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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 17, 2014 

Fish Factor: 2014 total salmon catch predicted to be half of last year's record

Alaska's total salmon catch for 2014 is projected to be down by almost half of last year's record haul. State fishery managers are calling for an all species harvest of just under 133 million salmon,...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    April 10, 2014

Continued hatchery plans moving speedily, official says

Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Production Manger Bill Gass said he’s impressed by how fast State officials are moving forward with plans to reconstruct Petersburg’s Crystal Lake Hatchery incubation facility that was destroyed by a fire...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 10, 2014

New Kodiak pollack seine fishery begins this week

 Kodiak seiners will be scooping up pollock in their nets starting this week. You heard right. Seiners have a chance to test the waters to determine if a directed pollock fishery makes sense for that type of gear in the Gulf. Except for a small...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 3, 2014

Big changes possible for State Board of Fisheries

Nine names are vying for three seats on the state Board of Fisheries, including six newcomers. That gives Governor Parnell the unique opportunity to replace a majority of the seven-member Fish Board, should he choose to do so, and should the Alaska...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    March 27, 2014

More than half of harvest limit fished from Sitka waters

Fisherman fishing the Sitka Sound Herring Sac Roe fishery harvested more than half of its guideline harvest limit this past week. As of March 23, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 27, 2014

Fish Factor: A breakdown of last year's record breaking salmon catch numbers

Alaska’s salmon catch of 273 million salmon set a record last year – and so did the number of salmon returning home to state hatcheries. The 2013 Fisheries Enhancement Report by the AK Dept. of Fish and Game shows that a return of 112 million...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 20, 2014

Fish Factor: Innovations ahead for fish oils and byproducts

Co-products is the big new buzz word in the seafood industry as more companies move towards ‘head to tails’ usages for fish. “For instance, the oils we are producing now from pollock livers has become so valuable in capsules and other human...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    March 13, 2014

Tanner Crab fishery sees increased harvest, price

This year’s Tanner Crab season saw the highest harvest since the 2000/2001 season. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Lead Crab Biologist Joe Stratman said Tanner Crab prices and the overall harvest value were also up from last year. This...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 13, 2014

40-day Lenten season means surge for Alaska's seafood products

Last Wednesday marked the start of Lent, a time of fasting, soul searching and repentance for hundreds of millions of Christians around the world. And what the burst in the holiday sales season from Thanksgiving to Christmas means to retailers, Lent...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 6, 2014

Fish Factor: Oceans changing while US policy doesn't

Just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, US policy makers are quibbling over climate issues as bivalves dissolve in an increasingly corrosive Pacific Ocean. Any kid’s chemistry set will show that big changes are occurring in seawater throughout the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 20, 2014

Pollock as halibut bait could increase catch rates and reduce bycatch

Bait is always a big expenditure for many fishing businesses and pollock could help cut costs for Alaska halibut longliners who fish in the Gulf. Researchers have tested pollock in two projects to see if it might replace pricier chum salmon as...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 13, 2014

Fish Factor: Alaska seafood free of Fukushima radiation

Alaska seafood is free of radiation stemming from Japan’s 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster. That was the take home message from the Alaska Dept. of Conservation to the state Senate Resources Committee at a recent hearing. Citing...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    February 6, 2014

Fish Factor: Innovative Alaska seafood products to be showcased

Eleven new seafood products from seven companies are set to be showcased at the upcoming Symphony of Seafood galas in Seattle and Anchorage. In its 21 years the event has introduced and promoted hundreds of new Alaska seafood items to the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 30, 2014

Measure proposed to ban Cook Inlet setnetters

A measure aimed at banning salmon setnetting is being held afloat by backers. The ban includes the Anchorage area, much of the Kenai Peninsula, Valdez and Juneau. It would completely eliminate Cook Inlet setnetters and affect roughly 500 fishing fami...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 23, 2014

Fish Factor: Treadwell looks to unseat Senator Begich using science credentials

Good science should drive all fisheries decisions, and Lite Guv Mead Treadwell says he has the chops to maintain a true course. Treadwell, a Republican who hopes to unseat Democratic US Senator Mark Begich in November’s election, paid a recent...

 
 Dockside    January 16, 2014

Fishing vessel drill conductor training class

AMSEA will offer a one-day fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course Sun., Jan. 26, 8 am-6 pm at the Tides Inn. Course meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. Free for commercial fishermen, a fee will be charged to all...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 16, 2014

Walmart gets schooled on Alaska seafood sustainability

Walmart reps were in Juneau last week to learn more about Alaska’s salmon fisheries, and to make sure management is up to snuff with the company’s sustainability criteria. Alaska’s salmon industry opted out of the high priced certifying program...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 9, 2014

Fish Factor: Alaska's largest fisheries get underway in winter

Salmon will always be the heart of Alaska’s fisheries. That’s why many people think of summer as “the fishing season.” But that’s not the case. The deep of winter is when Alaska’s largest fisheries get underway each year. On January...

 
 Dockside    January 9, 2014

Coast Guard to conduct dockside safety exams

USCG commercial fishing vessel examiners will be conducting dockside examinations for commercial fishing vessels Jan. 27-31. Check out our new vessel specific checklist generator located at www.fishsafe.info. The tool will allow you to print out a...

 
 Dockside    January 9, 2014

Federal agency plans to survey fishing businesses

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - A federal agency is planning to measure the economic impact of fishing businesses. Notices posted in the Federal Register show the National Marine Fisheries Service plans to survey U.S. seafood processors and bait-and-tackle...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 2, 2014

Fish Factor's retrospective look back at 2013

Alaska’s seafood industry worked hard again in 2013 to ramp up its message to policy makers, most of whom still tend to overlook the industry’s economic significance to the state and beyond. What is that message? That “the industry” is made...

 
 Dockside    December 26, 2013

Fish Factor

Want to know at a glance how many fishing boats call the Kenai Peninsula Borough home? It’s 1,089. Or what percentage of Wrangellites fish for a living? Just over 15 percent. Or how many skippers plus crew fish out of Juneau? That number is 705....

 

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