Alaska Outdoor Digest

The source for important, timely news on hunting, fishing and the outdoors in Alaska.

Rare joint Board of Fish, Game committee meeting this week
 The Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) and Board of Game (BOG) will convene a teleconference meeting of its Joint Board Committee (committee) at 11 a.m., December 21. The purpose of the committee meeting is to review and recommend to both boards the necessity of holding a full Joint Board meeting... Read more
Pan-seared halibut with grapefruit avocado salsa
By Lee Leschper We love finding new recipes that make a star of our favorite catches from the Alaska summer. This is one, borrowed from Julia Levy, on Real Simple.  She sadly offered this for tilapia, a fish no Alaskan would eat. But we’ve used it this week both... Read more
Modern Fish Act advances in House
House Natural Resources Committee Approves Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Bill The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources on Dec. 13 approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability... Read more
Sportsmen’s Rondy provides game, fish updates
Anchorage area hunters and fishermen will have a rare opportunity Saturday to hear from many of the conservation organizations defending sportsmen’s rights in Alaska. The Sportsmen’s Rendezvous, themed “Preserving Our Heritage,” is a joint effort of seven organizations that share common vision, but have seldom met with the public... Read more
Modern Fish Act could be game changer
This week in Washington D.C., Congress is considering signature legislation to give sport fishermen a seat at the table in managing marine fisheries, including Alaska’s. The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act (shortened to Modern Fish Act) would add consideration for recreational anglers in the management of fisheries long dedictated... Read more
SCI meeting on Sportsman issues
The Alaska Chapter of Safari Club International will be holding a special members meeting in November that will also be open to non-members and will feature a number of statewide conservation experts talking on a variety of issues.    The November 11 event includes lunch and runs 10 a.m.... Read more
Gravlax is easy, tasty way to enjoy Alaska salmon
By Lee Leschper We all fall into a rut occasionally.  I realized after years of loving the grilled and smoked silvers, reds and king salmon we catch each year, that I hadn’t tried anything new. While fishing with my son-in-law, who’s an absolute superb chef, he mentioned wanted to... Read more
Fish, Game Advisory Committees this month
The Anchorage Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 24th  at the William Hernandez Fish Hatchery, located at 941 Reeve Blvd   at 6:30 pm.  Agenda will include finalizing BOG Statewide proposal recommendations.  For more information contact Frank Neumann at 529-0892. The Homer Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet... Read more
Stand for Salmon signatures not about protecting fish
By Sophie Minich and Rex A. Rock Sr. Starting during the Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention this week, Alaskans will be confronted by signature gatherers asking them to sign a controversial new ballot initiative that claims to “Stand for Salmon.” As leaders of Alaska Native regional corporations, we... Read more
Board of Fish rejects blanket salmon closure proposal
By Lee Leschper The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Tuesday unamimously rejected an Agenda Change Request (ACR 10), a proposal that would have required that all Upper Cook Inlet salmon fisheries be closed together–commercial, sport and subsistence–if a salmon run was falling short of escapement goals. ACRs allow the... Read more