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 By Laine Welch    Dockside    November 25, 2021 

Alaska Fish Factor

A hearing on seafood bycatch didn’t satisfy a bipartisan group of Alaska legislators at a meeting of the House Fisheries Committee on Nov. 15. The bycatch issue came up again this summer when all Yukon River salmon fisheries were canceled due to...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

It’s a fish trifecta for Alaska’s 2021 salmon season. The fishery produced the third-highest catch, fish poundage and value on record dating back to 1975. According to preliminary harvests and values by region from the Alaska Department of Fish...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

It’s hard to believe, but Dungeness crab in the Gulf of Alaska is now Alaska’s largest crab fishery – a distinction due to the collapse of stocks in the Bering Sea. Combined Dungeness catches so far from Southeast and the westward region...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Pollock protein noodles, southern-style Alaska wild wings, candied salmon ice cream, fish oils for pets, fish and chips meal kits and finfish earrings are just a small sample of past winners of Alaska’s biggest seafood competition — the Alaska...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Optimism is the word that best sums up the attitude among most Alaska salmon fishermen after a good season, according to people in the business of buying and selling permits and boats. Most fishermen in major regions ended up with good catches and do...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

The preliminary value to fishermen of the nearly 41 million salmon caught this summer at Alaska’s largest fishery at Bristol Bay is nearly $248 million, 64% above the 20-year average. That figure will be much higher when bonuses and other price...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Lost fishing gear - be it nets, lines or pots - continues "ghost fishing" forever, causing a slow death to countless marine creatures and financial losses to fishermen. Now new "smart buoys" can...

 

Good news about tanner crab in Gulf of Alaska

Unlike in the Bering Sea, there's good news for crab in the Gulf of Alaska.   A huge cohort of Tanner crab that biologists have been tracking in the Westward region for three years showed up again...

 

Bristol Bay red king crab fishery to be closed

Alaska's Bering Sea crabbers are reeling from the devastating news that all major crab stocks are down substantially, based on summer survey results, and the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery will be...

 

Governor Dunleavy releases choice for Board of Fisheries seat, 3 months past legal deadline

It took freedom of information requests, weeks of queries to administrators and more than three months past a legal deadline for Governor Dunleavy to finally release his choice for a Board of Fisheries seat. Dunleavy announced last Friday his...

 

Alaska's 2021 salmon harvest of 201 million fish blew past forecast, well above 190 million projected at start of season

Alaska’s 2021 salmon harvest has blown past the forecast and by August 27 had topped 201 million fish, well above the 190 million projected at the start of the season. The catch was bolstered by a surge of pink salmon to the three top producing...

 

Nutrition, Native ways and knowing where your fish comes from

Nutrition, Native ways and knowing where your fish comes from. That multi-message forms the nexus of a new partnership of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, salmon fishermen and Bambino’s Baby Food of Anchorage. Bambino's launched the nation’s...

 

A simple fix may help mitigate bycatch problem in Alaska's fisheries and elsewhere

Bycatch gives Alaska's otherwise stellar fisheries management its biggest black eye. The term refers to unwanted sea creatures taken in trawls, pots, lines and nets when boats are going after other...

 

Projected total 2021 salmon harvest is 190 million, 61% increase over 2020

Alaska’s salmon landings have passed the season’s midpoint and by August 7 the statewide catch had topped 116 million fish. State managers are calling for a projected total 2021 harvest of 190 million salmon, a 61% increase over 2020. Most of...

 

Petersburg Sport Fishing Report

King Salmon Catch rates are now slowing as we approach the end of the summer season. Residents: Throughout most of the management area, where the retention of king salmon was prohibited to conserve Alaska wild stock king salmon in the spring, the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 29, 2021

Alaska Fish Factor: Alaska crab shells providing same fabric protections as manmade agents in bio-friendly way and at less cost

Most people are unaware that the yarns and fabrics that make up our carpets, clothing, car seats, mattresses, even mop heads, are coated with chemicals and metals such as copper, silver and aluminum that act as fire retardants, odor preventors,...

 

Petersburg Fishing Report

King Salmon All marine waters in the Petersburg/Wrangell management area are now open to the retention of king salmon. The regional bag, possession, and nonresident annual limits, apply in all waters except the Blind Slough/Wrangell Narrows terminal...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 22, 2021

Prices to Alaska salmon fishermen are up across the board

Early prices to Alaska salmon fishermen are trickling in and as anticipated, they are up across the board. That will give a nice boost to the economic base of both fishing communities and the state...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 15, 2021

Sockeye catches at Bristol Bay topping one million fish seven days straight

“Unprecedented” is how fishery managers are describing sockeye catches at Bristol Bay, which topped one million fish for seven days straight at the Nushagak district last week and neared the two million mark on several days. By July 9,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 8, 2021

Fish Factor: New phone app collects science data from fishermen

Fishermen are the ears and eyes of the marine ecosystem as a changing climate throws our oceans off kilter. Now a new phone app is making sure their real life, real time observations are included in scientific data. The new Skipper Science...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 1, 2021

Fish Factor: Maritime economy growth double the entire US GDP in 2019

Blue pipeline booms - The nation’s maritime economy grew at pace that nearly doubled the growth of the entire U.S. GDP in 2019. GDP stands for gross domestic product and reflects the total market value of all finished goods and services in a...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 24, 2021

Crab continues to be hot commodity due to COVID

Crab has been one of the hottest commodities since the Covid pandemic forced people in 2020 to buy and cook seafood at home, and demand is even higher this year.    Crab is now perceived as being...

 
 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...

 

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