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Warmer waters do well unto this year’s hatchery salmon

Crystal Lake Hatchery manager, Loren Thompson, says warmer waters are doing well unto young hatchery salmon.

The early reviews are positive for equipment installed at the Crystal Lake hatchery on Mitkof Island, 18 miles south of Petersburg. Last year the hatchery installed a heat exchanger to provide warmer water for young salmon. As Alexis Kenyon reports, it will be a few more years before anyone knows for certain if the project has worked.

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State cuts bring changes to SE commercial fisheries

This super cub at Eliza Lake allows biologists to track pink escapements. Photo courtesy of Troy Thynes
Commercial fisheries in Southeast Alaska have survived two years of state budget cuts but not without some changes. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Commercial Fisheries has cut some positions, ended some monitoring programs, and found some new funding sources. more

Longline fleet awaits word on fishing season start

Commercial longline fishing fleets in Alaska are awaiting word about whether the season for halibut and black cod will actually start on March 11th. That’s the date voted on for halibut fishing by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in January. Typically the National Marine Fisheries Service also opens long-line fishing for black cod on the same day. This year that’s all up in the air. more