Fishing

The Alaska Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on whether voters have the right to weigh in on a ballot initiative banning commercial setnets in Alaska's urban areas.

Suzanna Caldwell
A five-year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative launched in 2013 included more than 100 researchers focused on three dozen projects across 12 major river systems from Southeast to the Yukon. Now the ambitious effort has been cut to about a dozen projects.Laine Welch
A far-flung salmon stream west of Cook Inlet is at the center of a precedent-setting water battle that’s dictating the future of a hotly debated proposed coal mine near Tyonek and Beluga.Zaz Hollander
The Seward Silver Salmon Derby narrowly missed seeing the smallest winning fish in 60 years. Some believe warmer waters may be a reason for smaller fish. Mike Campbell
Anchorage angler Rudy Tsukada this month capped off his goal of catching a king salmon from his Hobie kayak for 12 consecutive months. The streak began in September 2014 and continued through the chills and snows of winter. Joseph Robertia
A late surge by the pink salmon returning to Prince William Sound and Southeast could give the overall harvest a boost, however.Laine Welch
Kuskokwim River commercial fishermen will have their first chance this summer to make a catch, and maybe a little cash, during openings set for Monday.Lisa Demer
Decisions are due soon on the issue of Chuitna salmon vs. coal as well as a proposed setnetting ban that would hit hardest in Cook Inlet. Laine Welch
Alaska’s humpy haul is the second-highest ever, pushed by the record production of three regions – more than 15 million pinks were taken from the Alaska Peninsula, nearly 30 million in Kodiak and 97 million from Prince William Sound.  Laine Welch
Four Southeast Alaska sport fishing guides have all pleaded guilty to a variety of fishing violations from 2013, wrapping up an Alaska Wildlife Troopers investigation that spanned more than two years. Tegan Hanlon