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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 23, 2017 

Fish Factor: Salmon fishermen could haul in nearly double 2016's catch

Alaska salmon fishermen could haul in a harvest that nearly doubles last year’s catch, due to a projected uptick in the number of pinks.  An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report on 2017 salmon run forecasts and harvest projections pegs the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 16, 2017

Fish Factor: Research agencies may recieve massive budget cuts

Massive cuts could be in store for the agencies and people who provide the science and stewardship to preserve and protect our planet. The budget proposed by Donald Trump that starts in October puts on the chopping block the agencies and staff in...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 9, 2017

Fish Factor: Record prices for red king crab this year

Alaska crabbers are hauling back pots from the Panhandle to the Bering Sea, and reduced catches are resulting in record prices for their efforts. The year’s first red king crab fishery at Norton Sound has yielded 17,000 pounds so far of its nearly...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 2, 2017

Fish Factor: "Puppy Love": good for your pet, and for Alaska

Puppy Love will soon be putting more people to work in Seldovia, a town of less than 300 people at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula. The love comes in the form of salmon pet treats, formerly made in Anchorage and now ready to come home, thanks to...

 

Fish Factor: Salmon is the heart of business for Alaska fisheries

Salmon is the heart of Alaska’s fisheries – it almost singlehandedly spawned the push for statehood nearly 60 years ago. A new Alaska Salmon Fellows program wants to make sure Alaskans are poised to “shape the future” of the cultural fish...

 

Fish Factor: New items revealed at Alaska Symphony of Seafood

Candied salmon ice cream … poke snack kits … salmon bisque baby food … fish skin tote bags and pet oils – Those are among the more than 20 new items to be revealed this week at the industry’s most popular annual seafood soiree: the Alaska...

 

Fish Factor, Fishing industry might see budget increase this year

As lawmakers convene this week in Juneau, Alaska’s fishing industry sees a glimmer of hope that its budget won’t be gutted again. Under Governor Walker’s proposed budget for FY18, the commercial fisheries division of the Alaska Dept. of Fish...

 

Fish Factor: Fishery advocates hope to dust off old fish habitats law

Fishery advocates are hoping for the speedy delivery of a letter to state lawmakers that asks them to dust off a law pertaining to fish habitats. Title 16, the statute that outlines the responsibilities of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game when...

 

Fish Factor: A year in review: Fishing Picks and Pans for 2016

The start of 2017 marks the 26th year for this weekly column that targets news for and about Alaska’s seafood industry. The goal is to make all readers more aware of the economic and cultural importance of our state’s first and oldest industry....

 

Fish Factor: Fish taken as bycatch in fisheries donated to hunger relief

Giving to the less fortunate is the true meaning of the Christmas season, and giving Alaska seafood has never been easier. A single dollar donated to Sea Share translates to eight seafood dinners for hungry Americans from the nation’s food bank...

 

Fish Factor: Sockey resource at Bristol Bay is unique due to size

With so many salmon fisheries occurring across Alaska each year, why is there always so much hoopla about Bristol Bay? It can be summed up in a single word: sockeye. “The sockeye resource at Bristol bay is unique because of its size,” said Andy W...

 

Fish Factor: By all accounts Bering Sea fish stocks are in great shape

Bering Sea fish stocks are booming but it’s a mixed bag for groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska. Fishery managers will set 2017 catches this week for pollock, cod and other fisheries that comprise Alaska’s largest fish hauls that are taken from thre...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: 2017 sale conditions looking positive for Alaska salmon

Alaska seafood goes to roughly 120 countries around the world and competes in a rough and tumble commodities market. Looking ahead to next year, sales conditions are looking positive for Alaska salmon, with some mixed market outlooks for other main...

 

Fish Factor: UAF prepares next generation of fishery and ocean specialists

Alaska’s university system is ramping up programs to train the next generations of fishery and ocean specialists - and plenty of jobs await. Since 1987, the College of Fisheries and Ocean Science (CFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Alaska's premiere crab fishery fash and furious this season

It was fast and furious for Alaska’s premiere crab fishery with the fleet catching the nearly eight-million pound red king crab quota at Bristol Bay in less than three weeks. The overall take was down 15 percent from the 2015 fishery and will...

 

Fish Factor: Pacific halibut harvest numbers increased this year

As Alaska’s iconic halibut fishery wraps up this week, stakeholders are holding their breath to learn if catches might ratchet up slightly again in 2017. Meanwhile, prices for hard to get shares of the halibut catch are jaw-dropping. The halibut...

 

Fish Factor: Grim season for salmon fisherman all over state

Values of Alaska salmon permits have taken a nose dive after a dismal fishing season for all but a few regions. “No activity for drift gillnet or seine permits in Prince William Sound…No interest in Southeast seine or troll permits…Nothing new...

 

Fish Factor: Study details potential changes for Southeast Alaska

A changing climate is altering rain and snowfall patterns that affect the waters Alaska salmon call home, for better or worse. A first of its kind study now details the potential changes for Southeast Alaska, and how people can plan ahead to protect...

 

Fish Factor: Despite numbers, fish moving swimmingly to market

It was a rough salmon season at most Alaska regions this summer, with Bristol Bay being the big exception. While sockeye catches exceeded expectations, all other species came up short. But salmon stakeholders can take heart that the fish is moving...

 

Fish Factor: Political hopefuls attracted to Kodiak for fisheries debate

Fish on! The lure of reaching a statewide radio audience has once again attracted a full slate of political hopefuls to Kodiak for its popular fisheries debate. On Wednesday, October 12, five candidates for U.S. Senate will travel to the nation’s...

 

Fish Factor: Newest Alaska Leader Seafood product debuts nationally

Alaskan Cod Crunchies begin a national roll out this week with a debut at Costco's two stores in Anchorage. The dog treats are one of the newest products stemming from Alaskan Leader Seafood's...

 

Fish Factor: Governor officially requests to declare salmon disaster

Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades. In a September 19 letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny...

 

Fish Factor: State managers believe the Tanner stock remains depleted

Cordovans are hoping to revive a long lost Tanner crab fishery in Prince William Sound as a step towards keeping the town’s waterfront working year round. The crab fishery produced up to 14 million pounds in the early 1970s and had declined to...

 

Fish Factor: Fall is one of busiest times for Alaska's fishing industry

It surprises many people across the state that fall is one of the busiest times for Alaska”s fishing industry from the Panhandle to the Bering Sea. As salmon season gets tucked away, hundreds of boats of all gear types are still out on the water, o...

 

Fish Factor: Crabbers believe the cause of the disappearing crab is changing ocean conditions

Bering Sea crabbers were stunned last week when the outlooks for the upcoming fall and winter fisheries were revealed. Results of the annual summer surveys by state and federal scientists showed that numbers of mature male and females dropped...

 

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