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 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...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Dockside    October 9, 2014

Moose totals at week three comparable to last year

As the third week of this year’s moose hunt came to a close this past Sunday, the current harvest is still slightly ahead of last year’s numbers. According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Rich Lowell, a total of 72 moose were...

 
 Dockside    October 9, 2014

Alaskan Red and Blue King Crab fisheries not to open

Crab harvests in southeast Alaska this year won't feature the state's historic cash crops of Red King Crabs, as historically low population levels persist in the region, according to Alaska's Departme...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 9, 2014

Fish Factor

I must admit that US Senate candidate Dan Sullivan achieved something I have been trying to accomplish as a fisheries writer for more than a quarter of a century: he gave long legs to media stories about Alaska’s fisheries and, more importantly, it...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 2, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska’s conservative management combined with the grace of Mother Nature are swelling the abundance of two of the state’s largest and most important fisheries. Bering Sea crab scientists and stakeholder met last week to discuss the outlook for A...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 18, 2014

Fish Factor

Fish on! The lure of reaching a statewide audience was too much to pass up for US Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan, who will be at the Oct. 1 fisheries debate at Kodiak after all. Sullivan was able to reshuffle a packed travel schedule to fit in the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 11, 2014

Fish Factor

“Surprised and disappointed” was the reaction by Senator Mark Begich upon learning that his opponent Dan Sullivan has bowed out of an October 1 fisheries debate in Kodiak. It is the second time this year that Sullivan has declined to participate...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 4, 2014

Fish Factor

If Russia won't buy seafood from the US, we won't buy seafood from them. That's the gauntlet being thrown down by Alaska's Congressional Delegation to retaliate against Russia's yearlong ban on food...

 
 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...

 

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