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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 16, 2015 

Fish Factor: Bill proposes to allow subsistence harvests to be donated to schools, hospitals for resale

Caribou instead of corn dogs…salmon instead of Trout Treasures… seal meat in place of spaghetti – all could soon be available to more Alaskans if traction continues on a new bipartisan bill before the Alaska legislature. The bill - HB 179 -...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 9, 2015

Fish Factor, Bumper year means salmon will be harder to sell

File this fish story under the “can there be too much of a good thing” category. Alaska is expecting another bumper run of salmon this year– state managers announced last Friday a projected total catch of 221 million salmon, 39 percent higher...

 By Dani Palmer    Dockside    April 2, 2015

Sitka sac roe herring fishery wraps up its season

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery closed last week after a quiet, steady week of fishing. The guideline harvest of 8,712 tons was reached by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. The fishery first opened for a few hours on March 18 at 3 p.m., after...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 2, 2015

Fish Factor

Volunteers are needed to help craft new safety rules that are being written for older boats – which includes the bulk of Alaska’s fishing vessels. Called the Alternate Compliance Safety Program (ACSP), it is part of the 2010 US Coast Guard...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 26, 2015

Fish Factor: Personal use prioritization gains momentum

Seven times is the charm for building some momentum on a measure that aims to give personal use (PU) fisheries a priority over commercial and sport users. As it stands now, the three fisheries all are on equal footing in the eyes and actions of...

 By Dani Palmer    Dockside    March 19, 2015

Tanner Crab fishery sees its largest harvest in over a decade Prices, however, drop

This year’s Tanner crab season saw its largest harvest in 15 years while prices dropped. Preliminary estimates show the 2014-15 Tanner fishery in Registration Area A (Southeast Alaska) is 1.42 million pounds with 84 permit holders, according to... Full story

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 19, 2015

Fish Factor

Print your licenses at home and go fishing. The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game’s revamped Online Store is the go to place for all fishing (and hunting) licenses and it now offers two new features. “Fishermen, both sport and commercial, can now...

 By Dani Palmer    Dockside    March 19, 2015

Sitka sac roe herring season opens

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery opened at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday under a cooperative model. Dave Gordon, area management biologist at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the decision was made by permit holders to eliminate competition a...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 12, 2015

Fish Factor: Legislators look to cut $12 million from Fish and Game

A nearly $12 million cut in state funds is on tap for the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game if state policy makers have their way. That was one early outcome of legislative House finance subcommittee meetings last week, as they wrapped up the first step...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 5, 2015

Fish Factor

Right after the yearly halibut catch limits are announced each January, brokers usually are busy with buying and selling and transferring shares of the catch. But it’s been slow going so far, even with slight harvest increases in nearly all Alaska...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 26, 2015

Fish Factor Quota brokers see peak year for salmon permit sales

Last year was one of the busiest years ever for Alaska brokers who help fishermen buy, sell and trade fishing permits and quota shares. “I was really happy to see such a good mix of permits we were selling – it wasn’t just one thing,” said...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 12, 2015

Fish Factor: Shellfish the go-to romantic food for chefs

Lovers choose lobster as the top Valentine's Day dish to share with that special someone. Crab legs and shrimp also get the nod as 'romantic meals' on Feb. 14 - one of the busiest dining out days for...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 5, 2015

Fish Factor, Walmart expands commitment to Alaska seafood

Freezer displays at Walmart superstores in Alaska and Washington now include a new lineup of 14 Alaska seafood items. The world's largest grocer announced the expanded commitment to Alaska seafood...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 29, 2015

Fish Factor: Governor Walker's Fisheries Transition Team calls "fish first" policy top priority

The need for a clear “fish first” policy in Alaska tops the list of priorities compiled by the Fisheries Transition Team for Governor Walker. The group also stated that “fish and fishermen in Alaska are viewed as barriers to development,”...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 22, 2015

Fish Factor: Seafood marketers ready to spend money worldwide to promote Alaska salmon

Alaska seafood marketers are ramping up promotions and bankrolling a global $1 million media blitz to counteract a tough sockeye salmon market. Sockeyes are by far the most valuable salmon catch, often worth two-thirds of the value of Alaska’s...

 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    January 15, 2015

Monitoring program yields quicker warnings against shellfish hazards

A new phytoplankton monitoring program being done by Petersburg Indian Association (PIA) will help alert recreational and subsistence shellfishers to harmful algal blooms in the area more quickly....

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 15, 2015

Fish Factor

Alaska seafood marketers are facing some strong headwinds heading into 2015, notably, for sockeye salmon and crab. Snow crab is Alaska’s largest crab fishery, underway now in the Bering Sea. The fleet has a slightly increased 61 million pound catch...

 Dockside    January 8, 2015

Ferry fares set to raise in May

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) announced travel fares on the Alaska Marine Highway System will increase 4.5 percent starting May 1. The new fare structure went into effect with the new year, but will not...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 8, 2015

Fish Factor: 2014 fisheries retrospective, with best and worst picks

Alaska still has its share of naysayers who will quibble about the seafood industry’s importance to our great state. They dismiss the fact that fishing was Alaska’s first industry and was fish that spawned the push to statehood. “The canned...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 1, 2015

Fish Factor

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

 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    December 25, 2014

ADF&G releases fall crab harvest estimates

This fall’s Dungeness crab fishery preliminary harvest estimate is totaled at 975,000 pounds with 137 recorded permit holders fishing. According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game data, as of November 30, 19 percent of this year’s total fall...

 By Dan Rudy    Dockside    December 25, 2014

Finfish proposals reviewed by ADFG committee

On Dec. 18 Wrangell’s advisory committee to Alaska Department of Fish and Game held the last and lengthiest of its public meetings to discuss Board of Fisheries proposals for the 2014-15 meeting cycle. This 12-person committee let the public...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 25, 2014

Fish Factor: Commercial uses for seafood byproducts continue to increase

Alaska seafood innovators are getting serious about ‘head to tail/inside and out’ usages of fish parts, and they see gold in all that gurry that ends up on cutting line floors. Fish oils, pet treats, animal feeds, gelatins, fish scales that put...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 18, 2014

Fish Factor

It went down to the wire, but fishermen were relieved to learn they can continue to hose down their decks without fear of violating the Clean Water Act. Congress voted unanimously this week to extend a moratorium for three years that exempts...


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