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Laine Welch
FISH FACTOR: Crabbers sour on possible shutdown
Bering Sea crabbers are again facing the possibility of a delayed fishery as congressional Republicans threaten to shut down the government, this time over federal funding of Planned Parenthood. A shutdown two years ago stalled the crab opener by two days, costing the fleet more than $5 million i...
Sep 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Annual ‘crab map’ showing big drops
Catches for Alaska’s premier crab fisheries in the Bering Sea could take a dip this year, based on results from the annual summer surveys. The annual report by NOAA Fisheries called “The Eastern Bering Sea Continental Shelf Bottom Trawl Survey: Results from Commercial Crab Species” (long dubbed t...
Sep 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Alaska commercial fish director resigns
Alaska’s fishing industry was surprised and dismayed by the sudden news that Jeff Regnart, Director of the state’s Commercial Fisheries Division, will leave the job on October 2nd. “I’m resigning due to family reasons, aging parents…I just can’t be in the state full time like this job demands,” R...
Sep 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: The Blob causing havoc on Alaska
Fish deaths, drought in California, tropical creatures appearing in cold waters – those freakish happenings and more are being blamed on a giant splotch of warm water that for two years has been pushing against coastlines on the West Coast, Canada and into Alaska. “They call it the Blob because o...
Aug 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Chinook salmon becomes casualty of budget issues
By LAINE WELCH One of the casualties of this year’s budget cuts was funds for a program aimed at discovering why Alaska’s Chinook salmon stocks have been declining since 2007. A five year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative launched in 2013 included more than 100 researchers focused o...
Aug 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak’s sockeye catches lackluster
Alaska’s salmon season so far has been characterized by ups and downs, and it will be a stretch for the total catch to make the forecasted 221 million fish. “It just depends on how these late returning pink salmon at Prince William Sound performs, and whether or not pinks pick up at Southeast. It...
Aug 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Results of hearings may change face of Alaska fishing
Two hearings this month could change the face of Alaska’s salmon fisheries forever. On August 21, the Department of Natural Resources will hear both sides on competing claims to water rights for salmon streams at Upper Cook Inlet’s Chuitna River or to a proposed coal mine. If DNR opts for the min...
Aug 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 ...
Jul 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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