Fishing

In a move that throws a curveball into the volatile halibut bycatch issue, two Alaska representatives have been disqualified from voting when the matter comes before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council when it meets June 1-9 in Sitka.Jim Paulin
A hearing in Anchorage on Aug. 21 will feature testimony from both sides on Chuitna River water rights. Already, Alaska's Department of Natural Resources has received 7,500 comments in favor of water rights. Laine Welch
An array of Northwest rivers, including the Koyuk, Ungalik, Inglutalik, Shaktoolik, Unalakleet and Golsovia, will close to sport and subsistence fishing June 8.Alaska Dispatch News
While Seward may be best known for its popular Silver Salmon Derby in August, locals fill their freezers and smokers with shore-caught red salmon as soon as they show up in late May.  Tyler Pelo
One-time Alaska Fish Board appointee Roland Maw was fined $7,245 and barred from hunting and fishing for 18 months following his no contest plea to illegally obtaining resident hunting and fishing licenses in the state of Montana.Laurel Andrews
Bycatch levels set by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council have not changed for 20 years for the fleet of 28 Seattle-based trawlers. At the same time, halibut catches for commercial, sport and subsistence users have been slashed for 14 consecutive years due to stock depletion and small fish.   Laine Welch
The ceremonial first fish of the Copper River salmon season arrived Friday morning at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on an Alaska Airlines jet painted like a giant fish.Associated Press
In my view, whitefish are better eating than grayling. Their meat is firmer. Grayling are spring spawners and tend to be mushy well into June. John Schandelmeier
The first king salmon are showing up in the Kuskokwim River, and 32 villages -- including the hub of Bethel -- will be able to take part in a federal community harvest program allowing up to 7,000 to be caught.Lisa Demer