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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 20, 2019 

Alaska Fish Factor

Salmon dominates the summer fishing headlines but it’s among many other fisheries going on throughout the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. Alaska’s salmon season has gotten off to a mixed start, with strong catches in some regions over the past...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 13, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska fishermen are still awaiting disaster relief funds for the 2016 pink salmon run failure, which was the worst in 40 years.          Congress approved $56 million that year for Alaska fishermen, processors and communities hurt by the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 6, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

Shrimp shines in the Panhandle - Southeast Alaska is the state’s biggest producer of America’s #1 seafood favorite: shrimp. And much of it is enjoyed right where it’s landed. Four varieties of shrimp are taken at various times throughout the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 30, 2019

Fish Factor: Salmon catches remain near all-time highs

Salmon abundance in the North Pacific has declined slightly over the past decade, but salmon catches remain near all-time highs. For nearly 30 years the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) has summarized abundances and catches of salmon...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 23, 2019

Fish Factor: Rep. Don Young files Keep Fin Fish Free Act to keep fish farms from U.S. offshore waters unless authorized by Congress

In his 46 years as Alaska’s lone representative in Congress, Don Young helped toss out foreign fishing fleets from Alaska’s waters with the onset of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) in 1976, and today he is...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 16, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

Bering Sea crabbers saw upticks in crab recruits during a good fishery for the 2018/2019 season, along with strong prices. The crab season opens in mid-October for red king crab, Tanners and snow crab (opilio), and while fishing goes fast for red...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 9, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

Bulldozers, blasters, excavators, vibrators, jaw crushers, drillers, graders, crushers, huge trucks and other heavy equipment are tools of the trade when building and operating large mines - and they all kick up a lot of dust. In the case of the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 2, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

 Why should every Alaskan budget watcher care about the price of fish? Because when the price at the docks goes up by just one penny, it means more money for state coffers.  In 2017, for example, the average dock price per pound for all Alaska...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 25, 2019

Fish Factor: Southeast drift permit prices up; demand also up for southeast seine permits

Nearly all Alaska salmon permits have gone up in value since last fall and buying/selling/trading action is brisk. “We’re as busy as we’ve ever been in the last 20 years,” said Doug Bowen of Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer. “Boat sales...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 18, 2019

Fish Factor: Southeast have partnered with Net Your Problem to recycle old or derelict seine and gillnets

The Panhandle plans to be the next Alaska region to give new life to old fishing gear by sending it to plastic recycling centers. The tons of nets and lines piled up in local lots and landfills will become the raw material for soda bottles, cell...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 11, 2019

Herring opener still on hold; Alaska fishermen could catch 85% more salmon this year

Alaska fishermen could catch 85 percent more salmon this year (nearly a hundred million more) if state forecasts hold true. That’s good news for fishermen in many Gulf of Alaska regions who in 2018 suffered some of the worst catches in 50 years....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 4, 2019

Over 20 mayors testify against tax grab by Gov. Dunleavy of fish taxes at CRA

None of the members of the Senate Community and Regional Affairs committee (CRA) lives near the sea, but at a hearing last week they were not impressed by Governor Dunleavy’s plan to pull millions of dollars in fish taxes from remote coastal...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 28, 2019

Commercial fishermen pick up tab for salmon in Alaska starting their lives in a hatchery

Commercial fishermen pick up the tab for just about anyone who catches a salmon in Alaska that started its life in a hatchery. That was a finding that wended its way to the surface during a hearing last week of the House Fisheries Committee on the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 21, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

”A new lender is offering loans to young Alaska fishermen who want to buy into the halibut and sablefish fisheries, and repayment is based on their catches. The Local Fish Fund opened its doors this month to provide alternative loan structures...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 14, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

­­­So how’s that trade war with China going? Up until last July, when the Trump Administration slapped a 25 percent tax on nearly all U.S. seafood imports from China, that country was Alaska’s biggest trading partner for seven years...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 7, 2019

Alaska pollock noodles swept awards in Juneau's 26th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood new products competition 

Push that pasta aside. Noodles made from Alaska pollock are poised to become a center of the plate favorite. Alaska Pollock Protein Noodles from Trident Seafoods swept the awards at the 26th annual...

 

Dunleavy administration has full gag order on AFG&G

Alaska’s new slogan is “open for business” but good luck trying to find out any budget details when it comes to the business of fishing. The Dunleavy administration has a full gag order in place at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and...

 

Small electronic beacons used by increasing numbers of fishermen could net big fines

Small electronic beacons that are being widely used by increasing numbers of fishermen could net them big fines. Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) are easily attached to nets, longlines and pots and signal the locations of the gear via a...

 

Fish Factor: Commercial catches of Pacific halibut increased for 2019

Contrary to all expectations, commercial catches of Pacific halibut were increased for 2019 in all but one Alaska region. The numbers were revealed Friday at the International Pacific Halibut...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Heading into the 2019 salmon season markets are looking good as global demand exceeds supply. That’s due in part to constraints on the world’s biggest producers of farmed Atlantic salmon – Norway and Chile. While farmed production continues to...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

When most people think of Alaska crab, they envision huge boats pulling up “7 bys” for millions of pounds of bounty in the Bering Sea. (7 bys refers to the 7’x7’x3’ size of the crab pots.) But it is the smaller, local crab fisheries that...

 

Fish Factor: A German engineering company planning to farm Atlantic salmon aboard the world's largest sailboats by the year 2023

Eating seafood can save lives. Premature birth is the leading cause of death for children under 5 years old worldwide, accounting for nearly one million deaths annually. Now there is proof that eating seafood or marine oils can significantly reduce...

 

Sport Fishing For King Salmon Restricted In The Petersburg And Wrangell Areas

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced recently king salmon sport fishing restrictions for the marine waters near the communities of Petersburg, Wrangell, and Kake. In the majority of...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Government shutdown causing few problems in Alaska's fisheries

The government shutdown has caused few problems so far in Alaska’s fisheries, but concern is growing as it enters a third week.  The shutdown of nine out of 15 federal departments and agencies on Dec. 21 has furloughed about 800,000 workers...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Fish Factor's annual Fishing Picks and Pans for 2018

This column that each week focuses on Alaska’s seafood industry will enter into its 28th year in 2019. It began in the Anchorage Daily News in 1991 at the request of longtime former business editor Bill White and has appeared in the ADN ever...

 

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