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 Dockside    May 21, 2015 

Fish Factor

Nowhere in the world do people have as much opportunity to speak their minds to fish policy makers as they do in Alaska. As decision day approaches, a groundswell of Alaska voices is demanding that fishery overseers say bye-bye to halibut bycatch in...

 
 Dockside    May 14, 2015

Fish Factor

How much are fishermen affected by long term health problems like hearing loss, lack of sleep and high blood pressure?  A pilot study aims to find out and researchers are using the 500-plus members of the Copper River salmon driftnet fleet as test...

 
 Dockside    May 7, 2015

King salmon limits for SE released

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the 2015 sport fishing regulations for king salmon for Southeast and Yakutat. The regulations took effect last Friday and last through May 1, 2016. Alaska residents are allowed to bag and possess...

 
 Dockside    May 7, 2015

Fish Factor

Alaskan salmon producers are not buying the presumption that growing numbers of pinks are eating too much food in the ocean, causing sockeye salmon to grow slower and smaller. That’s the claim of a new study by Seattle and British Columbia...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 30, 2015

Fish Factor

Each year more than one third of all the salmon caught in Alaska begin their lives in a hatchery. There are 31 hatchery facilities in Alaska: 15 privately owned, 11 state owned, two federal research facilities, one tribal hatchery at Metlakatla, and...

 
 Dockside    April 30, 2015

Booking for Anan permits begins Friday

Permits will soon be available for those wanting to visit the Anan Wildlife Observatory this summer. Located on the mainland just south of Wrangell Island, the observatory is a popular place to view bears in the wild in Southeast Alaska. The United...

 
 Dockside    April 23, 2015

Fish and Game regulations

Marine boat anglers returning to ports where and when on-site ADF&G creel surveys are conducted will be prohibited from filleting, mutilating, and de-heading sport caught lingcod, nonpelagic rockfish, and king and coho salmon. Marine boat anglers...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 23, 2015

Fish Factor

A mile long string of 29 sablefish pots was lost last month in Prince William Sound after being run over by tugs towing barges at Knight Island Passage. “It appears that some tug boats passed back and forth across where the gear was set, and now...

 
 By Dani Palmer    Dockside    April 23, 2015

Spring troll fishery opens early

By Dani Pa;mer Sentinel writer PETERSBURG ­ ­– The 2015 spring troll fishery got its early start this week. The fishery opened in select locations at 12:01 a.m. today, Thursday. Last year, the first spring troll fishery opened on May 1....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 16, 2015

Fish Factor

Caribou instead of corn dogs…salmon instead of Trout Treasures… seal meat in place of spaghetti – all could soon be available to more Alaskans if traction continues on a new bipartisan bill before the Alaska legislature. The bill - HB 179 -...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 9, 2015

Fish Factor

File this fish story under the “can there be too much of a good thing” category. Alaska is expecting another bumper run of salmon this year– state managers announced last Friday a projected total catch of 221 million salmon, 39 percent higher...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 2, 2015

Fish Factor

Volunteers are needed to help craft new safety rules that are being written for older boats – which includes the bulk of Alaska’s fishing vessels. Called the Alternate Compliance Safety Program (ACSP), it is part of the 2010 US Coast Guard...

 
 By Dani Palmer    Dockside    April 2, 2015

Pink salmon season prep underway

PETERSBURG – Those looking to work at Petersburg’s fish processors will have a good chance to jump onboard with this summer’s pink salmon season predicted to be a big one. “The 2015 harvest forecast of 58 million pink salmon is well above...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 26, 2015

Fish Factor

Seven times is the charm for building some momentum on a measure that aims to give personal use (PU) fisheries a priority over commercial and sport users. As it stands now, the three fisheries all are on equal footing in the eyes and actions of...

 
 Dockside    March 26, 2015

USCG to conduct commercial fishing vessel dockside safety exams in April

The Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner will be conducting dockside examinations for commercial fishing vessels in Wrangell from April 1-3. Checkout our new vessel specific checklist generator located at www.fishsafe.info. This tool will...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 19, 2015

Fish Factor

Print your licenses at home and go fishing. The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game’s revamped Online Store is the go to place for all fishing (and hunting) licenses and it now offers two new features. “Fishermen, both sport and commercial, can now...

 
 By Dani Palmer    Dockside    March 19, 2015

Sitka sac roe herring to be fished cooperatively this year

PETERSBURG – The Sitka sac roe herring fishery will be done cooperatively this year, with processing completed in Sitka alone, meaning no fish tax for Petersburg. “This is an industry initiated cooperative,” Dave Gordon, area management...

 
 By Dani Palmer    Dockside    March 19, 2015

Sitka sac roe herring season opens

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery opened at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday under a cooperative model. Dave Gordon, area management biologist at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the decision was made by permit holders to eliminate competition a...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 12, 2015

Fish Factor

A nearly $12 million cut in state funds is on tap for the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game if state policy makers have their way. That was one early outcome of legislative House finance subcommittee meetings last week, as they wrapped up the first step...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 5, 2015

Fish Factor

Right after the yearly halibut catch limits are announced each January, brokers usually are busy with buying and selling and transferring shares of the catch. But it’s been slow going so far, even with slight harvest increases in nearly all Alaska...

 
 Dockside    February 26, 2015

Fish Factor

Last year was one of the busiest years ever for Alaska brokers who help fishermen buy, sell and trade fishing permits and quota shares. “I was really happy to see such a good mix of permits we were selling – it wasn’t just one thing,” said...

 

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