Fisheries

The Alaska Fisheries Report 29 December 2016

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Coming up on this last show of the year, we take a peek at the IPHC’s crystal ball for its January meeting, the dearth of chinook in the Chilkat drainage looks like it’ll continue, and, we get a follow up on the trans-boundary mine situation. All that and more, as we wrap up 2016 on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We ... Read More »

Preliminary Forecast Predicts Above Average Pink Season in 2017

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently released its preliminary 2017 salmon forecasts for the Kodiak Management Area, and it paints a much rosier picture for pink salmon in the new year. The humpy harvest in 2016 was an unmitigated disaster for Kodiak fishermen, with just 3.25-million fish delivered, on a forecast of 16.2-million. The wild pink salmon harvest, ... Read More »

ISER’s Gunnar Knapp Speaks on State Budget and Fisheries

Gunnar Knapp speaks at ComFish 2016. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Gunnar Knapp speaks at ComFish 2016. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT ComFish brought a host of speakers to Kodiak to address fisheries issues and how current events are influencing the industry. The state’s budget gap was at the forefront of the talks Friday afternoon. Academic speaker Gunnar Knapp, along with political speakers like Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott and Senator Dan Sullivan, ... Read More »

Fishermen Compete at ComFish 2016

Competitors stand at one station during the race and complete knots.

Competitors stand at one station during the race and complete knots. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A competition Saturday pitted fisherman against fisherman in a set of tasks which included knot-tying, hook-throwing, and survival suit-donning. The event created a fun spectacle on the last day of ComFish and demonstrated some of the skills even a greenhorn deckhand needs day to day. ... Read More »

Navy Makes Sure it Has Presence at ComFish 2016

Courtesy of ComFish 2016 and the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Kayla Desroches/KMXT One new booth at ComFish 2016 wasn’t a vendor at all. The U.S. Navy decided to reserve a spot this year in the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. It also gave a public presentation Thursday, where Alex Stone, the Navy’s program manager on the environmental impact statement, spoke about ... Read More »

New Group Reaches Out to Young Fishermen

Hannah Heimbuch

Kayla Desroches/KMXT One solution to the aging fishing fleet is an up and coming group called the Young Fishermen’s Network. That’s what Alaska Marine Conservation Council organizer and third-generation fisherman, Hannah Heimbuch, spoke about at a ComFish forum called Right to Fish: Challenges and Opportunities in Alaska Fishing Access. Heimbuch says one of her personal inspirations to become involved in ... Read More »

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