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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

Sunshine and temperatures in the 20s lured fishermen onto Kotzebue Sound to target sheefish lurking under three feet of ice.

Bill Roth
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
For a group of Aussies, battling waves, rocks and sizeable tuna, sharks and cobia in New South Wales makes fishing a little more extreme. Tara Young
The Federal Subsistence Board voted to allow gillnetting primarily targeting sockeye salmon on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, though the potential to harvest other species of fish, like Dolly Varden and the beleaguered king salmon, was a sticking point in the discussion.Rashah McChesney and DJ Summer | Peninsula Clarion
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