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Fishing rights case likely headed for Alaska Supreme Court, federal court

Fishing rights case likely headed for Alaska Supreme Court, federal courtThe defendants moved for dismissal of the charges, asserting that their fishing for king salmon was a religious activity, and that they were entitled to a religious exemption from the emergency orders under the free exercise clause of the Alaska Constitution.

Strong king salmon catch means early closure for Southeast trollers

Strong king salmon catch means early closure for Southeast trollersSoutheast Alaska’s commercial salmon trollers are heading back into port now that the winter season has closed, thanks to strong catches of king salmon on the outer coast near Sitka.

Former Sen. Kookesh takes subsistence violation to state’s high court

Former Sen. Kookesh takes subsistence violation to state’s high courtFormer state Sen. Albert Kookesh and three friends are contesting the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s authority to unilaterally set subsistence bag limits.

Bill to eliminate Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission clears first hurdle

Bill to eliminate Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission clears first hurdleAnchorage Rep. Charisse Millett says she's not out to destroy the agency.

Fish and Game says it could absorb CFEC

Fish and Game says it could absorb CFEC"The department believes that we could make this work without service degradation to commercial fishermen," says ADF&G's Kevin Brooks.

Young introduces bill to reauthorize Magnuson-Stevens Act

Young introduces bill to reauthorize Magnuson-Stevens ActAlaska Congressman Don Young has introduced a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation’s primary law governing fishing in federal waters.

Feds OK to process visas for roe technicians

The federal government can once again continue processing H-2b visas, the program that traditionally allows foreign roe technicians to work in Alaska seafood plants.

Senate panel discusses personal use fishing priority

Senate panel discusses personal use fishing priorityRepublican Sen. Bill Stoltze's bill would direct the Department of Fish and Game to prioritize state fisheries for personal use when restrictions are necessary.

New Tongass chief from Southwest U.S.

New Tongass chief from Southwest U.S.Earl Stewart will take over as Tongass forest supervisor in May. He's moving up from Arizona, where he’s in charge of the Coconino National Forest.

Petersburg processor tries to break into foreign shrimp markets

Petersburg processor tries to break into foreign shrimp marketsThe state’s first shrimp plant started there in 1916, but the market ceased being profitable and the last plant closed down ten years ago.
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