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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 15, 2021 

Fish Factor: Maritime industry recruits Alaskans for seafaring jobs

Alaska fishermen displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic are being recruited for seafaring jobs aboard U.S. cargo barges, tankers, towboats, military support vessels, research and cruise ships and more. The Seafarers International Union (SIU) is searching...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 8, 2021

Fish Factor: U.S. senators want Coast Guard to drop face mask requirement

Alaska’s two U.S. senators are trying to get the face mask requirement aboard fishing vessels removed. A Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin issued March 22 recites its authority to restrict vessel access to ports and at-sea operations...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 1, 2021

Shoppers harvested 30% more canned salmon during pandemic

It’s “back to the future” for Alaska canned salmon as more Americans choose it for its health benefits and as an easy-to-use ingredient for sandwiches, salads and more. Salmon canning in Alaska started in the 1870s, and by the early 20th...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 25, 2021

Alaska Fish Factor

Halibut prices for Alaska fishermen for 2021 have started out significantly higher than last year, despite sluggish demand and transportation logjams in some regions. The Pacific halibut fishery opened on March 6 and two weeks later only 80...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 18, 2021

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska’s salmon harvest for 2021 is projected to be a big one, with total catches producing a haul that could be 61% higher than last year, due mostly to an expected surge of pinks. Fishery managers are predicting a statewide catch topping 190...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 11, 2021

Alaska Fish Factor: Survey will ask Alaska fishermen, processors about COVID costs

It’s likely that no other fishing regions of the world reach out for stakeholder input as much as Alaska does to gather policy-shaping ground truth by state and federal managers and organizations. That’s demonstrated by two new surveys — one...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 4, 2021

Alaska Fish Factor: It could be better year for halibut catches and prices

The Pacific halibut fishery opens March 6, and increased catch limits combined with a cautiously optimistic outlook for the near future have fanned interest in buying quota shares of the popular fish. The International Pacific Halibut Commission in J...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Russian exports compete with Alaska salmon

Alaskans are preparing for another salmon season of poor to average runs to most regions. The big exception once again is Bristol Bay, where another massive return of more than 51 million sockeyes is expected. Managers predict that surge will...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: CDC order requires mask wearing aboard fishing boats

Fishermen must wear masks while they are underway, even while sleeping, and the Coast Guard intends to enforce it. That’s an edict issued as a public health emergency by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a Marine Safety Bulletin iss...

 

Strong growth in sales as U.S. shoppers bought more seafood in 2020

Seafood sales are hot in America’s supermarkets, and one king salmon from Southeast Alaska was worth the same as two barrels of oil: $116.16 for a troll-caught winter king averaging 11 pounds at the docks versus $115.48 for two barrels of oil at...

 

Fish Factor: Southeast gets small boost in halibut catch limit

Pacific halibut harvesters received some rare good news last week: Increased catches in 2021, along with a longer fishing season. At its annual meeting that ended Jan. 25, the International Pacific...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

The single biggest hit to fishermen from the COVID-19 virus is lower dock prices, according to Alaska and West Coast harvesters, and 98% said their businesses have been badly bashed by the pandemic....

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Study will look at salmon's magnetic personality

Is it a coincidence that one of the world's largest mineral deposits is located near the world's largest sockeye salmon spawning grounds at Bristol Bay? And if the Pebble Mine removed the bulk of those deep deposits that are part of the world's...

 

Fish picks and pans for 2020

This year marks the 30th year that the weekly Fish Factor column has appeared in newspapers across Alaska and nationally. Every year it features "picks and pans" for Alaska's seafood industry - a...

 

State's commercial fisheries set to get breather from fund swapping rather than lawmakers' largess

As Alaska faces its toughest budget squeeze ever, the state’s commercial fisheries are set to get a bit of a breather. But it is due more to fund swapping than lawmakers’ largess. For the commercial fisheries division, the largest within the Alas...

 

Alaska coastal communities will get economic boost in 2021

Alaska coastal communities will get a bit of an economic boost in 2021 from increased catches of Pacific cod. The stock, which crashed after a multi-year heat wave starting in 2014 wiped out several year classes, appears to be rebounding throughout...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Homer based  Wild Alaskan Company takes seafood e-commerce to a whole new level

The Wild Alaskan Company based in Homer has taken “mission based” seafood e-commerce to a whole new level. While many Alaska fishermen and groups sell boxes of seafood directly to customers and can claim several hundred monthly customers, Wild...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Lack of fish in freezers encouraging sign for Alaska salmon headed into 2021, driven by increasing customer demand

 A lack of fish in the freezers is an encouraging sign for Alaska salmon as we head into the new year, driven by increasing customer demand. But headwinds from trade disputes and the Covid pandemic also loom large on the 2021 horizon. Those are...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Frozen sockeye salmon strips bring tasty nutrition and relief to teething babies

Frozen sockeye salmon strips bring tasty nutrition and relief to teething babies. The lightly seasoned salmon strips, made mostly from Bristol Bay reds, are the third product made by Bambino’s Baby Food of Anchorage that is aimed at getting more se...

 

Fishing communities should expect lower tax revenues due to toppled markets due to COVID and low salmon returns

Tamped down prices due to toppled markets caused by the Covid virus combined with low salmon returns to many Alaska regions added up to reduced paychecks for fishermen and will mean lower tax revenues for fishing communities. A summary of the prelimi...

 

Lady Wolves beaten in senior games

Last Saturday morning, The Wrangell Lady Wolves hosted the Petersburg Lady Vikings for their annual senior games. Two Wrangell seniors were recognized prior to the games: Robyn Booker (No. 7) and...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

The number of boots on deck in Alaska has declined and most fisheries have lost jobs over the past five years. Overall, Alaska’s harvesting sector ticked downward by 848 jobs from 2015 through 2019.  A snapshot of fish harvesting jobs is featured...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

After a salmon season that successfully fished its way through a pandemic and upturned markets, the value of Alaska salmon permits is ticking up in two regions while toppling in others. Permit values are derived by the state Commercial Fisheries...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Many Alaska fishermen likely to be involved in regulatory meetings next spring instead of being out on the water

Many Alaska fishermen are likely to be involved in regulatory meetings next spring instead of being out on the water. And Alaska legislators will be distracted by hearings for hundreds of unconfirmed appointments as they tackle contentious budgets...

 

Light-weight collapsible pots prevent whales from pirating pricey black cod from longline hooks

Light-weight collapsible pots prevent whales from pirating pricey black cod from longline hooks and give a break to small boats. "Getting whaled" is so pervasive fishery managers allowed black cod...

 

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