The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
(Anchorage) – Anglers of all skill levels are encouraged to join the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), The Bait Shack, and the Alaska Sport Fishing Association from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Jewel Lake on Saturday, February 8, 2020, for the Jewel Lake Jamboree and Community Fishing Day.
Anglers may bring their own fishing gear if they have it, or may borrow equipment from ADF&G. Several hundred ice holes will be pre-drilled for the event, so bring your friends, family, and some warm clothing, and join us for a day of ice fishing.
“This event is a great opportunity for anglers of all skill levels to come out and go ice fishing,” said Ryan Ragan, Program Coordinator with the Division of Sport Fish. “We are excited to partner with The Bait Shack and the Alaska Sport Fishing Association to bring this community event together. The lake will have been stocked with around 5,000 fish and fishing should be good.”
The Jewel Lake Jamboree falls on the heels of a weeklong ice fishing event hosted by ADF&G that invites school age kids from both public and private schools to get out of the classroom and experience ice fishing. Over 2,500 local area students will have gone ice fishing at Jewel Lake prior to this event.
While the Jewel Lake Jamboree is free to the public, resident anglers who are 18 years of age or older and nonresident anglers who are 16 years of age or older will need a valid sport fishing license to fish. Anglers will be able to purchase a fishing license at the event. However, licenses can be purchased prior to the event through the ADF&G online store.
If you plan on retaining your catch, please bring a bag or cooler to bring it home. We will not have bags available.
For additional information, please contact the Sport Fish Information Center at (907) 267-2218.
(Anchorage) – Long, cold days make us yearn for warm days out on the water. Prince William Sound (PWS) is just one area known for its spectacular coastal scenery and ample saltwater fishing opportunities. Are you interested in learning about the saltwater fishing opportunities that are available in PWS area? Join Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) staff at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery (WJHSFH) on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a “Saltwater Fishing Opportunities in PWS” seminar. This seminar will be held in the WJHSFH conference room, located at 941 North Reeve Boulevard, Anchorage, Alaska.
This is a free event for anyone interested in learning about fishing locations in PWS, the different fish species present, and what gear to use to target specific species. Staff will also demostrate how to use a deepwater release mechanism for rockfish, which is required by law as of January 1, 2020.
Advanced registration is required, and space is limited, so sign up early! To register, please visit the Hunting and Fishing Forum webpage.
For those anglers who are interested in fishing but aren’t quite ready to commit to the required fishing equipment, ADF&G offers a free rod loaner program throughout the year. For more information, please contact the Anchorage Sport Fish Information Center at (907) 267-2218 or the Palmer office at (907) 746-6300.
The following press release is courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska:
JUNEAU, Alaska, January 29, 2020—The USDA Forest Service finalized the final phase of a purchase of nearly 23,000 acres of land on Admiralty Island from Shee Atiká, Incorporated.
For each of the last four years, Congress has appropriated funds through the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the acquisition of the Cube Cove lands, which both the Forest Service and Shee Atiká are excited to have completed.
“The completion of the Cube Cove land transfer was truly a monumental team effort.” said Pamela Steffes, Chairman of the Board, Shee Atiká, Inc. The corporation said it is grateful to the Forest Service and the Alaska congressional delegation for working together on the project, a sentiment shared by Alaska Regional Forester David Schmid, “A historic opportunity, with a wonderful partner – Shee Atiká — allowing us to continue our mission of connecting people to nature,” he commented.
Cube Cove is located 30 miles south of Juneau, Alaska, and 20 miles north of Angoon, on Admiralty Island within the Kootznoowoo Wilderness and the Tongass National Forest.
Now publicly owned, the newly acquired lands will be managed as designated wilderness by the Forest Service, which provides the public with opportunities for remote and primitive recreation. Those interested in learning more about these opportunities should visit www.wilderness.net for specific guidelines for land uses in the Kootznoowoo Wilderness Area; or they may call the Admiralty National Monument direct at (907) 586-8800.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is offering $100 Visa gift cards as incentives for anglers who catch certain northern pike from Alexander Lake.https://t.co/kF074AEFfj
— KTUU.com (@Ch2KTUU) January 31, 2020
Here’s more from KTUU:
This summer Alexander Lake was closed to sportfishing as a measure to keep elodea, and invasive and fast-growing waterweed, from being transferred to other bodies of water. Since the lake was closed, Bradley says that all the fish that were tagged should still be there.
Anglers can bring in either just pike heads or the whole body to the ADF&G office in Palmer on Mondays through April 13. Staff will scan the fish head and if it is a tagged fish, the angler will receive a $100 Visa gift card and be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gift card. Up to 35 gift cards will be issued.
— CBC North (@CBCNorth) January 29, 2020
Here’s more from Alaska Public Media and KYUK:
In August, the state reduced the bag limit from two caribou to one caribou. Federal managers followed suit for federal lands, and restricted harvests to bulls in western game units. In December, federal managers closed the hunt entirely in their jurisdiction. At that point, the state still wanted to gather input from subsistence users and kept its hunt open. Since then, ADF&G has talked with many of those users and received support from the Board of Game to close the hunt. The goal is to increase the herd’s population.
“If we harvest too many bulls, or too many animals in general, there won’t be any growth in the herd, any minimal growth in the herd,” said Todd Rinaldi, ADF&G Regional Management Coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Conservation for Central Southwest Alaska.
The following is courtesy of Angler’s Alibi fishing camp:
The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
(Anchorage) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Division of Sport Fish has published the 2020 Season King Salmon Outlooks for the Deshka River and Kenai River early and late runs. The preseason forecast total run for the Deshka River is 10,570 king salmon which is within the biological escapement goal of 9,000 to 18,000 fish. The outlook covers three classes of models that statistically have the greatest accuracy and precision. The outlook also includes tables depicting forecasts of the previous year’s runs and actual runs for specific age classes.
The outlook for the early run of Kenai River king salmon in 2020 is below average, with a large fish forecast of 4,794 fish. The Kenai River king salmon goal is based on large fish meaning a king salmon greater than 75 cm mideye-to-tail-fork-length or approximately 34 inches in total length. The 2020 forecasted total run of large fish is within the optimum escapement goal of 3,900 to 6,600 fish; however, it is less than the recent 5-year average total run of 5,110 fish. If realized, the 2020 run will be slightly larger (577 fish) than the preliminary estimate of the 2019 total run of 4,216 large fish.
The outlook for the late run of Kenai River king salmon in 2020 is a forecast of 22,707 large fish. The 2020 forecasted total run of large fish is within the large fish sustainable escapement goal of 13,500 to 27,000 fish. If realized, this run will be approximately 60% (8,900 fish) larger than the 2019 preliminary estimated total run of 12,780 large fish and be comparable to the recent 5-year (2015-2019) average total run of about 21,600 large fish.
The Board of Fisheries (BOF) has several proposals before it that may affect management decisions that could impact local fisheries; therefore, ADF&G is not making any management decisions at this time for the Upper Cook Inlet areas. The BOF Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meeting is scheduled for February 7 – February 19, 2020, at the Egan Convention Center. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.
“ADF&G understands that anglers, guides, and local businesses are better served by preseason and timely management decisions,” stated Sport Fish Cook Inlet Coordinator Matt Miller. “However, it is prudent to hold off making any preseason management decisions prior to the Board of Fisheries meeting. The board will be considering actions that could impact these fisheries.”
Anglers can review the 2020 Deshka River King Salmon Outlook, the 2020 Kenai River King Salmon Early-run and Late-run outlooks, and the 2019-2020 Proposal Book on the ADF&G webpage.
For additional information about management actions, please contact Palmer Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey at (907) 746-6300, or Soldotna Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka at (907) 260-2920. For information about the BOF meeting and proposals, please contact the Boards Support Section at (907) 465-4110.
Idaho man fined, banned for guiding illegal Alaska hunts https://t.co/pkupADJjoo
— KTVB.COM (@KTVB) January 23, 2020
Here’s The Associated Press, via idaho News CBS 2, with more, including the suspect’s expected fines running at $20,000:
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason on Wednesday also ordered Paul Silvis, 52, of Nampa, to serve six months of home confinement, to be followed by five years of supervised release, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Silvis in October pleaded guilty to two felony violations of the Lacey Act, the law that bans illegal wildlife trafficking, U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said in the announcement.
Silvis from 2009 to 2016 repeatedly violated state and federal law by providing guided hunts in the Noatak National Preserve in northwest Alaska, prosecutors said. The preserve covers 10,265 square miles (26,586 kilometers) and protects the nation’s largest unaltered river basin and watershed.
The following press release is courtesy of NOAA’s Fisheries Science:
Hurst is a Research Fisheries Biologist with the NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center in the Fisheries Behavioral Ecology Program located at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR. He earned a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Graduate studies (M.S. and Ph.D.) on the recruitment and ecology of overwintering Hudson River striped bass were done at Stony Brook University in New York under the direction of Dr. David Conover. He joined the the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in 2002.
Hurst’s research blends field studies and laboratory experimentation to examine the environmental ecology of early life stages of marine species. Much of this work focuses on the pervasive influence of temperature variation on the physiology and ecology of fishes including behavior, habitat selection, growth energetics, and larval ecology.
Recent areas of research include characterizing dispersal patterns of Pacific cod, biochemical characterization of growth dynamics in Pacific halibut, and the potential impacts of ocean acidification on fishes of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. Hurst serves as the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s representative on NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Working Group. He also holds an appointment as a Courtesy Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.
The following is courtesy of Salmon Beyond Borders:
JUNEAU—It was with interest that Salmon Beyond Borders learned Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy is in Vancouver for the Association for Mineral Exploration conference this week to tout Alaska mining, and that British Columbia’s transboundary mining will be a topic of discussion for Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang. Lest the administration forget, Alaskans are demanding binding protections from Canada’s mines.
“Alaska tribes, fishermen, municipalities, and thousands of residents have made clear that B.C.’s large-scale open pit mines near the Taku, Stikine/Iskut, and Unuk/Nass rivers, many of which have insanely massive tailings dams at their headwaters, pose direct downstream threats to our salmon, jobs, and way of life,” said Salmon Beyond Borders Director Jill Weitz. “As a new series of maps show, B.C.’s gold-rush era mining laws allow whole watersheds to be staked for exploitation without a consideration of cumulative effects. Unfortunately, what we see in the media and understand from British Columbia’s government is that the State of Alaska has been downplaying Alaskans’ and the Congressional Delegation’s concerns regarding the need for financial assurances and binding protections for the downstream communities that depend upon our billion dollar fisheries and visitor industries. Southeast Alaska has nothing to gain but everything to lose from these Canadian projects.”
In a July 2019 op-ed, Commissioners Corri Feige (Alaska Department of Natural Resources), Doug Vincent-Lang (ADF&G) and Jason Brune (Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation), all of whom are also in Vancouver for the mining conference, confirmed that “Alaska remains committed to maintaining both high water quality standards and responsible mineral development in the transboundary waters.” In a May 6, 2019 letter, Governor Dunleavy confirmed that when it comes to transboundary engagement, “the Governor’s Office continues to take the lead on behalf of the State of Alaska.”
“Southeast Alaska tribes, communities, and the Alaska delegation are all deeply concerned about impacts from B.C. mines and the province’s track record, which is far from ‘responsible’” Weitz continued. “That lack of responsibility is clear from, in many instances, the lack of consent from First Nations; ongoing acid mine drainage from the abandoned Tulsequah Chief mine in the Taku River watershed, which B.C. has failed to solve for six decades; and the lack of accountability and oversight responsible for the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster — Canada’s worst environmental disaster — which flooded 6.6 billion gallons of mine waste into the Fraser River watershed and has still resulted in no charges against the mine’s owner, Imperial Metals. If Governor Dunleavy is truly at the helm, he must not follow B.C. and B.C. mining companies’ lead. Instead, the Governor and the Commissioners must amplify concerns from thousands of Alaskans, including our Congressional Delegation, commercial and sport fishing powerhouses, business owners, and Southeast tribes. For Southeast Alaska, Mount Polley is not an abstraction. It is a nightmare to be avoided.”
Salmon Beyond Borders is a campaign driven by sport and commercial fishermen, community leaders, tourism and recreation business owners, and concerned citizens, in collaboration with Tribes and First Nations. We are united across the Alaska/British Columbia border to defend and sustain our transboundary rivers, jobs, and way of life.