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United Fishermen take on legislation, appointments

United Fishermen take on legislation, appointments

The United Fishermen of Alaska’s Board of Directors is meeting in Sitka this week.

Sitka prepares to replace ANB harbor

Sitka prepares to replace ANB harbor

ANB harbor was first built in 1956, and though it has been renovated over the years, it’s showing its age.

Stomp for Halibut!

Stomp for Halibut!

 

“Vote for Halibut instead of the folks that are in power,” says this fisherman from Sitka, Alaska who wishes to remain anonymous. Passersby in … more

Alaska’s federal employees are back to work

Alaska’s federal employees are back to work

Information officer Julie Speegle is one of about 111 NOAA Fisheries Alaska Regional Office employees back at their desks in Juneau’s federal building. About 125 at the Auke Bay lab are also working, now that Congress has reached a deal to end the partial government shutdown.

CBJ Assembly endorses Sister City relationship with Philippine city Kalibo

CBJ Assembly endorses Sister City relationship with Philippine city Kalibo

Kalibo is the capital of the Philippine province of Aklan.

Fishermen: lack of affordable health insurance a barrier to industry growth

Fishermen: lack of affordable health insurance a barrier to industry growth

Some in the industry say the cost and lack of access to comprehensive health insurance is a barrier to new fishermen and an ongoing concern for those already in the business.

Alaska fisheries on track to regain MSC certification

Alaska fisheries on track to regain MSC certification

Last fall the MSC sustainability certification of Alaska’s commercial salmon fisheries was allowed to lapse after most of the major seafood processors that operate in the state pulled their support.

Study: Southeast’s “blue economy” growing

Study: Southeast’s “blue economy” growing

Southeast Alaska’s maritime economy provides more than a quarter of the wages paid in the region.

Commercial red crab closed again in SE

Commercial red crab closed again in SE

There will be no commercial fishing for red and blue king crab in Southeast again this year. The stocks are still in poor shape according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game which announced the closure last week.

Bethel groups want Board of Fish to take another look at Kuskokwim Kings

Bethel groups want Board of Fish to take another look at Kuskokwim Kings

Even with the lower escapement goals, the numbers were not met. In fact, escapements were the lowest in history.