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Laine Welch
 
Fish Factor: State report: Hatchery fish less of 2011 harvest
Home-grown salmon are Alaska’s largest crop – but don’t ever refer to it as farming. Whereas farmed fish are crammed into closed pens or cages until they’re ready for market, Alaska salmon begin their lives in one of 35 hatcheries and are released as fingerlings to the sea. When the fish return h...
Mar 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Lower salmon harvest expected across Alaska in 2012
State fishery managers project a lower Alaska salmon harvest this year, due to an expected decrease in those hard-to-predict pinks. The total catch forecast by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is 132 million salmon, down 25 percent from the 177 million fish taken in 2011.       The statewid...
Feb 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: AMSEA: Federal budget cut to commercial fishing safety unfair
It’s a mixed bag in America in terms of bankrolling “the best available science” for our nation’s fisheries. Based on the preliminary federal budget released last week, funds for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration went from $4.7 billion to $5.5 billion, an increase of about $750 ...
Feb 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Lights in wheelhouse give flood warning
Over half of all fishing fatalities are due to vessels going down, and most of the boats sink because of flooding. The sinkings of the Alaska Ranger and Katmai in 2008, for example, in which 12 men died, both stemmed from flooding through open hatches. Those and other sinkings highlighted the nee...
Feb 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Gov. takes ‘conserve’ out of DNR mission
Alaskans were surprised to learn (from the Anchorage Daily News’ Alaska Ear, of all places) that there is a new and different mission statement posted by the Department of Natural Resources on the State of Alaska website. The old statement of policy: “To develop, conserve and enhance natural reso...
Feb 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Bycatch throws wrench into lower halibut limit
As expected, there will be less halibut available for fishermen to catch this year — an 18 percent drop to 33 million pounds, to be split among fisheries along the west coast, British Columbia and Alaska. That follows a 19 percent cut to the catch last year. The announcement was made at the Inter...
Jan 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seafood competition is music to taste buds
An array of 19 new seafood products will compete for top honors at the annual Symphony of Seafood contest, and the crowd will choose the popular People’s Choice award. The Symphony began nearly two decades ago as a way to celebrate innovation and introduce new Alaska seafood products. The event p...
Jan 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sonar counting great tool despite occasional lapses
Most people don’t know that 40 years ago Alaska pioneered the use of sonar to track salmon runs, or that state fishery managers operate 15 sonar sites on 13 rivers from Southeast to the Yukon. The goal of making Alaskans more aware of one of Alaska’s most important fish counting tools has been ac...
Jan 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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