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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 24, 2014 

Fish Factor

It came as no surprise when the first price postings last week tanked for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon to $1.20 a pound, with an extra 15 cents for chilled fish. That compares to a base price of $1.50 a pound last year. The Bristol Bay catch topped 28...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 17, 2014

Fish Factor

Ocean chemists are calling it “revolutionary technology” as unmanned gliders track how melting glaciers may be intensifying corrosive waters in Prince William Sound. “It’s been hugely successful. We’ve flown these things all over inside...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    July 17, 2014

Seine fishery closes harvest area

The Southeast Seine fishery is performing as expected despite a closure last week, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) biologist Dan Gray. “As expected, we have a fairly low pink salmon forecast and it’s early yet in the development...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 10, 2014

Fish Factor

With salmon fisheries going on every summer all across Alaska, you might wonder why so much attention is focused on Bristol Bay. The answer can be summed up in two words: sockeye salmon.  Bristol Bay is home to the largest red salmon runs in the wor...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 3, 2014

Fish Factor

Salmon takes center stage in Alaska every summer, but many more fisheries also are going on all across the state. The world’s biggest sockeye salmon run is expected to surge into Bristol Bay any day, where a catch of about 17 million reds is...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 26, 2014

Fish Factor

Uncertainty best sums up the mood as fishermen and processors await the world’s biggest sockeye salmon run at Bristol Bay. In fact, it’s being called the riskiest season in recent memory in the 2014 Sockeye Market Analysis, a biannual report...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 19, 2014

Fish Factor

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: The seafood industry is Alaska’s largest private employer, putting more people to work than mining, oil/gas, timber and tourism combined. The annual revenue the seafood sector contributes to...

 
 Dockside    June 12, 2014

Fish Factor

Salmon prices at wholesale show marked seasonal variations for both wild and farmed fish. It’s a pattern that has been tracked for decades by Urner Barry, the nation’s oldest commodity market watcher in business since 1895. The prices tend to...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 5, 2014

Fish Factor

If genetically modified salmon gets a green light by the federal government, it will be labeled as such if US Senators on both sides of the aisle have their way. The Senate Appropriations Committee last week passed the bipartisan Murkowski-Begich ame...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 29, 2014

Fish Factor

Salmon season is just getting underway, but seafood companies are still selling last summer’s record catch of 226 million pink salmon - and it has prompted lots of creative thinking. “The challenge is to market all this fish and still maintain...

 
 Dockside    May 22, 2014

Fish Factor

Trollers in Southeast Alaska provide fresh king salmon nearly year round, but the runs of reds and kings to the Copper River mark the “official start” of Alaska’s salmon season. On May 15 the fleet of more than 570 fishermen set out their nets...

 
 Dockside    May 15, 2014

Coast Guard Dockside Exams May 20-23

Coast Guard commercial fishing vessel examiners will be conducting voluntary dockside examinations in Wrangell May 20-23. Checkout our new vessel specific checklist generator located at www.fishsafe.info. Exams take about an hour and help foster...

 
 Dockside    May 15, 2014

Fish Factor

The debate over which sector – commercial or recreational fishing – provides the bigger economic punch can finally be put to rest. The annual ‘Fisheries Economics of the US’ report by the Dept. of Commerce shows once and for all that in...

 
 Dockside    May 15, 2014

Meissner holds salmon derby lead after first weekend

Submitted results: 1. Derek Meissner 36.7 Babbler 5-12-14 2. Bobbie Robbins 32.0 Mill Creek 5-10-14 3. Scott Curley 29.9 Babbler 5-10-14 4. Butch Schmidt 29.2 Shoemaker 5-12-14 5. Rich Rhodes 29.1 Sunrise 5-11-14 6. Frank Grossardt 26.4 Mill Creek...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 8, 2014

Fish Factor

The basic laws of supply and demand are resulting in a nice pay day for Alaska halibut and sablefish harvesters.  Prices for both fish are up by more than a dollar a pound compared to the same time last year.  Fresh halibut has been moving...

 
 By Brian O Connor    Dockside    May 8, 2014

Salmon derby to open Saturday

The scale needle tipped at 74.4 pounds in summer 1955, and it’s stayed there ever since. Local and visiting anglers will have their chance at unseating Doris Iverson’s record Salmon Derby catch – still on display at the Wrangell Museum –...

 
 Dockside    May 1, 2014

Shellfish Farming workshop in Kake May 1-3

The Southeast Soil and Water Conservation District (SE SWCD) will be hosting a comprehensive three day workshop in Kake May 1-3. The program will teach best management practices to beginning oyster farmers. The workshop curriculum will consist of...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 1, 2014

Fish Factor

Kodiak’s roe herring fishery began on April 15 with little notice and rumors of fire sale prices. The fleet of 22 seiners was down a bit; they are competing for a harvest of 5,800 short tons, similar to the past five years. No gillnetters had...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 24, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska salmon permits in many fisheries have tripled in value since 2002 and the upward trend continues. An overview of April listings by four brokers shows that Bristol Bay drift net permits are valued at nearly $134,000 by the State, and listed...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 17, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska's total salmon catch for 2014 is projected to be down by almost half of last year's record haul. State fishery managers are calling for an all species harvest of just under 133 million salmon,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 10, 2014

Fish Factor

Kodiak seiners will be scooping up pollock in their nets starting this week. You heard right. Seiners have a chance to test the waters to determine if a directed pollock fishery makes sense for that type of gear in the Gulf. Except for a small jig...

 
 Dockside    April 10, 2014

2014 SE Alaska King salmon sport fishing regulations

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces the regulations for king salmon, effective April 2, 2014 - April 30, 2015. The regulations are: Alaskan Resident: The resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon 28 inches or greater in...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 3, 2014

Fish Factor

Nine names are vying for three seats on the state Board of Fisheries, including six newcomers. That gives Governor Parnell the unique opportunity to replace a majority of the seven-member Fish Board, should he choose to do so, and should the Alaska...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    March 27, 2014

Crystal Lake Hatchery reconstruction to move forward

PETERSBURG – Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Production Manager Bill Glass said plans are moving forward to continue production at Crystal Lake Hatchery even if it can’t immediately reconstruct the incubation facility destroyed by fire ea...

 

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