Pink Salmon – A Keystone Predator in the North Pacific Salmon Food Chain

In the North Pacific Ocean, the overall number of pink salmon impacts the size and numbers of other salmon, including coho, Chinook and steelhead salmon.  Across Alaska, king salmon populations are at historic low numbers. The Yukon, Kuskokwim, Cook Inlet, Kodiak, Copper River and Southeast Alaska king salmon fisheries for subsistence, sport, personal use and […]

How Alaska’s Industrial Hatcheries Sought New Eco-Label while Harming Wild Stocks

Monique Couture’s master thesis at Western Washington University in 2016 delves into the ongoing controversy of eco-labeling of Alaska’s salmon fisheries as sustainable by third-party certification programs like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). “Leveraging Legitimacy: How Alaska Circumvented Salmon Sustainability by Creating Their Own Eco-Label” is based on surveys with stakeholders Alaska’s salmon fisheries. From […]

Alaska Fishing tournaments raise money for salmon conservation

Reel News from the World of Fisheries, September 4, 2018

REEL NEWS FROM ALASKA AND OUTSIDE Veterans from Kentucky come to Soldotna to fish and to heal Great story in the Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl on the Kentucky Wounded Heroes project that gathers each year on the Kenai River for fishing, building connections and friendships, sharing stories and healing. September 30 deadline for Cost […]

26th annual Kenai River Classic features national keynote speaker, water safety

(Soldotna) – The 26th annual Kenai River Classic, August 22 – 24, 2018, hosted by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA), featured the nation’s top fisheries administrator and an emphasis on water safety. The Classic is one of Alaska’s premier fishing events held in August on the Kenai River to raise funds and educate high-level […]

KRSA questions ADFG action to tip allocation scale in favor of Cook Inlet commercial fishing

(Soldotna) – In a letter to Governor Walker on August 26, 2018 Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) questioned action taken on August 23 by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) to tip the allocation scale in favor of Cook Inlet commercial drift gillnet fisheries. On August 22, ADFG issued Emergency Order #31 allowing […]

Roundtable discussion focuses on salmon sustainability, culture

Posted August 23, 2018 10:10 pm By ELIZABETH EARL Peninsula Clarion Roundtable discussion focuses on salmon sustainability, culture (From left) Alaska Salmon Fellows Mary Sattler Peltola and Ben Stevens, Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) and Cook Inlet east side setnetter Ken Coleman listen as North Pacific Fishery Management Council member and charter captain Andy Mezirow talks […]

Kenai River Reopens to Sockeye Salmon Fishing

(Soldotna) – The passage of sockeye salmon into the Kenai River has achieved the sustainable escapement goal (SEG) of 700,000 to 1,200,000 Kenai River late-run sockeye salmon, so the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is reopening sport fishing for sockeye salmon on the Kenai River and restoring the bag limit of three fish […]

KRSA Holding Public Forum On ‘Critical Fisheries Issues In Alaska’

The Kenai River Sportfishing Association will be hosting the ‘Classic Roundtable on Fisheries’ on Wednesday, August 22. There will be keynote speaker and panelists to address how fiscal, social, and ecological changes are impacting the ability to research, conserve and allocate fishery resources. Ricky Gease, Executive Director, Kenai River Sportfishing Association: “It will feature the […]

What happened to Kenai salmon?

As the summer winds down, Outdoor Explorer looks at one of the worst years of salmon fishing in memory in southcentral Alaska. The Susitna drainage was expected to be bad and was worse. Kenai king fishing continued a bad trend of 10 years. And Cook Inlet sockeye numbers were the worst in many decades. We’ll […]