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FARE INCREASE - AMHS travel cost is rising

Travel costs about the Alaska Marine Highway System will rise slightly next year, as the state uses the first fare increase since 2007 to help cover [...]

THE HEAT IS ON - Rising temperatures triggering changes to Arctic

A federal report released Dec. 17 says Arctic temperatures are rising at more than twice the rate of global air temperatures, prompting changes in the [...]

AEA CHALLENGED - Susitna dam cost estimate questioned

A new report from veteran Juneau economist Gregg Erickson for the Alaska chapter of Trout Unlimited says the Alaska Energy Authority substantially [...]

ALL EYES ON COTTEN -Governor chose seasoned veteran for acting commissioner

All eyes were on Sam Cotten last week during the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting in Cordova. Cotten is Gov. Walker's interim choice to head the [...]

Coast Guard authorization passes Senate

Coast Guard legislation that strengthens and modernizes the multi-mission service, and includes an extended waiver for small boat operators on vessel [...]

DISABLED VESSEL in PWS towed by Coast Guard

Coast Guard crews came to the rescue on Dec. 4 of the fishing vessel Eleon that ran aground on the south side of Evans Island in Prince William [...]

Cotten is new acting commissioner of ADFG

Veteran fish harvester Sam Cotten, who served two terms on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and 16 years in the Alaska Legislature, was [...]

HERRING STATUS

EVOS declines action on Exxon Valdez reopener for unknown injury provision saying it is not a party to that litigation

Vessel discharge legislation

Legislation to exempt incidental discharges from commercial, fishing and recreational vessels less than 79 feet is most likely to pass as a wavier in [...]

FORECAST DOWN - Sitka sac roe herring forecast declines

A preliminary guideline harvest level for the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery has been set at 8,712 tons, half of tonnage for the 2014 [...]

SEASON OVER - Red king crab fishery ends; tanner begins

Harvesters in the Eastern Bering Sea have all but wrapped up the red king crab fishery, with 100 percent of the 8,987,400-pound quota expected to be [...]

UniSea's Terry Shaff dies at 67

Terry Shaff, who served as president of Unisea Inc. since 1998, passed away Nov. 15 at Dutch Harbor after a brief battle with cancer. Shaff, who was [...]

SALMON SURGE - Strong runs forecasts for Bristol Bay, Southeast Alaska

State fisheries biologists are forecasting a run over nearly 54 million sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay in 2015, with a harvest of over 40 million fish, [...]

DISMISSED - 9th Circuit rejects Shell lawsuit against NGOs

A Royal Dutch Shell's lawsuit seeking preemptive declarations that permits granted by federal agencies, who were not parties to the cases, were valid [...]

Dunbar Concedes, Congratulates Young

Forrest Dunbar is conceding the 2014 election to Don Young, after the Representative prevailed with 51.69% of the vote. With 100% of precincts [...]

HARVESTERS - Seafood job numbers on the rise

Seafood harvesting employment in Alaska is on the rise. A new report in the November edition of state Labor Department publication Alaska Economic [...]

Cordova ranks high among nation's ports

Seafood landings and their value rose significantly in 2013 for the port of Cordova, while Dutch Harbor remained the nation's top fishing port by [...]

AFN ENDORSEMENT backs Begich, Walker candidacy

Political winds in the Nov. 4 general election are prompting candidate endorsement from organizations who have rarely or never done so before. In a [...]

FISHERIES MEETINGS - Transboundary mine presentations offered

Salmon Beyond Borders and the United Tribal Transboundary Mining Working Group will hold public meetings in four Southeast Alaska communities Oct. [...]

ILLEGAL CRAB - Illegal fishing threatens collapse

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund says crab stocks in the Russian Far East are at risk of collapse because of overharvest from illegal [...]