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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 21, 2018 

China to add additional 25% tariff on seafood imports

Shockwaves rocked the Alaska seafood industry when China announced on Friday that it will add an...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 14, 2018

Alaska Net Hack Challenge aims to find new uses for tons of old nets stockpiled across the state

Plastics in recycled fishing nets are being used to make an amazing array of products around the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 7, 2018

Alaska Fish Factor

Hagfish is the real name for what is commonly called slime eels and it could become a viable...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 31, 2018

Alaska Fish Factor: A nice pay day for Alaska salmon fishermen may be on the horizon

Forces are aligned for a nice pay day for Alaska’s salmon fishermen. There is no backlog from...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 17, 2018

Fish Factor: 2018 salmon harvest projected at 149 million fish, down 34% from 2017 take of 226 million salmon

Alaska’s 2018 salmon season officially gets underway this week with the first 12-hour opener on...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 10, 2018

Fish Factor: Commercial fishing one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation

Commercial fishing remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation, with a fatality rate that...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 3, 2018

Fish Factor: FY19 budget: biggest project focuses on research to help determine the causes of declining Chinook salmon

A shuffle in some funding leaves Alaska’s commercial fisheries division in good shape to manage...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 26, 2018

ADF&G provides dock prices for nearly every fish species with comparisons going back to 1984

Two commercial fisheries open each spring at Upper Cook Inlet that attract little notice and few...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 19, 2018

Fish Factor: Halibut stakeholders reportedly "blindsided" when halibut catches slashed again after small uptick in 2017

Alaska halibut is facing strong headwinds that have dampened the value of the catch shares needed to...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 12, 2018

April brought mixed bag for several Alaska fisheries

Spring is usually the busiest time of year for brokers in the buy/sell/trade business for Alaska...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 5, 2018

Fish Factor: At start of halibut opener March 24 federal fishery managers announced commercial catches for Alaska will be down 10 percent

Pacific halibut catches for 2018 won’t decline as severely as initially feared, but the fishery...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 22, 2018

Fish Factor: Alaska crab marketers pushing message that "It's what's on the inside that counts"  to encourage their customers to put appearances aside

“It’s what’s on the inside that counts” is the message Alaska crab marketers are pushing to...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 15, 2018

Fish Factor: Second batch of old fishing nets soon to be shipped from Dutch Harbor to Denmark to be remade into high end plastics

More big bundles of old fishing nets will soon be on their way from Dutch Harbor to Denmark to be...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 1, 2018

Fish Factor: In the Northwest and Alaska, only 50 to 60 E-Stops are being used out of a fleet of about 1,500 boats

The most common piece of gear on a seine vessel is also one of the deadliest – the rotating...

 

Fish Factor: NOAA Fisheries is facing a $110.4 million drop to $837.3 million, a 14 percent budget cut

The Trump Administration’s $4.4 trillion federal budget for next year takes some mean whacks to pr...

 

Fish Factor: Processors at Bristol Bay pay for doctors during salmon season

The nation’s top fishing port welcomed seven European seafood buyers in late January – all...

 

Fish Factor: America's households more diverse; changes in taste and technology shapes future of seafood eaters

Millennials are now the nation’s “peak spenders” and they are gravitating towards healthier ea...

 

Annual Fishing Picks and Pan: The best and worst fish stories of 2017

For 27 years this weekly column has featured news for and about Alaska’s commercial fishing...

 

Fish Factor: Aging of the fleet prompts recommendations for deckhand apprenticeships

The clamor of “take me fishing” is taking on new meaning in Alaska. Prospects for a deckhand app...

 

Cod fish stocks crash throughout Gulf of Alaska

Kodiak officials already are drafting a disaster declaration due to the crash of cod stocks...

 

Fish Factor: Alaska pollock is the nation's largest food fishery

Alaska pollock is the nation’s largest food fishery, usually producing more than three billion...

 

Fish Factor: Tough year ahead for Alaska fishermen

It’s going to be a tough year for many Alaska fishermen. Following on the heels of announcements...

 

Fish Factor: Importance of supporting sustainable fisheries lost in the farmed fish message: Love the Wild

Recurring news headlines that have widely circulated about alarming declines of Pacific salmon have...

 

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