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.
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.
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
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