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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 needi...
Dec 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 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...
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 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 a...
Dec 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 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 pound...
Nov 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 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...
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Congress poised to cut fish pirates out of seafood trade
Alaska claimed the nation’s top three fishing ports for seafood catches last year, and wild salmon landings — 95 percent from Alaska — topped one billion pounds, an all time record and a 70 percent increase from 2012. That’s according to the annual Fisheries of the US report for 2013, just releas...
Nov 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Canadian gold and copper mines threaten salmon rivers in Southeast Alaska
Throughout history, arguments over land and water usages have run the gamut from tussles over fences with next-door neighbors to shootouts over inter-state grazing rights in the Old West. But when land and water rights pit one country against another, that’s when things really get tricky. That is...
Oct 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 i...
Oct 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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