In an unprecedented response to historically low numbers of Pacific cod, the federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closing for the 2020 season.
With warmer conditions, there’s less dissolved oxygen in the water. Salmon can have a tougher chance at survival.
In 2018, Jonathan McGraw Jr. and two others were charged with illegally fishing in a scientific preserve near Whale Pass.
The training is geared toward those in commercial fishing, tribal organizations or other coastal residents.
It’s difficult to find Kodiak fishermen still planning to fish the upcoming season — most have moved on to other fish, new waters, and even different lines of work.
At 62.3 million fish, 2018 broke the record for Bristol Bay’s largest run ever recorded. Biologists say that abundance won’t last.
Sea otters are rapidly recolonizing Southeast Alaska. But that wildlife success story breeds challenges as they compete with commercial fishermen.
Observer fees are going up for Alaska fishermen and processors. In Kodiak, fishermen aren’t too worried about the modest increase, but some would like to see improvements made to the decades-old program.
The VHF radio outages are affecting Prince William Sound all the way down to Sitka and other Southeast Alaska communities.
But mariners are urging Coast Guard officials to keep the free, low-tech service rather than switch over to subscription-based satellites.