Posts Tagged 'alaska fishing'

Less Waste but More Cost for Commercial Fishermen

“Large bottom-trawling vessels fishing off Alaska will be required to retain more of the fish they actually catch instead of throwing unwanted species overboard.”

It seems like a good idea to eliminate or lessen the waste caused by throwing away “lesser desirable” fish species, but execution for Alaskan fishermen may be something else.  What will happen to these fish if there’s no market for them? Let’s see how it plays out.

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Mining Threatens Alaskan Salmon

Bristol Bay in southern Alaska is one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. The rivers emptying into it are the spawning grounds for runs of Sockeye salmon millions strong. These runs of salmon and other fish support a huge commercial and sport fishing market, as well as large numbers of marine mammals.

The headwaters of two of these rivers, the Kvichak and the Newhalen, may be threatened by a proposed copper/gold/molybdenum mine, which if built as proposed, would be one of the largest mines in the world…

Sport fishing is constantly being challenged with pollution and environmental damage.  A huge mine right by Bristol Bay sounds like it would have a big impact on the quality of local salmon.

Tighter Restrictions on Fishing in Cook Inlet Areas

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sport Fish division on Tuesday announced several changes to area fishing regulations in lower Cook Inlet after the Alaska Board of Fisheries met in Homer this month. The regulations add a day of fishing and increase the limit of kings on the Anchor River and discontinue the practice of “tight-lining” in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon among others…

The increase to the limit on kings is good news for sportfishing.  Read the entire story for a full list of regulations.

How to Identify Alaska’s Silver Salmon

Alaskan silver salmon can easily be mistaken for king salmon if you don’t know how to differentiate the two salmon species.  Here are some tips for identifying Alaskan silver salmon:

  • 24 to 30 inches in length 
  • Bright silver sides
  • Deep green or gray-blue backs
  • Black spots on upper sides
  • White underbelly
  • 6 to 10 pounds in weight
  • Unlike Alaskan king salmon, silver salmon do NOT have black gums
  • Smaller tail than king salmon
  • Unlike kings, silver salmon have black spots only on upper tail and NOT on lower lobes of tail

When you know these features of silver salmon, you can easily tell one salmon from another.

Happy Fishing!

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Best Methods for Catch and Release

Many fishermen practice catch and release fishing in Alaska.  Unfortunately, 16% of fish die after being released.  To improve the odds that your catch will continue living after you release it, use the following tips.

  • Refrain from using nets to bring in fish 
  • Don’t remove fish from the water
  • Take care in removing hooks and cut line
  • Don’t use bait
  • Land and bring in fish quickly to reduce the fish’s struggle time
  • Do not touch fish’s gills or eyes
  • Only handle fish with wet hands
  • If you remove the fish from the water, keep it out for less than 30 seconds
  • Remove the hook carefully and quickly
  • When releasing the fish, hold it in the water until it begins to swim, then let it go

The practice of catch and release fishing ensures that Alaska will continue to be the ultimate fishing destination for generations to come.

Fall Fishing Continues

While Chugiak angler Jerry Saunders is feated Friday at the Homer Halbiut Derby Awards Party, other anglers continue prowling for fall trout.  

For many Alaska anglers, the 2007 fishing season has wound down to a collection of fish stories to be told over through the cool, wet evenings of fall and into the long, cold dark of the northern winter.

A few diehards, however, are hanging in.

See also Alaska fishing seasons