Fishing

This Week in Landings - 08/02

Aug 2, 2019
Salmon
University of Washington

Sockeye salmon continued pouring into Upper Cook Inlet.  Six hundred forty thousand found their way into the nets of the commercial gillnet fleet, up from three hundred ninety thousand the week before.  The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that the Kenai and Kasilof rivers have exceeded escapement goals, and they have extended fishing periods for set gillnetters and opened expanded areas in the Kasilof, Kenai, and Anchor Point subdistricts  to drifters.

This Week in Bycatch - July 30

Jul 31, 2019
Halibut
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

July continued to report the lowest catches of prohibited species in 2019 throughout groundfish fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands regulatory areas, according to reports from onboard observers compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service.  In the week ending July 20, total halibut bycatch in non-IFQ groundfish sectors was reported at 85,855 pounds.

This Week in Bycatch - 07/23

Jul 24, 2019
Halibut
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

Longliners targeting Pacific Cod posted the highest poundage of halibut bycatch for the week of July 13, according to public data released by the National Marine Fisheries Service, with 48,702 pounds.  Onboard observers recorded 3,946 pounds of that halibut was dead. Non-pelagic, or bottom, trawlers recorded a total halibut mortality of 46,319 pounds.

Salmon
University of Washington

Halibut landings across the state have slowed down as boats turn their attention to salmon.  Homer landed 109,763 pounds of halibut on fifteen deliveries in the last week, over twice as much as Kodiak.  Seward recorded 37,573 pounds. Almost eight and a half million pounds have been caught so far around the state in the IFQ longline fishery.  

This Week in Landings - June 28

Jun 28, 2019
Salmon
University of Washington

The first two openers of the 2019 Upper Cook Inlet drift gillnet season are done.  The June 20 and 24 Central District fishing periods each yielded about two thousand salmon for a total harvest of four thousand one hundred thirteen (4013) fish on one hundred forty six (146) deliveries.  Ninety two percent were sockeye. Setnetters on the west side of the Central District caught just under twenty-five hundred fish, of which all but fifteen were sockeye.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been trying to find out if hatchery fish from operations in Tutka Bay Lagoon and Port Graham have been straying into wild fish habitat, and over the past four years, they found that very few of those fish are colonizing wild streams. But scientists found that a number of hatchery fish from Prince William Sound are winding up in streams around Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet. That trend has left scientists and regulators with more questions than answers.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Gillnetters fishing the mouth of the Copper River for commercial kings are wrapping up their season. Forecasts this year were dismal, but the run was stronger than expected.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Jeremy Botz said about 4,000 chinook were initially allocated for gillnetters, but the in-season harvest over tripled that amount.

Set-Netters Get Emergency Opener

Aug 9, 2016
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Commercial sockeye fishing in upper Cook Inlet will be decided on a day-by-day basis from here until the end of the season.

“We’re going to provide the set-net fishery with a 12-hour opening and then we’ll reassess after we get the data in from that period, the catches in from that period. And we’ll reassess where we’re at with escapement of sockeye, and we’ll also take a look at king salmon. And so it will be kind of a day-by-day assessment to see if there will be any additional fishing time provided,” said Pat Shields, area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Commercial Fisheries Division in Soldotna.

Anglers Get More Chance at Kenai Sockeye

Jul 22, 2016
Jenny Neyman

The Kenai River is seeing less sockeye in recent days but more fishing opportunity starting July 22.


Historic Boat Finds New Berth in Kenai

Jul 13, 2016
Jenny Neyman

There’s a new piece of history outside the Kenai Historical Society’s office, in the Old Town section of Kenai. It casts back to a time in the state’s commercial fishing industry before small boats had engines, electronics or hydraulics, when everything was done by hand.

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Dip-Netting Open on Kasilof, Kenai Rivers

Jul 12, 2016
Jenny Neyman

The Kenai River personal-use dip net fishery opened Sunday on a high point. Not only was the weather sunny and warm, but unusually high numbers of sockeye salmon greeted participants of the resident-only fishery.