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Fish Factor: Loading up on sockeyes
Alaska seafood marketers are ramping up promotions and bankrolling a $1 global million media blitz to counteract a tough sockeye salmon market. Sockeyes are by far the most valuable salmon catch, often worth two-thirds of the value of Alaska’s entire salmon fishery. But last summer’s unexpected surge of reds left lots of inventory in freezers, and record U.S. imports of competing farmed salmon from Chile and Norwa...
Jan 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Increases in snow crab quota
Alaska seafood marketers are facing some strong headwinds heading into 2015, notably, for sockeye salmon and crab. Snow crab is Alaska’s largest crab fishery, underway now in the Bering Sea. The fleet has a slightly increased 61 million pound catch quota; boats also are tapping on a hefty bairdi Tanner crab catch, the larger cousin of snow crab. A 25 percent increase in snow crab, the unexpected 15 million pound T...
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: 2014 fish picks and pans
Biggest fish wait and see: Senator-elect Dan Sullivan Trickiest fishing conundrum: Sea otters vs. fisheries in Southeast Alaska Best fishing career builder: University of Alaska/Southeast for its hydraulics and vessel electronics courses, fish tech training – all available on-line. Best Fish Givers – SeaShare, which has provided close to 200 million fish meals to food bank networks since 1994. Biggest fishing indu...
Jan 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Fishing season heats up in Alaska
Salmon will always be the heart of Alaska’s fisheries, and that’s why most people think of summer as the fishing season. But that’s not the case. The heart of winter is when Alaska’s largest fisheries get underway each year. On Jan. 1, hundreds of boats with hook and line gear or pots begin plying the waters of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska for Pacific cod, rockfish and other groundfish. Then on January 20th t...
Dec 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Next Senate fish chairman will not be Alaskan
It went down to the wire, but fishermen were relieved to learn they can continue to hose down their decks without fear of violating the Clean Water Act. Congress voted unanimously last week to extend a moratorium for three years that exempts commercial fishing vessels 79 feet and under from needing incidental discharge permits from the Environmental Protection Agency for deck wash. The current moratorium, which af...
Dec 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joshua Slocum and the first American salmon fishing venture in Cook Inlet
While Joshua Slocum is famous among mariners as the first person to sail alone around the world, it is not as well known that he also led the first American commercial salmon fishing expedition to Cook Inlet, in 1871. Fishing off the Kasilof River with double ended Columbia River sailing dories, which later evolved into the famed Bristol Bay double ender, Slocum and his crew gillnetted salmon, survived shipwreck, ...
Dec 09, 2014 | 2 2 comments | 162 162 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pacific halibut stocks rising
The Pacific halibut stock appears to be rising from the ashes and that bodes well for catches in some fishing regions net year. It would turn the tide of a decades-long decline that has caused halibut catches to be slashed by more than 70 percent in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Three Alaska areas showed improvement in the annual stock surveys that range from Oregon to the Bering Sea, and could ...
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fishing industry to get first glimpse of 2015 halibut catches
It’s the time of year when Alaska’s fishery meetings kick into high gear — with five set for this week alone. The industry will get a first glimpse of potential 2015 halibut catches when the International Pacific Halibut Commission convenes Dec. 2-3 in Seattle. It’s been a wait-and-see attitude among fish circles. Will Alaska’s catch limits again be reduced, down already 70 percent over a decade to just 16 million...
Dec 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Banner year for salmon catch expected in 2015
Alaska is poised for some big fish stories next year based on predictions trickling in from state and federal managers. For the state’s (and nation’s) largest fishery, Alaska pollock, the Eastern Bering Sea stock has more than doubled its 10-year average to top 9 million tons, or 20 billion pounds. And the stock is healthy and growing, according to annual surveys. “It is one of the most stunning fisheries manageme...
Nov 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska’s largest employer continues to add more jobs to its roster
Commercial fishing jobs grew last year to a level not seen since 2000, according to the state Department of Labor. Driven primarily by an increased salmon harvest, notably from the record run of pinks, fishing jobs grew by nearly 2.5 percent last year. That brought the annual monthly average to 8,400 jobs, just 400 shy of the record. Seafood harvesting and processing jobs are a focus of the November Alaska Economi...
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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