Fishing

Pressure to reduce bycatch has come from environmental groups, fishermen and politicians. In Southwest Alaska, where revenues depend almost entirely on fishing, even municipalities have begun to push the issue. 

John Messick | Bristol Bay Times
State and federal managers are turning to village residents to help plan what promises to be another summer of frustration, with restricted fishing in a region that depends on salmon as a main food source.Lisa Demer
The House Fisheries Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would eliminate the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and move its duties over to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Zaz Hollander
According to the Homer Chamber of Commerce, 1,321 anglers aboard 386 boats and seven kayaks landed 590 fish. More than $155,000 in cash was paid out to lucky anglers. Mike Campbell
While the number of fishermen in rural Southwest Alaska has declined, the average age of those who continue to fish has increased by almost 10 years. John Messick | Bristol Bay Times
A growing number of restaurant customers and grocery store shoppers in the country are asking for Alaska's Copper River sockeye salmon by name. But the marketing effort that popularized the firm, red fish could be in jeopardy as the commercial fishermen who provide much of its funding decide whether to pull their support.Molly Dischner | Associated Press
The bill, from Republican Sen. Bill Stoltze of Chugiak, would direct the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to prioritize state fisheries for personal use when restrictions are necessary.ociated Press
Big game tags, king salmon and duck stamps and commercial crewmember licenses are also available online this year, for the first time ever.Alaska Dispatch News

Of all the ways in which Alaska's aviation and fishing industries have been associated over the years, the use of aircraft to spot fish for commercial fishing operators has by far been the most controversial.

Colleen Mondor
The Alaska Court of Appeals on Friday ruled against 13 Yup'ik Eskimo fishermen who challenged their convictions of illegal king salmon fishing on the Kuskokwim River during a poor run in 2012.Rachel D'Oro | Associated Press