Molly Dischner, KDLG - Dillingham


Feds announce tracking requirements for seafood imports

The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced that it is implementing a new tracking program for seafood imports, meant to help combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud. Importers will have to track where fish was caught, the type of gear that was used and where it was landed.

Walker names Soldotna’s Ruffner to fish board

Governor Bill Walker announced five nominations to the board of the Alaska Fish and Game on Tueeday. On the list again this year for a fish board seat is Robert Ruffner of Soldotna, who would replace Fritz Johnson, a commercial fisherman from Dillingham. If confirmed, it will be the first time the fish board would not have a member from Bristol Bay. Download Audio

Board of Fisheries member resigns

The newest member of the state Board of Fisheries is planning to resign after less than a year on the job.

Bristol Bay salmon processors back in MSC label group

Last April, ten of Alaska’s major salmon buyers asked to rejoin the sustainability label they dropped in 2012. Negotiations failed at first, but eventually the Alaska Salmon Processors Association – led by Silver Bay Seafoods ­– agreed to hand over the certificate to the Pacific Seafood Processors Association, which has finally occurred.

Memorial fund established for lost mariner

The Alaska Food Policy Council has created a memorial fund for Roland Briggs, a Ugashik fisherman who went missing at sea this fall.

Legislature releases pre-files, including tribal court protective order bill

The state Legislature released 31 pre-filed bills today. That's the legislation submitted before lawmakers convene, that they plan to discuss – and possibly vote on – in the next several months.

S&P downgrades Alaska’s credit rating, citing oil prices

Alaska’s credit rating dropped a notch Tuesday from AAA to AA+. During a press conference, Gov. Bill Walker says that isn’t likely have a short-term impact on the state using bonds to fund capital projects or other state spending in the future.

New coastal change committee to meet in January

The Board of Fisheries’ new coastal change committee will hold its first meeting next month. The committee is helping the board develop some guidelines for how it deals with commercial fishing boundaries that change along with Alaska’s coastline. Download Audio

Basketball teams converge on Anchorage for tourney

Tournament organizer Heath Day said the Alaska Fellowship of Christian Athletes organized the tournament to give teams from across Alaska a chance to play each other before the state tournament in region. Download Audio

Fish, game boards hear public testimony on budget cuts

While Alaska’s governor was unveiling his budget proposal on Dec. 9, the state Boards of Fisheries and Game were grappling with how to accommodate future budget cuts.

Board of Fish hears mixed views on permit stacking

Among the 73 proposals before the state Board of Fisheries this week are several the address permit stacking for both set-netters and drift fishermen. In public testimony so far, fishermen have been divided on whether or not that would be a good thing for the fishery.

Pebble withdraws more third party subpoenas

The Pebble Partnership has dropped many of its subpoenas to individuals and organizations it believes may have communicated with the Environmental Protection Agency regarding protections for the Bristol Bay watershed as part of Pebble’s lawsuit alleging the agency acted improperly. Download Audio

Fall outlook shows slight uptick in sockeye sales

According to the McDowell group, this past summer’s sockeye is selling a little faster than it did in 2014.

Trans-Pacific Partnership nixes sockeye tariffs

A new Pacific trade deal could make Alaska sockeye a little more affordable in other countries. Download Audio

State considers changes to ANC proxy protocol

Proxy solicitations sent to shareholders of Alaska Native Corporations could undergo some changes next year.

Nushagak forecast includes 7 million Wood River reds

Next summer’s Bristol Bay sockeye run is estimated to number 46.5 million, with about a quarter of those fish headed for the Nushagak District.

Fish and Game estimates 46.5 million reds to return in 2016

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates that next summer's sockeye run will number 46.5 million. That would leave room to harvest nearly 30 million, and would be the third above-average bay harvest in a row.

NOAA releases 2014 fisheries report

In a report released Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in 2014 commercial fishermen landed about 9.5 billion pounds of seafood in the United States, including 5.7 billion pounds here in Alaska.

Scott Kelley named state’s director of commercial fisheries

The state has a new director of commercial fisheries. Long-time Fish and Game employee Scott Kelley takes over Wednesday, replacing Jeff Regnart, who retired at the start of October.

State seeks feedback on pot regs

Last November, Alaska voters legalized limited pot possession, and directed the state to start writing the regulations for a commercial industry. Now the Marijuana Control Board is looking for feedback on what it hopes is the final version of those rules.