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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 28, 2014 

Fish Factor: Researchers working to explain decline of Alaska's Chinook salmon

More than 100 researchers and three dozen projects are underway to find clues as to why Alaska’s Chinook salmon production has declined since 2007. The ambitious effort marks the start of a state-backed five year, $30 million Chinook Salmon...

 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    August 28, 2014 

Relocation efforts help sockeye salmon reach escapement goal

Efforts by the Canadian agency Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to relocate salmon across a barrier created by a landslide in late May are helping sockeye salmon reach escapement goals. DFO began relocating sockeye and Chinook salmon via helicopter...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 21, 2014

Fish Factor

Seafood is by far Alaska’s top export and as it heads overseas, global politics play a big role in making sales sink or swim. That dynamic took center stage last week when Russia banned imports of foods for one year from the US, Canada, Europe,...

 Dockside    August 14, 2014

Sport fishing open in Blind Slough

Sport fishing in Blind Slough is now open according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish. Anglers are reminded that specific area exemptions for Blind Slough, upstream of a line between Blind Point and Anchor point,...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 14, 2014

Fish Factor

Breached mine tailings dams be damned! As millions of Fraser River sockeye salmon head for spawning beds polluted by a brew of metal toxins oozing from the Mount Polley gold/copper mine disaster in British Columbia, Republican candidates vying for...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 7, 2014

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act could protect fishermen from burdensome permit

Fishermen won’t need special permits to hose off their decks thanks to a bill moving through the US Senate. That’s garnered a big sigh of relief from harvesters across the nation and kudos to a rare show of bipartisanship by coastal lawmakers,...

 Dockside    July 31, 2014

Sport fishing closed in Blind Slough

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish is closing sport fishing in Blind Slough due to broodstock concerns at the Crystal Lake Hatchery. Fishing is prohibited in all waters of Blind Slough upstream of a line between Blind...

 Dockside    July 31, 2014

Alaskans have opportunities to help shape fisheries policy

Nowhere in the world do people have more say in shaping fisheries policy than in Alaska. While the outcomes might get mixed rants and reviews, no one is ever denied the chance to state ideas,...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 24, 2014

Fish Factor: Sockeye price drops thanks to catch being millions over projections

It came as no surprise when the first price postings last week tanked for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon to $1.20 a pound, with an extra 15 cents for chilled fish. That compares to a base price of $1.50 a pound last year. The Bristol Bay catch topped 28...

 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    July 17, 2014

Seine fishery closes Hidden Falls harvest area

The Southeast Seine fishery is performing as expected despite a closure last week, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) biologist Dan Gray. “As expected, we have a fairly low pink salmon forecast and it’s early yet in the development...

 Dockside    July 17, 2014

Kake hatchery set to close this month

PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — The hatchery in the southeast Alaska community of Kake is scheduled to close Monday, though it remains possible that a regional hatchery group could still take it over. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture...

 Dockside    July 17, 2014

Herring return in significant numbers to Auke Bay

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Pacific herring are returning to Auke Bay to spawn in the most significant numbers seen in decades. Whether the fishery is becoming healthier won't be seen until scientists see if the eggs are fertilized and if they...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 17, 2014

Fish Factor: Unmanned gliders used to study ocean acidification

Ocean chemists are calling it “revolutionary technology” as unmanned gliders track how melting glaciers may be intensifying corrosive waters in Prince William Sound. “It’s been hugely successful. We’ve flown these things all over inside...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 10, 2014

Fish Factor: Bristol Bay home to Alaska's most valuable fishery

With salmon fisheries going on every summer all across Alaska, you might wonder why so much attention is focused on Bristol Bay. The answer can be summed up in two words: sockeye salmon.  Bristol Bay is home to the largest red salmon runs in the wor...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 3, 2014

Summer is more than just salmon: Crab, halibut, ling cod, pollack and more underway

Salmon takes center stage in Alaska every summer, but many more fisheries also are going on all across the state. The world’s biggest sockeye salmon run is expected to surge into Bristol Bay any day, where a catch of about 17 million reds is...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 26, 2014

Fish Factor: Bristol Bay facing "riskiest season" in recent memory

Uncertainty best sums up the mood as fishermen and processors await the world’s biggest sockeye salmon run at Bristol Bay. In fact, it’s being called the riskiest season in recent memory in the 2014 Sockeye Market Analysis, a biannual report...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 19, 2014

Fish Factor: Where do major candidates stand on seafood, Alaska's biggest employer

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: The seafood industry is Alaska’s largest private employer, putting more people to work than mining, oil/gas, timber and tourism combined. The annual revenue the seafood sector contributes to...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 12, 2014

Fish Factor: Salmon prices decline through the season and climb through winter

Salmon prices at wholesale show marked seasonal variations for both wild and farmed fish. It’s a pattern that has been tracked for decades by Urner Barry, the nation’s oldest commodity market watcher in business since 1895. The prices tend to...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 5, 2014

Fish Factor: Frankenfish labelling amendment has bipartisan support in Senate

If genetically modified salmon gets a green light by the federal government, it will be labeled as such if US Senators on both sides of the aisle have their way. The Senate Appropriations Committee last week passed the bipartisan Murkowski-Begich ame...

 Dockside    May 29, 2014

Plans underway to restore burned hatchery

KETCHIKAN (AP) — The operator of a state-owned salmon hatchery near Petersburg says it is moving forward with plans to rebuild the portion of the facility destroyed by fire in March. The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association operates...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 29, 2014

Fish Factor: Companies are still selling last year's pinks

Salmon season is just getting underway, but seafood companies are still selling last summer’s record catch of 226 million pink salmon - and it has prompted lots of creative thinking. “The challenge is to market all this fish and still maintain...

 Dockside    May 22, 2014

Salmon derby starts Friday

The 33rd Annual Petersburg Chamber of Commerce King Salmon Derby gets underway this Friday at 7 a.m. The derby continues through the Memorial Day Weekend and ends Monday at 5 p.m. Two tagged fish will hopefully be available for anglers this year.... Full story

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 22, 2014

Copper River salmon starts salmon season

Trollers in Southeast Alaska provide fresh king salmon nearly year round, but the runs of reds and kings to the Copper River mark the “official start” of Alaska’s salmon season. On May 15 the fleet of more than 570 fishermen set out their nets...


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