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Every halibut counts

...their sector can help to preserve the resource and set a good example of sustainable use. They approached the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and Alaska Sea Grant with the idea of developing and sharing best practices for careful release of halibut...
Voices of the Peninsula: Connecting the coast: bycatch in the Bering Sea

...Aleutian Islands by 50 percent. Please speak up on this issue, and send your comments to Marissa Wilson is a commercial fisherman from Homer. She serves on the board of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.
Fishermen get hands-on with marketing their harvest

From Sitka to Kodiak, small, independent commercial fishermen are taking an increasingly hands-on role in marketing their own fish. Rhonda Hubbard and her husband Jim of Seward started selling and processing their own fish more than two decades ago.
Fish board adjusts commercial regulations in lower Cook Inlet

Lower Cook Inlet commercial fishermen will see some changes in the boundaries for certain fisheries next year.
Time to get a handle on bycatch numbers, the data may not be representative of how much waste is actually occurring. Organizations like the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and concerned small-boat fishermen had hopes that the restructured program would greatly improve our...
Lucky Unalaska woman wins big

...raffle, and was a cool $5,000 richer. Then, it happened again. A week ago, her ticket was drawn in the Alaska Marine Conservation Council raffle, and wham, she was $10,000 wealthier. ''I'm embarrassed,'' said Donaldson. ''I...
Halibut bycatch

Something big is coming up, and I don't mean a halibut. After years of study and foot-dragging, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) is finally considering reducing the outrageous amount of halibut bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska.
Reduce waste of our halibut

Waste of our Alaskan fishery resources is in the news again as the North Pacific Fishery Management Council approaches its June 6 meeting. A proposal has finally reached the table to reduce bycatch by 15 percent. Bycatch is the allowed death and wastage of halibut from fisheries. I call this a mild reduction but there are two other options that would reduce the kill rate by only 10 percent or even a meager 5 percent.
Op-Ed: Moving forward in the Gulf: Reduce bycatch but protect Alaska's communities

Alaska has some of the world's most abundant and prosperous fisheries and a reputation for science-based management. Fisheries are the life-blood of coastal Alaska and a major driver of the state's economy.
Congress weighs issue of fishing quotas as moratorium expires

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the federal moratorium on fishing quotas expires Monday after six years, fishermen, conservationists, processors and others are waiting to see if Congress will extend it.


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