Fishing

An array of Northwest rivers, including the Koyuk, Ungalik, Inglutalik, Shaktoolik, Unalakleet and Golsovia, will close to sport and subsistence fishing June 8.

Alaska Dispatch News
While Seward may be best known for its popular Silver Salmon Derby in August, locals fill their freezers and smokers with shore-caught red salmon as soon as they show up in late May.  Tyler Pelo
One-time Alaska Fish Board appointee Roland Maw was fined $7,245 and barred from hunting and fishing for 18 months following his no contest plea to illegally obtaining resident hunting and fishing licenses in the state of Montana.Laurel Andrews
Bycatch levels set by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council have not changed for 20 years for the fleet of 28 Seattle-based trawlers. At the same time, halibut catches for commercial, sport and subsistence users have been slashed for 14 consecutive years due to stock depletion and small fish.   Laine Welch
The ceremonial first fish of the Copper River salmon season arrived Friday morning at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on an Alaska Airlines jet painted like a giant fish.Associated Press
In my view, whitefish are better eating than grayling. Their meat is firmer. Grayling are spring spawners and tend to be mushy well into June. John Schandelmeier
Almost as soon as the newly formed Kuskokwim River tribal fish group convened its first meeting this week, the challenge of managing declining king salmon was apparent.Lisa Demer
The first successful captive rearing of Arctic cod is revealing important information about a species that spends critical parts of its life beneath Arctic ice, scientists say. Yereth Rosen
Federal managers of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge say they plan to take action to protect king salmon runs this spring and summer on the Kuskokwim River.Lisa Demer
The fossil of a bizarre shark with a "buzz saw" bite, found in the Brooks Range and lost for 29 years in the Smithsonian archives, is back in Alaska for an exhibit in Seward, thanks in part to the intervention of artist Ray Troll. Mike Dunham