fisheries management

In a work session Wednesday, the Federal Subsistence Board discussed but did not act on a proposal that federal agencies take over management of the Kuskokwim River coho salmon fishery. The board is awaiting an in-depth analysis and recommendations on the issue from the Office of Subsistence Management. The board does support the state's suspension of commercial fishing periods, according to a press release. The request came after long closures of king salmon fisheries, and smaller than expected returns of red and silver salmon.

The House Resources Committee is revising a bill to advance a major liquified natural gas project with 25% state participation.

Supporters of a minimum wage initiative are worried a bill introduced on Friday is a repeat of a 2002 Legislative tactic to get their initiative off the ballot then gut the bill.

A recent archeological study supports a southeast Alaska Tlingit tribe's contention that herring populations were once much more plentiful and widespread, which is the basis for the tribe's call for a more conservative state management regime.