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Renowned agrarian comes to Kenai

A nationally renowned agrarian, Severine Von Tscharner Fleming, is entering the conversation on food security in Alaska. Fleming is making two stops on the Kenai Peninsula during a 9-day speaking tour around the state, starting at 7 p.m.
Salmonfest vendors educate despite low Friday attendance

The breakout year for Salmonfest, formerly known as Salmonstock, was hampered slightly by a nearly 10-hour closure of the Seward Highway, but that didn't keep educational vendors from showing up to spread the word about protecting salmon in Alaska.
Every halibut counts

Having worked in Alaska's fisheries for 40 years, I was surprised to learn only recently that about half of all halibut caught by sport fishermen are released.
Voices of the Peninsula: Connecting the coast: bycatch in the Bering Sea

A small but formative fraction of my life has been spent gazing out salt-sprayed windows at rugged terrain and open ocean.
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

For years fishery managers and those concerned about bycatch have been plagued by a lack of real numbers on how many king salmon, crab and halibut are being discarded in some of the dirtiest fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska.
Lucky Unalaska woman wins big

UNALASKA (AP) -- Val Donaldson, a bartender at Carl's Bayview Inn, can't believe her luck.
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.


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