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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 17, 2014 

Fish Factor: 2014 total salmon catch predicted to be half of last year's record

Alaska's total salmon catch for 2014 is projected to be down by almost half of last year's record haul. State fishery managers are calling for an all species harvest of just under 133 million salmon,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 10, 2014

New Kodiak pollack seine fishery begins this week

 Kodiak seiners will be scooping up pollock in their nets starting this week. You heard right. Seiners have a chance to test the waters to determine if a directed pollock fishery makes sense for that type of gear in the Gulf. Except for a small...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 3, 2014

Big changes possible for State Board of Fisheries

Nine names are vying for three seats on the state Board of Fisheries, including six newcomers. That gives Governor Parnell the unique opportunity to replace a majority of the seven-member Fish Board, should he choose to do so, and should the Alaska...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 27, 2014

Fish Factor: A breakdown of last year's record breaking salmon catch numbers

Alaska’s salmon catch of 273 million salmon set a record last year – and so did the number of salmon returning home to state hatcheries. The 2013 Fisheries Enhancement Report by the AK Dept. of Fish and Game shows that a return of 112 million...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 20, 2014

Fish Factor: Innovations ahead for fish oils and byproducts

Co-products is the big new buzz word in the seafood industry as more companies move towards ‘head to tails’ usages for fish. “For instance, the oils we are producing now from pollock livers has become so valuable in capsules and other human...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 13, 2014

40-day Lenten season means surge for Alaska's seafood products

Last Wednesday marked the start of Lent, a time of fasting, soul searching and repentance for hundreds of millions of Christians around the world. And what the burst in the holiday sales season from Thanksgiving to Christmas means to retailers, Lent...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 6, 2014

Fish Factor: Oceans changing while US policy doesn't

Just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, US policy makers are quibbling over climate issues as bivalves dissolve in an increasingly corrosive Pacific Ocean. Any kid’s chemistry set will show that big changes are occurring in seawater throughout the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 20, 2014

Pollock as halibut bait could increase catch rates and reduce bycatch

Bait is always a big expenditure for many fishing businesses and pollock could help cut costs for Alaska halibut longliners who fish in the Gulf. Researchers have tested pollock in two projects to see if it might replace pricier chum salmon as...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 13, 2014

Fish Factor: Alaska seafood free of Fukushima radiation

Alaska seafood is free of radiation stemming from Japan’s 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster. That was the take home message from the Alaska Dept. of Conservation to the state Senate Resources Committee at a recent hearing. Citing...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 6, 2014

Fish Factor: Innovative Alaska seafood products to be showcased

Eleven new seafood products from seven companies are set to be showcased at the upcoming Symphony of Seafood galas in Seattle and Anchorage. In its 21 years the event has introduced and promoted hundreds of new Alaska seafood items to the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 30, 2014

Measure proposed to ban Cook Inlet setnetters

A measure aimed at banning salmon setnetting is being held afloat by backers. The ban includes the Anchorage area, much of the Kenai Peninsula, Valdez and Juneau. It would completely eliminate Cook Inlet setnetters and affect roughly 500 fishing fami...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 23, 2014

Fish Factor: Treadwell looks to unseat Senator Begich using science credentials

Good science should drive all fisheries decisions, and Lite Guv Mead Treadwell says he has the chops to maintain a true course. Treadwell, a Republican who hopes to unseat Democratic US Senator Mark Begich in November’s election, paid a recent...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 16, 2014

Walmart gets schooled on Alaska seafood sustainability

Walmart reps were in Juneau last week to learn more about Alaska’s salmon fisheries, and to make sure management is up to snuff with the company’s sustainability criteria. Alaska’s salmon industry opted out of the high priced certifying program...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 9, 2014

Fish Factor: Alaska's largest fisheries get underway in winter

Salmon will always be the heart of Alaska’s fisheries. That’s why many people think of summer as “the fishing season.” But that’s not the case. The deep of winter is when Alaska’s largest fisheries get underway each year. On January...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 2, 2014

Fish Factor's retrospective look back at 2013

Alaska’s seafood industry worked hard again in 2013 to ramp up its message to policy makers, most of whom still tend to overlook the industry’s economic significance to the state and beyond. What is that message? That “the industry” is made...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 19, 2013

Fish Factor: Harbor Lights Festival illuminated Kodiak

It’s traditional during the Christmas season to decorate a downtown with lights – for Kodiak and other coastal communities “downtown” means the boat harbor. This month, alongside the local businesses on shore, Kodiak’s floating storefronts...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 12, 2013

Fish Factor

It comes as no surprise that the recommendations for next year’s halibut catches are down again for all regions except Southeast Alaska. Fishery scientists with the International Pacific Halibut Commission have recommended a 2014 coast wide...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 5, 2013

Fish Factor: Will Alaska's halibut catches be cut again?

Will Alaska’s halibut catches be cut again next year? That’s the big question as the industry braces for the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s interim meeting this week in Seattle. By all accounts, there appear to be lots of halibut...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 28, 2013

Fish Factor: Recent years show increase of Alaska fishing jobs

More Alaskans are taking to the fishing life, as indicated by upward ticks in harvesting jobs for three years running. That’s according to the November Alaska Economic Trends by the state Labor Department, which provides a look at the numbers of...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 21, 2013

Shrimp, canned tuna and salmon remain on top

Americans remained true to their seafood favorites last year with shrimp, canned tuna and salmon topped the list of the 10 most popular seafoods. That’s according to the National Fisheries Institute which compiles the list each year based on data...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 14, 2013

"Substantial discards" found by fishery observers

Keeping tabs on how many and what kinds of fish are coming over the rails is a key tool in Alaska’s highly successful fishery management programs. For nearly four decades, that has been the job of fishery observers who track everything that is...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 24, 2013

Fish Factor

The Bering Sea crab fleet was ready to head to the fishing grounds over the weekend after the government shutdown and unissued licenses stalled the Oct. 15 start of the crab season. Skippers of the 80 boats estimated the extra time tied up in Dutch...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 17, 2013

Fish Factor

As expected, Alaska’s 2013 salmon catch is one for the record books. Early tallies by state fishery managers show that fishermen caught 272 million salmon this summer, smashing the previous record of 221 salmon in 2005. The fishery was powered by...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 3, 2013

Fish Factor

Governor Parnell took to the statewide airwaves last Tuesday to answer questions from Alaskans on APRN’s Talk of Alaska. Of fishing interest: A Cook Inlet set netter asked about his stance on the proposed Chuitna coal mine in Cook Inlet that would...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 19, 2013

Record salmon season good for permit brokers

Alaska’s record salmon season has permit brokers hopping as buyers seek to break into or expand their opportunities in many fisheries. Notably, brokers say there is “a lot of great buzz” at Bristol Bay, despite a lackluster sockeye fishery...

 

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