Dunleavy, Peltola request disaster funds for Bering Sea crab fisheries

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has requested federal disaster declarations for two Alaska crab fisheries after their populations crashed.  Gov. Dunleavy requested disaster declarations for the Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab fisheries, citing the closure of both this year. (Photo courtesy Corey Arnold/Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers) The Governor requested expedited disaster designations to jumpstart the process of …

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Alaska Fisheries Report October 20, 2022

A European green crab. Credit: Emily Grason, Washington Sea Grant.

This week on the Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: Raegan Miller of KRBD on invasive green crabs, KTOO’s Yvonne Krumrey reports on the Filipino heritage of Alaska’s canneries, and KBBI’s Hope McKenney reports on ADF&G’s program that teaches kids about salmon. A European green crab. Credit: Emily Grason, Washington Sea Grant.  

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After years of population declines, Bering Sea king and snow crab seasons canceled

For the first time ever, the Bering Sea snow crab fishery will not open for the upcoming season. Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game announced the closure Monday afternoon. The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery will also be closed this year- for a second year in a row. Gabriel Prout co-owns the F/V Silver Spray with his dad and …

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Sen. Murkowski’s office asks for input on working waterfront investments

Kodiak’s waterfront, seen from Near Island, in September, 2022. (Kirsten Dobroth/KMXT) Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office is seeking input from coastal Alaskans on a sweeping set of draft policy proposals to invest in the state’s ports and harbors.  The initiative is called the Working Waterfronts Framework – Murkowski said it’s in a crowd-sourcing phase.  “So, there’s not actual text and legislation, …

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U.S. House candidates disagree on how to update fisheries law at Kodiak debate

By Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media The four U.S. House candidates agreed on a lot at the Kodiak Fishery Debate Tuesday, but Rep. Mary Peltola was the only one who favors a House bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act — the primary law that governs fishing in federal waters. Alaska’s U.S. House candidates discussed fisheries policy at the Kodiak Fishery Debate on Oct. 4, …

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