By Andy Walgamott, on April 16th, 2014 THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPORTSMAN’S ALLIANCE FOR ALASKA Today, 14 leading sportsmen’s and conservation groups expressed their strong opposition to the Regulatory Fairness Act, which would halt the EPA’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska from the proposed Pebble Mine. The groups sent a letter outlining … Read more Hunters, Anglers Blast 5 US Senators Who Want To Strip EPA From Regulating Pebble Mine
Eli Huffman of Jake’s Nushagak Salmon Camp sent us this: Greetings! We have some big news to share today: Yesterday, after months of dedicated phone calls, emails, testimony and frustration, HB77 died in committee. This bill threatened the water rights of individual Alaskans and would have removed the voice of the Alaskan public from important natural … Read more House Bill 77 Thrown Out
(PHOTO COURTESY OF HOMER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE) Kenai’s Ray Tepp (far right on the above photo) captured last weekend’s Homer Winter King Salmon tournament with a fish of 30 pounds, 6 ounces. Tepp, 30, took home a whopping $19,026 for his catch. Complete results are available here.
From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Chinook Salmon Research Initiative (ADFG photo) Chinook (king) salmon have been returning in fewer numbers to many Alaska rivers, requiring painful restrictions on fisheries that harvest these stocks. Widespread shortfalls became apparent during the 2007 fishing season, but scientists date the onset of the declines with … Read more ADFG’s King Salmon Assessment
Admittedly, I don’t know a ton about drones, but I found this report interesting about the use of them for hunters in Alaska. Actually it’s more past than current tense. Here’s a little bit from the Anchorage Daily News: A drone system allowing a hunter or helper to locate game now costs only about $1,000, … Read more No Games Of Drones On Hunts
Tugboats Photo by Getty Images Has it been 25 years already? The tragedy of the oil tanker Exxon Valdez oil all over the waters surrounding the port sharing the city’s name still is having an impact on Valdez and Prince William Sound, as this CNN report states: Persistent oil poisoning, and a cascade of ecological effects, continue. … Read more Exxon Valdez spill: 25 years later
So this is why Alaskans are so concerned about all things hunting and fishing. From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Press Release: March 13, 2014 Contact: Maria Gladziszewski, Assistant Director, Division of Wildlife Conservation, Juneau, (907) 465-4114 Wildlife Interests Worth $4.1 Billion to Alaska’s Economy, New Study Finds (Juneau) – Almost a … Read more $4.1 Billion Is A Lot Of Bucks (And Bulls, too)