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 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...

 
 Dockside    June 16, 2016

Summer Anan passes to be made available

Visitors will soon be able to request the last four daily permits for the Anan Wildlife Observatory this summer. Requests will be made by filling out a form at the front desk of the Wrangell Ranger District office. Individuals listed on the form...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 9, 2016

Fish Factor

Alaskan fishermen have raised the bar for big fishing boats with the F/V Northern Leader of Kodiak, and Discovery Canada producers of the popular “Mighty Ships” programs have taken notice. Mighty Ships producers search for unique ships around...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 2, 2016

Fish Factor

The budget impasse with Alaska legislators is wreaking havoc on salmon fisheries across the state, and the industry is bracing for the possibility of a complete shutdown in some regions. If lawmakers can’t agree on a budget by June 1, all state...

 
 Dockside    June 2, 2016

ADFG announces new king salmon sport conditions

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced on Tuesday that modified king salmon sport fishing regulations that have been in effect for Wrangell and Petersburg’s District 8 are rescinded. As of this morning, the increased sport fishing...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 26, 2016

Fish Factor

Alaska’s salmon season officially got underway on May 16 with the arrival of thousands of sockeye and king salmon at the Copper River near Cordova, and high prices were the talk of the town. The first opener produced a catch of 25,000 sockeye and...

 

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