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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 4, 2016 

Fish Factor

Alaska’s halibut stocks are showing signs of an uptick and fishermen’s catches will not be slashed for the first time in 15 years. Fishery managers on Friday set the coast wide Pacific halibut harvest for 2016 at 29.89 million pounds, a 2.3...

 
 Dockside    February 4, 2016 

Deer season no more

The Sitka black-tailed deer hunting season is now closed in Southeast Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds all hunters who have obtained deer harvest tickets to return completed hunt reports to their nearest office. Even those who...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 28, 2016

Fish Factor

A single Chinook salmon is worth more than a barrel of oil. The winter kings being caught by Southeast Alaska trollers are averaging10 pounds each with a dock price of $7.34 a pound, according to state fish tickets. That adds up to $73.40 per fish, c...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 21, 2016

Fish Factor

Fishing issues will take a back seat to budget cutting when the Alaska legislature convenes on January 19 for its 90-day session, but two early fish bills (and one hold-over) already are getting attention. One new measure aims to stop the migration o...

 
 Dockside    January 14, 2016

Fish Factor

Alaska’s mariculture industry has passed some big milestones, and is getting set to head into the weeds. Aquatic farming, which was Ok’d by Alaska lawmakers in 1988, topped $1 million in shellfish sales for the first time ever in 2014, coming in...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 7, 2016

Fish Factor

2016 marks a quarter of a century for this weekly column that targets Alaska’s seafood industry. At the end of every year, I proffer my ‘no holds barred’ look back at the best and worst fish stories, and select the biggest story of the year....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 31, 2015

Fish Factor

“Tis the season for even bigger Alaska fish catches when groundfish seasons open at the start of the New Year. Catches of pollock, cod, flounders and other groundfish account for nearly 85 percent of Alaska’s harvest poundage, and 67 percent of t...

 
 Dockside    December 24, 2015

Fish Factor

Alaska crab shells are fueling an eco-revolution that will drive new income streams for fabrics to pharmaceuticals to water filters. And for the first time, it is happening in the USA and not overseas. The entrepreneurs at Tidal Vision in October...

 
 Dockside    December 24, 2015

Sport fish stocking plan comments

The Division of Sport Fish is now accepting public comment on its statewide fish stocking plan. The Division, with assistance from private non-profit hatchery operators, plans to release approximately 6.5 million fish into the waters of Alaska every...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 17, 2015

Fish Factor

Caught by Alaskans for Alaskans is a business concept that bested 170 others in a global fisheries business competition last month at Stanford University in California. The contest, sponsored by Fish 2.0, awards creative approaches that build demand...

 
 Dockside    December 10, 2015

Fish Factor

Despite some encouraging signs that Pacific halibut stocks are stabilizing after being on a downward spiral for nearly two decades, catches could decrease slightly in most regions again next year. That’s IF fishery managers accept the catch...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 3, 2015

Fish Factor

The call is out for products to compete in Alaska’s most celebrated seafood bash, and another new category has been added to the mix. For the 23rd year, the Symphony of Seafood in 2016 will showcase innovative new products that are entered both by...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 26, 2015

Fish Factor

Alaskans are being asked to weigh in on two tough issues: budgets and halibut bycatch. First off, the state Boards of Fish and Game are asking for ideas on cutting costs within their annual meeting cycles, as well as for the state agencies involved...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 12, 2015

Fish Factor

The popular January Tanner crab fishery has been called off for the third year running throughout the Westward Region (Kodiak, Chignik and the South Peninsula), leaving fishermen and managers wondering where all the crab has gone. State managers for...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 5, 2015

Fish Factor

Alaska claimed the top three fishing ports for landings again last year, and led all U.S. states in terms of seafood landings and values.  “The Alaska port of Dutch Harbor continued to lead the nation with the highest amount of seafood landings...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 29, 2015

Fish Factor

Alaska’s 2015 salmon season produced the second largest harvest ever, but rock bottom prices yielded the lowest pay out to fishermen since 2006. That will cut into the tax base of coastal communities and state coffers, which collect fully half of a...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 22, 2015

Fish Factor

Fish pirates are coming under fire as more countries band together to stop them from pilfering the world’s oceans. So called Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing accounts for one-fifth of global catches, according to the Global Ocean...

 
 Dockside    October 22, 2015

Scientists investigate dead orca whale found near Petersburg

PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) – Scientists are investigating the death of an orca whale found on the shore of Kupreanof Island north of Petersburg. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration responded to the sighting on Friday. Fisheries...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 15, 2015

Fish Factor

When is Alaska pollock not really Alaska pollock? When it is listed as such by the Food and Drug Administration, which governs what every seafood product will be called in U.S. commerce. For pollock, one of the most widely eaten seafoods in the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 8, 2015

Fish Factor

“Unsettled” best describes the mood among brokers in the business of buying, selling and trading Alaska salmon permits and quota shares of various catches. For salmon permits, “the dust hasn’t really settled” since the season ended, said...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 1, 2015

Fish Factor

Bering Sea crabbers are again facing the possibility of a delayed fishery as Congressional Republicans threaten to shut down the government, this time over federal funding of Planned Parenthood. A shutdown two years ago stalled the crab opener by...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 24, 2015

Fish Factor

Catches for Alaska’s premier crab fisheries in the Bering Sea could take a dip this year based on results from the annual summer surveys. The annual report by NOAA Fisheries called “The Eastern Bering Sea Continental Shelf Bottom Trawl Survey:...

 
 Dockside    September 17, 2015

Fish Factor

Alaska’s fishing industry was dismayed last week by the sudden news that Jeff Regnart, Director of the state’s Commercial Fisheries Division, will leave the job on October 2. “I’m resigning due to family reasons, aging parents…I just...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 10, 2015

Fish Factor

Alaska’s pink salmon catch is pushing 180 million fish, making it the second largest harvest ever (219 million pinks was the previous record set in 2013). The humpie haul has been pushed by record production in three regions – over 15 million...

 

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