The Ketchikan area (District 1) is being closed to all harvesting of eulachon again this season because of continued low returns to the area, according to announcements by state and federal managers this week.
As of Friday, coronavirus has killed more than 720 people and infected upward of 34,000 people, since it was first reported to the World Health Organization on Dec. 31, bringing parts of China to a standstill — people are staying inside, restaurants are empty and seafood markets are vacant.
The U.S. Coast Guard has been reporting sporadic marine radio outages throughout Southeast Alaska and Southcentral Alaska through this past spring and into this winter.
Earlier this week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicted a 'weak' harvest for pink salmon throughout Southeast Alaska.
The ongoing state commercial sea cucumber dive fishery has the second largest harvest limit in the past three decades at 1.9 million pounds. However, smaller-sized cucumbers have been reported and the rise of sea otter predation continues to be a concern.
The general manager of the fish hatcheries in southern Southeast Alaska dished on this season's poor salmon returns to a group of 50 people at a Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event at Cape Fox Lodge on Wednesday.
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The projected cost of the Port of Alaska renovation could be cut by a third or more, according to a report by a private consulting firm.
The overall chum harvest for Southeast Alaska hatcheries has been significantly lower this year, leading to poor cost recovery and a struggle to meet broodstock goals.
The U.S. Coast Guard has released its recreational boating statistics report for 2018, which revealed that while there was a 3.8% nationwide decrease in fatalities, the rate of both accidents and fatalities in Alaska appear to be rising, according to a press release from the Coast Guard.
ANCHORAGE — Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska's blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record.
To the start of this week, Southeast Alaska fishermen have harvested less than comparable-year returns in all five salmon species — this is according to information compiled by McDowell Group for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.
A Flotilla Stand Up was held Thursday evening at the U.S. Coast Guard Base Ketchikan to commorate the re-establishment of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Ketchikan Flotilla, and to officially grant a charter and plank owner ship to its members.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Ketchikan held a change of command ceremony on Friday, during which Chief Boatswains Mate Scott Habershaw officially assumed command of Station Ketchikan from Senior Chief Boatswains Mate Jeremy Kastner.
Viking Cruises delved into Alaska waterways for the first time this past week with the Viking Orion — one of its six identical cruise ships.
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Friday announced an increase to the bag and possession limit of king salmon for anglers in Herring Bay — and the bag and possession limit for king salmon for all anglers in three Ketchikan terminal harvest areas.
Alaska has a multiplicity of aquatic farms ascending into the market with new ways to farm and new rigs to grow stock. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, for 2019 there are 19 currently permitted aquatic farming business for the culture of Pacific oysters within the entire …
The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau and about half a dozen community representatives welcomed the 3,800-passenger Norwegian Joy cruise ship in its inaugural visit to Ketchikan Monday morning.
Managing most of state commercial fisheries that occur in southernmost Southeast Alaska is no easy task, with the manager striving to ensure the health of the stocks while providing harvest opportunities for the fishing fleets that are an economic mainstay for the region.
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Federal Subsistence Board is set to meet in Anchorage to discuss changes to multiple subsistence fish issues statewide, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Gary Freitag shared his experiences and knowledge in his “Whales in Southeast Alaska and Marine Mammal Interactions” Thursday evening, at a University of Alaska Ketchikan Campus Library “Ask UAS” presentation.
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A delay in processing federal Certificate of Documentations for vessels has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to issue a bulletin stating that vessels with an expired COD may continue to operate on their previously issued trade endorsements — provided that a renewal application…
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Charter halibut anglers in Southeast Alaska can expect the same catch and bag limit regulations as last year.
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang announced on Jan. 24 that he has appointed Sam Rabung as director of Commercial Fisheries and Dave Rutz as director of the Division of Sport Fish, according to a press release from Fish and Game.
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The City of Ketchikan’s Port and Harbors Advisory Board on Tuesday is scheduled to review two issues related to parking areas near Bar Harbor South Ramp 2.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, buoyed by growth in key species such as sea scallops and American lobsters, the federal government reported on Thursday.
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — On the agenda for the City of Ketchikan Port and Harbors Advisory Board’s meeting this Tuesday are the draft 2019 schedule and berth assignments for cruise ships visiting Ketchikan next year.
Record-breaking levels of toxins among southern Southeast Alaska’s geoduck clams have yielded an extremely slow harvest for the 2018-2019 commercial geoduck season so far.
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — An area humpback whale had something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A joint state-federal forecast for pink salmon harvests during 2019 in Southeast Alaska estimates a harvest of about 18 million pinks — about half the recent 10-year average harvest of 36 million pink salmon.
Thursday marked a key step in the life cycle of summer coho salmon produced at the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association’s Whitman Lake Hatchery: spawning.
University of Alaska Fairbanks Professor of Oceanography Gary Freitag walked his audience through his “Seaweed Farming in Alaska” presentation on the evening of Oct. 25, at the University of Alaska Ketchikan Campus library.
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska salmon stakeholders are split on a ballot initiative that aims to strengthen state law protecting salmon habitat.
2018 was a historically bad year for Southeast Alaska’s commercial net fisheries, with catches falling far below those of recent years.
A few days after the conclusion of Ketchikan’s first ever coho salmon derby, the numbers are in.
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a $255,000 'Ready for Rescue Challenge' to develop new boater safety solutions that would help make finding people in the water easier.
After a period of reduced activity, Ketchikan’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary group is again making waves.
METLAKATLA (KDN) — Metlakatla gets many visitors each Founder’s Day, but this year there was one nobody expected — a shark.
A ceremony was held Wednesday on the deck of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit, transferring the ship’s command from Chief Warrant Officer Robert Schaffer to Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Boss and marking Schaffer’s retirement from the Coast Guard.
Record-breaking sunlight and heat in recent weeks has yielded an unusually widespread plankton bloom throughout southern Southeast Alaska. The phenomenon is lending a striking turquoise color to much of the area’s waters, including those around Ketchikan.
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Alaska Department of Fish and Game Ketchikan Area Manager Scott Walker told the Daily News on Friday that this year’s commercial salmon fishery is still experiencing a slow start for all salmon species. He said that pink salmon numbers in particular have been disappointing …
The first of two summer fishing periods for Southeast Alaska’s commercial troll fishery will conclude on Saturday night, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Friday.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on June 25 began requiring permits for all sport, personal use and subsistence shrimp fishing in Southeast Alaska. Only commercial shrimpers were previously required to hold permits.
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Following low forecasts for wild king salmon returns to Southeast Alaska rivers, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in March announced that all the inside waters of Southeast Alaska would be closed to retaining kings while sport fishing from April 1 through June 14.
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has set the next round of harvest openings for the commercial purse seine and gillnet salmon fisheries in Southeast Alaska to begin Sunday.
KODIAK(AP) — The presence of risk factors for some chronic health problems was found to be higher in a sample of Alaska gillnetters than the general population, according to researchers.
On Friday morning, a change of command ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard cutter John McCormick was held at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan.
Louise Pattison and her family love the Ketchikan King Salmon Derby.
ANCHORAGE — Northern sea otters, once hunted to the brink of extinction along Alaska's Panhandle, have made a spectacular comeback by gobbling some of the state's finest seafood — and fishermen are not happy about the competition.
In the summer of 2001, a tour boat run by a brand new Ketchikan company passed by the same rowboat nearly every day. Rowing the boat were a 12-year-old boy and his twin sister, who often fished in the area with their dog. The tour boat captain, who also served as the tour guide, knew the boy…
Nestled along the Ketchikan Creek next to City Park is a small building that produces more than 500,000 king salmon per year.