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 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    November 20, 2014 

Hatchery manager faces littering charge for dumping cohos

Crystal Lake Hatchery Manager Loren Thompson pled not guilty on Nov. 13 to a charge of Littering over Five Pounds. Thompson was cited for the minor violation by Alaska Wildlife Trooper Cody Litster for dumping some 400 pounds of coho on the tide...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 13, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska’s largest employer continues to add more jobs to its roster. Commercial fishing jobs grew last year to a level not seen since the year 2000, according to the state Department of Labor. Driven primarily by an increased salmon harvest,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 6, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska claimed the nation’s top three fishing ports for seafood catches last year, and wild salmon landings – 95 percent from Alaska – topped one billion pounds, an all time record and a 70 percent increase from 2012. That’s according to the...

 
 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    October 30, 2014

Local halibut trends differ from coastwise average

The Petersburg Vessel Owners Association hosted a presentation by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) exploring long-term halibut trends. IPHC Executive Director Bruce Leaman and quantitative scientist Ian Stewart presented the findin...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Dockside    October 30, 2014

Changes recommended to Stikine River fishery

wrangell — Some changes to the federally-administered subsistence fisheries were recommended by the Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council (RAC) at its three day meeting at Wrangell’s Nolan Center last week. Alaska Department of...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 30, 2014

Fish Factor

Throughout history, arguments over land and water usages have run the gamut from tussles over fences with next door neighbors to shoot outs over inter-state grazing rights in the old west, but when land and water rights pit one country against...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 23, 2014

Fish Factor: Bering Sea crab fleet has shrunk to 77 vessels

The Bering Sea crab fleet now stands at 77 vessels, a far cry from the nearly 250 boats before the fishery downsized to catch shares in 2005. Fewer boats means less hands on deck, and as with so many others, the Bering Sea crabbers are ‘graying’...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 16, 2014

Fish Factor

A ballot measure to protect salmon in Southwest hasn’t grabbed as many headlines as pot and campaign politics. Ballot Measure 4, sponsored by the group Bristol Bay Forever, asks voters to give the Alaska legislature final say on any large oil, gas...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 9, 2014

Fish Factor: US Senate candidate Sullivan faces Begich on fisheries

I must admit that US Senate candidate Dan Sullivan achieved something I have been trying to accomplish as a fisheries writer for more than a quarter of a century: he gave long legs to media stories about Alaska’s fisheries and, more importantly,...

 
 Dockside    October 9, 2014

Alaskan Red and Blue King Crab fisheries won't open in Southeast

Crab harvests in southeast Alaska this year won’t feature the state’s historic cash crops of Red King Crabs, as historically low population levels persist in the region, according to Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game, which announced the pre...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Dockside    October 9, 2014

Week three moose totals comparable to last year

As the third week of this year’s moose hunt came to a close this past Sunday, the current harvest is still slightly ahead of last year’s numbers. According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Rich Lowell, a total of 72 moose were...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 2, 2014

Fish Factor: Bering Sea crab scientists and stakeholder meet to discuss the outlook for Alaska's biggest crab fisheries

Alaska’s conservative management combined with the grace of Mother Nature are swelling the abundance of two of the state’s largest and most important fisheries. Bering Sea crab scientists and stakeholder met last week to discuss the outlook for A...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 18, 2014

Fish Factor: The naked truth about clean water for fisheries in Southeast

Naked Truth - World class fisheries depend on clean water and Southeast Alaskans are stripping down to make that point. “Water quality issues are becoming the biggest issues we have to deal with in Southeast. Long ago it was forestry, but as that i...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 11, 2014

Fish Factor: Senate candidate bows out of fisheries debate

“Surprised and disappointed” was the reaction by Senator Mark Begich upon learning that his opponent Dan Sullivan has bowed out of an October 1 fisheries debate in Kodiak. It is the second time this year that Sullivan has declined to participate...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 4, 2014

Plans in the works to ban Russian seafood imports

If Russia won't buy seafood from the US, we won't buy seafood from them. That's the gauntlet being thrown down by Alaska's Congressional Delegation to retaliate against Russia's yearlong ban on food...

 
 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,...

 

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