Alaska Fisheries Report 28 September 2023

This week on the Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game kicks off its traveling bycatch roadshow, story from Brian Venua of KMXT (plus audio postcard!), and Kavitha George delves into the Yukon salmon collapse for Alaska Public Media. The Kodiak bycatch meeting was standing-room only.  September 19, 2023. (Brian Venua/KMXT)

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Fish and Game hosts meeting to hear fishers’ perspective about bycatch

Tension was high as fishers were eager to share their questions, stories, and even demands for controlling bycatch, which is the incidental harvest of a non-targeted species.   Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang said the goal is to hear fishers’ ideas about what regulations could help curb bycatch.  “People are passionate about bycatch, they want tools to address bycatch,” he …

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‘We don’t know what it is’: Scientists baffled by golden orb found in Gulf of Alaska

The Okeanos Explorer, an exploratory vessel operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, discovered an unidentifiable, golden orb deep in the Gulf of Alaska late last month. The orb ended up making national headlines for stumping the ship’s scientists.  The attention came as a surprise, said expedition coordinator Sam Candio. “I’m not even sure that that was the most …

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Alaska Fisheries Report 14 September 2023

Chum salmon migration. (USFWS/Togiak National Wildlife Refuge)

This week on the Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: Anna Canny reports on salmon suffocation for KTOO, Cross-border salmon cooperation as told by Alaska Public Media’s Kavitha George, and the National Marine Fisheries Service has closed its comment period for MSA guidelines. Chum salmon migration. (USFWS/Togiak National Wildlife Refuge)

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Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association sees returns double hatchery expectations in some areas

Some areas in Alaska have entirely wild salmon runs. But there’s also 28 hatcheries around the state. Two of those facilities are based in Kodiak, including one near the mouth of Pillar Creek, just outside of town.  It all starts with egg takes. Hatchery staff and volunteers take four wheelers or fly out to remote lakes to catch fish that …

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NTSB releases report on the sinking of F/V The Challenger

The National Transportation Safety Board released its findings on August 30 for a Kodiak fishing boat that capsized northeast of the village of Karluk on August 7, last year.  ​​​The Challenger capsizing after striking a submerged rock off the coast of Alaska. (Alward Fisheries, via the NTSB’s website) The Challenger was a total loss and damages  exceeded $600,000, although no …

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