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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 25, 2016 

Fish Factor: Pace of the Chinook salmon harvest is down 42 percent

Alaska’s 2016 pink salmon fishery is set to rank as the worst in 20 years by a long shot, and the outlook is bleak for all other salmon catches except sockeyes. “Boy, sockeye is really going to have to carry the load in terms of the fishery’s...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 18, 2016

Alaska is more susceptible to Ocean AcidificationFish Factor:

Alaska is one of a handful of U.S. states to launch a go-to website aimed at keeping ocean acidification in the public eye. The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network, a collaboration of state and federal scientists, agencies, tribes, conservation,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 11, 2016

Fish Factor: Pink salmon, the "bread and butter" fish for the fleet

Two big fish stories have been spawned so far by the 2016 Alaska salmon season: 1) sockeyes save the day; and 2) colossal pinks. A larger than expected sockeye salmon catch that has topped 50 million will salvage a summer that has seen lackluster...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 4, 2016

Fish Factor: Mariculture could model Alaska's successful salmon enhancement program

Who knows more about local salmon and their habitats than Alaska fishermen? That’s the impetus behind a new information-gathering project spawned by United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) that aims to provide useful and timely news about the health of...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 21, 2016

Fish Factor: Sea Share donations to food banks grows beyond Alaska

The decades-old ‘bycatch to food banks’ program has grown far beyond its original Alaska beginnings. Today, only 10 percent of the fish going to hunger relief programs is bycatch of primarily halibut and salmon taken accidentally in other...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 14, 2016

Fish Factor

Salmon takes center stage each summer but many other fisheries also are in full swing from Ketchikan to Kotzebue. For salmon, total catches by July 8 were nearing 28 million fish, of which 10 million were sockeyes, primarily from Bristol Bay. Last...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 7, 2016

Fish Factor

The United Kingdom’s recent exit from the European Union – dubbed Brexit — has turned seafood trading on its head. For 43 years the UK has been a major part of the 28 country EU, and what the pull out means for longstanding business...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 30, 2016

Fish Factor: Tidal Vision turning crab shells into every day products

Turning crab shells into every day products is becoming a reality for the Tidal Vision team of eco-entrepreneurs from Juneau. The products are derived from chitin in the crab shells, the second most abundant biopolymer on the planet after cellulose....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 23, 2016

Fish Factor: Seattle restaurants put herring on the menu to prove a point

There’s much more to Alaska herring than roe and bait. To prove that point, nearly 40 of Seattle’s finest restaurants and retailers will celebrate Northwest Herring Week as a way to re-introduce the tasty, health fish to the dining scene....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 16, 2016

Fish Factor: Boaters being incentivized to engage in protecting waterways

Boaters from Homer to the Mat-Su valley can help protect salmon and other aquatic creatures and get discounts from popular businesses by doing so. A pilot program launched this spring is an offshoot of Cook Inletkeeper’s Clean Boating program that...

 
 Dockside    June 9, 2016

Commercial Golden King Crab closure date announced for mid-Chatham Strait and southern areas

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that the commercial golden king crab fishery in the Mid-Chatham Strait and Southern Areas will close at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. These areas are being closed in response to continued poor...

 
 Dockside    June 9, 2016

SE Alaska spring troll fishery announced

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the commercial spring troll fishery in the Ketchikan Area (101-29) will open to trolling from 12:01 a.m., June 9 through 11:59 p.m., June 12. Tebenkof Bay (109-62) will open to trolling from 12:01...

 
 Dockside    June 9, 2016

Humpback whale disentanglement response continues

The NOAA Fisheries Entanglement Response Network continues efforts to remove gear from a humpback whale that became entangled in anchor line in Seymour Canal a week ago, on June 1. On June 4,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 9, 2016

Fish Factor: Discovery Canada show turns its eye toward big Alaskan fishing boats

Alaskan fishermen have raised the bar for big fishing boats with the F/V Northern Leader of Kodiak, and Discovery Canada producers of the popular “Mighty Ships” programs have taken notice. Mighty Ships producers search for unique ships around...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 2, 2016

Fish Factor: Legislative budget impasse harming salmon fisheries across the state

The budget impasse with Alaska legislators is wreaking havoc on salmon fisheries across the state, and the industry is bracing for the possibility of a complete shutdown in some regions. If lawmakers can’t agree on a budget by June 1, all state...

 
 Dockside    June 2, 2016

Deer fawns around Petersburg, do not disturb

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation in Petersburg reminds the public that deer fawns should not be handled, picked up, or otherwise disturbed. The first fawns of the season are being reported and sightings will...

 
 Dockside    June 2, 2016

ADFG announces new king salmon sport conditions

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced on Tuesday that modified king salmon sport fishing regulations that have been in effect for Wrangell and Petersburg’s District 8 are rescinded. As of this morning, the increased sport fishing...

 
 Dockside    June 2, 2016

2016 Salmon Derby Results

Place/Weight/Name 1 37.6 Mickey Knight 2 37.2 Dick Eide 3 35.9 Cody Wegener 4 35.6 Kimber Brown 5 33.5 Wes Malcom 6 32.6 Stephanie Thynes 7 32 Harry Rogers 8 31.6 Jennifer Thynes 9 31.5 Carlos Martinez 10 31.4 David Warner 11 30.3 Derek Lopez 12 30... Full story

 

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