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Laine Welch
 
Prediction: 2016 salmon take way down
Alaska’s 2016 salmon harvest will be down by 40 percent from last year’s catch, if the fish show up as predicted. The preliminary numbers released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game call for a total catch of 161 million salmon this year. The 2015 harvest topped 268 million fish. The shortf...
Mar 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Packing on the price form dock to retail
If a fisherman gets 50 cents per pound for his reds, how can the fish fetch $10, $15 or more at retail counters? “It’s all the other stuff that happens after he sells the fish. A lot of costs, margins and profits are included in that retail price,” said Andy Wink, a fisheries economist with the M...
Mar 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Permit prices plummet after salmon slump
Fire sale salmon prices last year and a dim outlook for the upcoming season have caused the value of Alaska fishing permits to plummet. To another extreme — the prices for halibut catch shares have soared to “unheard of levels.” Starting with salmon permits: “A lot of people had disastrous season...
Mar 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Arrowtooth, halibut clashing over feeding?
Fish stomachs could help solve the mystery of why Alaska halibut are so small for their age. Halibut weights are about one-third of what they were 30 years ago, meaning a halibut weighing 120 pounds in the late 1980s is closer to 40 pounds nowadays. One culprit could be arrowtooth flounders, whos...
Mar 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Reds a bright spot in tough global market
Early signs point to continuing headwinds in world markets for Alaska salmon. Global currencies remain in disarray, the ongoing Russian seafood embargo is diverting more farmed salmon to the U.S., and tons of product remains in freezers from back-to-back bumper sockeye runs. (The majority of Alas...
Feb 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Fishing industry lands on television screens
Fishing lives and fishing wives are set to be showcased for a national audience; one as a documentary and the other, on reality television. The first, an hour-long feature called Last Man Fishing, focuses on the lifestyles and challenges facing our nation’s small-scale fishermen.     “We’re from ...
Feb 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Trackers probe black cod decline mystery
Needy Alaskans are enjoying a rare taste of sablefish, thanks to a science project that kept research fish from going over the rails. Sablefish, more commonly called black cod, are one of the world’s priciest, high-end fish, and Alaska waters are home to the largest stocks. The deepwater fish are...
Feb 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Halibut numbers indicate solid rebound
Alaska’s halibut stocks are showing signs of an uptick and fishermen’s catches will not be slashed for the first time in 15 years. Fishery managers on Friday set the coastwide Pacific halibut harvest for 2016 at 29.89 million pounds, a 2.3 percent increase from last year. “This was probably the m...
Feb 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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