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The Federal Subsistence Board voted to allow gillnetting primarily targeting sockeye salmon on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, though the potential to harvest other species of fish, like Dolly Varden and the beleaguered king salmon, was a sticking point in the discussion.

Rashah McChesney and DJ Summer | Peninsula Clarion
Southcentral anglers used to casting a line in Prince William Sound for late-season silver salmon at the Whittier Boat Harbor, Smitty’s Cove, Salmon Run or nearby say the return has sharply declined in recent years and are seeking an explanation from biologistsMike Campbell
The Bering Sea snow crab season is off and running, with a jump start in December. And crab prices are at record highs in Japan, thanks to a new treaty between Japan and Russia against illegal Russian crabbing, something fishermen would also like to see between the United States and Russia. Jim Paulin
Before voracious pike populations exploded in the drainage, Alexander Creek was one of the top destinations for Southcentral anglers seeking king salmon. As many as 11,000 kings a year returned, helping support nine lodges dedicated to sportfishing.Mike Campbell
NOAA has approved the distribution of an additional $13 million in aid -- the second half of a fisheries disaster payout approved by Congress last year -- for the 2012 king salmon fishery failure.Associated Press
This picture on my desk of three fishermen is proof of the enduring nature of friendships forged on Sitka docks. Boat kids understand impermanence, the ease with which people can wash away. Tele Aadsen
Alaska seafood marketers are ramping up promotions and bankrolling a $1 million global media blitz to counteract a tough sockeye salmon market. Meanwhile, entrepreneurs are coming up with new, innovative ways to use Alaska's seafood.Laine Welch
Acting state Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten was the only applicant for the permanent commissioner job to earn an interview with the Alaska Joint Board of Fisheries and Game, which rejected three other candidates at a Juneau meeting on Wednesday morning.Nathaniel Herz
After 20 years of posts about fishing and hunting in the Last Frontier, the Alaska Outdoor Journal ​website stunned longtime followers with its sudden closure in early January. The site's creator, Gary Barnes, said only that he wanted to "figure out what's next."Sean Doogan
A six-figure salary and the opportunity to supervise some 1,700 employees has enticed just four people to apply to be commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game under new Gov. Bill Walker.Nathaniel Herz

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