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Laine Welch
 
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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Fish Factor: Crabbers head out before dockside prices set
The Bering Sea snow crab fishery is picking up steam earlier than usual, as the fleet scrambles to get the catch before rapidly encroaching sea ice shuts them down. About 25 boats are out on the water so far, soon to be joined by 60 or so more as the forecast calls for continued frigid weather an...
Jan 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: 2011 in fish: Halibut limits and a pink salmon record
Alaska’s seafood industry continued its mission to ramp up its message to policymakers, especially those from Railbelt regions who tend to overlook its economic significance. How important is the seafood industry to Alaska and the nation? At a glance: 62 percent of all U.S. seafood landings come ...
Jan 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Governor’s Fish & Game budget up, jobs down
Alaska’s commercial fisheries programs could get a slight boost if the governor’s budget for the next fiscal year gets a nod from legislators. The proposed fiscal year 2013 operating budget for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, including all state and federal funds, is just over $209 millio...
Dec 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Shellfish growers cope with rising ocean CO2 levels
West Coast shellfish growers have learned to work around upwellings of corrosive waters and save the lives of their bivalve stocks. Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere are changing the chemistry of the oceans, making it more acid. The CO2 surge stems mostly from coal and to...
Dec 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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