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 By Larry Persily    News    November 29, 2023 

State releases names of landslide dead and missing

State officials have released the names of the four people killed and two others still missing from the Nov. 20 landslide that hit just past 11-Mile Zimovia Highway. As of Monday, Nov. 27, searchers h...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 22, 2023

State forecasts 2024 Bristol Bay sockeye run to decline from recent record highs

After recent years of record or near-record runs and harvests, Bristol Bay sockeye salmon numbers are expected to return to more average levels next year, according to state biologists. The 2024 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run is expected to total 39... Full story


State releases names of landslide dead and missing

State officials today released the names of the three people killed and three others still missing from the Monday night landslide at 11-Mile Zimovia Highway. Searchers have found the bodies of Timothy Heller, 44, his wife, Beth Heller, 36, and... Full story


Advisory committee supports proposal to protect commercial king harvest share

Members of the Wrangell Fish and Game Advisory Committee are concerned about the future of commercial salmon fishing as Alaska’s tourism industry continues to expand, bringing in more non-resident fishers on charter trips. The advisory committee...

 By James Brooks    News    November 15, 2023

State loses challenge to special COVID-era hunt for Kake residents

A federal judge in Anchorage has ruled that U.S. government officials did not overstep the law when they allowed an emergency hunt near Kake during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision, published Nov. 3 by Judge Sharon Gleason, is...

 By Larry Persily    News    November 8, 2023

University fisheries program attracts more students, and not just from Alaska

Now in its 15th year, the applied fisheries program at the University of Alaska Southeast draws students from across the state and across the country. Not just ocean states like Florida, but the Great Lakes state of Wisconsin, and even landlocked...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 8, 2023

Researchers find chum salmon spawning in Arctic Ocean rivers

Chum salmon are now reproducing farther north in some North Slope rivers, researchers have confirmed. A University of Alaska Fairbanks team this fall found about 100 chum salmon that were spawning or had just spawned in the Anaktuvuk and Itkillik... Full story


Area moose harvest totals 141; exceeds last year's 118

Hunters harvested a total of 141 moose in the Wrangell-Petersburg area this year, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. This year’s take is much higher than the harvest of 118 in 2022 and exceeds the five-year average of about 120 mo...


Mariculture industry starting to take root in Wrangell

Alaska is seeking to turn mariculture — a form of marine farming that includes oysters and kelp — into a $100 million industry in the next 20 years. With two kelp farm permit holders and an operating oyster farm near town, Wrangell is home to a...

 By Olivia Rose    News    October 25, 2023

Troopers euthanize cub that wandered into Petersburg grocery store

Bystanders watched through the windows of Petersburg IGA as wildlife troopers and police captured a young bear inside the grocery store on Oct. 17. Authorities later killed the orphaned bear, which they said was unlikely to survive the winter....

 By Larry Persily    News    October 18, 2023

Southeast gillnet catch came in far below 10-year average

The Southeast salmon drift gillnet season officially closed Thursday, Oct. 12, with the state reporting the harvest came in below the 10-year average of 2013-2022 for all species other than chum salmon. Though overall run strengths for all species...


State reopens Bering Sea red king crab fishery after 2-year closure

Alaska fishermen will be able to harvest red king crab, the largest and most lucrative of all the Bering Sea crab species, for the first time in two years, offering a slight reprieve to the beleaguered fishery beset by low numbers likely exacerbated...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 18, 2023

Bering Sea snow crab population continues steep decline

A year after state officials imposed unprecedented shutdowns on crab fishing in the Bering Sea, the snow crab population is in even worse shape than it was last year, when the Alaska Department of Fish and Game canceled the 2022-23 harvest. Survey... Full story

 By Larry Persily    News    October 4, 2023

Stikine Sportsmen put up $2,500 reward in illegal moose kill

The Stikine Sportsmen Association is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever illegally killed a cow moose and left the carcass to rot in the woods south of town. A hiker discovered the kill and reported it Sept....


State grants limited opening for kings; nine per troller

The Southeast king salmon troll fishery opened Friday, Sept. 1, for the third time this summer, though relatively few fish remain in this year’s allocation, the Department of Fish and Game announced. With only about 3,200 kings remaining in the...

 By Nathaniel Herz    News    August 30, 2023

Governor names radio show host to commercial fishing post

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has appointed a Republican advertising consultant and talk show host to a highly paid state government job overseeing commercial fishing permits. Dunleavy this month appointed Mike Porcaro of Anchorage as one of two commissioners o... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    August 30, 2023

Federal agency rejects endangered listing for Southeast wolves

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has again rejected a request to list Southeast Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago wolves as endangered or threatened. The wolves, found in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia, range among the region’s large, old... Full story

 By Lex Treinen    News    August 23, 2023

Haines brown bear raids garden for carrots

When Leigh Horner slipped out of her house on the outskirts of Fort Seward in Haines last week for a Mai Tai at the distillery, she didn’t realize someone was watching her, waiting for a chance to steal some of her things. But the someone wasn’t...

 By Larry Persily    News    August 16, 2023

Oversupply and inflationary pressure on consumers drag down salmon prices

Oversupply from bumper harvests last year and inflationary pressures squeezing household food budgets have made it a terrible year for Alaska salmon prices. A near-record pink salmon harvest in Russia isn’t helping by adding more fish to the...

 By Anna Laffrey    News    August 9, 2023

Southeast seiners could double pre-season pink harvest estimate

Southeast Alaska commercial seine fishermen are blazing past pink salmon catch estimates that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicted for the summer season. Fish and Game in May forecast that seine fishermen would harvest about 19 million...

 By Anna Laffrey    News    August 9, 2023

Trollers get 24-hour chinook opening on Friday

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a second opportunity for commercial trollers to catch chinook salmon in Southeast after a smaller-than-average troll fleet took about 85,000 chinook during an initial opener July 1-12. Troll...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    August 2, 2023

Federal grant will help determine if a squid fishery can work in Southeast

Which came first, the magister squid fishery or the magister squid market? A Juneau charter fishing operator was recently awarded a $230,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

 By Sitka Sentinel    News    July 19, 2023

Southeast commercial king salmon harvest closed July 12

The Southeast Alaska commercial troll fishery closed to the retention of chinook salmon at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. That’s when the Alaska Department of Fish and Game expected that the target of 77,100 chinook for the summer’s first...

 By Hope McKenney    News    July 12, 2023

State will start monitoring for invasive green crabs at Dutch Harbor

Unalaska is preparing to start monitoring for European green crabs. That’s after the invasive species was first found in waters around Metlakatla last July. The crabs could cause a big problem. They destroy habitat and outcompete native species....

 By Garland Kennedy    News    July 5, 2023

State sets commercial troll harvest limit at 74,800 kings

The Department of Fish and Game has announced that 74,800 “treaty” king salmon (non-hatchery fish) will be available for taking in the summer commercial troll season’s first opening, which started Saturday. The department released summer king...


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