Fishing

However, catches in the state’s biggest halibut fishing hole — Area 3A in the Central Gulf of Alaska — were cut 5 percent.

Laine Welch
A new measure that aims to reduce halibut bycatch in four sectors of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fisheries has been approved by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.Annie Zak
A publication from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game shows how the number of deaths in the state's commercial fishing sector has dropped since the 1980s.Annie Zak
Bristol Bay sockeye could get a boost this year from an expanding seafood sales program organized by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.Molly Dischner | Bristol Bay Times
Changes to Alaska’s coastline and creeks could affect fishing boundaries, but the state Board of Fisheries is waiting to weigh in on possible fixes until a new committee can delve into the issue.Molly Dischner | Bristol Bay Times
The fish died of ichthyophthiriasis, known as white spot disease, an uncommon condition in Alaska, according to a laboratory report. The condition is deadly and can wipe out populations of fish quickly. This is the first incident on the Kenai Peninsula.Elizabeth Earl | Peninsula Clarion
Needy Alaskans are enjoying a rare taste of sablefish, one of the world’s priciest fish, thanks to a science project that’s kept research fish from going over the rails.Laine Welch
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced three new appointments to the state fish board Tuesday, including one that could set up a fight between Bristol Bay and Kenai Peninsula commercial fishermen.Nathaniel Herz
Commercial fishing groups in Alaska are concerned that state budget cuts may hamper "responsible and sustainable fish harvesting."  Laine Welch
Andrew Kittams must pay a total of $15,375 in fines and restitution to the state after staff at a hatchery near Sitka recorded his crew throwing seal bombs into the hatchery's waters in 2013.Chris Klint