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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 8, 2021 

U.S. senators want USCG to drop face mask requirement

The mask requirement for all persons aboard fishing vessels still stands and Alaska’s U.S. Senators are adding their clout to have it removed. A Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin issued on March 22 states its authority to restrict...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 1, 2021

Fish Factor: AK canned salmon sees record sales during the COVID pandemic

It’s “back to the future” for Alaska canned salmon as more Americans choose it for its health benefits and as an easy-to-use ingredient for sandwiches, salads and more. Salmon canning in Alaska started in the 1870s and by the early 20th...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 25, 2021

Alaska Fish Factor

Halibut prices for Alaska fishermen for 2021 have started out significantly higher than last year, despite sluggish demand and transportation logjams in some regions. The Pacific halibut fishery opened on March 6 and two weeks later only 80...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 18, 2021

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska’s salmon harvest for 2021 is projected to be a big one, with total catches producing a haul that could be 61% higher than last year, due mostly to an expected surge of pinks. Fishery managers are predicting a statewide catch topping 190...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 11, 2021

Fish Factor: No other fishing regions of the world reach out for stakeholder input as much as Alaska does

It’s likely that no other fishing regions of the world reach out for stakeholder input as much as Alaska does to gather policy-shaping ground truth by state and federal managers and organizations. That’s demonstrated by two new surveys – one...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 4, 2021

Alaska Fish Factor: March 6 is opening for Pacific halibut fishery; more interest seen in buying shares of popular fish

The Pacific halibut fishery opens on March 6 and increased catch limits combined with a cautiously optimistic outlook for the near future have fanned interest in buying shares of the popular fish. In January, the International Pacific Halibut...

 

Except for Bristol Bay, Alaskans prepare for salmon season of poor to average runs to most regions

Alaskans are preparing for another salmon season of poor to average runs to most regions. The big exception once again is at Bristol Bay where another massive return of more than 51 million sockeyes is expected. Managers predict that surge will...

 

"Eye-popping" seafood sales continue; One Alaska king salmon worth same as two barrels of oil

Seafood sales “are on fire” in America’s supermarkets and one king salmon from Southeast Alaska is worth the same as two barrels of oil. ($116.16 for a troll caught Chinook salmon averaging 11 pounds at the docks vs. $115.48 for 2 barrels of...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Pacific halibut harvesters got some rare good news last week: increased catches in 2021 along with a longer fishing season. At its annual meeting that ended on January 25, the International Pacific Halibut Commission boosted the coastwide removals fo...

 

New fund will help jump-start ocean businesses

New ocean-related jobs, investments and opportunities will be seeded by an ambitious Blue Pipeline Venture Studio that connects marine business entrepreneurs with the technology, contacts and finances they need to grow.  “The state's blue economy...

 

Single biggest hit to fishermen from Covid-19 virus is lower dock prices, according to Alaska and West Coast harvesters

The single biggest hit to fishermen from the Covid-19 virus is lower dock prices, according to Alaska and West Coast harvesters, and 98% said their businesses have been badly bashed by the pandemic....

 

Fish Factor: Could mining mix up Earth's magnetic field and salmons' ability to find their way home?

Is it a coincidence that one of the world’s largest mineral deposits is located near the world’s largest sockeye salmon spawning grounds at Bristol Bay? And if the likes of a Pebble Mine removed the bulk of those deep deposits that also create...

 

2021 marks 30th year weekly Fish Factor column has appeared in newspapers across Alaska and nationally

This year marks the 30th year that the weekly Fish Factor column has appeared in newspapers across Alaska and nationally. Every year it features “picks and pans” for Alaska’s seafood industry - a no-holds-barred look back at some of the...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: State's commercial fisheries set to get breather from fund swapping rather than lawmakers' largess

As Alaska faces its toughest budget squeeze ever, the state’s commercial fisheries are set to get a bit of a breather. But it is due more to fund swapping than lawmakers’ largess. For the commercial fisheries division, the largest within the Alas...

 

Alaska coastal communities will get economic boost in 2021

Alaska coastal communities will get a bit of an economic boost in 2021 from increased catches of Pacific cod. The stock, which crashed after a multi-year heat wave starting in 2014 wiped out several year classes, appears to be rebounding throughout...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Homer based  Wild Alaskan Company takes seafood e-commerce to a whole new level

The Wild Alaskan Company based in Homer has taken “mission based” seafood e-commerce to a whole new level. While many Alaska fishermen and groups sell boxes of seafood directly to customers and can claim several hundred monthly customers, Wild...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Frozen sockeye salmon strips bring tasty nutrition and relief to teething babies

Frozen sockeye salmon strips bring tasty nutrition and relief to teething babies. The lightly seasoned salmon strips, made mostly from Bristol Bay reds, are the third product made by Bambino’s Baby Food of Anchorage that is aimed at getting more se...

 

Fish Factor: Fishing communities should expect lower tax revenues due to toppled markets due to COVID and low salmon returns

Tamped down prices due to toppled markets caused by the Covid virus combined with low salmon returns to many Alaska regions added up to reduced paychecks for fishermen and will mean lower tax revenues for fishing communities. A summary of the prelimi...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

The number of boots on deck in Alaska has declined and most fisheries have lost jobs over the past five years. Overall, Alaska’s harvesting sector ticked downward by 848 jobs from 2015 through 2019.  A snapshot of fish harvesting jobs is featured...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

After a salmon season that successfully fished its way through a pandemic and upturned markets, the value of Alaska salmon permits is ticking up in two regions while toppling in others. Permit values are derived by the state Commercial Fisheries...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Many Alaska fishermen likely to be involved in regulatory meetings next spring instead of being out on the water

Many Alaska fishermen are likely to be involved in regulatory meetings next spring instead of being out on the water. And Alaska legislators will be distracted by hearings for hundreds of unconfirmed appointments as they tackle contentious budgets...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Now that the 2020 pack of Alaska salmon has been caught and put up, stakeholders will get a better picture of how global prices may rise or fall. Nearly 75% of the value of Alaska’s salmon exports is driven by sales between July and October. And...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Some surprising results are revealed in the first of a series of briefing papers showing how Alaska’s seafood industry has been affected by the pandemic from dock to dinner plates. The updates, compiled by the McDowell Group for the Alaska Seafood...

 

Fish Factor: Fishermen's relief funds welcomed as unfair trade deals drag on

Alaska fishermen can increase their federal trade relief funds by adding higher poundage prices for 15 fish and shellfish species. While it's welcomed, the payouts are a band-aid on a bigger and ongoi...

 

Fish Factor: Bering Sea crabbers will soon know how much they can catch for upcoming season that opens Oct. 15

Bering Sea crabbers will soon know how much they can pull up in their pots for the upcoming season that opens October 15. This week the Crab Plan Team, advisers to state and federal fishery managers...

 

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