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 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...

 
 Dockside    April 7, 2016  
 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...

 
 Dockside    March 3, 2016

Panels recommend cuts in Alaska budget

JUNEAU (AP) — Work furloughs. Cuts to public broadcasting, pre-kindergarten programs and the University of Alaska system. Closure of a youth detention facility in Nome. These are among the recommendations that have emerged as House subcommittees...

 
 Dockside    February 25, 2016

Crabbing season in SE Alaska kicks off

PETERSBURG (AP) — Fishing season for Tanner crab and golden king crab has opened in southeast Alaska. Fishing for the two crab species opened at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 17, KFSK-FM reported The most popular areas will be open for seven days,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 25, 2016

Fish Factor: Salmon market facing many challenges in 2016

Early signs point to continuing headwinds in world markets for Alaska salmon. Global currencies remain in disarray, the ongoing Russian seafood embargo is diverting more farmed salmon to the U.S., and tons of product remains in freezers from back to...

 
 Dockside    February 18, 2016

Fish Factor: New documentary focuses on challenges facing small-scale fishermen

Fishing lives and fishing wives are set to be showcased for a national audience; one as a documentary and the other, on reality television. The first, an hour-long feature called Last Man Fishing, focuses on the lifestyles and challenges facing our...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 11, 2016

Fish Factor: Black cod survey looks for cause of population decline

Needy Alaskans are enjoying a rare taste of sablefish, thanks to a science project that kept research fish from going over the rails. Sablefish, more commonly called black cod, are one of the world’s priciest, high end fish, and Alaska waters are...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 4, 2016

Fish Factor: Halibut catches will not be slashed for the first time in 15 years

Alaska’s halibut stocks are showing signs of an uptick and fishermen’s catches will not be slashed for the first time in 15 years. Fishery managers on Friday set the coast wide Pacific halibut harvest for 2016 at 29.89 million pounds, a 2.3...

 
 Dockside    February 4, 2016

Southeast Alaska deer season hunt reports due

The Sitka black-tailed deer hunting season is now closed in Southeast Alaska. All hunters who obtained deer harvest tickets, even those who did not hunt or harvest a deer, must now return completed hunt reports to Fish & Game. If you haven’t...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 28, 2016

Fish Factor: UFA working to protect fisheries science during budget crisis

A single Chinook salmon is worth more than a barrel of oil. The winter kings being caught by Southeast Alaska trollers are averaging 10 pounds each with a dock price of $7.34 a pound, according to state fish tickets. That adds up to $73.40 per fish,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 21, 2016

Fish Factor: Two early fish bills hope to swim past budget cuts during legislative session

Fishing issues will take a back seat to budget cutting when the Alaska legislature convenes on January 19 for its 90-day session, but two early fish bills (and one hold-over) already are getting attention. One new measure aims to stop the migration o...

 

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