Subsistence fishing on the lower Yukon River is closed for both king and chum salmon. Residents who usually depend heavily on the fish are pivoting toward other ways to get meat.
The Yukon River has seen its worst summer chum salmon run on record, and its third-worst chinook run.
Cleanup crews used dispersants in large quantities after the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill and 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The region’s purse seine fleet netted nearly six million pinks in an opening in early August. That pushed the region’s total catch to around 20 million fish on the season.
It turns out that in Canada, it’s not that they didn’t catch enough herring. It’s that they were the wrong size.
Aug. 10 is Alaska Wild Salmon Day. Gov. Bill Walker set aside the day in 2016 to honor the iconic Alaska species.
James Aaron Stevens admitted in a plea agreement that he lied about where he harvested over 900,000 pounds of halibut and sablefish between 2014 and 2017.
Most fish that returned this year only spent one or two years in the ocean instead of three, but they’re also getting smaller for their age.
The Coast Guard said the boat sank in 600 feet of water, but the crew was able to abandon ship in a skiff.
The kings, coho and chum that trollers are catching are smaller in size than recent averages.