SOLDOTNA, AK (February 26, 2019) – The Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ben Mohr has been selected to serve as the executive director of KRSA. As the executive director, Mohr will be responsible for achieving the organization’s mission as well as management of KRSA’s operations, public relations and […]

Reel News from the World of Fisheries, November 13, 2018

REEL NEWS FROM ALASKA AND THE OUTSIDE Upcoming Event – 2108 Sportsmen’s Rendezvous 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday, November 17, American Legion Post 1, 840 West Fireweed Lane, Anchorage Reports from the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Alaska Outdoor Council, Alaska Outdoor Legislative Caucus & Advisory Council, Alaska Professional Hunters Association, Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation, […]

Take Action – Sign the Petition to Protect Kachemak Bay State Park

Commercial fishing interests seek permanent expansion of cost recovery hatchery into State Park   The Kachemak Bay State Park Comprehensive Management Plan is being finalized and commercial fishermen are seeking to expand the reach into the park of the Tutka Bay hatchery. Currently the hatchery is permitted to release up to 125 million hatchery pink […]

2 of 3 salmon harvested in Lower Cook Inlet is for Hatchery Cost Recovery

Statewide about 1 in 5 hatchery salmon are harvested for commercial cost recovery Cost recovery is a primary method whereby hatcheries recovery their costs associated with producing hatchery salmon. Typically the first part of a hatchery salmon return is harvested for cost recovery, then once that hatchery expense is covered the remaining fish are available […]

Reel News from the World of Fisheries, November 1, 2018

REEL NEWS FROM ALASKA AND THE OUTSIDE ADFG Commercial Fishing Season Summaries for Cook Inlet ADFG released the 2018 Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Salmon Fishery Season Summary. In UCI sockeye salmon are the most valuable salmon species, accounting for nearly 93 percent of the total value during the past two decades. The preseason forecast of […]

Size of salmon harvest in Alaska now largely driven by odd year, even year cycle

Ranking size of annual commercial fishing salmon harvests shows pattern before and after onset of industrial salmon hatchery production in 1990   In Alaska, one in three salmon harvested in commercial fisheries typically are now of hatchery origin. 99 percent of all hatchery salmon in Alaska are harvested in commercial fisheries. Hatcheries have become an […]

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 […]