Fish and Game attributes the strong return to the 132,000 silver smolts planted in May 2013. Silvers spend one year at sea before returning. By then, they’re far larger than the smolts, which weighed roughly 2 grams when they were released about 15 months ago. Mike Campbell
Ben Mohr, who began work as a state fisheries adviser July 7, is best known around Bristol Bay as a spokesperson for the Pebble Partnership, which is trying to develop a huge mine in the region that is seen by many as a threat to the equally huge salmon run there.Pat Forgey
With fewer and fewer mature halibut swimming around in the North Pacific Ocean, catch limits for both commercial fishermen and sport-fishing charters are dropping. In the Alaska Gulf – Area 3A including Homer, Seward, Kodiak and Valdez – fishermen were allotted a 2014 total harvest of 9.43 million pounds, with 77.5 percent designated for the commercial sector.Naomi Klouda
Photographer and filmmaker Christopher Baker spent four days in Cordova in 2010, shooting with fisherman Wade Buscher. This video is a director's cut of a piece Baker shot and produced for the first digital edition of Martha Stewart Living.