Alaska Outdoor Digest

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

Board debates allocating Cook Inlet salmon
“Everybody is catching everybody’s fish…” Truer words never spoken by BofF chair John Jensen. Board debating ACR 11 to restrict Kodiak catch of Cook Inlet fish. Thursday seeing great debate on allocation of Cook Inlet salmon. Discussion live on  Board of Fish website.   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
NOAA wants feedback on rec halibut quota idea
The Federal authority overseeing Alaska halibut fisheries is considering a formal arrangement for selling commercial halibut quota to charter operators.  NOAA is asking for public comment on the concept. The press statement this week said in part: NOAA Fisheries is proposing to authorize formation of a recreational quota entity... Read more
Copper River kings still open for commercials, closed for sportmen
Commercial fishermen will continue to harvest Copper River king salmon on Monday, despite a very low run forecast for the prized fish. During Friday’s first 12-hour commercial session, fishermen and biologists were shocked that more than 1,800 kings were netted.  This is almost half of the 4,000 allocated to... Read more