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Fish Factor: Bringing back the Bering Sea crab fleet
The Bering Sea crab fleet now stands at 77 vessels, a far cry from the nearly 250 boats before the fishery downsized to catch shares in 2005. Fewer boats means less hands on deck, and as with so many others, the Bering Sea crabbers are ‘graying’ and need to recruit young entrants to sustain the iconic fisheries. To do so, the shareholders have devised a way to give captains and crews a first crack at available cra...
Oct 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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The early Kodiak king crab fishery
As the King Crab fishery peaked in the mid-1960s, everyone in Kodiak knew that something extraordinary was happening. Millions of pounds of crabs were coming across the docks, new state of the art crab boats arrived every week, thousands of young people were suddenly in town, and fortunes were being made and spent with equal abandon. The work was lucrative- $50,000 crew shares were not unheard of — but the fishery...
Oct 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Ballot Measure 4 is a significant initiative
A ballot measure to protect salmon in Southwest hasn’t grabbed as many headlines as pot and campaign politics. Ballot Measure 4, sponsored by the group Bristol Bay Forever, asks voters to give the Alaska legislature final say on any large oil, gas and mining projects in the 36,000 square miles of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve. The initiative does three significant things to the existing reserve, said Dick Myli...
Oct 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sullivan held his own against Begich
I must admit that US Senate candidate Dan Sullivan achieved something I have been trying to accomplish as a fisheries writer for more than a quarter of a century: he gave long legs to media stories about Alaska’s fisheries and, more importantly, it attracted unparalleled recognition of the seafood industry nationwide. How did that come about for a fractious industry that bemoans a la comedian Rodney Dangerfield — ...
Oct 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Bering Sea crab fisheries open Oct. 15
Alaska’s conservative management combined with the grace of Mother Nature are swelling the abundance of two of the state’s largest and most important fisheries. Bering Sea crab scientists and stakeholder met last week to discuss the outlook for Alaska’s biggest crab fisheries that open Oct. 15. The take away was that the stocks of red king crab, bairdi Tanners and snow crab all showed big increases in mature size ...
Sep 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sullivan will be at Kodiak debate
Fish on! The lure of reaching a statewide audience was too much to pass up for US Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan, who will be at the Oct. 1 fisheries debate at Kodiak after all. Sullivan was able to reshuffle a packed travel schedule to fit in the fisheries event, said Ben Sparks, campaign manager. Sullivan initially was going to be in Bethel on a multi-day swing through Southwest Alaska during the time of the Kodiak...
Sep 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sullivan bows out of Kodiak fish debate
“Surprised and disappointed” was the reaction by Senator Mark Begich upon learning that his opponent Dan Sullivan has bowed out of an Oct. 1 fisheries debate in Kodiak. It is the second time this year that Sullivan has declined to participate in the Chamber of Commerce event that has been an election year tradition since 1990. “I can’t recall a time that a candidate has not participated in the Kodiak debate,” Begi...
Sep 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Boycotting Russia seafood
If Russia won’t buy seafood from the US, we won’t buy seafood from them. That’s the gauntlet being thrown down by Alaska’s Congressional Delegation to retaliate against Russia’s yearlong ban on food products from the US and several nations. In a letter to President Obama spurred on by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Delegation wrote: “Our purpose here is to ask that your Administration respond to the Russian action with ...
Sep 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Finding the reason behind the decline of Chinook salmon
More than 100 researchers and three-dozen projects are underway to find clues as to why Alaska’s Chinook salmon production has declined since 2007. The ambitious effort marks the start of a state-backed five-year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative that includes 12 major river systems from Southeast Alaska to the Yukon. And while it will be years before the project yields definitive data, the scientist...
Aug 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Russia's ban hurts Alaska
Seafood is by far Alaska’s top export and as it heads overseas, global politics play a big role in making sales sink or swim. That dynamic took center stage last week when Russia banned imports of foods for one year from the US, Canada, Europe, Norway and Australia in retaliation for sanctions imposed due to its aggressive actions in Ukraine. It is a direct hit to Alaska, which last year exported nearly 20 million...
Aug 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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