teller in the days ahead.