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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 28, 2014 

Fish Factor

More than 100 researchers and three dozen projects are underway to find clues as to why Alaska’s Chinook salmon production has declined since 2007. The ambitious effort marks the start of a state-backed five year, $30 million Chinook Salmon...

 
 Dockside    August 21, 2014

Fish Factor

Seafood is by far Alaska’s top export and as it heads overseas, global politics play a big role in making sales sink or swim. That dynamic took center stage last week when Russia banned imports of foods for one year from the US, Canada, Europe,...

 
 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    August 21, 2014

Southeast fishing update: Pink forecast right on track, Chums harvest disappointing

PETERSBURG – There has been an ebb and flow of boats in the harbor as the summer salmon season presses on. The Southeast drift gillnet fishery opened on July 6 with the challenge of overcoming a landslide on the Tahltan River in late May that...

 
 Dockside    August 14, 2014

Fish Factor

Breached mine tailings dams be damned! As millions of Fraser River sockeye salmon head for spawning beds polluted by a brew of metal toxins oozing from the Mount Polley gold/copper mine disaster in British Columbia, Republican candidates vying for...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 7, 2014

Fish Factor

Fishermen won’t need special permits to hose off their decks thanks to a bill moving through the US Senate. That’s garnered a big sigh of relief from harvesters across the nation and kudos to a rare show of bipartisanship by coastal lawmakers,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 31, 2014

Fish Factor

Nowhere in the world do people have more say in shaping fisheries policy than in Alaska. While the outcomes might get mixed rants and reviews, no one is ever denied the chance to state ideas, concerns and gripes to decision makers. Several...

 
 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...

 

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