Fishing

The House Fisheries Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would eliminate the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and move its duties over to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Zaz Hollander
According to the Homer Chamber of Commerce, 1,321 anglers aboard 386 boats and seven kayaks landed 590 fish. More than $155,000 in cash was paid out to lucky anglers. Mike Campbell
While the number of fishermen in rural Southwest Alaska has declined, the average age of those who continue to fish has increased by almost 10 years. John Messick | Bristol Bay Times
A growing number of restaurant customers and grocery store shoppers in the country are asking for Alaska's Copper River sockeye salmon by name. But the marketing effort that popularized the firm, red fish could be in jeopardy as the commercial fishermen who provide much of its funding decide whether to pull their support.Molly Dischner | Associated Press
The bill, from Republican Sen. Bill Stoltze of Chugiak, would direct the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to prioritize state fisheries for personal use when restrictions are necessary.ociated Press
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.Craig Medred
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
Alaska Public Media
There's a school of fishy bills currently swimming their way through the Alaska Legislature, though whether the legislation will take priority as the session approaches its busy end is anyone's guess.Laine Welch
Gov. Bill Walker has made a second try at filling a vacant seat on the Alaska Board of Fisheries, this time picking the director of a conservation group for a position traditionally held by members sympathetic to sportfishing interests. Nathaniel Herz