Fisheries

NTSB releases findings for F/V Scandies Rose sinking; inaccurate stability report, weather to blame

The National Transportation Safety Board released their findings for the cause of the Sinking of the F/V Scandies Rose Tuesday. A year and a half after the 130-foot crab boat capsized in foul weather south of Sutwik Island, the NTSB has decided unanimously by vote to accept the findings of the investigation report. The report ultimate concludes that the probable …

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Buskin River closed to sockeye salmon fishing

Sockeye counts at the Buskin Lake weir as of June 11, 2021, indicate numbers far from escapement goal of 5,000-8,000 sockeye. (ADF&G) The Buskin River will close for sockeye salmon fishing. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today (Friday) that only 114 sockeye have passed through the weir at Buskin Lake. The ten-year average count for mid-June is …

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Sen. Gary Stevens gives legislature update: budget, PFD, education, and tax credits for fisheries

Sen. Gary Stevens. The Republican lawmaker has represented Kodiak since 2003. A state budget will likely be passed at the end of this month’s special legislative session, but the PFD question may not be answered by then. That’s according to Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens, who sat down with Jared Griffin at KMXT to talk about recent developments in the legislature …

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New genetically modified salmon is on the menu. Here’s what that means for Alaskans.

A genetically modified salmon dwarfs a non-modified salmon of the same age in an undated handout photo distributed in 2010. (AquaBounty Technologies) A Massachusetts company is sending genetically modified salmon to dinner tables in the U.S. for the first time. AquaBounty Technologies said it’s shipping five tons of bioengineered salmon to distributors this month. It’s marketed as a sustainable alternative …

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On Dillingham trip, Murkowski gathers ideas on permanent protections for Bristol Bay

By ISABELLE ROSS — KDLG Murkowski said the best way to ensure long-term protections is for Congress to pass a law. Earlier this year, regional and statewide groups opposed to Pebble put forward several options for protecting the area. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski visited Dillingham last week. She said the primary reason for her visit was to gather ideas for permanent protections …

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Kodiak continues to be one of the top fisheries in the US

400 million pounds of fish, representing $120 million, traveled through Kodiak’s commercial fishery in 2019. This makes Kodiak the third leading commercial fishery in the United States, and the sixth most valuable. That’s according to an annual report published this week by NOAA, which looks at every fishery in the United States to document landings and fishery values. For instance, …

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