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Alaska Fish Factor: Annual Fishing Picks and Pan: The best and worst fish stories of 2017

For 27 years this weekly column has featured news for and about Alaska’s commercial fishing industry. It began in 1991 in the Anchorage Daily News and now appears in more than 20 news outlets across Alaska, nationally and in the UK. Today, Alaska...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Aging of the fleet prompts recommendations for deckhand apprenticeships; $142,000 grant awarded to get more boots on deck statewide

The clamor of “take me fishing” is taking on new meaning in Alaska. Prospects for a deckhand apprenticeship program just got a big lift from a $142,000 national grant awarded to the Sitka-based Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA), an...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Cod fish stocks crash throughout Gulf of Alaska - younger fish not surviving warm ocean temperatures to blame

Kodiak officials already are drafting a disaster declaration due to the crash of cod stocks throughout the Gulf of Alaska. The shortage will hurt many other coastal communities as well. Gulf cod catches for 2018 will drop by 80 percent to just under...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Economic importance of supporting sustainable fisheries lost in the farmed fish message: Love the Wild

Recurring news headlines that have widely circulated about alarming declines of Pacific salmon have spawned a savvy new marketing strategy that tells consumers they can help save wild fish by eating farmed. Earlier this year actor Leonardo DiCaprio...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Summit to build fisher skills

The biggest year classes of Alaska fishermen are phasing out of the business and fewer young cohorts are recruiting in. The Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit has convened over a decade to help stanch that outward flow, and facilitate a future for...

 

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