Fishing

Several Alaska salmon processors have decided to rejoin one of the world’s best-known sustainable seafood certification programs after breaking away about three years ago.

Jeannette Lee Falsey
Gov. Walker’s latest nominee for the Alaska Board of Fisheries faced a barrage of questions at a hearing Monday over the depth of his support for sportfishing -- even as a decision by the Senate Majority threw the whole appointment process into limbo.Zaz Hollander

Crabbing season is in full swing in Nome, and one crabber is taking full advantage of what the sea has to offer.

Suzanna Caldwell
A group of 20 retired Alaska state and federal biologists and managers has submitted a letter urging the Walker administration to choose salmon over coal at the Chuitna River in Upper Cook Inlet. The public can weigh in on the decision through April 9.Laine Welch
The price of Alaska sockeye salmon is expected to drop this year as a huge run contributes to a glut in supply.Jeannette Lee Falsey
The Karluk and Ayakulik rivers may be poster children for the collapse of king salmon runs across Alaska, from the mighty Yukon River to Southcentral’s Kenai River. Few waterways have seen sharper declines.Mike Campbell
The idea is for a new sockeye salmon stamp patterned after the king salmon stamp already in use in Alaska. Anglers wanting to harvest sockeyes through sport fishing or personal-use fishing would need to purchase a sockeye stamp along with their fishing license.Jenny Neyman
The National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of Law Enforcement plans to base three officers in Unalaska. The agency last had staff based in the Aleutians in the 1990s and 2000s, but closed the office as a cost-cutting measure and has since flown officers in for brief stints.Jim Paulin
Pressure to reduce bycatch has come from environmental groups, fishermen and politicians. In Southwest Alaska, where revenues depend almost entirely on fishing, even municipalities have begun to push the issue. John Messick | Bristol Bay Times
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is criticizing the proposed route for a road aimed at upgrading access to the southern mouth of the Kenai River, saying a road in the location would encroach on a rich, ecologically sensitive, wetland that hosts spring and fall migrations of geese, ducks and many species of shorebirds.Associated Press