salmon

A spawning chum salmon looks to return to the waters of Salmon Creek on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Chart a better course for salmon

A yes on Ballot Measure 1 is the answer Alaska’s salmon, and the people who rely on them, need.

A spawning chum salmon looks to return to the waters of Salmon Creek on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Alaska’s salmon future starts in our lakes and streams

Salmon start their lives in easily overlooked places like this.

Roger Castillo watches as a coho salmon he caught leaps he fishes at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the limit to 12 coho salmon in the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area due to the large number of returning hatchery coho salmon in excess of broodstock needs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Roger Castillo watches as a coho salmon he caught leaps he fishes at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the limit to 12 coho salmon in the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area due to the large number of returning hatchery coho salmon in excess of broodstock needs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A dead sockeye salmon, dried in an interesting shape, in the Bristol Bay watershed on August 9, 2018. (Mary Catharine Martin | SalmonState)

The Salmon State: “Surfing the salmon wave” in Bristol Bay

By mid-August Bristol Bay’s river systems are choked with fish, but early July, when most of the bay’s sockeye salmon are fighting their way in… Continue reading

A dead sockeye salmon, dried in an interesting shape, in the Bristol Bay watershed on August 9, 2018. (Mary Catharine Martin | SalmonState)

Opinion: Salmon hatcheries support Alaskans, and feed the world

When the Good Friday earthquake shook Alaska in 1964, the damage wasn’t confined to buildings and homes. In some coastal areas, the land and ocean… Continue reading

Opinion: Ignorance to protecting Alaska’s salmon

Ben Brown’s recent piece on Ballot Measure 1 suggests he’s ignorant of the real issues pertaining to protecting Alaska salmon. Perhaps Brown isn’t aware salmon… Continue reading

A male pink salmon makes its way upstream to spawn in August of 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A male pink salmon makes its way upstream to spawn in August of 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Fish fight fills forum

The question in November is about Ballot Measure 1, but the question in the room was something different: Who’s more Alaskan? In front of a… Continue reading

Chum salmon (Photo by Bjorn Dihle)

Reflection from a salmon stream

Dozens of decomposing pink and chum salmon, their eyes plucked by birds, lay strewn in the shallows of a stream in southern Southeast Alaska. A… Continue reading

Chum salmon (Photo by Bjorn Dihle)

Opinion: Please vote ‘yes’ on Ballot Measure 1

This year’s Stand for Salmon initiative, Ballot Measure 1, is a long-overdue measure that will help restore balance between development of Alaska’s natural resources and… Continue reading

James McKnight holds a coho salmon he caught on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at the Golden North Salmon Derby. The fish, weighed at 17.7 pounds, was the largest one caught at the derby. (Courtesy Photo | Derby Committee)

Salmon Derby winner finds good luck, victory ‘shocking’

When James McKnight pulled a coho salmon out of the water Saturday morning, he knew it was big. He didn’t realize quite how big, though.… Continue reading

James McKnight holds a coho salmon he caught on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at the Golden North Salmon Derby. The fish, weighed at 17.7 pounds, was the largest one caught at the derby. (Courtesy Photo | Derby Committee)

Alaska wild salmon: You’ve come a long way, baby

Editor’s note: This column was originally published in 2015. It has been tweaked with just a few updates, in honor of this year’s “Alaska Wild… Continue reading

A spawning chum salmon looks to return to the waters of Salmon Creek on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Supreme Court approves Stand for Salmon ballot initiative

The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday approved the Stand for Salmon ballot initiative for this fall’s elections, but not before deleting some provisions that violate the Alaska Constitution.

A spawning chum salmon looks to return to the waters of Salmon Creek on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Fish Factor: Wild Salmon Day, Blue Economy and the Endangered Species Act

Alaskans will celebrate Alaska Wild Salmon Day on Aug. 10, but plans also are underway for a much bigger celebration: the International Year of the… Continue reading

Final product: Jarred dog salmon eggs (Vivian Faith Prescott | Capital City Weekly)

Planet Alaska: 13 ways of looking at dog salmon

Sitting on our fishcamp porch watching the ocean, my dad tells me how to identify a dog salmon.

Final product: Jarred dog salmon eggs (Vivian Faith Prescott | Capital City Weekly)
A spawning chum salmon looks to return to the waters of Salmon Creek on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Celebrate Wild Salmon Day in Juneau

One of the best ways to appreciate our wild salmon is to eat them.

A spawning chum salmon looks to return to the waters of Salmon Creek on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Seth Church

Ballot Measure One puts the goals of outside interests above local concerns

Our state is blessed with a vast trove of natural resources — from fish to gold, timber to oil — that gives all of us… Continue reading

Seth Church

Vote ‘yes’ on salmon habitat ballot initiative

I have been thinking long and hard about the salmon habitat ballot initiative that will be on Alaska’s November ballot. I served as Director of… Continue reading

Chum salmon swim beneath the surface of Salmon Creek on Monday afternoon, Aug. 3, 2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

A salmon story I will continue to tell (and fight for)

This July, I spent a week volunteering on the Stikine River, conducting water quality and aquatic habitat surveys with a team of dedicated scientists. It… Continue reading

Chum salmon swim beneath the surface of Salmon Creek on Monday afternoon, Aug. 3, 2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)