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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 3, 2015 

Fish Factor: West coast warm water blob impacting marine food chain

Fish deaths, drought in California, tropical creatures appearing in cold waters – those freakish happenings and more are being blamed on a giant splotch of warm water that for two years has been pushing against coastlines on the West Coast, Canada...

 
 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    August 27, 2015

Southeast longliners benefit from healthy halibut stocks

While the pink salmon harvest is coming in below expectations for price and quantity, the commercial halibut fishery is going strong for Area 2C, which includes Petersburg and other Southeast communities. A quota share update from the International...

 
 Dockside    August 27, 2015

Yukon River salmon swim to Canada in record high numbers

FAIRBANKS (AP) — Despite a below-average overall run, the Yukon River king salmon population had the highest number of Chinooks make it across the border toward their Canadian spawning grounds in 10 years. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 27, 2015

Fish Factor: King salmon decline research program slashed by budget cuts

One of the casualties of this year’s budget cuts was funds for a program aimed at discovering why Alaska’s Chinook salmon stocks have been declining since 2007. A five year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative launched in 2013 included...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 20, 2015

Fish Factor: Salmon season unlikely to reach forecasted harvest

Alaska’s salmon season so far has been characterized by ups and downs, and it will be a stretch for the total catch to make the forecasted 221 million fish. “It just depends on how these late returning pink salmon at Prince William Sound...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 13, 2015

Fish Factor: Crucial salmon stream water rights decisions coming up

Two hearings this month could change the face of Alaska’s salmon fisheries forever. On August 21, the Department of Natural Resources will hear both sides on competing claims to water rights for salmon streams at Upper Cook Inlet’s Chuitna River...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 6, 2015

Fish Factor: First seagoing electric passenger vessel in the U.S. to launch in Juneau

The first seagoing electric powered passenger vessel in the U.S. is set to launch next summer in Juneau. The E/V Tongass Rain is a 50 foot, 47 passenger catamaran designed for eco-education and whale watching tours. Its primary fuel source will be...

 
 Dockside    July 30, 2015

Trooper report

July 19 James Vick and Julie Ruhle were cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for Dungeness Crab Marking Requirements. Vick and Ruhle are the registered permit holders on the F/V Midnight Ryder. They were documented fishing with crab gear marked with...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 30, 2015

Fish Factor: Bristol Bay sockeye prices plunge to 50 cents a pound

Shock and dismay were heard from Bristol Bay fishermen when they finally got word last week that major buyers would pay 50 cents a pound for their sockeye salmon.  That’s a throwback to the dock prices paid from 2002 through 2004, and compares to...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 23, 2015

Fish Factor, Record breaking catches during last week of sockeye run

The world’s biggest sockeye salmon run at Bristol Bay went from “bust” to “unbelievable” in one week. Landings last week broke records every day for five days for that time frame, bringing the total sockeye catch to nearly 28 million fish...

 
 Dockside    July 16, 2015

Trooper report

On July 9, Thomas A. Stammer, 71, of Port Townsend, Wash. was cited by an Alaska Wildlife trooper (AWT) for sport fishing for Dungeness crab without a license near Duncan Canal. Bail is set at $210 with an optional appearance in the Petersburg...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 16, 2015

Fish Factor, Massive debris cleanup effort begins this week

Kodiak volunteers were scrambling with front end loaders and dump trucks to ready 200,000 pounds of super sacks for the first pick up of a massive marine debris removal project that begins in Alaska this week. The month long cleanup, which is backed...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 9, 2015

Fish Factor: Juneau-based company begins manufacturing salmon leather

“Upcycling” seafood byproducts is the business model for Tidal Vision, a Juneau-based company of five entrepreneurs who are making waves with their line of aquatic leather and performance textiles. The start-up is making wallets, belts and other...

 
 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...

 

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