Bristol Bay’s halibut fishery is underway. The Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. had its first report of halibut caught in the area on May 22, said Susie Jenkins-Brito, the group's regional fisheries coordinator.Molly Dischner
In a move that throws a curveball into the volatile halibut bycatch issue, two Alaska representatives have been disqualified from voting when the matter comes before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council when it meets June 1-9 in Sitka.Jim Paulin
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 state Department of Fish and Game has budgeted $40,000 for a test fishery on the Kuskokwim River near Aniak to provide information on when -- and if -- various species of salmon reach upriver waters, a state management biologist said.