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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...

 

Fish Factor: Man-made salmon is proving to be a flop for investors

The biggest year classes of Alaska fishermen are phasing out of the business and fewer young...

 

Fish Factor: Fewer men and women went out fishing in Alaska last year

Fewer men and women went out fishing in Alaska last year, in a familiar cycle that reflects the...

 

Fish Factor: Shrimp holds number one spot for America's seafood favorites, followed by salmon

Alaskans pull home packs of fish from their freezers all year round and know it will cook up...

 

Fish Factor: Great salmon season results in buying, building new or upgrading boats

It’s steady as she goes for the values of Alaska salmon fishing permits, with upticks in the wind...

 

Fish Factor: Southeast Alaska residents own nearly 2,700 fishing vessels and they own more fish quota shares than other regions

Alaska’s fishing fleet of 9,400 vessels would span nearly 71 miles if lined up from bow to stern....

 

Fish Factor: National push to produce biofuels from seaweed centered in Kodiak 

Kodiak is at the center of a national push to produce biofuels from seaweeds. Agents from the U.S....

 

Fish Factor: Sea Cucumbers added to list of foods claiming to kill cancer cellsChum returned home this year in record numbers

Chum salmon returned home to Alaska this year in numbers never seen before from Southeast to...

 

Fish Factor: October is National Seafood Month recognizing one of America's oldest industries

October is National Seafood Month, a distinction bestowed by Congress 30 years ago to recognize one...

 

Fish Factor: The oceans are being viewed as the last economic frontier

A growing cluster of entrepreneurs is seeding prospects for Alaska’s new “blue economy” and...

 

Fish Factor: ​The catch of 213 million salmon has surpassed the forecast

Alaska’s salmon season is nearly a wrap but fall remains as one of the fishing industry’s busies...

 

Fish Factor: Sea Cucumbers added to list of foods claiming to kill cancer cells

Alaska sea cucumber divers could be helping to cure cancer! Sea cucumber meat and skins have long...

 

Fish Factor:  The US dollar has dropped in value all year against a basket of other global currencies

While that may sound like a bad thing, it’s great news for Alaska seafood and anyone doing...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Alaska getting in on the growing popularity of Home Meal kits delivering seafood directly to American kitchens

Alaska aims to get in on the growing popularity of Home Meal kits that will deliver seafood...

 

Alaska Fish Factor:

“It’s time for a checkup from the neck up” – meaning an industry time out to evaluate...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 3, 2017

Alaska Fish Factor: Around the world the appetite for Alaska seafood is growing

Seafood is Alaska’s top export by far, usually topping $3 billion in sales each year to 120...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 27, 2017

Alaska Fish Factor: Modern tech keeps fishermen informed about fishing issues

As state lawmakers mull ways to update permitting laws to protect salmon habitat, a dual...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 20, 2017

Alaska Fish Factor: Salmon prices higher this year compared to 2016

As predicted, Alaska fishermen are getting higher prices for their salmon this year. It’s good...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 13, 2017

Alaska Fish Factor: Robots are a sign of things to come in the seafood industry

Robots are cutting up snow crabs in Canada, a sign of things to come in the seafood processing...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 6, 2017

Alaska Fish Factor: Salmon sperm desired for diverse realms of research

Salmon skin, heads, bones and other body parts have long been popular in cultural usages around the...

 

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