Program certifies green tourism businesses

Tourism businesses in Alaska are getting certified for green practices, both as a way to move toward sustainability and a way to attract customers. The… Continue reading

Path forward after Kodiak sockeye genetic study unclear

A revelation that a large portion of sockeye harvested by Kodiak commercial seine fishermen originate in Cook Inlet may change the way the fisheries are… Continue reading

Sockeye salmon caught in a set gillnet wait to be set to the a processor on July 11, 2016 near Kenai. On Tuesday, the Alaska Board of Fisheries discussed proposals for Northern District setnetters. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

No change for northern district setnets

Despite a suite of requests for both further restriction or liberalization of the commercial set gillnet fishery in the northern district of Upper Cook Inlet,… Continue reading

Sockeye salmon caught in a set gillnet wait to be set to the a processor on July 11, 2016 near Kenai. On Tuesday, the Alaska Board of Fisheries discussed proposals for Northern District setnetters. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Board passes sweeping change for early run kings

Early run Kenai River king salmon will now have more protection in the middle river and management will be more conservative after the Board of… Continue reading

Matthew Dollick, of Wasilla, untangles a sockeye from his dipnet on July 11, 2015 in Kenai. The state Board of Fisheries discussed proposals affecting the Kenai and Kasilof personal-use fisheries over the weekend. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

On Kenai dipnet, a call for cooperation

Although people debate the value of the Kenai and Kasilof personal-use dipnet fisheries, they all find at least one thing that could be or is… Continue reading

Matthew Dollick, of Wasilla, untangles a sockeye from his dipnet on July 11, 2015 in Kenai. The state Board of Fisheries discussed proposals affecting the Kenai and Kasilof personal-use fisheries over the weekend. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Lack of coho data complicates fish board discussions

Although coho salmon populations have played an important role in many of the decisions made at the Board of Fisheries’ Upper Cook Inlet meeting so… Continue reading

A commercial drift gillnetting boat leaves the mouth of the Kasilof River at about 1 a.m. July 17, 2014 during an overnight fishing period in Kasilof, Alaska. (Clarion file photo)

Board of Fish adds 1 district-wide opener for drifters

Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify that the Board of Fisheries did not add an additional period, but added the option for… Continue reading

A commercial drift gillnetting boat leaves the mouth of the Kasilof River at about 1 a.m. July 17, 2014 during an overnight fishing period in Kasilof, Alaska. (Clarion file photo)

Most agree time to help early-run Kenai kings

Although fisheries users differ on technicalities, most of them agreed that the Kenai River’s early run of king salmon needs long-term help. The early run,… Continue reading

Board of Fish takes steps to prevent Kasilof terminal harvest area use

Managers, Board of Fisheries members and the public agree on at least one thing about the Kasilof River commercial fisheries management: Stay out of the… Continue reading

Attendees of various user groups crowd near the front of the room during a break at the Board of Fisheries’ Upper Cook Inlet meeting Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska. (DJ Summers/Alaska Journal of Commerce)

Board loosens some season restrictions on setnetters

Upper Cook Inlet’s east side setnetters may get more fishing time next season. The Board of Fisheries passed two proposals Tuesday that relaxed some of… Continue reading

Attendees of various user groups crowd near the front of the room during a break at the Board of Fisheries’ Upper Cook Inlet meeting Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska. (DJ Summers/Alaska Journal of Commerce)

Board rewrites Kenai late-run king plan

After a day of heavy clashes and divided votes, the Board of Fisheries reformed late-run king salmon management on the Kenai River to loosen restrictions… Continue reading

A group of commercial east side setnetters gather to discuss proposals at the Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries meeting on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Truth in numbers: Board of Fisheries debates sockeye escapement, increases inriver goal

Editor's note: This article has been corrected to reflect that the Board of Fisheries changed the upper tier of the inriver goal from 1.3 million… Continue reading

A group of commercial east side setnetters gather to discuss proposals at the Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries meeting on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Delayed information leads to confusion over king goals

One common thread running through the discussion over the new large-fish Kenai king salmon goals: Frustration at being late to the game. Members of the… Continue reading

Some question value of Kenai sockeye optimum escapement goal

There’s one thing that people at the Board of Fisheries agreed on on Sunday — the escapement goal management for the Kenai River late-run sockeye… Continue reading

Public battles over drift fishing corridors at fish board

To be or not to be is the question for the Upper Cook Inlet drift gillnet fishing corridor. The corridor, which restricts Cook Inlet’s 500-some… Continue reading

More restrictions proposed for Northern District setnetters

Setnetting on the beaches of northern Cook Inlet isn’t a very visible fishery, but participants argue it’s a viable one. The Northern Cook Inlet setnet… Continue reading

Fish and Game presents rationale on big fish king goal

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to transition the Kenai River early and late king salmon run escapement goals to count big fish… Continue reading

Cast members perform a song and dance number during a run-through of “Guys and Dolls” on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai, Alaska. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Guys and Dolls’ set to open Friday

One of the country’s best-loved musicals will hit the stage in Kenai this weekend for a six-performance run. The Kenai Performers’ rendition of “Guys and… Continue reading

Cast members perform a song and dance number during a run-through of “Guys and Dolls” on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai, Alaska. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)
In the final game of the Kenai Senior Olympics pool tournament, Max Pitts watches his shot while his opponent, last year’s champion Ken Losser, rests in the background on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at the Kenai Teen Center in Kenai, Alaska. Losser won, remaining undefeated in this year’s 8-player double elimination competion, though narrowly — Pitts scratched on the eight ball. The 13th annual Senior Olympics will continue until Saturday with events including poker, pinochle, ping-pong, darts, dominoes, cribbage, basketball, and Wii bowling. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)
In the final game of the Kenai Senior Olympics pool tournament, Max Pitts watches his shot while his opponent, last year’s champion Ken Losser, rests in the background on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at the Kenai Teen Center in Kenai, Alaska. Losser won, remaining undefeated in this year’s 8-player double elimination competion, though narrowly — Pitts scratched on the eight ball. The 13th annual Senior Olympics will continue until Saturday with events including poker, pinochle, ping-pong, darts, dominoes, cribbage, basketball, and Wii bowling. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Bill would define independent contractors, reform worker’s compensations system

The state is trying to combat employee misclassification by tightening the reins on definitions of independent contractors versus employees. Independent contractors work on a freelance… Continue reading