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In reports to BOF, ADFG ignores key research on negative impacts of hatchery pink salmon

ADFG cites need for rigorous hypothesis-testing research on hatchery salmon, omits very own collaborative research that shows negative impacts of hatchery pink salmon on sockeye salmon in Prince William Sound   At the recent Board of Fisheries (BOF) October work session in Anchorage, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) gave a standing room […]

Oil spill pathway shows likely route of 700 million hatchery pink salmon early migration from Prince William Sound

Spring migration route of some 700 million hatchery pink salmon releases in Prince William Sound likely follows EV oil spill pathway   Each spring, upwards of 700 million hatchery pink salmon are released in Prince William Sound and start their early migration along the Gulf of Alaska nearshore coastal waters. These hatchery pink salmon start […]

Reel News from the World of Fisheries, October 25, 2018

REEL NEWS FROM ALASKA AND OUTSIDE Alaska Board of Fisheries Fails to Protect Wild Salmon from Hatchery Expansion The Alaska Board of Fisheries decided to once again to sit on the sidelines on the issue of controlling hatchery expansion of pink salmon production in Prince William Sound at its October workshop in Anchorage. A very […]

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

REEL NEWS FROM ALASKA AND OUTSIDE Alaska Board of Fisheries Should Act to Protect Wild Alaska Salmon  Kevin Delaney has a great opinion editorial in the Anchorage Daily News. He points out that job one for Alaska fish management is protection of wild salmon stocks. Although Prince William Sound hatcheries are vitally important to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]