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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 24, 2014 

Fish Factor: Sockeye price drops thanks to catch being millions over projections

It came as no surprise when the first price postings last week tanked for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon to $1.20 a pound, with an extra 15 cents for chilled fish. That compares to a base price of $1.50 a pound last year. The Bristol Bay catch topped 28...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    July 17, 2014

Seine fishery closes Hidden Falls harvest area

The Southeast Seine fishery is performing as expected despite a closure last week, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) biologist Dan Gray. “As expected, we have a fairly low pink salmon forecast and it’s early yet in the development...

 
 Dockside    July 17, 2014

Kake hatchery set to close this month

PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — The hatchery in the southeast Alaska community of Kake is scheduled to close Monday, though it remains possible that a regional hatchery group could still take it over. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture...

 
 Dockside    July 17, 2014

Herring return in significant numbers to Auke Bay

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Pacific herring are returning to Auke Bay to spawn in the most significant numbers seen in decades. Whether the fishery is becoming healthier won't be seen until scientists see if the eggs are fertilized and if they...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 17, 2014

Fish Factor: Unmanned gliders used to study ocean acidification

Ocean chemists are calling it “revolutionary technology” as unmanned gliders track how melting glaciers may be intensifying corrosive waters in Prince William Sound. “It’s been hugely successful. We’ve flown these things all over inside...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 10, 2014

Fish Factor: Bristol Bay home to Alaska's most valuable fishery

With salmon fisheries going on every summer all across Alaska, you might wonder why so much attention is focused on Bristol Bay. The answer can be summed up in two words: sockeye salmon.  Bristol Bay is home to the largest red salmon runs in the wor...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 3, 2014

Summer is more than just salmon: Crab, halibut, ling cod, pollack and more underway

Salmon takes center stage in Alaska every summer, but many more fisheries also are going on all across the state. The world’s biggest sockeye salmon run is expected to surge into Bristol Bay any day, where a catch of about 17 million reds is...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 26, 2014

Fish Factor: Bristol Bay facing "riskiest season" in recent memory

Uncertainty best sums up the mood as fishermen and processors await the world’s biggest sockeye salmon run at Bristol Bay. In fact, it’s being called the riskiest season in recent memory in the 2014 Sockeye Market Analysis, a biannual report...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 19, 2014

Fish Factor: Where do major candidates stand on seafood, Alaska's biggest employer

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: The seafood industry is Alaska’s largest private employer, putting more people to work than mining, oil/gas, timber and tourism combined. The annual revenue the seafood sector contributes to...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 12, 2014

Fish Factor: Salmon prices decline through the season and climb through winter

Salmon prices at wholesale show marked seasonal variations for both wild and farmed fish. It’s a pattern that has been tracked for decades by Urner Barry, the nation’s oldest commodity market watcher in business since 1895. The prices tend to...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 5, 2014

Fish Factor: Frankenfish labelling amendment has bipartisan support in Senate

If genetically modified salmon gets a green light by the federal government, it will be labeled as such if US Senators on both sides of the aisle have their way. The Senate Appropriations Committee last week passed the bipartisan Murkowski-Begich ame...

 
 Dockside    May 29, 2014

Plans underway to restore burned hatchery

KETCHIKAN (AP) — The operator of a state-owned salmon hatchery near Petersburg says it is moving forward with plans to rebuild the portion of the facility destroyed by fire in March. The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association operates...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 29, 2014

Fish Factor: Companies are still selling last year's pinks

Salmon season is just getting underway, but seafood companies are still selling last summer’s record catch of 226 million pink salmon - and it has prompted lots of creative thinking. “The challenge is to market all this fish and still maintain...

 
 Dockside    May 22, 2014

Salmon derby starts Friday

The 33rd Annual Petersburg Chamber of Commerce King Salmon Derby gets underway this Friday at 7 a.m. The derby continues through the Memorial Day Weekend and ends Monday at 5 p.m. Two tagged fish will hopefully be available for anglers this year.... Full story

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 22, 2014

Copper River salmon starts salmon season

Trollers in Southeast Alaska provide fresh king salmon nearly year round, but the runs of reds and kings to the Copper River mark the “official start” of Alaska’s salmon season. On May 15 the fleet of more than 570 fishermen set out their nets...

 
 Dockside    May 22, 2014

Hawaii losses weigh heavy for Alaska Native corp.

JUNEAU (AP) — The Native regional corporation for southeast Alaska has reported losses of $35 million, with blame going to a subsidiary in Hawaii. CoastAlaska reports Juneau-based Sealaska is reporting the net loss for 2013. Sealaska says 75...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 15, 2014

Fish Factor: Report shows commercial fisheries far more valuable to state than sport fishing

The debate over which sector – commercial or recreational fishing – provides the bigger economic punch can finally be put to rest. The annual ‘Fisheries Economics of the US’ report by the Dept. of Commerce shows once and for all that in...

 
 Dockside    May 8, 2014

King salmon allocations jump in SE Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — King salmon fishermen in much of Alaska are facing dismal catch predictions this summer but that's not the case in southeast Alaska. The Juneau Empire reports high returns last year and high escapement projects in rivers...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 8, 2014

Halibut and black cod prices up by more than a dollar

The basic laws of supply and demand are resulting in a nice pay day for Alaska halibut and sablefish harvesters.  Prices for both fish are up by more than a dollar a pound compared to the same time last year.  Fresh halibut has been moving...

 
 Dockside    May 8, 2014

Coast Guard Dockside Exams May 14-18

Coast Guard commercial fishing vessel examiners will be conducting voluntary dockside examinations from 1:00 Wednesday May 14 through 1:00 Sunday, May 18. Anyone interested in receiving a dockside examination should sign-up at the Petersburg...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    May 1, 2014

Final Sitka sac roe results released

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released a final update of the Sitka Herring Sac Roe fishery results. Fisherman netted 16,976 tons of herring, down from preliminary projections but still exceeding the guideline harvest by 643 tons. The March...

 
 Dockside    May 1, 2014

Shellfish Farming workshop in Kake May 1-3

The Southeast Soil and Water Conservation District (SE SWCD) will be hosting a comprehensive three day workshop in Kake May 1-3. The program will teach best management practices to beginning oyster farmers. The workshop curriculum will consist of...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 1, 2014

Small Kodiak roe herring fishery is underway

Kodiak’s roe herring fishery began on April 15 with little notice and rumors of fire sale prices. The fleet of 22 seiners was down a bit; they are competing for a harvest of 5,800 short tons, similar to the past five years. No gillnetters had...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 24, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska salmon permits in many fisheries have tripled in value since 2002 and the upward trend continues. An overview of April listings by four brokers shows that Bristol Bay drift net permits are valued at nearly $134,000 by the State, and listed...

 

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