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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 2, 2020 

Alaska Fish Factor: U.S. seafood industry received $300 million assist from $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress

The U.S. seafood industry received a $300 million assist from the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress on March 27, and a wide coalition of industry stakeholders is hoping for more. Fishery recipients in the relief bill include...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 26, 2020

Alaska Fish Factor

The Pacific halibut fishery opened on March 14 amid little fanfare and flattened markets. The first fish of the eight month season typically attracts the highest prices and is rushed fresh to high-end buyers, especially during the Lenten season. But...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 19, 2020

Alaska Fish Factor

 Genetically tweaked salmon that grows three times faster than normal fish…fillets grown in labs from fish cells…now plant-based seafoods such as “vegan shrimp,” or “Toona” are gaining footholds in the marketplace - and confusing custome...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 12, 2020

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska shellfish farmers and divers fear they won't be 'open for business' much longer if they're forced to pick up the tab for federally required lab tests as outlined in Governor Dunleavy's budget....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 5, 2020

Alaska Fish Factor

Seafood coming from and going to China is piling up in freezer vans and cold storages indefinitely as the coronavirus continues to cause commerce chaos around the world.  About 80% of trade of the world’s goods by volume is carried by sea and Chin...

 

2020 Southeast Alaska Eulachon Smelt Fishery Announcement

Petersburg - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the following closures for eulachon smelt (Thaleichthys pacificus) for the 2020 season. These closures will be in effect beginning 12:01...

 

Fish Factor: Alaska's Dutch Harbor Top Fishing Port in US for 22nd Year in a Row

Dutch Harbor remained the top fishing port in the USA for the 22nd year in a row with 763 million pounds crossing the docks in 2018 valued at $182 million. And Naknek ranked as the nation’s second most valuable port for fishermen with landings...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Lost in the headlines about the hits to seafood sales from the Trump Administration’s trade war with China is another international barrier with Russia that’s been going on far longer. In August of 2014 Russia placed an embargo on all U.S. food...

 

Several fish bills before the Alaska Legislature have wide support from fishermen

Alaska lawmakers are making fast work of several fish bills that have wide support from Alaska’s fishermen.  “I was anticipating a somewhat slow start, but they’re organized and they’re diving right into these issues and taking these bills...

 

Statewide Deer Season Hunt Reports Due

The Sitka black-tailed deer hunting season is closed in Alaska. All hunters who obtained deer harvest tickets, even those who did not hunt or harvest a deer, must return completed hunt reports to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. If you...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska gets a good return on investment from its commercial fisheries. And surprise! Commercial fisheries expertise also sustains Alaska’s subsistence and most of the personal use fisheries. “This is probably not well-known,” said Sam Rabung,...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Which Alaska region is home to the most fishing boats and where do most of Alaska's fishermen live? Answers to those questions and many others can be found in the annual report Economic Value of Alas...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

It’s been a long time coming but payments should soon be in hand for Alaska fishermen, processors and coastal communities hurt by the 2016 pink salmon run failure, the worst in 40 years. The funds are earmarked for Kodiak, Prince William Sound, Chi...

 

Alaska Fish Factor : Warm waters across Alaska cause salmon die-offs last summer

Alaskans saw salmon die offs last summer across the state when water temperatures soared into the mid-70s to above 80 degrees in some regions. But what about threats to salmon from the accompanying global gorilla - increased acidity? It’s a shock...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Fish Factor's annual Fishing Picks and Pans for 2019

Every year since 1991 Fish Factor has selected “picks and pans” for Alaska’s seafood industry - a no-holds-barred look back at some of the year’s best and worst fishing highlights, and my choice for the biggest fish story of the year. Here...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska’s seafood industry will be “open for business” starting January 1 when some of the biggest fisheries get underway long before the start of the first salmon runs in mid-May. Cod will begin it all in the Bering Sea, which has a 305.5...

 

A small cod fishery will happen in Gulf state waters for 2020

They say good things come in small packages and that’s the case for Alaska cod fishermen heading into the new year. A small cod fishery will occur in Gulf state waters (out to three miles) for 2020, putting to rest speculation that no cod would be...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Go Fish! A deck of clever playing cards is teaching people about one of Alaska's most popular yet fragile fishing favorites: rockfish.           During games players can learn how to...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Interest in growing seaweeds in Alaska gaining momentum

Weed is set to give a big boost to Alaska’s blue economy!          The interest in growing seaweeds in Alaska is gaining momentum and training more farmers is the goal of a program starting next February in Kodiak, Sitka and Ketchikan. The...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Lower catches for Pacific halibut are in the forecast for the foreseeable future. That was the message from the International Pacific Halibut Commission at its meeting last week in Seattle. The IPHC oversees halibut stock research and sets catch...

 

Alaska salmon permit values ticked upwards in regions with good fisheries this year while others tanked 

The value of Alaska salmon permits has ticked upwards in regions that experienced a good fishery this year while others have tanked.  Not surprisingly, the record sockeye fishery at Bristol Bay has boosted sales of driftnet permits to nearly $200,00...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska’s 2019 salmon season was worth $657.6 million to fishermen, a 10% increase from the 2018 fishery. Sockeye salmon accounted for nearly 64% of the total value, topping $421 million, and 27% of the harvest at 55.2 million fish. Those are the...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

The federal government’s plan to raze more roads through the Tongass National Forest is facing strong headwinds from fishermen, Native groups and coastal communities throughout Southeast Alaska.             Over 220 Southeast Alaskan...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

They are certainly cute but the voracious appetites of sea otters continue to cause horrendous damage to some of Southeast Alaska’s most lucrative fisheries.  How best to curtail those impacts will be the focus of a day long stakeholders...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

As more Alaskans eye the lucrative opportunities in growing kelp, many others are heading to beaches at Lower Cook Inlet to commercially harvest the detached bunches that wash ashore. That practice is now getting a closer look by state managers and s...

 

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