Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

With the start of the salmon season just a few weeks away, Alaska’s fishing industry is hoping the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s pre-season forecast holds true for much of the state. The department is predicting a solid season for many of Alaska’s salmon fisheries.

“We’re projecting a total forecast harvest of salmon of about 213 million fish. This is compared to about 116 million fish that were harvested in 2018,” ADF&G Fisheries Scientist Andrew Munro said. “Most of that increase is expected in pink and chum harvests.”

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

When Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled his budget proposal back in February, he also issued a directive asking departments to seek out state-owned properties that could be sold in an effort to save money.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game considered selling state-owned hatchery facilities to the aquaculture groups that operate them, but received no interest in the idea.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says its massive hatchery-wild research study will inform the conversations surrounding the rates at which hatchery pink and chum salmon stray into wild streams and whether they’re less productive than their wild counterparts.

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This month on Kachemak Science: Invasive crayfish in Buskin Lake on Kodiak, invasive northern pike in Threemile Lake and Native subsistence strategies for eradicating invasive species…by collecting and eating them.

 

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Recently, an argument over whether hatcheries are causing more harm than good has been heating up. The debate is nothing new. But an Alaska Department of Fish and Game study is about to take a step toward answering a question central to the debate: do hatchery fish that spawn with wild populations pose a threat to those stocks?

“You want to make two cuts: one to get at the heart and one to get at the otoliths,” Pete Rand told a group of new filed staff.

Courtesy of Fish and Game

For the second year in a row, the personal use coho fishery in Kachemak Bay closed after just one opening. The Department of Fish and Game opened the fishery Thursday for a 48-hour fishing period, but an emergency order closed personal use gillnetting early Saturday morning.  

Assistant Area Management Biologist Ethan Ford said the fishery is typically short, but usually provides residents with more than just one fishing period.

“Typically the fishery down here is relatively short because it’s based on a guideline harvest level range,” Ford explained.

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Just as three rivers on the Kenai Peninsula are set to reopen to sport fishing next week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued more restrictions for sport anglers today/Friday.  

Are razor clams making a comeback in Cook Inlet?

Sep 26, 2017
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Clam diggers from the Kenai River to the Homer Spit hoping for the return of razor clams were sorely disappointed this summer. This year was the third season in a row the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order closing popular razor clam fisheries, but there is a tiny glimmer of hope the tasty morsels are making a comeback.

Drill Rig Carrier of Invasives Species?

Apr 14, 2016
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The Randolph Yost drill-rig came to Homer from Singapore. A Homer environmental group is worried the Yost, now docked in the Homer port, could have brought invasive species into Alaska waters. The group is criticizing the Department of Fish and Game for not checking the rig before it docked in Kachemak Bay.


Coffee Table: Game Management on South Peninsula

Apr 13, 2016
Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

Game management is a never-ending task complicated by dozens of variables and lots of opinions. The Southern Kenai Peninsula’s moose, caribou, bears and other wildlife are managed by the Department of Fish and Game. But, that agency takes its orders from the Board of Game and local advisory committees make recommendations too. This week on the Coffee Table Dave Lyon, Chair of the Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee and Jeff Selinger, Area Biologist for the Department of Fish and Game discussed management strategy.

ADF&G Announces Kenai King Salmon Restrictions

Feb 19, 2016
Photo KBBI.

King salmon that run through the Kenai and Kasilof rivers continue their trend of expected low returns, so the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced restrictions to try and meet escapement goals for spawning.

Thursday the Department said on the Kenai River, king fishing will be restricted during the early run, from May 1st through June 30th.