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 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...

 
 Dockside    February 12, 2015

Fish Factor

Lovers choose lobster as the top Valentine’s Day dish to share with that special someone. Crab legs and shrimp also get the nod as ‘romantic meals’ on Feb. 14 - one of the busiest dining out days for U.S. restaurants. In a national survey by...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 5, 2015

Fish Factor

Freezer displays at Walmart superstores in Alaska and Washington now include a new lineup of 14 Alaska seafood items. The world's largest grocer announced the expanded commitment to Alaska seafood...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 29, 2015

Fish Factor

The need for a clear “fish first” policy in Alaska tops the list of priorities compiled by the Fisheries Transition Team for Governor Walker. The group also stated that “fish and fishermen in Alaska are viewed as barriers to development,”...

 
 Dockside    January 22, 2015

Fish Factor

Alaska seafood marketers are ramping up promotions and bankrolling a $1 global million media blitz to counteract a tough sockeye salmon market. Sockeyes are by far the most valuable salmon catch, often worth two-thirds of the value of Alaska’s...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 15, 2015

Fish Factor

Alaska seafood marketers are facing some strong headwinds heading into 2015, notably, for sockeye salmon and crab. Snow crab is Alaska’s largest crab fishery, underway now in the Bering Sea. The fleet has a slightly increased 61 million pound catch...

 
 Dockside    January 8, 2015

Ferry fares set to raise in May

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) announced travel fares on the Alaska Marine Highway System will increase 4.5 percent starting May 1. The new fare structure went into effect with the new year, but will not...

 
 Dockside    January 8, 2015

Fish Factor

2014 Fish Picks and Pans Biggest fish wait and see: Senator-elect Dan Sullivan. Trickiest fishing conundrum: Sea otters vs. fisheries in Southeast Alaska. Best fishing career builder: University of Alaska/Southeast for its hydraulics and vessel...

 
 Dockside    January 1, 2015

Fish Factor

Salmon will always be the heart of Alaska’s fisheries, and that’s why most people think of summer as the fishing season. But that’s not the case. The heart of winter is when Alaska’s largest fisheries get underway each year. On January...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 25, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska seafood innovators are getting serious about ‘head to tail/inside and out’ usages of fish parts, and they see gold in all that gurry that ends up on cutting line floors. Fish oils, pet treats, animal feeds, gelatins, fish scales that put...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 18, 2014

Fish Factor

It went down to the wire, but fishermen were relieved to learn they can continue to hose down their decks without fear of violating the Clean Water Act. Congress voted unanimously this week to extend a moratorium for three years that exempts...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Dockside    December 18, 2014

Rare White-winged Dove spotted in Wrangell

Local bird-watchers were pleased to see a specimen of White-winged Dove on the island this month, a species native to the Southwest United States, Central America and the Caribbean. Although it has be...

 
 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    December 11, 2014

Southeast gillnet and purse seine task forces meet in Petersburg

PETERSBURG ­– The Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet and Purse Seine task forces met in Petersburg on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, to review the 2014 season and discuss the 2015 season. On Tuesday, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) bio...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 11, 2014

Fish Factor

The Pacific halibut stock appears to be rising from the ashes and that bodes well for catches in some fishing regions next year. It would turn the tide of a decades-long decline that has caused halibut catches to be slashed by more than 70% in...

 
 Dockside    December 11, 2014

Herring fishery's quote down sharply

SITKA, Alaska (AP) _ The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the preliminary guideline harvest level for the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is 8,712 tons. That’s just over half of last year’s quota of 16,333 and the lowest...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 4, 2014

Fish Factor

It’s the time of year when Alaska’s fishery meetings kick into high gear - with five set for this week alone. The industry will get a first glimpse of potential 2015 halibut catches when the International Pacific Halibut Commission convenes in...

 
 Dockside    November 27, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska is poised for some big fish stories next year based on predictions trickling in from state and federal managers. For the state’s (and nation’s) largest fishery - Alaska pollock - the Eastern Bering Sea stock has more than doubled its ten...

 
 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    November 20, 2014

Three Southeast towns rank in top 20 largest ports of 2013

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries has released its annual report of commercial fish landings in 2013. The report outlines the top 50 ports by pounds of fish landed and value of fish landed. Nine of the top 20 major...

 
 Dockside    November 20, 2014

'Excellent' 2015 pink salmon harvest predicted

A news release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) released Nov. 13 outlines an estimated 2015 pink salmon harvest of 58 million fish. “ An actual harvest of 58 million pink salmon would be well above the recent 10-year average of...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 13, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska’s largest employer continues to add more jobs to its roster. Commercial fishing jobs grew last year to a level not seen since the year 2000, according to the state Department of Labor.  Driven primarily by an increased salmon harvest,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 6, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska claimed the nation’s top three fishing ports for seafood catches last year, and wild salmon landings – 95 percent from Alaska – topped one billion pounds, an all time record and a 70 percent increase from 2012. That’s according to the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 30, 2014

Fish Factor

Throughout history, arguments over land and water usages have run the gamut from tussles over fences with next door neighbors to shoot outs over inter-state grazing rights in the old west. But when land and water rights pit one country against...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 23, 2014

Fish Factor

The Bering Sea crab fleet now stands at 77 vessels, a far cry from the nearly 250 boats before the fishery downsized to catch shares in 2005. Fewer boats means less hands on deck, and as with so many others, the Bering Sea crabbers are ‘graying’...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 16, 2014

Fish Factor

A ballot measure to protect salmon in Southwest hasn’t grabbed as many headlines as pot and campaign politics. Ballot Measure 4, sponsored by the group Bristol Bay Forever, asks voters to give the Alaska legislature final say on any large oil, gas...

 

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