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Government shutdown could stall crab season
Kodiak’s waterfront is bedecked with hundreds of “7 by’s” as boats stack their pots and gear up for the big crab fisheries in the Bering Sea. The Bristol Bay red king crab season is set to open on October 15, with a harvest of 8.6 million pounds, similar to last year. A reopened Tanner crab fishery will produce a three million pound catch; the numbers for Bering Sea snow crab, Alaska’s largest crab fishery, will b...
Oct 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Parnell answers questions about Chuitna coal mine
Governor Parnell took to the statewide airwaves last Tuesday to answer questions from Alaskans on APRN’s Talk of Alaska. Of fishing interest: A Cook Inlet set netter asked about his stance on the proposed Chuitna coal mine in Cook Inlet that would set a precedent by removing, among other things, 11 miles of salmon streams. “Didn’t you say you would never trade one resource for another?” she queried? “And I won’t,”...
Sep 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Pebble Mine withdrawal hailed as a victory
News that mining giant Anglo-American plans to withdraw from the Pebble Mine project was greeted with joy by opponents who hailed it as a victory for the people of Bristol Bay and for the region’s resources. Pebble would be the largest gold and copper mine in North America, and its location looms over the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery at Bristol Bay. But even though London-based Anglo has pulled out of th...
Sep 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Buyers look to expand fishing opportunities
Alaska’s record salmon season has permit brokers hopping as buyers seek to break into or expand their fishing opportunities in many fisheries. Notably, brokers say there is “a lot of great buzz” at Bristol Bay, despite a lackluster sockeye fishery that saw the bulk of the red run come and go eight days early. “Prior to the season the drift permits went for under $100,000, but we just sold one for $125, 000,” said ...
Sep 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: A record season for salmon
Alaska’s 2013 salmon season has yielded the largest catch ever, and the value of the fishery is also headed for the record books. The statewide catch on Sept. 6 was nearing 265 million fish – the old record was 222 million in 2005. A bumper run of pink salmon is behind the big harvest - the mindboggling catch was approaching 213 million fish. The previous record was 161 million pinks, also in 2005. Some boats are ...
Sep 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Report details fishing fleet
Want to know the average fish prices at the docks over a decade … or where most Alaska fishermen and fishing fleets call home? Or how Alaska’s seafood industry stacks up against other state industries? What is likely the most comprehensive, user friendly report ever done on Alaska’s seafood industry by region was just released by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Titled “Economic Value of the Alaska Seafood ...
Sep 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska salmon continues to get broadsided by ill informed, far away big wigs who believe they are best suited to make seafood choices for their customers. Sodexo, one of the world’s largest food service contractors - said last week that its policy is to only serve seafood certified by (you guessed it) the London-based Marine Stewardship Council. In this case, the fish is targeted to the US troops. Sodexo, a Fortun...
Aug 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Small boat owners lobby for cameras in place of observers
Want to get onboard observers out of those small fishing boat bunks? The more fishermen who volunteer their vessels to field test new electronic monitoring systems (EMS), the faster the program will replace that extra body onboard. Starting this year and for the first time, fishery observers are required aboard Alaska’s long line fleet of roughly 1,500 boats, most of which are well under 50 feet. Observers have be...
Aug 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Salmon expected to blow by forecast
Alaska salmon catches are poised to blow past the pre-season forecast of 179 million fish due to a plug of pinks that is coming in stronger than expected. “We are going to be short on sockeyes by five million or so, and we’re probably not going to make the chum salmon numbers either. So we’ll have to go over with pinks, but at the rate things are going that is entirely possible,” said Geron Bruce, deputy director ...
Aug 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Politicians educaute Wal-Mart on Alaska salmon
Any doubts about the brand power of Alaska salmon can be put to rest after the high visibility contretemps over the past few weeks — and the fish story has a happy ending. All of Alaska’s ‘powers that be’ converged on Wal-Mart and the National Park Service (NPS) when both reportedly snubbed Alaska salmon over a labeling issue. Both Governor Parnell and Senator Mark Begich sent letters to Wal-Mart blasting the ill-...
Aug 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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