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 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...

 
 Dockside    March 27, 2014

Unit 4 Spring Brown Bear Season to Open

(Sitka) – The brown bear hunting season opens March 15 in Game Management Unit 4 (GMU4) with two registration hunts; RB088 and RB089. Both hunts open March 15th but have different closing dates. Inside drainages (RB089) close May 20th, and outside...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 27, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska’s salmon catch of 273 million salmon set a record last year– and so did the number of salmon returning home to state hatcheries. The 2013 Fisheries Enhancement Report by the AK Dept. of Fish and Game shows that a return of 112 million hatc...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 20, 2014

Fish Factor

Co-products is the big new buzz word in the seafood industry as more companies move towards ‘head to tails’ usages for fish. “For instance, the oils we are producing now from pollock livers has become so valuable in capsules and other human...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    March 20, 2014

Tanner Crab fishery sees increased harvest, price

PETERSBURG – This year’s Tanner Crab season saw the highest harvest since the 2000/2001 season. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Lead Crab Biologist Joe Stratman said Tanner Crab prices and the overall harvest value were also up from last...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 13, 2014

Fish Factor

Last Wednesday marked the start of Lent, a time of fasting, soul searching and repentance for hundreds of millions of Christians around the world. And what the burst in the holiday sales season from Thanksgiving to Christmas means to retailers, Lent...

 
 Dockside    March 6, 2014

2013 Alaska salmon harvest breaks record with historic number of pink salmon

JUNEAU (AP) – 2013 was a year for the record books, with Alaska seeing the largest salmon harvest ever with more than 272 million fish caught in total. The huge harvest was powered by an incredible number of pink salmon, Alaska’s smallest and...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 6, 2014

Fish Factor

Just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, US policy makers are quibbling over climate issues as bivalves dissolve in an increasingly corrosive Pacific Ocean. Any kid’s chemistry set will show that big changes are occurring in seawater throughout the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 20, 2014

Fish Factor

Bait is always a big expenditure for many fishing businesses and pollock could help cut costs for Alaska halibut longliners who fish in the Gulf. Researchers have tested pollock in two projects to see if it might replace pricier chum salmon as...

 
 Dockside    February 13, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska seafood is free of radiation stemming from Japan’s 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster. That was the take home message from the Alaska Dept. of Conservation to the state Senate Resources Committee at a recent hearing. Citing...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 6, 2014

Fish Factor

Eleven new seafood products from seven companies are set to be showcased at the upcoming Symphony of Seafood galas in Seattle and Anchorage. In its 21 years the event has introduced and promoted hundreds of new Alaska seafood items to the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 30, 2014

Fish Factor

A measure aimed at banning salmon setnetting is being held afloat by backers. The ban includes the Anchorage area, much of the Kenai Peninsula, Valdez and Juneau. It would completely eliminate Cook Inlet setnetters and affect roughly 500 fishing fami...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 23, 2014

Fish Factor

Good science should drive all fisheries decisions, and Lite Guv Mead Treadwell says he has the chops to maintain a true course. Treadwell, a Republican who hopes to unseat Democratic US Senator Mark Begich in November’s election, paid a recent...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 16, 2014

Fish Factor

Walmart reps were in Juneau last week to learn more about Alaska’s salmon fisheries, and to make sure management is up to snuff with the company’s sustainability criteria. Alaska’s salmon industry opted out of the high priced certifying program...

 
 Dockside    January 9, 2014

Federal agency plans to survey fishing businesses

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency is planning to measure the economic impact of fishing businesses. Notices posted in the Federal Register show the National Marine Fisheries Service plans to survey U.S. seafood processors and bait-and-tackle...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 9, 2014

Fish Factor

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

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 2, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska’s seafood industry worked hard again in 2013 to ramp up its message to policy makers, most of whom still tend to overlook the industry’s economic significance to the state and beyond. What is that message? That “the industry” is made...

 
 Dockside    December 26, 2013

Fish Factor

Want to know at a glance how many fishing boats call the Kenai Peninsula Borough home? It’s 1,089. Or what percentage of Wrangellites fish for a living? Just over 15 percent. Or how many skippers plus crew fish out of Juneau? That number is 705....

 

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