This year’s commercial harvest of chum salmon in Kotzebue Sound was nearly 700,000 fish, breaking a record nearly four decades old. To the south, the value of the commercial salmon catch in Norton Sound was also the highest ever.
Over the past three decades, pollock spawning times in the Gulf of Alaska have varied as much as three weeks. That’s potentially deadly for baby fish that are spawned into an environment that’s not ideal.
The former executive director of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association and Board of Fisheries nominee was indicted on 12 felony charges of theft and unsworn falsification related to applying for and receiving Permanent Fund dividends.
If the forecast is accurate, 2019 would be the lowest odd-year pink harvest since 1987. The Department of Fish and Game says the return of warm water temperatures to the North Pacific may have a negative impact on the future survival of pink salmon.
For years, Alaska’s commercial fishing fleet has dreaded a rule that would require an EPA permit for even basic boat discharges, like draining a fish hold or rinsing the deck. Now Congress is on the verge of ditching the requirement forever.