Margaret Bauman

Margaret Bauman is a veteran Alaska journalist focused on covering fisheries and environmental issues. Bauman has been writing for The Cordova Times since 2010. You can reach her at

Area M Seiners decline to stand down on June chum harvest

Area M commercial seiners have declined a plea from more than a dozen fisheries and Alaska Native entities to stand down from the June salmon fisheries, saying even if they did it would not likely change the conservation or management outcomes in the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim region of western Alaska.

State, partners deliver salmon donations for Yukon, Kuskokwim villages

A collaborative partnership between the state of Alaska has delivered 12,928 pounds of keta salmon to the Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks and Kwik’Pak Fisheries in Emmonak for distribution to Interior and western Alaska villages, in lieu of fish they are forbidden to harvest themselves this year.

Copper River commercial harvest nears 313,000 fish

Seven commercial openers on the Copper River have landed harvesters nearly 313,000 salmon to date, and given the demand for Copper River salmon, retail prices are holding, with shoppers reminded that the season is a short one and to buy now.

New digs give PWSSC competitive edge as research facility

Prince William Sound Science Center's new facilities on five waterfront acres in Cordova, which opened on Saturday, June 4, will give the region and the state a competitive edge for important economic opportunities, says Katrina Hoffman, president and CEO of the science center.

Fourth opener yields robust sockeye harvest

A robust fourth opener on the Copper River commercial salmon fishery, heralded in some retails shops as the Rolls Royce of the salmon world, brought in an estimated 85,579 salmon, mostly sockeyes, promptly a slight dip in prices as retail demand remained high.

Oceana’s GOA expedition aims to protect habitat

Researchers from the ocean conservation entity Oceana say their Gulf of Alaska expedition to document the seafloor and ocean life found the waters teeming with life, from the surface to the ocean floor, from humpback whales to krill, squid and copepods.

Copper River kings, sockeyes continue to command top dollar

Colorful displays of fresh Copper River sockeye salmon fillets were front and center at seafood counters in Fred Meyer supermarkets in Anchorage, priced at $38.99 a pound at the end of May and fishmongers there said they were getting snapped up.

EPA proposes new Clean Water Act restrictions for Bristol Bay

Federal environmental protection officials are planning a public review and comment period on a revised proposed determination under the Clean Water Act to prohibit and restrict use of certain areas of the Bristol Bay watershed for disposal of materials from the Pebble mine.

Limited progress seen to date on relocating villages threatened by climate change

Federal agencies provided millions of dollars from 2016 through 2020 to repair infrastructure in Alaska Native villages damaged by climate change, but a number of threatened villages received no aid at all and need to be protected, the Government Accountability Office says.

ADF&G approves third 12-hour Copper River opener

Even as the first harvests of wild caught Copper River salmon were being celebrated in Seattle and Anchorage, with just 30,360 fish landed in the first two openers, fishermen and processors alike were hoping for a better catch in the latest 12-hour opener on Thursday, May 26.


Police report

Courtesy of the Cordova Police Department  The following incidents were reported to the Cordova Police Department between 10-10-22...
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