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Contentious request to release hatchery pinks in Kachemak Bay State Park denied for second time

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources denied a hatchery nonprofit’s request last week to release millions of hatchery pink salmon in a popular area of Kachemak Bay State Park.

Part of Bering Sea Pacific cod fishery could move toward quota system

About a year after federal regulators dramatically cut the Pacific Cod quota in the Gulf of Alaska, some fishermen in the Bering Sea say there are too many boats fishing for the declining species.

Questions about federal shutdown’s impact on upcoming halibut season go unanswered

As the federal government shutdown wears on, a major question is going unanswered: Does the National Marine Fisheries Service have a plan to open Alaska’s halibut and sablefish fisheries if the shutdown lasts?

Communities reliant on Coast Guard services feel the pain of the federal gov. shutdown

Most U.S. Coast Guard operations are suspended and that’s holding up commercial boat and permit sales as well as some construction of passenger vessels.

Federal fishery regulators forced to postpone official decisions during shutdown

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council may not be able to make any official decisions at its February meeting due to the partial federal government shutdown.

Dunleavy administration could revive debate over contentious Kachemak Bay State Park hatchery

About a month ago, former Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack abruptly signed off on a draft management plan for Kachemak Bay State Park. After Mack left the job and a new governor was sworn in, DNR rescinded the plan.

As carbon emissions rise, salmon may lose crucial sense of smell

A new study has found that one of the coho salmon’s most valuable senses -- smell -- may diminish as more carbon dioxide enters the North Pacific Ocean.

Large home explosion scatters debris across Sterling Highway

The Sterling Highway remained closed until the early morning hours Friday, blocking access to and from Homer.

Fed fisheries will open in spite of shutdown, but details hazy

The partial federal government shutdown has left some Alaska fishermen and others wondering whether federal fisheries set to start in January will open on time. The National Marine Fisheries Service has been affected by the shutdown and many employees aren’t there to answer phones, leaving some with more questions than answers.

Kenai Peninsula schools could soon form esports teams

District spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff said the decision to approve club-level video game — or esports — teams came after the Electronic Gaming Federation approached the district about joining a statewide league.

What happens when an oil producer moves into the neighborhood?

Public information about oil and gas exploration on private land comes with a lot of what ifs. Oil and gas wells themselves are permitted internally at the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and the location of wells is only made public after they are approved.

Central Gulf of Alaska halibut charters may face more closures

The charter fleet in the central Gulf of Alaska could see some regulation shifts in 2019, while additional restrictions for Southeast-based charters are unlikely.

Enstar still evaluating gas lines following earthquake

The natural gas utility serving the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley called in former employees and extra help from the Lower 48 to inspect homes following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake Nov. 30.

Controversial ruling brings attention to judges on the ballot

Controversy surrounding an Anchorage judge’s recent ruling in a high-profile assault case is bringing more attention to the power the electorate has over the judiciary. Listen now

Some Board of Fish members express interest in limiting hatchery production

The Department of Fish and Game’s hatchery-wild research project is due to release the first round of several genetic reports in the coming months, which will inform the board’s discussion on hatchery fish. Listen now

Board of Fish agenda heavy with hatchery issues

The Alaska Board of Fisheries kicked off its annual work session in Anchorage on Monday and salmon hatcheries will once again be a prominent topic of discussion. Listen now

NPFMC may impose regulations on Southeast and GOA rental boats

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, or NPFMC, took a step during its meeting Monday toward regulating unguided boats that anglers pay to use for halibut fishing. Listen now

Superior court judge rules against Kenai Peninsula Borough in invocation case

After a roughly two-year court battle, a superior court judge ruled Tuesday that the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s invocation policy is unconstitutional. Listen now

Key Alaska seafood products dropped from list of Chinese tariffs

Some of Alaska’s seafood industry has escaped the Trump administration’s trade war with China for now. Listen now

FEMA assesses issues after national emergency alert test

“Some people didn’t receive it at all. Some people received it multiple times. Some people had their phone on silent and only heard a vibration. Other people didn’t hear anything at all,” a FEMA official explained. Listen now