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FISH FACTOR: Sockeye salmon run goes from bust to unbelievable
The world’s biggest sockeye salmon run at Bristol Bay went from “bust” to “unbelievable” in one week. Landings last week broke records every day for five days for that time frame, bringing the total sockeye catch to nearly 28 million fish on an unusually long-tailed run — and the reds were still coming on strong. That had overloaded processors scurrying to replace workers they’d sent home the previous week when th...
Jul 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Removing tons of debris from Kodiak
Kodiak volunteers scrambled with front-end loaders and dump trucks to ready 200,000 pounds of super sacks for the first pick up of a massive marine debris removal project that begins in Alaska this week. The month-long cleanup, backed by state and federal agencies, nonprofits and private businesses, will deploy a 300-foot barge and helicopters to remove thousands of tons of marine debris from some of the world’s h...
Jul 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bright spots despite bleak salmon global sales
As Alaska’s salmon season heads into high gear, a few bright spots are surfacing in an otherwise bleak global sales market. Sales and prices for all salmon, especially sockeye, have been in a slump all year. And amid an overall glut of wild and farmed fish, Alaska is poised for another huge salmon haul, with the largest run of sockeye salmon in 20 years predicted along with a mega-pack of pinks. Meanwhile, the tou...
Jun 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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43,000 signatures gathered by anti-salmon setnet advocates
A one-handed clap best describes my reaction to the 43,000 signature dropped off by anti-salmon setnet advocates at the Division of Elections last week. It means enough signatures were gathered to include the question on the 2016 primary election ballot, and let Alaska voters decide whether to ban setnets at Cook Inlet, Mat-Su, Anchorage, Juneau, Valdez, Ketchikan, and any communities designated as “urban” and “no...
Jun 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Big payoff for fishermen depends on species
Salmon fisheries are opening up this month from one end of Alaska to the other. Total catches so far of mostly sockeye, were under one million fish, but will add up fast from here on. A total haul for all Alaska salmon this season is pegged at 221 million fish. A highlight so far is a 40 percent increase in troll action at Southeast regions, where nearly 300 fishermen are targeting king salmon. That’s likely due t...
Jun 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Hatcheries add to catch throughout state
Each year more than one-third of all the salmon caught in Alaska begin their lives in a hatchery. There are 31 hatchery facilities in Alaska: 15 privately owned, 11 state owned, two federal research facilities, one tribal hatchery at Metlakatla, and two state-owned sport fish hatcheries. Alaska’s hatchery program is very different from fish farming, where salmon are crammed tightly into net pens until they’re read...
Apr 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Longliners could snag on missing pots
A mile-long string of 29 sablefish pots was lost last month in Prince William Sound after being run over by tugs towing barges at Knight Island Passage. “It appears that some tug boats passed back and forth across where the gear was set, and now we have no idea where it is,” said Maria Wessel, a groundfish biologist at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office at Cordova. The pots are part of an ongoing taggin...
Apr 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Wild game could be on the menu
Caribou instead of corn dogs…salmon instead of Trout Treasures… seal meat in place of spaghetti – all could soon be available to more Alaskans if traction continues on a new bipartisan bill before the Alaska legislature. The bill - HB 179 - allows schools, senior centers, hospitals, child care centers and other facilities to accept and serve fish, game, plants and eggs that are donated by subsistence and sport use...
Apr 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Boats wanted to help craft safety rules
Volunteers are needed to help craft new safety rules for older boats, which includes the bulk of Alaska’s fishing vessels. Called the Alternate Compliance Safety Program (ACSP), it is part of the 2010 U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act and is aimed at vessels that will be 25 years old by 2020, are greater than 50 feet in length, and operate beyond three nautical miles.  The program will include most of Alaska’s fi...
Mar 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Personal use priority bill moves on
Seven times is the charm for building some momentum on a measure that aims to give personal use fisheries a priority over commercial and sport users. As it stands now, the three fisheries all are on equal footing in the eyes and actions of state managers. The priority shift has been introduced during each of the last seven legislative sessions by (now) Sen. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, but has never made it past a fir...
Mar 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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