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Coast Guard reminds Alaskans of icing dangers, vessel stability for winter fishing season

The Coast Guard reminds commercial fishing vessel operators to be aware of the dangers of icing and vessel stability as the winter fishing season gets underway across Alaska. A vessel’s center of gravity can rapidly rise when freezing spray...

 

Research ship trying to avoid disrupting Alaska Native hunters

Scientists using the research vessel Sikuliaq have a new process to avoid disrupting Alaska Native hunters in coastal communities. The University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences operates the ship, which was designed to...

 

Last hurrah ...

Glacier Bear deckhand Cole Massey displays the rewards from a 3-day fishing trip during the final days of summer. Among the fish the J-Dock boat managed to pull from the Resurrection Bay waters was a...

 

UAA professor, Alaska Native helped study of sharks progress with use of technology

I bet you haven't thought much about that lately. After all, how would pondering this question ever help get you to the bottom of your to-do list today? But there are some surprises that may just set...

 

Cold-water safety training course set

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer its popular Cold-Water Safety & Survival Training for Educators, online starting Sept. 18, 2017. The 14-week course is offered through the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Fishing    August 24, 2017

Big Lake man wins Silver Salmon Derby

For C.H. Schroeder, the hardest part of the 62nd annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby was waiting to see if his fish would stand the test of time. That wait came to an end Saturday afternoon. A...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Fishing    August 24, 2017

Wetherhorn: 'I haven't stopped smiling yet'

Neither rain, a long road from his home in Houston, nor hours of hearing his wife's plans for talking him out of his reward could stop Ian Wetherhorn from being on hand Sunday afternoon at the awards...

 

NOAA could offer fishermen new monitoring option in '18

Beginning in 2018, Alaska fishermen, some of whom may not have the space on their vessel or life raft capacity for a NOAA Fisheries observer, will have the option to use an electronic monitoring (EM) system instead. NOAA Fisheries is integrating EM...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Fishing    August 10, 2017

Idaho angler lands largest halibut of the season in Homer

Heading into the final days of the 2017 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, the rest of the field is looking up at a new leader. Sam Mills took over the top spot in the standings in the tournament a few...

 

NAME Conference to be held in Homer

The Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) Conference will be held in Homer next week. The event will be held from Aug. 7-11 at the Islands & Ocean Visitor Center and the Kachemak Bay Campus. The 2017 NAME Conference is titled “Our Waters:...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Fishing    July 27, 2017

New 5G service in harbor could be completed soon

Visitors and businesses located in the vicinity of the Seward Boat Harbor could find themselves enjoying a new 5G wi-fi service by the end of the summer. Seward City Manager Jim Hunt informed members of the City Council earlier this week that a new...

 

Silver Salmon Derby set to get under way soon

The 62nd Annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby is scheduled to get under way on August 12. The derby, sponsored by the Seward Chamber of Commerce, will run through August 20. Last year, Mike Hanson claimed the top prize in the tournament by landing a...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Fishing    July 13, 2017

Seward freshman helping anglers go for the big catch with handmade lures

Cody Bryden never intended to become an expert at tying fishing flies. At 11 years old, he was just trying to learn something that "looked pretty cool" as he watched Neil and John Lindquist patiently...

 

Top local fisherman

Jack Gunter finished as the top local competitor in the recent Seward Halibut Tournament. He finished second in the overall standings - 3 pounds off the winning weight recorded by Ermagene Aaland of...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Fishing    June 29, 2017

Aalund takes lead into tournament's final days

Ermagene Aalund woke up Monday morning knowing she was just a few days away from earning the rights to a huge fish story. Except that in this story there would be no fabrication. Heading into the...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Fishing    June 22, 2017

Fullerton woman snags lead in halibut tourney

Wayne Nygard's hopes of winning the 2017 Seward Halibut Tournament came to an end last week when not one, but two, fishermen landed huge fish and pushed him to third overall. On Friday, June 16, Ermag...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Fishing    June 22, 2017

Big haul makes compromise 'great' for WV couple

When Paige Prozma and her husband, Gerald, sat down to decide where they wanted to go on vacation, Seward, Alaska, wasn't on either one's wish list. It's probably at the top of the memory list now. Th...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Fishing    June 15, 2017

Seward ranked No. 2 in latest halibut report

When it comes to landing that trophy halibut, Seward ranks among the best in the state, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s latest report. The city ranks No. 2 in the latest NOAA Catch and Landings report. Based on...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Fishing    June 8, 2017

Salmon numbers on the rise at BC weir

Right now, the number of adult salmon and smolt making their way through the Bear Creek Weir is small and easily manageable. That could all change in the coming days, however. The numbers are expected...

 

Halibut tourney gets started today

The 11th Annual Seward Halibut Tournament gets under way today. According to Seward of Chamber of Commerce officials, the tournament began at 6 a.m. and will run through 8 p.m. on June 30. Participants can purchase a one-day entry ticket for $10 or...

 
 By Tommy Wellsy    Fishing    May 25, 2017

'Blessing of the Fleet' kicks off opening weekend

A large number of local residents joined with several visitors at the Small Boat Harbor on Saturday afternoon to help usher in the summer season with the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. In...

 

Seward Flotilla to give away life jackets at opening

The Seward Flotilla, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, will be putting their heart where the boats are this weekend. The organization will be distributing life jackets, at no charge, as a part of this year’s Seward Harbor Opening weekend....

 

Free F/V drill conductor workshop slated

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop in Kenai on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The workshop will be conducted at Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, 9711...

 

Navy OKs 'Northern Edge' despite appeals

It might not be what local political leaders and area fishermen want, but the United States Navy hit the waters in full force on May 1 as part of its 2017 “Northern Edge” training exercise. In all, more than 6,000 people were scheduled to be...

 

Recruitment underway for jobs in Alaska's seafood industry

Alaskans looking for summer employment have the opportunity to work in the seafood industry. More than 20 work locations throughout the state are seeking qualified applicants. The largest demand is for seafood processors, with approximately 1,400...

 

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