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Articles by Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff and interviews with our staff, appearing in the news.
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Subsistence Survey First of Its Kind in Decade, The Cordova Times, January 26, 2015.
Beginning February 3, a team from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be in town to conduct a subsistence survey. The last time a similar survey was conducted was approximately ten years ago.
"We are looking at the health of certain stocks, including the perception of health, particularly for keystone species," Davin Holgen, Subsistence Program Manager recently told The Cordova Times.
Small-Scale Gillnetter Plays a Big Role, National Fisherman, December 2014.
We don’t just like salmon here in Alaska, we love them. Alaska’s commercial fisheries are diverse, valuable and of tremendous economic importance to the state and nation. These resources are self-renewing when properly managed, and the mission of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Commercial Fisheries is to maximize commercial harvest and economic benefits through sustainable management practices for generations to come.
From Field to Freezer: ADF&G Teaches Class in Proper Care of Meat, Juneau Empire, October 17, 2014.
Some of the 16 students in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Field to Freezer meat processing class last Saturday had hunted caribou, moose, antelope, grouse, ptarmigan, or whitetail deer before. Some wanted to fine-tune how they care for the meat they harvest. Some wanted to learn a greater respect for the meat they buy at the grocery store.
In the three-hour class, Southeast Wildlife Regional Supervisor Doug Larsen and Wendy Larsen went over everything from knives to freezer paper as they taught students how to harvest a Sitka black tail deer. The Larsens have been hunting together in Alaska for 30 years.
Bass Pro Shops Donates $10,000 to the Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska, Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska.
On July 9, 2014 Johnny Morris opened a Bass Pro Outpost in Anchorage, Alaska, bringing his signature sporting goods retail business to the Last Frontier. Known for his generosity toward conservation, Mr. Morris and Bass Pro have had an immediate impact on the Alaskan landscape.
Subsistence Panel Looks Toward Future of Salmon Management, KYUK, October 7, 2014.
Tribal co-management and Chinook bycatch took center stage Tuesday at a subsistence panel at the Association of Village Council Presidents conference.
Reflecting on a tense and important 2014 season, Cora Campbell, the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game thanked the packed room of Y-K Delta fishermen for their sacrifices.
Army of Researchers Tracks Chinook Decline, The Bristol Bay Times, August 29, 2014.
More than 100 researchers and three dozen projects are underway to find clues as to why Alaska's Chinook salmon production has declined since 2007.
The ambitious effort marks the start of a state-backed five year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative that includes 12 major river systems from Southeast Alaska to the Yukon. And while it will be years before the project yields definitive data, the scientists have pinned down some early findings.
Field Dressing a Moose Key to a Successful Hunt, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, August 29, 2014.
So you’ve shot your first moose. Congratulations. Now comes the hard part. Properly prepared, the moose Interior Alaska hunters will pursue this month is tasty, healthy and can last all year in the freezer.
But getting hundreds of pounds of meat out of the field in good shape is a bigger, more complex job, than for smaller game, including smaller members of the deer family.
Predicting Seal Behavior, Juneau Empire, August 29, 2014.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game knows environmental factors like tide, temperature, and boat activity affect harbor seals, says Gail Blundell, ADF&G’s principle investigator for the statewide research program on harbor seals. But the department doesn’t always know to what extent.
So this summer, Blundell and a team of researchers conducted an in-depth study of seals at Tracy Arm’s South Sawyer Glacier. Depending on the results, the study may recommend hours of operation for the cruise ships and tour operators that travel the fjord in the summer.
Anchorage Biologists Manage Bears and Risk, Alaska Dispatch, August 8, 2014.
Events involving bears in the Municipality of Anchorage this summer -- including a mauling in June, three in July and the killing of a high-profile black bear sow -- have raised questions regarding the management of two associated issues: bears and risk. Specifically, how does the Alaska Department of Fish and Game manage Anchorage area black and brown bears, and what can the public do to mitigate risks associated with living among bears?
Anchorage’s slogan “Big Wild Life” is inspired partly by the municipality’s enormous size, its wildlife, and the active lifestyles many residents enjoy. Sprawling from the Knik River to Girdwood and west to Anchorage, the municipality is a Delaware-sized area of wilderness, sparsely settled suburbs, and densely populated urban centers. People here number roughly 300,000, and 92 percent surveyed in a 2009 study indicated wildlife was an important part of their community.
Holy Crab! Rare, Weirdly Colored Crustaceans Found in Norton Sound, Alaska Dispatch, July 12, 2014.
Biologist Scott Kent was getting ready to go salmon fishing in the Norton Sound when he ran into commercial crab fisherman Frank MacFarland, who was delivering his latest catch.
"I got one of those blue ones," MacFarland told him. The fisherman held up the specimen so Kent, assistant area management biologist for the state Department of Fish and Game in Nome, could see.
The crab's shell was a deep periwinkle, likely the result of a naturally occurring genetic mutation, Kent said. The rare discovery thrilled Norton Sound fishery managers and biologists in the Northwest Alaska city.
Compass: Alaska is Committed to Open Process on State Game Refuge Review, Alaska Dispatch, June 30, 2014
If you want to get someone's attention, make a sensational statement. If you want even more attention, make that sensational statement an accusation.
Recent authors borrowed Joni Mitchell's lyrics, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot," to disparage the Alaska Fish and Game Department's review and revisions of management plans for legislatively established state game refuges, such as Izembek, McNeil River, and Yakataga.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Alaska's legislatively established special areas are unique and extremely valuable. The department is committed to managing them and gains nothing by altering their designated purposes.
States Reduces Yukon River Test Fishery Harvest, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, June 6, 2014.
It’s still too early to tell if this year’s Yukon River king salmon run will be as bad as fisheries experts are predicting, but state fisheries managers are doing everything they can to ensure as many fish as possible get to their Canadian spawning grounds.
That includes reducing the number of kings that are killed in a test nets set by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the mouth of Alaska’s biggest river.
Biologist in Nome Warns Against Musk Oxen Viewing, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, May 27, 2014.
A state biologist in Nome is cautioning people on the Seward Peninsula against viewing musk oxen up close, saying that endangers young calves.
An early spring is moving peninsula musk oxen closer to where people live, KNOM reported.
Getting too close to the animals can scare herds, harming or even killing young calves, Alaska Fish and Game biologist Tony Gorn said.
Thousands of Hatchery Fish Hit Alaska Waters to Angler's Delight, Anchorage Daily News, May 16, 2014.
A sunny May day at southwest Anchorage's DeLong Lake brought out eager anglers looking to land one of the thousands of rainbow trout and landlocked salmon deposited into its waters each year by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. They didn't have to wait long to see the fish, which arrived by truck.
Most of the finned residents of the 19.7-acre lake -- with the exception of illegally introduced blackfish -- are products of the state's largest, and one of its newest, fish hatcheries.
A little after noon, some 1,500 trout showed up, brought to the lake's edge by a fish stocking truck. Within minutes they were flowing down a hose from the truck's holding tanks and into the lake.
Animal Tracks, Bear Safety, and Mosquitos, Delta Wind, May 12, 2014
What do animal tracks, mosquitos, bears, and crime scenes have in common? They were all involved when Alaska Department of Fish and Game Technician Ellie Mason met last week with Delta Greely Homeschoolers and Mrs. Mock’s first grade class at Delta Elementary School to talk about animal tracks and bear safety, with a little wildlife predation/crime scene investigation thrown in, while the students were simultaneously swatting at mosquitos during the outings
Alaska Gets Go-ahead to Reintroduce Wood Bison, Anchorage Daily News, May 12, 2014.
After almost two decades of preparation, it looks like wood bison will finally be reappearing in the Alaska wilderness.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final rule Wednesday allowing the reintroduction of a "non-essential experimental" population of wood bison into three areas of Alaska.
Fish and Game Getting Ready for the Sockeye Fishery in Bristol Bay, KDLG Public Radio, April 22, 2014.
The 2014 sockeye fishery in Bristol Bay is still a couple of months away but preparations for the fishery are already underway. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports about how the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is getting ready for the season.
Fish and Game Will be Cautious in the Ugashik District This Season, KDLG Public Radio, April 21, 2014.
Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye salmon fishery is still a couple of months away but stakeholders are getting ready. That includes the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which last month published the 2014 outlook for commercial salmon fishing in Bristol Bay. The outlook includes the details about the forecast and how the Department intends to manage each of Bristol Bay’s 5-commercial fishing districts. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this preview of the Ugashik District
Teams of Southeast Alaska Divers Count Herring, Urchins, Geoducks to Manage Fisheries, Alaska Dispatch, April 16, 2014.
Alaska has some of the most successful commercial fisheries on the planet. One of the reasons that Alaska has been so successful with resource management is its requirement and reliance on some of the best research in the world. Alaska animals are counted by air, foot, snowmobile, boat and my favorite, scuba gear.
A Biologist’s View of Herring Season, KCAW Sitka, April 3, 2014.
Sitka’s commercial herring season ended on Saturday, after fishermen caught over 17,000 tons of herring in just nine days. As it does every year, the fishery brought a fleet of seiners to town, and drew residents to the waterfront to watch the high speed derby unfold in front of them. And at the center of all this action was a team of biologists, whose job is to strike a balance between protecting the resource, and providing access for fishermen.
Killer Bears and Lemming Suicide: Busting Myths About Alaska Animals, Juneau Empire, February 21, 2014.
Sorry to disappoint you, but lemmings do not commit mass suicide and eagles do not snatch toddlers.
As a nature and science writer, I am sometimes called to verify or debunk stories about wildlife. The eagle-picks-up-child hoax is a good example. A colleague came in one morning a few years ago and showed me a video of an eagle swooping down and picking up a toddler in a park, dropping him to the ground after a few seconds of flight. The video had been on YouTube for four hours and already had five million hits. It looked pretty realistic, and my phone started ringing.
2013 Saw Largest Salmon Harvest Ever, Juneau Empire, January 27, 2014.
According to preliminary numbers, 2013 was a great year to be a fisherman and a bad year to be a pink salmon. Last year’s salmon harvest was Alaska’s largest ever, with more than 272 million fish caught, according to numbers from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Of those, 219 million were pink salmon, the smallest and most prolific of Alaska’s five salmon species.
The season is valued at an estimated $691 million, making it the second most profitable year ever, coming in behind 1988’s $724 million salmon harvest, according to ASMI’s numbers. David Harris, Juneau area management biologist for Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the pink salmon catch “really buoyed this year’s numbers,” despite “chinook numbers (being) down across the state, some worse than others.”
- Fish and Game Teaches Residents How to Release Pets from Trap, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, January 24, 2014
Anyone who doesn’t believe a normal person with no knowledge of trapping can open a body-gripping Conibear trap should talk to Sarah DeGennaro.
A wildlife technician at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks at the time, DeGennaro, who is also an artist, was asked to draw some illustrations to accompany a brochure the department was putting together for pet owners about how to release their pets from traps and snares.
DEC Says Alaska Fish are Safe to Eat, Juneau Empire, January 23, 2014.
The Department of Environmental Conservation isn’t actively testing fish for radiation, Commissioner Larry Hartig told the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday.
A radiation leak from a nuclear power plant in Japan after a March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami continues to worry some about whether it’s safe to eat fish from the Pacific Ocean, but Hartig said those concerns are unfounded.
Alaska Board of Game Extends North Slope Moose Hunting Season, Alaska Dispatch, January 19, 2014.
The seven-member Alaska Board of Game, which met last week in Kotzebue, extended the moose hunting season on Alaska's North Slope, convinced that the ungulate population there was healthy and growing.
However, an amendment was added to make sure that if moose numbers drop significantly in Game Management Unit 26A during the hunt, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game can step in and shut it down. The amended proposal carried by a 5-2 vote at a meeting to consider hunting and trapping proposals in the Nome, Bethel, Barrow and Kotzebue regions.
Proposed Set Net Ban Initiative Rejected, Juneau Empire, January 7, 2014
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on Monday rejected a proposed initiative that sought to ban commercial shore gill nets and set nets in non-subsistence areas.
Supporters of the proposal billed it as a conservation effort and were seeking to move to the signature-gathering process to qualify the proposal for the ballot. Critics, like the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association, called the proposal a fish grab by opposing interests.
Outdoors: The Icy Allure of Winter Fishing, Anchorage Daily News, January 6, 2014
Alaskans hear more than their fair share of fish tales, where the truth is slightly stretched to make the story more exciting. But perhaps one of the biggest fish tales out there is the myth that the good fishing stops when the ice comes in.
With winter lasting over half the year, the sport of ice fishing keeps passionate anglers out through the cold months. Ice fishing fans may spend months planning trips to search for trophy-sized fish. But for people interested in trying out the sport, there are plenty of opportunities in the Anchorage Bowl, and a day on the ice in town is both fun and affordable.
Morris Communications Series on Chinook Salmon in Alaska:
- Conserving the Kenai King is a Mandate for Board, ADFG
- A King Without a Crown: Chinook Vulnerable to Ocean Forces
- Fishermen Focus on How ADFG Sets, Achieves Escapement Goals
- Management Challenge: Inlet ‘Fish Wars’ Escalate as King Productivity Ebbs
- Questions Remain Over Counts After Shift to High-tech Sonar.
- Alaska Salmon Management: A Unique Process for a Unique State.
- An In-river Look at What has Become of the Yukon Kings.
- Kings Drive News, but Sockeye Users Drive Inlet Economy.
- Salmon Species Other than King Salmon Thriving Around State.
- Morris presents "The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon".
Kensington Mountain Goat Herds Dying Off, Juneau Empire, January 3, 2014.
An Alaska Department of Fish and Game study has found that mountain goat populations at the Kensington Gold Mine dropped 45 percent between 2006 and 2011.
The decline is most likely related to harsh winters, ADF&G wildlife biologist Kevin White said, although the department has yet to conduct a comprehensive analysis. The site’s goat numbers for 2012 and 2013 have yet to be finalized, he said.
Compass: Speak Up, Because the Fish Belong to You, Anchorage Daily News, January 2, 2014
On January 31 the Alaska Board of Fisheries starts a 14-day meeting to address the Upper Cook Inlet fisheries. The meeting will take place in Anchorage at the Egan Convention Center. This will present an opportunity to help resolve the "fish wars" that have been the subject of so many print, and electronic media outlets and talked about so often in various blogs.
Mat-Su Hunt Aimed at Keeping Moose Off Roads by Putting Them in Freezers, Anchorage Daily News, January 2, 2014
A unique Alaska Department of Fish and Game winter hunt that allows the public to shoot moose along Mat-Su roads to reduce the risk of vehicle accidents is poised for its busiest year yet.
The so-called "targeted" hunt starts Monday. It will give as many as 300 hunters a shot at a cow or calf moose within two miles of the road in four areas along the Parks Highway, Glenn Highway and Knik-Goose Bay Road.
Fish and Game Releases 2013 FAQ, Peninsula Clarion, December 21, 2013.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released a Frequently Asked Questions document designed to answer questions about the 2013 Kenai River king salmon runs.
The four-page document, posted to the ADFG web page Friday evening, answers questions about ADFG estimates of size and age of king salmon that made it into the Kenai River during the 2013 season, the sonar programs used to estimate salmon abundance and how ADFG managers use the data to meet escapement goals.[ADF&G Related Document: 2013 Kenai River King Salmon Escapement: Frequently Asked Questions
(PDF 1,082 kB).]
Alaska Fish and Game Biologists Track Moose Ratios, Seward City News, December 18, 2013.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s fall moose composition counts on the Kenai Peninsula, which produce estimates on calf to cow, and bull to calf ratios, were completed recently. The ratios can help wildlife managers like Jeff Selinger, Fish and Game’s area biologist understand, and then educate local fish and game advisory boards on changes in a given moose population. They also help the department to recommend changes in hunting regulations to the advisory councils and State Board of Game.
The moose who inhabit this region are considered one of its most valuable natural resources, according to Fish and Game. They are particularly cherished as a wild food source, and are recognized icons of the region, so keeping track of their populations, and trying to managing them well is important.
Fish & Game Posts Fun Facts about Santa’s Reindeer, Alaska Native News, December 12, 2013.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has updated its webpage with information about Santa's reindeer. Visitors to the site can find a full species profile of this unusual subspecies.
Strong Cook Inlet sockeye run of 6.1M forecast for 2014, Alaska Journal of Commerce, November 26, 2013.
Upper Cook Inlet could see another strong year for sockeye returns if the 2014 forecast for 6.1 million fish comes to fruition.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released its 2014 forecast Nov. 19, which predicts a run of between 4.4 million to 7.8 million sockeye, or red, salmon. That would be an above average return for the region.
At the 6.1 million fish level, ADFG expects a total harvest of 4.3 million fish for all user groups, and an escapement of 1.8 million sockeyes to all rivers, mainly the Kenai.
Sea cucumber fishery sees higher than average price, Petersburg Pilot, November 21, 2013.
The commercial sea cucumber fishery is wrapping up with a total of 1.4 million pounds harvested as of last Thursday.
Scott Walker, Ketchikan Area Management Biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the fishery started out with around 195 commercial divers when it opened in early October.
ADF&G, Dog Owners, Trappers Come Together for "Sharing Juneau's Trails" Presentation, KTOO, November 7, 2013.
Hikers, skiers, mountain bikers and snowmobilers are just some of the outdoor enthusiasts peacefully coexisting on Juneau trails every day.
Many trail users like to bring their dogs along for a hike, ski or ride. That sets up a potential conflict with an often overlooked user group in Juneau: Trappers.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Alaska Trappers Association this week held a community discussion at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center to help dog owners understand trapping, and hopefully alleviate some concerns.
Widespread Decline Points to Natural Forces on Kings, Alaska Journal of Commerce, November 7, 2013.
The summer of 2012 was tough for king salmon runs. Economic disasters were declared in the wake of poor returns on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, and in Cook Inlet. Users in all of those areas faced severe restrictions.
Compass: State Does Good, Sustainable Work in Managing Kenai Brown Bears, Anchorage Daily News, November 1, 2013.
In an Oct. 30 Compass piece, former governor Tony Knowles and Dr. John Schoen inaccurately insinuate that the Alaska Board of Game and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are mismanaging brown bears on the Kenai Peninsula and putting their long-term conservation at risk. This is simply not true.
At its meeting in Kenai last spring, the board heard from the department that brown bear numbers on the Kenai Peninsula have increased substantially over the past decade and are continuing to increase.
Kings in cycle: Salmon follow boom and bust pattern, Alaska Journal of Commerce, November 2013.
Dena’ina tradition holds that each spring when the Golden Crown Sparrow warbles its distinctive three-note song the first of the five Pacific salmon runs to the Cook Inlet have arrived.
Legend has it that a man waiting on the bank of the river heard the bird sing, hurried down to the river with a dipnet, jumped into the water and caught a king salmon, according to ethnographer Peter Kalifornsky’s book.
The king, or chinook, salmon are the largest of the salmon species and since the world record for a sport-caught king — a 97 pound and 4 ounce fish — was landed in May 1985 by the late Les Anderson, the king fishery on the Kenai River has exploded in both popularity and controversy.
The State’s Subsistence Division Presents Draft Results of Talkeetna Harvest Survey, KTNA Radio, October 31, 2013.
The Subsistence Division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has compiled data gathered from residents of the Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, and Chase communities on the harvest and use of wild resources. The Division is now preparing a report that will likely be released in November, and presented the draft of the results to Talkeetna residents on Wednesday evening.
New Bat in Town, by Mary Catharine Martin, Juneau Empire, November 1, 2013.
There’s a new (known) bat in Southeast.
For the last three years, researchers at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have been researching the little known bats of Southeast Alaska. At this week’s “Wildlife Wednesday,” hosted by the Southeast Chapter of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Regional Wildlife Biologist Karen Blejwas spoke on what they’ve learned so far.
How Old is That Fish? Fish Aging: The Art of Science, by Amy Carroll, Alaska Fish and Wildlife News, October 2013.
“Assuming the largest fish is the oldest fish is like saying every person taller than 6 feet is over 100 years old.” — Kara Hilwig
Recently the “oldest rockfish in the world” was caught in Alaska and the news went viral. Henry Leibman reeled the supposed 200-year-old fish up from 900 feet. At 41 inches long, it was much longer than the current age record-holder, a 32-inch guppy that was estimated to be over 200 years old. As it turns out...
Aerial Photo Census Team Bags Five Big Herds Counting Caribou in Alaska, by Wildlife Staff, Alaska Fish and Wildlife News, October 2013.
Counting caribou via aerial photography depends on a heap of good planning and equipment plus a good bit of weather luck.
In the period of time following calving, caribou can form large aggregations while they seek relief from insects. Insect harassment intensifies under warm, calm weather conditions and caribou tend to group in places where cooler temperatures or more wind may exist such as along the coast or at higher elevations. When these large aggregations form, it allows a photocensus...
Kenai Peninsula Students Learn About Salmon Life Cycle, KBBI Homer, October 16, 2013.
Students from central and southern Kenai Peninsula schools gathered at the Anchor River Friday to learn about the salmon life cycle. This was the kick-off to the Salmon in the Classroom program. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District partners with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to teach kids about one of the state’s most valuable resources.(audio file available on site)
Bethel Gets Own Fish and Game Advisory Committee, KYUK Bethel, October 15, 2013.
Alaska’s Joint Board of Fisheries and Game is meeting in Anchorage. Today, they decided to create a Fish and Game advisory committee just for the community of Bethel. With over 6,000 residents, Bethel continues to grow as the hub of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The community currently has one seat on the Lower Kuskokwim Advisory Committee but local groups approached the joint board about getting their own.
A Hot Pink Summer Leaves Experts Awestruck, by Jay Barrett, KMXT Radio - Kodiak, October 14, 2013.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game made it official late last week – this summer’s salmon harvest was the best ever, thanks to a record pink salmon run. The season was also the second most valuable harvest ever.
NPFMC Will Look Further into Salmon Halibut Bycatch, By Margaret Bauman, The Cordova Times, October 13, 2013.
Final action is still many months away, but after hours of wrestling anew over trawl fisheries' incidental harvest of salmon and halibut in the Gulf of Alaska and salmon in the Bering Sea, federal fisheries managers have requested more information.
Fish Board Meeting Touches on Cook Inlet, Kenai River Issues, Peninsula Clarion, October 12, 2013.
Girdwood — Alaska’s Board of Fisheries touched on Cook Inlet issues as it prepared for the upcoming meeting season at a work session this week.
The Oct. 9 and 10 meeting included a preliminary report on stock of concern designations and escapement goals in Cook Inlet and elsewhere, and requests to add additional issues to the board’s agenda for the year — including a brief discussion on using dipnets as legal gear in commercial fisheries that foreshadowed consideration of that plan for Kenai Peninsula fishermen this winter.
Salmon Season Could Be Most Valuable in State's History, by Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, October 12, 2013.
As expected, Alaska's 2013 salmon catch is one for the record books. Early tallies by state fishery managers show that fishermen caught 272 million salmon this summer, smashing the previous record of 221 million in 2005. The fishery was powered by a whopping catch of 219 million pinks.
Fishermen and Biologists Dig Into Crab Science, KUCB Radio, October 11, 2013.
Although the federal government shutdown is threatening to delay the opening of the crab season next week, fishermen -- and state biologists -- are getting prepared anyways.
This week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game finished writing up catch limits for all of the state’s crab fisheries. And on Friday morning, Fish and Game biologist Doug Pengilly spent a few hours explaining the science behind those limits to fishermen in Seattle, with crabbers joining in from Kodiak and Unalaska by phone.
Record Breaking Salmon Harvest This Year in Alaska, by Mike Mason, KDLG, Dillingham.
The commercial salmon harvest this year in Alaska has set an all-time record due primarily to huge returns of pink salmon. The latest statewide total from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game puts this year’s salmon harvest at over 269-million fish.
The Science Behind Survival by Mary Catharine Martin, Juneau Empire, October 4, 2013.
On a recent evening in Juneau, seven Juneau-Douglas High School students gathered at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunter Education Shooting Complex and watched Range Safety Officer Steve Hildebrand discuss gun safety and shooting positions, complete with references to isosceles triangles. Shortly afterward, they entered the gun range to shoot rifles themselves.
- William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery:
- The William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery: A marvel of modern science and art by Joette Storma, Alaska Business Monthly.
- First ISI Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Project Awarded to Sport Fish Hatchery in Alaska, Market Watch Story.
Collyard Working in His Dream Job, Hibbing Daily Tribune, August 17, 2013.
Growing up in Hibbing as an avid outdoorsman, Brian Collyard loved to fish and hunt in the waters and forests of Northeastern Minnesota.
There was nothing he enjoyed more than being in the great outdoors of Minnesota with family members. After graduation from Hibbing High School in 1995, he used a circuitous route to finally settle in Fairbanks, Alaska, where in the past decade he has worked as a fisheries researcher for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Sport Fish Division.
New Prince William Sound's Area Wildlife Biologist, Charlotte Westing, Hits the Ground Running, The Cordova Times, August 8, 2013.
Filling Dave and Jill Crowley's shoes is no small feat, but Prince William Sound's newest area wildlife biologist, Charlotte Westing, husband Lance and 19 month old daughter, Sierra, aim to become integral members of the community. Westing was hired to fill the ADF&G job following the Crowleys' decision to move to King Salmon earlier this year.
Davidson Leaves "Full-Court Press" at ADF&G, KCAW, by Robert Woolsey, July 26, 2013.
One of the top Fish & Game officials in Southeast is stepping down, after 23 years helping manage the area’s commercial fisheries. Bill Davidson is the regional management coordinator based in Sitka. His last day on the job is July 31. Davidson stopped by the studios of KCAW to talk about his life and times in the commercial fisheries division.
Call of the Wild: Pouncing on Reports of Anchorage’s Big Wild Life, Alaska Dipatch, July 12, 2013.
Most people get to the office and pour themselves a cup of coffee. Jessy Coltrane, the Anchorage area wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, grabs a cup of coffee and, if it’s summer, answers her first bear or moose call of the day. Some days the call comes before the java. Some days she never makes it into the office, unless you consider her pickup truck her office.
Q&A with ADFG Commissioner Cora Campbell, Alaska Journal of Commerce, June 13, 2013.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell sat down with Journal correspondent Bob Tkacz on June 4 in Juneau to talk about fish management and fish politics.
- State Investing in Sound, Scientific Fishery Research. By Commissioner Cora Campbell, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Peninsula Clarion, June 11, 2013.
An important part of our mission at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is to manage salmon runs consistent with the sustained yield principle in order to provide opportunity for current and future generations, and ensure continued value to Alaskans and our economy. Escapement-based salmon management is fundamental to fulfilling that mission.
Salmon Curriculum Continues with Ice Fishing Expedition. By Rashah McChesney, Peninsula Clarion, February 18, 2013.
It was all cold cheeks, sunny weather and shouts of “fish on!” at Sport Lake on Wednesday, where Kalifornsky Beach Elementary third-graders learned to ice fish.
- Jan Rumble, ADF&G Southeast Alaska Dive Fisheries
- Pat Shields, ADF&G Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Fisheries Management Biologist
- Tim Sands, ADF&G Bristol Bay Regional Management Biologist
Board of Fisheries Adopts New Kuskokwim River Plan: Interview with John Linderman, ADF&G Fisheries Biologist/Regional Supervisor. By Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel, January 29, 2013 - 5:20 p.m.
The Board of Fisheries adopted a new management plan for the Kuksokwim River which includes stronger language supporting the King salmon subsistence fishery.
Fish and Game Releases Chinook Research Plan: Interview with Bob Clark, ADF&G Fisheries Scientist.
By Alexandra Gutierrez, Alaska Public Radio Network - Juneau, January 29, 2013 - 5:19 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Department of Fish and Game has just released its long-term research plan to manage – and ideally prevent – future Chinook salmon disasters like the one Alaska experienced last year. The proposal calls for better estimates of young salmon populations on a number of major rivers, and it puts an emphasis on getting more local knowledge of fish stocks.
State's Sport Fish Division honors Three from Kachemak Bay Research Reserve.
Homer News, June 27, 2012.
Three members of the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve staff recently were recognized by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Sport Fish Division for their outstanding work with fisheries research and public service.
A general overview about the smolt study on the Unalakleet River in 2011. We briefly talk about the use of the screw trap, how the smolt are analyzed, and why the study is important. About 6 minutes. Produced by Dan Foster - ZONK! Productions Inc. and segment used with permission.
- Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Commissioner Cora Campbell talks about her background and Alaska’s unique management role on Capital Views, Gavel to Gavel Alaska. Feb 14, 2012: http://gavelalaska.org/media/?media_id=CAPV120215A and Feb 15, 2012: http://gavelalaska.org/media/?media_id=CAPV120215B.
Feeding into sympathies — Some moose ‘help’ does more harm than good.
The Redoubt Reporter, February 29, 2012.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game personnel have many tools and techniques available to deal with wildlife problems, but bridging the human-animal conversation barrier isn’t one of them. That’s proving particularly unfortunate in recent weeks on the central Kenai Peninsula, as deep snows and scant available browse are putting hungry moose increasingly in contact with people.
Photo Essay: Anchorage Students Ice Fishing on Jewel Lake.
Anchorage Daily News, February 7, 2012.
Anchorage School District students take part in an ice fishing event at Jewel Lake hosted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Fish Hatchery Prepares for the 2012 Fishing Season.
KTVA CBS 11 News, February 6, 2012.
The new sport fish hatchery in Anchorage said its stocks of king salmon, silvers, rainbows and Arctic char are growing well and will be ready for release this spring.
Ship Creek Hatchery is Gearing Up for Next Years Fishing Season.
KTVA CBS 11 News, September 21, 2011.
The Department of Fish and Game released its first batch of fish from the state's newest hatchery into lakes and streams across the state.
Anchorage waters hit by illegal Kenai salmon dumping.
Alaska Dispatch, by Craig Medred, July 27, 2011.
The fallout from an explosion of sockeye salmon in the Kenai River has hit Alaska’s largest city, and officials with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are not happy. They say it’s slimy, stinky and unsightly.
Estuary Walk, A Short Tour in a Natural Wonderland.
Homer News, July 13, 2011.
Carmen Fields, ADF&G Education Associate shares information about the Beluga Slough in Homer.
Sunshine Creek Sees Streambank Restoration.
KTNA Susitna Community Radio, by Sue Deyoe, June 24, 2011.
Restoration in Process: The YCC, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Mat Su Borough and the USSWCD work to repair salmon habitat along Sunshine Creek.
Annual Copper River Nouveau.
The Cordova Times, Jennifer Gibbins, June 21, 2011.
Yukon River king salmon run in question.
Fairbanks News-Miner, June 14, 2011.
FAIRBANKS — The first wave of king salmon hasn’t even hit the Yukon River yet but the Alaska Department of Fish and Game isn’t taking any chances. The state has already closed subsistence fishing in the lower Yukon.
Jessy Coltrane Works Where Human Life Meets Wildlife.
Anchorage Daily News, June 4, 2011.
Jessy Coltrane, biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, talks about her job working with humans and wildlife in Anchorage.
Counting Kings: Fish and Game to Unveil More Info on Kenai River Kings.
Peninsula Clarion, Sunday, May 15, 2011.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be unveiling more and different information on Kenai River king salmon counts on their souped up new website next week.
Every Day is Earth Day at ADF&G.
Interview with ADF&G Headquarters Office Recycling Committee.
...“Many of ADF&G’s employees work here because they are passionate about the department’s mission to protect, maintain, and improve the fish, game, and aquatic plant resources of the state,” said Kaelke, an ADF&G employee and founding member of the recycling committee. “The recycling program enables staff to carry out the department’s mission whether they are in the field, working on regulations, or reducing the amount of office garbage that goes into local landfills. It gives them another reason to be proud of working for Fish and Game.”…, Juneau Empire newspaper article, 5-16-2011.
Prince William Sound project targets sablefish.
1,200 TAGGED: State wants to know if they mingle with Gulf fish.
State fisheries biologists have launched a study into the habits of Alaska's most valuable groundfish — at least by price per pound — in Southcentral Alaska waters.
Anchorage Daily News, 4-4-2011.
Alaska-Canada caribou herd rebounds, survey shows
A caribou herd shared by Alaska and northwest Canada has rebounded after a near one-third decline, according to a photo census announced Wednesday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Anchorage Daily News, 3-3-2011.
Predator Control Controversial in Alaska and in the Lower 48, but...
Radio Interview with Tom Paragi, ADF&G Wildlife Biologist.
Alaska’s predator control program has caused controversy out of state and at home. But there are other ways of growing more moose...
- Commercial Fishing Can Lead To Little Fish, But Probably Not In Alaska.
Includes indepth interview with John Hilsinger, Director, Division of Commercial Fisheries.
sustainable salmon management program highlighted in CNN "Fortune"
magazine article, "The Green Machine," discussing Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott's
commitment to adopt environmentally conscious business practices.
(ADF&G does not endorse any commercial/non-commercial sites linked to above but provides these links only as a reference).
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski presented Steve Moffitt (ADF&G Comm. Fish, Cordova) with Prince William Sound Science Center’s Fisheries Achievement Award at the Annual Copper River Nouveau on June 11.
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