SEWARD, Alaska, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A hometown angler caught a $50,000-tagged salmon in the Seward, Alaska, Silver Salmon Derby.
Michael Rogers, 64, landed one of a handful of tagged fish Saturday, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
“I’ve been fishing this derby since it started pretty much, since I was a little kid. I’ve . . . → Read More: Hometown fisherman lands $50,000 salmon
The dictionary that hides in my Mac says “feisty” means “having or showing exuberance and strong determination.” That’s a fitting description of the chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta), the feistiest of the five species of Pacific salmon in Alaskan waters.
My first run-in with a chum came in the late 1960s, on a creek on Admiralty . . . → Read More: The feistiest salmon
A group of researchers has embarked on the first comprehensive study of marine life in the eastern Chukchi Sea near Alaska. Their findings will be used by the Department of the Interior to help decide whether to grant future leases for offshore oil exploration and drilling in the region, and to regulate transportation . . . → Read More: Cruise Sets Sail to Count Fish Off Alaska
August 15, 2012
J.W. Secrest, a commercial fisherman in Alaska, stopped in at the Sweetwater Dairy Queen to share his catch – a 50 pound King salmon (half grown) – with the morning coffee drinkers on Tuesday, Aug. 14. J.W., who winters in Fisher County, caught the salmon in . . . → Read More: 50 Pound Salmon
“The salmon are back and there are bears in the area,” said Tom Harrison, Chugach State Park superintendent.
The closure does not affect other trails accessed from the center, including the Iditarod/Crow Pass Trail, the Rodak Loop and viewing platforms, or the Dew Mound Trail, he said.
The . . . → Read More: Eagle River trail closed as bears go fishing for salmon
Congressional Republicans are lining up against the possibility of the Environmental Protection Agency blocking what would be North America’s largest open pit mine in a region of Alaska that supports some of the richest wild salmon runs in the world.
The top investigator for the science committee in the House of Representatives, . . . → Read More: Republicans Say EPA Digging in Too Soon on Alaska Copper Mine
This editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
A chum salmon just can’t replace a king salmon. But in a year when the king salmon barely showed up, it’s encouraging to see healthy chum runs in the Yukon River system this summer.
The abundance of chums should provide for people along the rivers . . . → Read More: Alaska editorial: Salmon mysteries
To pull it off, the EPA has cobbled together a hasty, broad draft assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed that now is under review by a scientific peer panel. The rushed assessment encompasses 20,000 square miles — the combined size of Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut and New Jersey, with an extra Rhode Island . . . → Read More: Pebble fight is over federal control, not resources
The top investigator for the science committee in the U.S. House, Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun, wrote to EPA this week to say that its recent study of the effect of such a large mine in the area falls short and shouldn’t be used to block development.
The EPA says it . . . → Read More: Congressional GOP members fear EPA will halt Pebble early
(Author’s note: With humpback salmon now running in the Kenai River, this is a good time to run this story in the Clarion. It first appeared in Alaska magazine in August 2001. It has been edited for brevity.)
When someone says the fish are so thick, you can walk across the river on their backs, . . . → Read More: In praise of pinks