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 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...

 

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...

 

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