Winter feeder king salmon fishing may be the domain of the hardiest anglers, but the dinner-table reward can be hard to beat. Another bonus for anglers: The daily bag and possession limit of two kings doesn’t count against an angler’s seasonal limit from Oct. 1 to April 1.
An emergency measure to help northern Bering Sea halibut fishermen was defeated at last week’s North Pacific Fishery Management Council, in a vote split along regional lines with all the Alaska representatives supporting the measure, which failed by a 5-5 tie vote.Jim Paulin
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. Craig Medred
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.
At next year's Symphony of Seafood competition in Seattle, entrepreneurs won't just compete for who has the tastiest dish, but also for who's using the less-edible parts of fish in new and innovative ways.Laine Welch
Alaska State Troopers reported Saturday they had arrested three suspects in the theft of $30,000 of steel, aluminum and copper from a backup fish hatchery in Eklutna. The crime reportedly took place over the course of weeks and may have involved as many as nine people, troopers reported.Ben Anderson
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