Fisheries

ComFish Alaska rescheduled to September because of coronavirus concerns

Concerns over the coronavirus has prompted the rescheduling of Alaska’s longest running fisheries trade show. The 41st annual ComFish Alaska, hosted by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, will be held in mid-September instead of later this month.   KMXT’s Maggie Wall spoke with Chamber Executive Director Sarah Phillips Wednesday night about the change of dates.   Click arrow below to …

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Major sustainability label suspended for Gulf of Alaska cod

After 10 years of certification, Gulf of Alaska cod will have its blue-sticker sustainability label suspended starting April 5, 2020. After a climate change-caused crash pushed Gulf cod to near-overfished status last year, the suspension of the Marine Stewardship Council blue label did not come as a surprise to the industry. A package of frozen fish fillets sold at a …

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Alaska Fisheries Report — Feb. 27, 2020

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Southeast crabbers are on the grounds fishing for Tanner crab, plus there’s a small golden king crab fishery taking place at the same time. Halibut catch limits are slashed in all but one region—the Western Gulf of Alaska. Emails between the Pebble Partnership and Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy show the partnership was concerned about the survival of the controversial gold …

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Council considers new Island Air lease at Trident Basin and changing way Fish Tax is distributed

The Kodiak City Council has one public hearing and a number of resolutions on tonight’s regular meeting agenda. The Kodiak City Council will hold a public hearing tonight on an ordinance authorizing a 25-year lease with Island Air for parcels at the Trident Basin Float Plane facility. According to the meeting packet the request for the lease comes about because …

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Alaska Fisheries Report — Feb. 6, 2020

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  The Alaska Legislature is in session and working on the budget. Fisheries programs across the state are on the chopping block—this after last year’s major cuts to the commercial fisheries division. Kodiak’s Representative Louise Stutes hopes the legislature will fix a measure approved previously that requires some fishing boat owners to double register their vessels. The intent was to …

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‘It’s Sinking. It’s Going Fast:’ Survivor Recounts Deadly Sinking Of F/V Scandies Rose

This story comes to us from Hope McKenney at KUCB in Unalaska. (KUCB.org) A note to listeners … This story includes intense descriptions of the sinking and may be upsetting to some.   It’s been just over a month since the F/V Scandies Rose sunk west of Kodiak. Two fishermen were rescued wearing gumby survival suits in a life raft. …

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Board of Fish opens Monashka Creek above bridge, makes other sportfish changes in Kodiak area

Kodiak area sport fishing enthusiasts will find a few new additions to the sport fishing regulations that are expected to make for a better experience. That comes after the Alaska Board of Fisheries approved several sport fish proposals at last month’s finfish meeting here in Kodiak. KMXT’s Maggie Wall has more. Click arrow to listen to report or continue below …

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Board of Fish sets aside groundfish issues

The Alaska Board of Fisheries handled more than just salmon issues while in Kodiak for its finfish meeting last month. Today we look at some groundfish issues, and on Wednesday we’ll look at sports fishing regulation changes.   While the recent Board of Fisheries meeting held in Kodiak centered on salmon, the fish board addressed a number of other issues, …

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