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    The king salmon run has hit in Homer’s Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. So many chinook are showing up that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is opening the lagoon up for snagging, starting on Friday at noon, for 60 hours, ending Sunday at midnight.

Area Management Biologist Mike Booz said liberalizing the fishery will give anglers a greater chance of harvesting the buildup of king salmon that are currently in the Lagoon."

Ptarmigan hunting closed in portion of GMU 15-C

Feb 3, 2021
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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reminding hunters that the ptarmigan season in the portion of Game Management Unit 15-C, north of Kachemak Bay and north of the Fox River, closed on January 31. 

The early season closure is a result of action taken by the Alaska Board of Game due to population concerns for ptarmigan in the northern portion of 15C. 

The season remains open in the rest of GMU 15C until March 31, with a bag limit of 10 birds per day, 20 in possession. 

    With lengthening days, it’s only a matter of time before Kenai Peninsula bears start coming out of hibernation. It’s a tough time of year for local brown and black bears, as salmon and berries are both months away. In the meantime, many bears turn to more convenient sources of food, usually left out by humans.

    The list of bear attractants is long, including suet bird feeders, dog food, livestock, especially rabbit hutches and chicken coops, or garbage. 

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The ban on personal watercraft in Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats is up for public comment until January 6, 2020. Personal watercraft have been banned from Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats  since 2001.

Public comments are all directed through one person, Rick Green, appointed by Governor Dunleavy to serve as Special Assistant to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Comminssioner Doug Vincent-Lang.
KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson spoke to Green about the proposed repeal.

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game proposes to repeal the ban on personal watercraft use in Fox River Flats and Kachemak Bay Critical Habitat Areas.
The ban was enacted in 2001. 

Robert Archibald is the chair of The Kachemak Bay State Park Citizens Advisory Board.  Their next meeting is on Wednesday, December 11 at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. Archibald says the watercraft repeal is going on the agenda.

"We will be discussing that as a board, whether to pass a resolution for or against that," said Archibald.

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.

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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
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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.