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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...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: For centuries seafood has taken a special spot on holidays all over the world

Fishermen in Alaska who own catch shares of halibut, sablefish and Bering Sea crab will pay more to the federal government to cover 2018 management and enforcement costs for those fisheries.   For halibut and sablefish (black cod) the annual fee,...

 

Press release: Clarification of Unit 2 Wolf Closure Extension

Thorne Bay and Craig Districts Ranger, Matt Anderson, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, closed the Federal public lands of Unit 2 to the harvest of wolf from 11:59 P.M., Tuesday, December 18, 2018 until 11:59 P.M., March...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Cordova, Sitka, Ketchikan and Petersburg were top 20 Alaska ports in 2017

Alaska is the nation’s super power when it comes to seafood. American fishermen landed just shy of 10 billion pounds of fish and shellfish last year valued at $5.4 billion, both up slightly. Of that, Alaska accounted for 61 percent of total landing...

 

Salmon Sisters add wild salmon Skin Serum as first wellness product to popular line of ocean-themed goods

An Alaskan sisterhood of sorts is advancing a line of tundra botanicals mixed with the sea to create potent anti-aging skin care products bearing the best of both. A wild salmon Skin Serum is the...

 

Pacific halibut stock from California to Bering Sea continues decline

Alaska fishermen are bracing for more cuts to their halibut harvest next year. Results of this year’s surveys showed that the Pacific stock from California to the Bering Sea continues to decline, and will likely result in lower catches. “We estim...

 

Trident Seafoods takes first place at 26th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood and Seattle People's Choice award with pollock surimi protein noodles

Protein Noodles by Trident Seafoods took top honors at the 26th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood, winning first place in the retail category and the Seattle People’s Choice award. The winners were announced last week at Pacific Marine Expo. The...

 

Fish Factor: Nearly 300,000 lbs. of old fishing gear end up at Denmark recycling company and made into new products

More shipping containers filled with plastic fishing nets, crab lines and other gear left Dutch Harbor last week for recycling plants in Europe, and two more will soon follow from that port and Kodiak. “We’re accepting trawl and crab line and...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska salmon fishermen harvested 114.5 million fish during the 2018 season for a payout of $595 million at the docks. That’s down 13 percent from the value of last year’s salmon catch. A preliminary wrap up of the 2018 salmon season by the...

 

Fish Factor: Alaska salmon permit values stagnant all year, except for two regions

Values for Alaska salmon permits have remained stagnant all year, except for two regions, and costs for halibut quota shares have plummeted. For salmon permits, an off kilter fishery that came in 30 percent below an already grim harvest forecast kept...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Begich believes state funding for fisheries research and stock assessments top priority

“With fisheries, it’s almost the forgotten resource of our state as an economic driver. It’s almost like they are an afterthought.  We have to realign that,” said Mark Begich, Democratic candidate for Alaska governor, as we readied for an...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Hatchery reprieve - Two proposals to limit production of hatchery salmon were rejected by the Alaska Board of Fisheries at a special meeting on Oct. 16 in Anchorage. Both claimed that hatchery fish are straying and intermingling with wild stocks...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Alaska's key species -  pollock and cod appear heading north to colder waters

Catches for next year’s groundfish fisheries reflect ups and downs for Alaska’s key species - pollock and cod – and the stocks appear to be heading north to colder waters. The bulk of Alaska’s fish catches come from waters from three to 200...

 

Alaska Fish Factor : Crab catches dominate Alaska's fish news as boats gear up

Crab catches dominate Alaska’s fish news in early October as boats gear up for mid-month openers in the Bering Sea. As expected, crabbers will see increased catches for snow crab after the annual survey showed a 60 percent boost in market sized...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: October proclaimed Alaska Seafood Month

Salmon that begin their lives in Alaska hatcheries often save the day for thousands of fishermen when returns of wild stocks are a bust. This year was a prime example, when pinks and chums that originated in hatcheries made up for record shortfalls...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Offshore fish farms could soon dot the sea scape along with those oil and gas platforms being proposed for U.S. waters by the Trump Administration. The fish farms, which would be installed from three to 200 miles out, are being touted as a way to...

 

Fish Factor:

As Alaska’s salmon season draws to a close, lots of fall fisheries are just getting underway from Ketchikan to the Bering Sea. Southeast is one of Alaska’s busiest regions for fall fishing, especially for various kinds of shellfish. Nearly...

 

Fish Factor: The connection of omega rich seafood to brain health a trending topic at State of the Science Symposium

More Gov goings on - While he was in Kodiak Governor Walker also signed a bill (HB 56) sponsored by Ketchikan Representative Dan Ortiz that expands the state Revolving Loan Fund to create new financing options for fishing and mariculture...

 

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