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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 26, 2016 

Fish Factor: High prices kick off Copper River opener

Alaska’s salmon season officially got underway on May 16 with the arrival of thousands of sockeye and king salmon at the Copper River near Cordova, and high prices were the talk of the town. The first opener produced a catch of 25,000 sockeye and...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 19, 2016

Fish Factor, Alaska's salmon season begins with a lot of optimism

Alaska’s salmon season has gotten underway with lots of optimism, a far cry from the bleak feelings of a year ago. Last year’s fishery was blown asunder by a perfect storm of depressed currencies, salmon backlogs and global markets awash with...

 
 Dockside    May 19, 2016

Lingcod sport limits and spring troll fishery announced

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced last week limits for the year’s lingcod sport fishing season, which for Southeast Alaska began on Monday. Running through to Nov. 30, licensed residents will be limited to bagging one lingcod a day,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 12, 2016

Fish Factor: Salmon fishermen can get rebates for baleen whale pingers

Alaska salmon fishermen can get rebates on pingers aimed at keeping baleen whales away from their gear. The six inch, battery operated tubes are tied into fishing nets and transmit animal-specific signals every five seconds to alert the animals to ke...

 
 Dockside    May 12, 2016

Free F/V drill conductor refresher workshop

AMSEA will offer a 10-hour Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Refresher workshop on Monday, May 23, from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm at the Tides Inn. This is for commercial fishermen that have previously completed a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop and...

 
 Dockside    May 12, 2016

Free F/V stability workshop

AMSEA will offer its “Upright & Watertight: Vessel Stability Awareness” workshop Tuesday, May 24 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Tides Inn. Register online atwww.amsea.org or call (907) 747-3287....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 5, 2016

Fish Factor: Costs of test fishing now being covered by fishermen

In the face of Alaska’s multi-billion dollar budget shortfalls, state policy makers are putting the onus on fishermen to cover the costs of going fishing. “One of the sources we have to offset general fund decreases is increased test fishing. We...

 
 Dockside    May 5, 2016

Increased sport king opportunity in District 8

In a news brief released April 28, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced additional sport fishing opportunities for king salmon would be available to Wrangell and Petersburg’s District 8. Sport fishing for king salmon in the district may...

 
 Dockside    May 5, 2016

Sitka Sound Herring fishery announcement

Sitka — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the results from the 2016 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery and spawn observations. This season the target harvest level was set at 14,741. The final harvest was 9,758 tons with...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 28, 2016

Fish Factor: Budget cuts continue to affect Alaska fisheries in all regions

Cuts affecting Alaska’s fisheries will be spread across all regions and species, depending on the final budget that is approved by state legislators. As it stands now, the total commercial fisheries budget for FY 2017 from all state and federal...

 
 Dockside    April 28, 2016

Filleting and de-heading of Lingcod, King and Coho Salmon, and Nonpelagic Rockfish is prohibited

Marine boat anglers returning to ports where and when on-site ADF&G creel surveys are conducted will be prohibited from filleting, mutilating, and de-heading sport caught lingcod, nonpelagic rockfish, and king and coho salmon at-sea. Marine boat...

 
 Dockside    April 21, 2016

ADFG announces King regs

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game earlier this month released this year’s regulations regarding sport and commercial King salmon regulations. The resident bag and possession limit is three King salmon, 28 inches or greater and the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 21, 2016

Fish Factor, Higher ocean acidity is affecting Bering Sea crab shell production and immune systems

Increasingly corrosive oceans are raising more red flags for Bering Sea crab stocks. Results from a first ever, two year project on baby Tanner crabs show that higher ocean acidity (pH) affects both their shell production and the immune systems....

 
 Dockside    April 14, 2016

SE Alaska king salmon sport fishing regulations for 2016

The 2016 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat will be effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016 – 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017. Alaska resident: The resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 14, 2016

Fish Factor: Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan discusses efforts for fisheries

Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan has scored seats on nearly every Congressional committee that deal with issues on, over and under the oceans. That fulfills a commitment he made to Kodiak when he ran for office two years ago, he said at a ComFish town...

 
 By Jess Field    Dockside    April 7, 2016

Sitka sac roe herring season closes early

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery closed for the season a little sooner than expected last week, without meeting the quota set by Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG). The preliminary total harvest for the season is approximately 10,000 to...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 7, 2016

Fish Factor: Few fishermen are hooking into the Coast Guard direct SOS lifeline

Alaska fishermen can send an SOS call directly to the Coast Guard, but many are not hooking up to the new lifeline. Digital Selective Calling (DSC) instantly signals a distress call over VHF radios to other vessels, and the feature has been a...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 24, 2016

Fish Factor: How 50¢ a pound for reds turns into over $10 for customers

If a fisherman gets 50-cents a pound for his reds, how can the fish fetch $10, $15 or more at retail counters? “It’s all the other stuff that happens after he sells the fish. A lot of costs, margins and profits are included in that retail...

 
 By Jess Field    Dockside    March 24, 2016

Sitka sac roe herring season underway

Herring seiners from Petersburg headed to Sitka Sound last week after the sac roe herring fishery went on two-hour notice. The notice was released last Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Prior to the notice, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) was...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 17, 2016

Fish Factor: The value of Alaska salmon fishing permits plummet

Fire sale salmon prices last year and a dim outlook for the upcoming season have caused the value of Alaska fishing permits to plummet. To another extreme – the prices for halibut catch shares have soared to “unheard of levels.” Starting with...

 
 Dockside    March 17, 2016

Herring placed on two-hour notice

SITKA —The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery will be on 2-hour notice effective 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 17. This means that a fishery could be expected with a minimum of two hours notice...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 10, 2016

Fish Factor

Fish stomachs could help solve the mystery of why Alaska halibut are so small for their age. Halibut weights are about one-third of what they were 30 years ago, meaning a halibut weighing 120 pounds in the late 1980s is closer to 40 pounds nowadays....

 
 Dockside    March 3, 2016

Sitka Sound herring GLH 14,941 tons

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Feb. 29 the final guideline harvest level (GHL) for the 2016 Sitka Sound herring fishery will be 14,941 tons. This is based on a 20% harvest rate of a forecast mature biomass of 74,707 tons. It is...

 
 Dockside    March 3, 2016

SE Alaska non-pelagic rockfish sport fishing regulations announced for 2016

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the non-pelagic rockfish bag, possession, and the retention rules for the sport fishery during 2016 in the Southeast Outside Waters and Southeast Inside Waters. Nonresident angler annual limits of...

 

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