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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 25, 2015 

Fish Factor, High value of the dollar making overseas seafood buyers wary

As Alaska’s salmon season heads into high gear, a few bright spots are surfacing in an otherwise bleak global sales market. Sales and prices for all salmon (especially sockeye) have been in a slump all year. And amidst an overall glut of wild and...

 
 Dockside    June 25, 2015 

Sitka company fined $75,000 for improper fish waste disposal

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A Sitka company is paying $75,000 for improperly disposing fish waste in the Valdez harbor. KCAW reports a 2014 dive survey showed a Silver Bay Seafoods pipe was discharging waste at a depth of three feet, above the 60-foot...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 18, 2015

Fish Factor: Petition puts salmon set net ban on the ballot

A one handed clap best describes the reaction to the 43,000 signature drop off by anti-salmon setnet advocates at the Division of Elections last week. It means enough signatures were gathered to include the question on the 2016 primary election...

 
 Dockside    June 11, 2015

Halibut bycatch limit reduced by 25 percent in Bering Sea

JUNEAU (AP) — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is asking pollock and cod trawlers in the Bering Sea to cut halibut bycatch by a fourth. The Juneau Empire reports Sunday afternoon's 6-3 vote didn't give halibut fisherman the 41-percent...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 11, 2015

Fish Factor: Salmon forecast for this season totals 221 million fish

Salmon fisheries are opening up this month from one end of Alaska to the other. Total catches so far of mostly sockeye, were under one million fish, but will add up fast from here on. A total haul for all Alaska salmon this season is pegged at 221...

 
 By Dani Palmer    Dockside    June 11, 2015

Two pulled from Sumner Strait after boat capsizes

Two men were rescued south of Petersburg in Sumner Strait last week after the boat they were in capsized. Alaska Wildlife Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said police received the call at 3:29 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. Joseph Hedlund, 57, of...

 
 Dockside    June 4, 2015

2015 King Salmon bag limits announced for Blind Slough

ADF&G, Division of Sport Fish recently announced the bag and possession limit of king salmon in the Wrangell Narrows-Blind Slough Terminal Harvest Area, effective June 1- July 31, 2015. King salmon bag and possession limits for residents and...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 4, 2015

Fish Factor: State budget failure means layoffs for Alaska's salmon managers this summer

Alaska’s salmon industry is ready to get corked by the inability of state lawmakers to pass a budget. More than 20,000 state workers are bracing for 30 day layoff notices, meaning they’ll be off the job when the new fiscal year starts on July 1....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 28, 2015

Fish Factor

Alaskans will have to wait until fall to learn if salmon habitat prevails over a coal mine proposed at Upper Cook Inlet. A decision due earlier this month by the state Department of Natural Resources has been delayed until after a public hearing...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Dockside    May 28, 2015

From supplements to textiles, creative uses for seafood byproduct on the rise

Public and private groups are looking at new ways to enhance the value of Alaska's seafood industry. The multibillion-dollar sector is of significant importance to the state's economy, and Southeast...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 21, 2015

Fish Factor: Fishery managers deciding to cut halibut bycatch by 50 percent

Nowhere in the world do people have as much opportunity to speak their minds to fish policy makers as they do in Alaska. As decision day approaches, a groundswell of Alaska voices is demanding that fishery overseers say bye-bye to halibut bycatch in...

 
 By Dani Palmer    Dockside    May 21, 2015

Keep an eye out for unusual dolphin and porpoise sightings

If you spend lots of time out on the water, you may, sooner than later, be seeing dolphins and porpoises you wouldn’t normally see this far north. Marine Mammal Specialist Kate Wynne, with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, went over...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 14, 2015

Fish Factor Study looks at health issues common in commercial fishing industry

How much are fishermen affected by long term health problems like hearing loss, lack of sleep and high blood pressure?  A pilot study aims to find out and researchers are using the 500-plus members of the Copper River salmon driftnet fleet as test...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 7, 2015

Salmon producers scoff at claim that more pinks means fewer sockeye

Alaskan salmon producers are not buying the presumption that growing numbers of pinks are eating too much food in the ocean, causing sockeye salmon to grow slower and smaller. That’s the claim of a new study by Seattle and British Columbia...

 
 Dockside    May 7, 2015

SE Alaska King Salmon sport fishing regs announced

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces the 2015 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in SE Alaska and Yakutat effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 1, 2015 – 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016: Alaska Resident: the resident bag and possession...

 
 Dockside    April 30, 2015

King Salmon sport fishing regulations liberalized

Sport fishing regulations for king salmon will be liberalized in marine waters of District 8 near Petersburg and Wrangell according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The following sport fishing regulations for the marine waters of District...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 30, 2015

Fish Factor: Wild brood hatchery salmon account for a third of state's total salmon harvest

Each year more than one third of all the salmon caught in Alaska begin their lives in a hatchery. There are 31 hatchery facilities in Alaska: 15 privately owned, 11 state owned, two federal research facilities, one tribal hatchery at Metlakatla, and...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 23, 2015

Fish Factor: The latest rumors about Icicle Seafood sale

Of all the global fish news sites, London-based Undercur-rent News has risen to the top when it comes to scoops on sales of Alaska seafood companies. The latest - Icicle Seafood owners Paine and Partners of San Francisco are having a tough go...

 
 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...

 

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