In 55 years, there have been just two other closures: once in the 1980s and again in the 1990s.
This year, researchers recorded the biggest bloom they’ve ever seen.
The salmon runs are central to people’s lives in many ways. The economy has developed around the commercial fishery, and fish also provide food for the winter.
The EPA announced it will resume the process that could result in blocking the proposed Pebble gold mine.
The quickly escalating saga involves hundreds of millions of dollars in fines, a miniature Canadian railway and Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and it stems from the way that one of Alaska’s biggest fishing companies, American Seafoods, is using an exemption in the federal law that typically allows only U.S. ships to move cargo between U.S. ports.
The wreckage of the Saint Patrick is a testament to one of Alaska’s deadliest fishing disasters, and it remains an environmental hazard today.
The troll fishery for chum salmon in Sitka Sound has gone from looking pretty dismal to record-setting — almost overnight.
A Fish and Game fisheries technician is recovering after being attacked and mauled by a bear during a routine stream survey north of Sitka on Aug. 19.
As executive director, Leach was outspoken against the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay and threats posed to Southeast Alaska’s salmon runs from Canadian mines.
For Yukon River families, chum is particularly important. Chinook salmon have been low for decades, but chum were the fish they could depend on.