Fish picks and pans for 2020


January 7, 2021

Photo courtesy of Alexander Stubbs 

Slinky pots are lightweight, collapsible and inexpensive, and help prevent losing fish to whales. The new gear is especially beneficial for smaller boats that can't accommodate the hydraulics and rigid metal pots stacked on deck.

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 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 are the choices for 2020, in no particular order:

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