ADF&G's authority to set subsistence bag limits is being tested in the Alaska Supreme Court. Justices this month heard oral arguments by former state Sen. Albert Kookesh and three friends cited in 2009 for overfishing their subsistence permits.
Of all the traditional seafoods in Southeast Alaska, none are more shrouded in myth -- and genuine risk -- than clams and mussels. For subsistence harvesters, there has been no way to measure the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning -- until now. In part 1 of a two-part series, KCAW reports on a partnership among Southeast tribes to create a regional water monitoring program.
The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is just 900 tons away from its harvest target for the season.
The proposal calls for a nine-mile, single-lane gravel road to connect Sitka’s existing road system to lands owned by the local Native Corporation, Shee Atika.
Sitka’s sac roe herring fleet had its third opening today, but only about five boats went out. The rest sat out the opening, to let processors work through yesterday’s 2900-ton catch.
Department of Transportation officials are now considering large fare increases for commercial customers, those moving trucks and container vans via ferry.
Sitka’s sac roe herring fleet had its second opening on Thursday (3-19-15) -- and it was a long, slow day of fishing for a fleet used to short windows and fast action.
The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is a quieter affair this year, as the fleet conducts its first fully cooperative fishery since the mid-90s. Permit-holders agreed to fish as a co-op because of worries about low prices.
Fish & Game will hold a meeting for permit-holders and processors at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Westmark Hotel in downtown Sitka. The meeting is open to the public.
The Sitka School District is facing a shortfall of up to $2.7-million for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Mary Wegner laid out a range of options, from ending the community schools program to laying off as many as nine teachers.