Alaska is continuing to clamp down on the use of drones to aid in hunting and fishing. The Board of Fisheries on Sunday moved to prohibit commercial fishermen from using drones to spot schooling salmon.
It's no time to do away with the three-member commission overseeing Alaska's 68 limited-entry fisheries, its chairman told a legislative committee on Tuesday morning. The commission is fighting for survival amid a critical state review and a repeal proposal.Zaz Hollander
For a second straight year, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will close king salmon fishing downstream of Slikok Creek through June 30. The fishery will be closed upstream through July 31.Associated Press
Roland Maw, Gov. Bill Walker's newest appointee to the Fish Board, had his first confirmation hearing Monday before the Senate Resources Committee, which heard conflicting portrayals of the Ph.D. fisheries scientist. Pat Forgey
Alaska lawmakers have moved a bill to extend the licensing program for sportfishing guides. The program, through which the Alaska Department of Fish and Game licenses and regulates sportfishing guides and operations, expired at the end of 2014.Molly Dischner
Alaska Sens. Mike Dunleavy and Peter Micciche sent a joint letter to the Federal Subsistence Board asking for reconsideration of a recent decision to allow a subsistence gillnet in the Kenai River.Associated Press
Iceland native and Unalaska boat captain Kristjan Laxfoss has lived and worked in the Aleutians for 34 years. Last month, the Aleutians-Pribilof Islands Community Development Association awarded him $1,000 for his idea to produce pollock fish frankfurters on the remote island of St. George. John Messick
Crab pots lost on the bottom of a Kodiak Island bay are capturing significant numbers of its king crab, according to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Associated Press