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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...

 

3,500 tons of herring harvested in Sitka opener

On March 19, the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery opened in northwest Sitka Sound from 2:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Preliminary hails from processors put the total harvest at 3,500 tons. Opening was...

 
 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...

 

Sitka Sound herring fishery on 2-hour notice

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery will be on 2-hour notice effective 8:00 a.m., Friday, March 17, 2017. This means that a fishery could be expected with a minimum of two hours notice...

 

King salmon sport fish season to start conservatively

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) announced regulations for the king salmon sport fishing season this summer would be on the conservative side. Issued Monday, the order applies to marine waters adjacent to the Stikine River in District 8,...

 
 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...

 

S.E. troll fishery restricted; escapement down

The spring troll fishery in Southeast Alaska (SEAK) is designed to target Alaska hatchery-produced Chinook salmon. However, with similar migration corridors and return timing, wild stock, SEAK originating Chinook are also harvested. The overall 2016...

 
 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...

 

Fewer whales winding up entangled in Hawaii debris

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) – The number of whales getting tangled up in fishing gear in Hawaiian waters has been on the decline. No whale entanglements have been reported almost four months into the 2016-17 whale season. Ed Lyman with the Hawaiian...

 

Fish Factor: Sea crops envisioned by Alaskans crafting mariculture expansion

Shellfish, sea cucumbers, geoduck clams, seaweeds and biofuels are crops envisioned by a group of Alaskans who are crafting a framework for a statewide mariculture industry expansion. An 11-member task force created last February by Governor Walker h...

 

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: First time in decades fishing regions not met with decline in halibut

More Pacific halibut will be going to market this year due to an overall boost in the harvests for the West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska. The coast wide catch of 31.4 million pounds reflects a 5.1 percent increase, and for the first time in...

 

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...

 

SE King and Tanner crab task force meeting

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and Southeast King and Tanner Task Force (KTTF) will meet between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016. The meeting will be hosted at the ADF&G Southeast Regional office in Douglas and...

 

2017 Southeast Alaska pink salmon harvest forecast

The Southeast Alaska pink salmon harvest in 2017 is predicted to be in the strong range, with a point estimate of 43 million fish (80% confidence interval: 27–59 million fish). An actual harvest of 43 million pink salmon would be just above the...

 

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...

 

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