IB 22-66: NMFS Revises the 2023 Pollock and Pacific cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts in the Gulf of Alaska – Alaska Native News

Pacific Cod. Image-Alaska Fisheries Science Center The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) revised the 2023 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for pollock and Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, January 1, 2023, according to Jonathan M. Kurland, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS. NMFS is increasing the pollock TAC […]

Over 44,000 Acres of Critical Bristol Bay Habitat Permanently Protected – Alaska Native News

Conservation easements on Pedro Bay Corporation land safeguard cultural, ecological and subsistence resources and block construction of Pebble Mine transportation route PEDRO BAY — Last week The Conservation Fund and Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust announced the permanent protection of over 44,000 acres of vital land and water habitat on Iliamna Lake that is essential […]

Learning More about “Dark” Fishing Vessels’ Activities at Sea – Alaska Native News

Pirate fishing vessel. NOAA Enforcement NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement is exploring technology innovations and limitations in the ongoing fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. Fishing vessels can “go dark” by turning off Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponders that broadcast their location to satellites and terrestrial receivers. What they do during those invisible hours […]

Do polar bear paws hold the secret to better tire traction? – Alaska Native News

University of Akron researchers review paw prints to find secret to traction in snow and ice A polar bear tests the strength of thin sea ice.Image-Mario Hoppmann/imaggeo.egu.eu Traction is important. Humans have been continually interested in discovering how to better move across wet or frozen surfaces safely – whether to improve shoes for walking on […]

Seabird deaths part of Arctic Report Card – Alaska Native News

A dead seabird that washed ashore at Safety Sound outside Nome. Image-Gay Sheffield. The Arctic Report Card, a compilation of northern science by researchers from all over the planet — most of them doing work in Alaska — came out in mid-December at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Chicago. In summary, […]

Murkowski, Sullivan, Peltola Announce Disaster Declarations for Alaska Fisheries – Alaska Native News

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska) welcomed determinations from the U.S. Department of Commerce that fishery disasters have occurred in numerous Alaska fisheries, allowing Alaska fishermen to receive critical relief funding. The funding can be distributed to fishermen and their crews, seafood processors, and research initiatives in […]

Ancient moose antlers hint of early arrival on Alaska’s North Slope

When a great deal of Earth’s water was locked up within mountains of ice, our ancestors scampered across a dry corridor from what is today Siberia over to Alaska. Those adventurous souls may have been accompanied by another creature that needed wood – the moose. That is the notion of Pam Groves, a scientist who […]

Board of Fish delays decision on how to manage faltering Nushagak king salmon runs

The Board of Fisheries has voted to delay a decision on how to manage the struggling Nushagak king salmon run. The board voted unanimously to postpone action on three proposals to modify the longstanding management plan. It will also delay a decision on the Department of Fish and Game’s draft action plan to protect kings. […]