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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 25, 2017 

Fish Factor: Legislative haggling may hurt fisheries management

Alaska salmon managers are hoping for the best and planning for the worst as lawmakers extend into a third special session to try and agree on a state budget. It is the third year in a row they have n...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 18, 2017

Fish Factor: ​Alaska's seafood output increased slightly and dollar values held steady

The U.S. seafood industry’s contribution to the nation’s economy sank a bit, while Alaska’s output increased slightly and dollar values held steady. An eagerly anticipated annual report released last week by NOAA Fisheries measures the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 11, 2017

Fish Factor: In less than two weeks, Alaska's salmon season is set to get underway

Alaska’s salmon season officially gets underway in less than two weeks! The first fishery for sockeye and king salmon is set for May 18 at Copper River and the town of Cordova is buzzing, said Christa Hoover, executive director of the Copper...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 4, 2017

Prices for quota shares of Alaska halibut are jaw dropping

The values of Alaska salmon permits are on a downward slide, while prices for quota shares of other catches continue to skyrocket. Despite an optimistic outlook this year for Alaska salmon catches and markets, buyers and sellers are still feeling a...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 27, 2017

Fish Factor: Measure gaining steam would create fisheries trusts to offset "graying of the fleet" and the lack of opportunities for younger people

Numerous studies over the past decade have highlighted Alaska’s “graying of the fleet” (the average age of permit holders is 50), and the lack of opportunities for younger people to launch a career in commercial fishing. State data show that...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 20, 2017

Fish Factor: A brighter outlook for Alaska's 2017 salmon season

A brighter outlook for Alaska’s upcoming salmon season just got even better. Markets are looking good, the statewide salmon catch forecast of 204 million is up by a million fish, and the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery at Bristol Bay is br...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 13, 2017

Fish Factor

Automation is coming to Alaska fishing boats in the form of cameras and sensors to track what’s coming and going over the rails. Starting next year, Electronic Monitoring systems (EM) can officially replace human observers as fishery data...

 

Fish Factor: Demand for fish captured wild in the US shows big gain

Seafood sales at American retail stores are on an upswing and should remain that way for the foreseeable future. Better yet - demand for fish captured wild in the USA showed the biggest gains of all. That’s good news for Alaska, which provides...

 

Lingcod fishery allocations announced for 2017

The Department of Fish and Game announced late last week its opening for the directed lingcod fishery will be starting next month. For the outside waters of Southeast District, east of 144° W., the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 30, 2017

Fish Factor: ​U.S. Navy moving ahead to conduct war training exercises in early May

The required permits are not yet in hand, but the U.S. Navy is moving full steam ahead on its plans to conduct war training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska for two weeks in early May. Meanwhile, nine...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 23, 2017

Fish Factor, Salmon fishermen could haul in nearly double 2016's catch

Alaska salmon fishermen could haul in a harvest that nearly doubles last year’s catch, due to a projected uptick in the number of pinks.  An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report on 2017 salmon run forecasts and harvest projections pegs the...

 

New rockfish sport fishing regulations take effect this week

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced on Monday the bag, possession and retention regulations for this year's nonpelagic rockfish sport season. For all Southeast waters, Alaska residents ha...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 16, 2017

Fish Factor

Massive cuts could be in store for the agencies and people who provide the science and stewardship to preserve and protect our planet. The budget proposed by Donald Trump that starts in October puts on the chopping block the agencies and staff in...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 9, 2017

Fish Factor

Alaska crabbers are hauling back pots from the Panhandle to the Bering Sea, and reduced catches are resulting in record prices for their efforts.  The year’s first red king crab fishery at Norton Sound has yielded 17,000 pounds so far of its...

 

King salmon sport fish season to start conservatively

Alaska's Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) announced regulations for the king salmon sport fishing season this summer would be on the conservative side. Issued Monday, the order applies to marine...

 

Fish Factor

Shellfish, sea cucumbers, geoduck clams, seaweeds and biofuels are crops envisioned by a group of Alaskans who are crafting a framework for a statewide mariculture industry expansion. An 11-member task force created last February by Governor Walker h...

 

Fish Factor

Salmon is the heart of Alaska’s fisheries – it almost singlehandedly spawned the push for statehood nearly 60 years ago. A new Alaska Salmon Fellows program wants to make sure Alaskans are poised to “shape the future” of the cultural fish...

 

Fish Factor

More Pacific halibut will be going to market this year due to an overall boost in the harvests for the West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska. The coast wide catch of 31.4 million pounds reflects a 5.1 percent increase, and for the first time in...

 

Fish Factor

More Pacific halibut will be going to market this year due to an overall boost in the harvests for the West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska. The coast wide catch of 31.4 million pounds reflects a 5.1 percent increase, and for the first time in...

 

Fish Factor

Candied salmon ice creampoke snack kits salmon bisque baby food fish skin tote bags and pet oils – Those are among the more than 20 new items to be revealed this week at the industry’s most popular annual seafood soiree: the Alaska Symphony of...

 

Fish Factor

As lawmakers convene this week in Juneau, Alaska’s fishing industry sees a glimmer of hope that its budget won’t be gutted again. Under Governor Walker’s proposed budget for FY18, the commercial fisheries division of the Alaska Dept. of Fish...

 

Alaska fish continues to be fallout-free

ANCHORAGE (AP) – State officials have announced that tests of Alaska seafood continue to show no detectable amounts of radiation, five years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear disaster at a Japanese power plant. More than...

 

Fish Factor

Fishery advocates are hoping for the speedy delivery of a letter to state lawmakers that asks them to dust off a law pertaining to fish habitats. Title 16, the statute that outlines the responsibilities of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game when...

 

Fish Factor

The start of 2017 marks the 26th year for this weekly column that targets news for and about Alaska’s seafood industry. The goal is to make all readers more aware of the economic and cultural importance of our state’s first and oldest industry....

 

Fish Factor

Giving to the less fortunate is the true meaning of the Christmas season, and giving Alaska seafood has never been easier. A single dollar donated to Sea Share translates to eight seafood dinners for hungry Americans from the nation’s food bank...

 

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