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Laine Welch
 
Seafood and politicos
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: The seafood industry is Alaska’s largest private employer, putting more people to work than mining, oil/gas, timber and tourism combined. The annual revenue the seafood sector contributes to state coffers is second only to Big Oil. So where does th...
Jun 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Wholesale salmon prices show seasonal variations
Salmon prices at wholesale show marked seasonal variations for both wild and farmed fish. It’s a pattern that has been tracked for decades by Urner Barry, the nation’s oldest commodity market watcher, in business since 1895. The prices tend to decline through June, July, August and September and ...
Jun 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sen. Murkowski questions Frankenfish
If genetically modified salmon gets a green light by the federal government, it will be labeled as such if U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle have their way. The Senate Appropriations Committee last week passed the bipartisan Murkowski-Begich amendment requiring that consumers be advised of...
Jun 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Marketers mull smaller cans for pinks
Salmon season is just getting under way, but seafood companies are still selling last summer’s record catch of 226 million pink salmon — and it has prompted lots of creative thinking. “The challenge is to market all this fish and still maintain the value,” said Tyson Fick, communications director...
May 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Copper River kings mark start of salmon season
Trollers in Southeast Alaska provide fresh king salmon nearly year-round, but the runs of reds and kings to the Copper River mark the official start of Alaska’s salmon season. On May 15 the fleet of more than 570 fishermen set out their nets on a beautiful day for the first 12-hour opener amidst ...
May 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Commercial bigger for economy than sport
The debate over which sector – commercial or recreational fishing – provides the bigger economic punch can finally be put to rest. The annual Fisheries Economics of the U.S. report by the Deptartment of Commerce shows once and for all that in terms of values, jobs, sales and incomes the commercia...
May 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Acidifcation endangers pinks’ food source
The basic laws of supply and demand are resulting in a nice payday for Alaska halibut and sablefish harvesters. Prices for both fish are up by more than a dollar per pound compared to the same time last year. Fresh halibut has been moving smoothly and demand is steady since the fishery opened in ...
May 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Roe herring and 10-step programs
Kodiak’s roe herring fishery began on April 15 with little notice and rumors of fire sale prices. The fleet of 22 seiners was down a bit; they are competing for a harvest of 5,800 short tons, similar to the past five years. No gillnetters had signed up for the herring fishery. Test fishing from t...
Apr 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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