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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 10, 2019 

Alaska Fish Factor

Halibut catches fluctuate based on the ups and downs of the stock from California to the farthest reaches of the Bering Sea. If the numbers decline, so do the catches of commercial and sport fishermen. But similar reductions don’t apply to the...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

The nation’s farmers of the sea are hoping for a helping hand from Uncle Sam to train future generations of fishermen. It would mirror programs in place for nearly 160 years for U.S. farmers and ranchers. Federal backing of training programs for...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Federal stewards of Alaska’s fisheries will meet in Homer for the first time since 1983 as they continue their pursuit of involving more people in policy maki   From September 30 to October 10, the Spit will be aswarm with entourages of the 15...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

“Unpredictable” is the way salmon managers describe Alaska’s 2019 salmon season, with “very, very interesting” as an aside. The salmon fishery is near its end, and a statewide catch of nearly 200 million salmon is only six percent off what...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Federal agencies are meeting now through next March to define U.S. dietary guidelines for 2020-2025, and a high powered group of doctors and nutritionists are making sure the health benefits of seafood are front and center. For the first time in the...

 

 Shuffling at Alaska fisheries offices around state due to veto impacts 

Now the shuffling begins at Alaska fisheries offices around the state as the impacts from back and forth veto volleys become more clear. For the commercial fisheries division of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, an $85 million budget, about half of...

 

Alaskans applied for over 2,000 acres of new or expanding undersea farms

Underwater and out of sight are the makings of a major Alaska industry with two anchor crops that clean the planet while pumping out lots of cash: shellfish and seaweed. Alaskans have now applied for over 2,000 acres of new or expanding undersea...

 

Boot camp to jump start and nurture businesses in communities throughout Bristol Bay, Alaska

 Investment  that comes from within, not from without, is the motivation behind a boot camp that will jump start and nurture businesses in communities throughout Bristol Bay. Through September 15 locals with good ideas, start-ups or existing...

 

Alaska Chamber of Commerce says seafood industry and coastal community members for the most part aren't speaking up 

The Alaska Chamber of Commerce touts itself as “the voice of Alaska business” but seafood industry and coastal community members are largely left out of the conversation. The Chamber isn’t entirely at fault; it appears that most of those memb...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 8, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

It’s been one year, so how’s that trade war with China working out for the nation’s seafood industry? As with farmers, there’s not much winning and ongoing tweeted skirmishes have global fish markets skittish. The quick take is the 25...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 1, 2019

Alaska commercial fisheries dodged bullet that would have removed millions of dollars from its budget

As Alaska lawmakers continue their struggle to keep the state afloat, commercial fisheries dodged a bullet that would have removed millions of dollars from its budget. An obscure procedural action within the capital budget called a ‘reverse...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 18, 2019

 In terms of Gov. Dunleavy's budget cuts, fisheries fare better than most people

Fisheries fare better than most people in terms of Governor Mike Dunleavy’s budget cuts. Just under one million dollars was cut from the commercial fisheries division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, leaving it with an $85 million...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 11, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

One fisheries item that appears to have escaped Governor Mike Dunleavy’s veto pen so far is his desire to divert local fish taxes from coastal communities into state coffers. Dunleavy’s initial budget in February aimed to repeal the sharing of...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 4, 2019

Eight million pinks landed at South Alaska Peninsula in June

 The biggest fish story for Alaska’s salmon season so far is the early plug of pinks at the South Alaska Peninsula. By June 28, over 8 million pink salmon were taken there out of a statewide catch of just over 8.5 million. Previously, a catch of...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 27, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

A well-intended new Alaska law has gone awry from a botched roll out that has turned thousands of Alaskan fishing vessel, tender, barge and sport fish operators into lawbreakers. Since the start of 2019, all vessels over 24 feet are required to be...

 
 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...

 

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