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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 17, 2021 

Fish Factor: New Alaska mariculture alliance looks for members

Alaskans who are engaged in or interested in mariculture are invited to become founding members in a new group that will advance the growing industry across the state. The newly formed Alaska Mariculture Alliance (AMA) is a private non-profit...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 10, 2021

Fishery managers forecast statewide salmon catch topping 190 million salmon this year , 61% higher than 2020

Eager buyers are awaiting Alaska salmon from fisheries that are opening almost daily across the state and it's easy to track catches and market trends for every region. Fishery managers forecast a sta...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 3, 2021

Interest in growing kelp outpaces that of shellfish

Alaskan interest in growing kelp continues to outpace that of shellfish, based on applications filed during the annual window that runs from January through April. The number of 2021applicants...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 27, 2021

Grundens uses recycled plastics from old fishing gear for new line of rugged casual wear

Grundens is using recycled plastics from old fishing gear for a new line of rugged casual wear, and the first batch contains contributions from Cordova. Grundens, whose motto is "We are fishing," is...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 20, 2021

ASMI, Alaska's lone seafood marketing arm gets zero budget from state, has received no pandemic funds

Alaska’s lone seafood marketing arm gets zero budget from the state and to date, has received no pandemic funds. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is hoping to get a breather from the more than $1 billion coming to Alaska in the latest round...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 13, 2021

All eyes on early Cordova dock prices for Alaska's famous "first fresh salmon of the season" as indicator of wild salmon markets

Alaska’s 2021 salmon season officially starts on Monday, May 17 with a 12-hour opener for reds and kings at the Copper River! All eyes will be on early Cordova dock prices for Alaska’s famous “first fresh salmon of the season” as an...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 6, 2021

Budget for commercial fisheries division facing no cuts for upcoming fiscal year, assuming current numbers make it through Legislature

The budget for Alaska’s commercial fisheries division is facing no cuts for the upcoming fiscal year, assuming the current numbers make it through the Legislature. “The governor’s proposed budget is at about $72.8 million, which is a slight...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 29, 2021

Compound in tires from road runoff may be a threat to salmon in Anchorage's most popular fishing streams

Are toxins from road runoff a threat to salmon in Anchorage’s most popular fishing streams? A Go Fund Me campaign has been launched so Alaskans can chip in to find out. The push stems from an organic compound in tires called quinone that was newly...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 15, 2021

Fish Factor: Maritime industry recruits Alaskans for seafaring jobs

Alaska fishermen displaced by the Covid pandemic are being recruited for seafaring jobs aboard U.S. cargo barges, tankers, towboats, military support vessels, research and cruise ships and more. The Seafarers International Union (SIU) is searching...

 
 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...

 

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