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An advisory committee to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council also recommended an annual cap of five halibut for sport charter anglers. Together with anglers on private boats, such anglers account for 17.5 percent of the halibut catch.  Commercial fishermen get the rest.  

Craig Medred
Cordova commercial fishermen compete with dipnetters for Copper River fish. They get the first crack at the returning reds -- a prized commodity in international markets each May -- in the Gulf of Alaska just before they enter the river and generally catch about six times as many fish as the dipnetters. Craig Medred

The hatchery on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was built in 1958 by the U.S. Army to provide fish for the post lakes. On Friday, it was decommissioned after the last fish left, released into Little Campbell Lake.

Bob Hallinen
A 16-year-old Eagle Scout from Idaho took the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby on Tuesday with a fish 57 pounds heavier than the previous leader.Matt Tunseth
A bad day fishing in Alaska beats a good day playing video games, especially when anglers can haul in silver salmon. They're running from Homer to the Mat-Su. Matt Tunseth
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
Backers of new restrictions on commercial fishing in Cook Inlet are taking credit for the steady stream of coho salmon returning to Mat-Su streams. Biologists and drift fishermen aren't so sure. 
The National Marine Fisheries Service has argued that 100 percent coverage on trawlers working Alaska waters is financially unreasonable for the commercial fishing operations. Craig Medred
More than 50 crew members from a South Korean fishing ship that sank in the western Bering Sea were feared dead Tuesday, as furious relatives blamed the ship's owner and its captain for not doing enough to save their family members from the frigid waters a day earlier.Kim Tong-Hyung | Associated Press
South Korean officials expressed fear of a huge death toll after rescuers Monday failed to find any of the more than 50 fishermen missing after their vessel sank amid high waves in frigid waters of the western Bering Sea.Associated Press and Alaska Dispatch News

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