Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Make way for the king

Though the ice is barely out, the Homer harbor buzzed with activity on Saturday as anglers hit the water for king salmon. The Homer Chamber… Continue reading

Next steps after sheep, goats test positive for pathogen

Some of Alaska’s wild sheep and goat populations are infected with a bacterium game managers and hunters have been nervous about, though the implications aren’t… Continue reading

Fish board takes on hatchery issues

Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify that the board of fisheries did not form a formal committe on hatcheries but rather agreed… Continue reading

Poor northern Cook Inlet king returns lead to closures

King salmon runs to the Susitna River aren’t looking good for 2018, leading to closures in both the commercial fisheries and sportfisheries of Upper Cook… Continue reading

State seeks federal exemption to manage sea otters

The state is targeting sea otters because of concerns about their growing population. The Legislature is considering two resolutions, one in the House and one… Continue reading

Board of Fish to meet on peninsula in 2020

Central Kenai Peninsula fishermen will get to stay at home for the 2020 Board of Fisheries meeting. For the first time in 20 years, the… Continue reading

State Parks seeks information in sheep poaching case

Alaska park rangers are looking for tips on who might have poached a Dall sheep in the Cooper Landing area. Alaska State Parks rangers found… Continue reading

Fish board approves rotenone use in Tote Road lakes

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has the first stamp of approval for its project to eliminate the last known populations of northern pike… Continue reading

Kenai plans second silver salmon derby

Kenai is taking another swing at hosting a silver salmon derby this fall. The city of Kenai and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce have obtained… Continue reading

KPBSD students take to ice for annual fishing day

A conspiracy was developing among the elementary schools student on the ice atop Sport Lake on Thursday: clearly, only the holes further out would produce… Continue reading

Congress appropriates $200M for fisheries disasters

Commercial fishermen across the Gulf of Alaska might finally receive some checks from the federal government after the pink salmon disaster in 2016. The most… Continue reading

Fishing license sales drop in 2017

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s sportfishing license sales fell last year, even while its revenue from license sales increased. The department was expecting… Continue reading

Fish and Game looks to spread use of rockfish deepwater release devices

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the fact that nonpelagic rockfish experience barotrauma no matter how fast they are reeled up by anglers.… Continue reading

Cuts in commercial fishing budgets lead to reductions in staffing

Budget cuts at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have led to reductions in staffing in the commercial fishing division, leading to a potential… Continue reading

Low silver returns to Seward in 2016 mean fewer to stock in 2018

The coho salmon returns to Seward may be slow next year, though Homer may see a boost in returns to the fishing lagoon on the… Continue reading

Bill would authorize east side setnet permit buyback

The Legislature is set to consider a buyback program for commercial fishing permits in Cook Inlet’s east side setnet fishery. The east side setnet fishery… Continue reading

A look at the salmon habitat ballot initiative

The deadline for a ballot initiative to revise Alaska’s salmon habitat permitting laws is approaching, with deep divides remaining even among fishermen. The Stand for… Continue reading

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association leader to retire

The executive director of Cook Inlet’s regional hatchery organization is planning to step down. Gary Fandrei, the executive director of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, announced… Continue reading

Panel opens up conversation on salmon habitat policy reform

Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify that the two commercial fishermen on the panel did not support the Stand for Salmon ballot… Continue reading

Fish and Game talks pike eradication on Tote Road

Neighbors in the Tote Road area have mixed feelings about the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s plan to eradicate northern pike from the lakes… Continue reading