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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 1, 2016 

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska seafood goes to roughly 120 countries around the world and competes in a rough and tumble commodities market. Looking ahead to next year, sales conditions are looking positive for Alaska salmon, with some mixed market outlooks for other main...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 24, 2016

Fish Factor

Alaska’s university system is ramping up programs to train the next generations of fishery and ocean specialists - and plenty of jobs await. Since 1987, the College of Fisheries and Ocean Science (CFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 17, 2016

Alaska Fish Factor

It was fast and furious for Alaska’s premiere crab fishery with the fleet catching the nearly eight-million pound red king crab quota at Bristol Bay in less than three weeks. The overall take was down 15 percent from the 2015 fishery and will...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 10, 2016

Fish Factor

As Alaska’s iconic halibut fishery wraps up this week, stakeholders are holding their breath to learn if catches might ratchet up slightly again in 2017. Meanwhile, prices for hard to get shares of the halibut catch are jaw-dropping. The halibut...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 3, 2016

Fish Factor

Values of Alaska salmon permits have taken a nose dive after a dismal fishing season for all but a few regions. “No activity for drift gillnet or seine permits in Prince William Sound…No interest in Southeast seine or troll permits…Nothing new...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 20, 2016

Fish Factor

It was a rough salmon season at most Alaska regions this summer, with Bristol Bay being the big exception. While sockeye catches exceeded expectations, all other species came up short. But salmon stakeholders can take heart that the fish is moving...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 13, 2016

Fish Factor

Fish on! The lure of reaching a statewide radio audience has once again attracted a full slate of political hopefuls to Kodiak for its popular fisheries debate. On Wednesday, October 12, five candidates for U.S. Senate will travel to the nation’s...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 6, 2016

Fish Factor

Alaskan Cod Crunchies begin a national roll out this week with a debut at Costco’s two stores in Anchorage. The dog treats are one of the newest products stemming from Alaskan Leader Seafood’s commitment to complete “head to tail” usage of...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 29, 2016

Fish Factor

Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades. In a September 19 letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 22, 2016

Fish Factor

Cordovans are hoping to revive a long lost Tanner crab fishery in Prince William Sound as a step towards keeping the town’s waterfront working year round. The crab fishery produced up to 14 million pounds in the early 1970s and had declined to...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 15, 2016

Fish Factor

It surprises many people across the state that fall is one of the busiest times for Alaska’s fishing industry from the Panhandle to the Bering Sea. As salmon season gets tucked away, hundreds of boats of all gear types are still out on the water, o...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 8, 2016

Fish Factor

Bering Sea crabbers were stunned last week when the outlooks for the upcoming fall and winter fisheries were revealed. Results of the annual summer surveys by state and federal scientists showed that numbers of mature male and females dropped...

 
 Dockside    September 1, 2016

Fish Factor

Wheels are already in motion to provide two measures of relief for Alaskas pink salmon industry, which is reeling from the lowest harvest since the late 1970s. Representative Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) began the process last week to have the Walker Adm...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 25, 2016

Fish Factor

Alaska’s 2016 pink salmon fishery is set to rank as the worst in 20 years by a long shot, and the outlook is bleak for all other salmon catches except sockeyes. “Boy, sockeye is really going to have to carry the load in terms of the fishery’s...

 
 Dockside    August 25, 2016

Fish and Game proposals out for review

The Alaska boards of Fisheries and Game have released proposal books for the 2016-17 year. The Board of Fish accepted 276 proposals for review, and the Board of Game has accepted 153 for the coming year. Neither set of proposals include any rule...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 18, 2016

Fish Factor

Alaska is one of a handful of U.S. states to launch a go-to website aimed at keeping ocean acidification in the public eye. The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network, a collaboration of state and federal scientists, agencies, tribes, conservation,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 11, 2016

Fish Factor

Two big fish stories have been spawned so far by the 2016 Alaska salmon season: 1) sockeyes save the day; and 2) colossal pinks. A larger than expected sockeye salmon catch that has topped 50 million will salvage a summer that has seen lackluster...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 4, 2016

Fish Factor

Who knows more about local salmon and their habitats than Alaska fishermen? That’s the impetus behind a new information-gathering project spawned by United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) that aims to provide useful and timely news about the health of...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 21, 2016

Fish Factor

The decades-old ‘bycatch to food banks’ program has grown far beyond its original Alaska beginnings. Today, only 10 percent of the fish going to hunger relief programs is bycatch of primarily halibut and salmon taken accidentally in other...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Dockside    July 14, 2016

Bringing in the harvest

Fisherman Gig Decker holds up a sockeye pulled from his nets aboard the F/V McCrea on July 6, near 14-Mile Zimovia. The drift gillnet fishery for the Stikine River and Prince of Wales Island areas...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 14, 2016

Fish Factor

Salmon takes center stage each summer but many other fisheries also are in full swing from Ketchikan to Kotzebue. For salmon, total catches by July 8 were nearing 28 million fish, of which 10 million were sockeyes, primarily from Bristol Bay. Last...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 7, 2016

Fish Factor

The United Kingdom’s recent exit from the European Union – dubbed Brexit - has turned seafood trading on its head. For 43 years the UK has been a major part of the 28 country EU, and what the pull out means for longstanding business arrangements...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 30, 2016

Fish Factor

Turning crab shells into every day products is becoming a reality for the Tidal Vision team of eco-entrepreneurs from Juneau. The products are derived from chitin in the crab shells, the second most abundant biopolymer on the planet after cellulose....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 23, 2016

Fish Factor

There’s much more to Alaska herring than roe and bait. To prove that point, nearly 40 of Seattle’s finest restaurants and retailers will celebrate Northwest Herring Week as a way to re-introduce the tasty, health fish to the dining scene....

 
 Dockside    June 16, 2016

Fish Factor

Boaters from Homer to the Mat-Su valley can help protect salmon and other aquatic creatures and get discounts from popular businesses by doing so. A pilot program launched this spring is an offshoot of Cook Inletkeeper’s Clean Boating program that...

 

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