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Fish Factor: 2014 salmon catch projected lower than 2013 total
Alaska’s total salmon catch for 2014 is projected to be down by almost half of last year’s record haul. State fishery managers are calling for an all species harvest of just under 133 million salmon, a 47 percent drop from last year’s whopping 283 million fish. A pink catch of 95 million pushed the record last year and it is pinks that will bring the numbers down this summer. Pink salmon run in on/off year cycles ...
Apr 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Food specialist turns pollock skins into pet treats
Co-products is the big new buzz word in the seafood industry as more companies move towards “head-to-tails’ usages for fish. “For instance, the oils we are producing now from pollock livers has become so valuable in capsules and other human nutraceutical products, it makes no sense to call the livers a ‘byproduct’ of the fillets or surimi. All of it is important in the puzzle of how to maximize the value of each f...
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Seafood sales peak during Lent
Last Wednesday marked the start of Lent, a time of fasting, soul searching and repentance for hundreds of millions of Christians around the world. And what the burst in the holiday sales season from Thanksgiving to Christmas means to retailers, Lent means the same to the seafood industry. The 40-day Lenten season, which this year runs from March 5 to Easter Sunday on April 20, dates back to the 4th century, and it...
Mar 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Changes are occuring in seawater
Just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, US policy makers are quibbling over climate issues as bivalves dissolve in an increasingly corrosive Pacific Ocean. Any kid’s chemistry set will show that big changes are occurring in seawater throughout the world. As the oceans absorb more carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning outputs (primarily coal), it increases acidity to a point where shellfish can’t survive. It is r...
Mar 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: A switch in bait could save halibut longliners money
Bait is always a big expenditure for many fishing businesses and pollock could help cut costs for Alaska halibut longliners who fish in the Gulf. Researchers have tested pollock in two projects to see if it might replace pricier chum salmon as halibut bait. Fish biologists use over 300,000 pounds of chums in their stock surveys each year, costing nearly half a million dollars. The baits are used at more than 1,200...
Feb 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Alaska seafood free of radiation
Alaska seafood is free of radiation stemming from Japan’s 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster. That was the message from the Alaska Department of Conservation to the state Senate Resources Committee at a recent hearing. Citing information from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington, as we...
Feb 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Potential setnet ban apposed by fishing groups
A measure to ban salmon set-netting is being kept afloat by backers. The ban would cover the Anchorage area, much of the Kenai Peninsula, Valdez and Juneau. It would completely eliminate Cook Inlet set-netting and affect roughly 500 fishing families in all. Two weeks ago, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell turned down a 2016 ballot initiative proposing the ban. The newly formed Kenai-based Alaska Fisheries Conservation Allia...
Jan 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Talking fish with Treadwell
Good science should drive all fisheries decisions, and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell says he has the chops to maintain a true course. Treadwell, a Republican who hopes to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in November’s election, paid a recent visit to Kodiak and “talked fish” in a brief interview. Few can claim Treadwell’s experience and understanding of the Arctic, where he has represented Alaska on U.S. Delegati...
Jan 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Walmart looks at Alaska salmon
Walmart representatives were in Juneau last week to learn more about Alaska’s salmon fisheries and make sure management is up to snuff with the company’s sustainability criteria. Last year, Alaska’s salmon industry opted out of the high-priced certifying program Walmart uses as its seafood purchasing standard and adopted the UN-sanctioned Responsible Fisheries Management certification. Labels are small on a can bu...
Jan 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: New year brings new fishing seasons statewide
Salmon will always be the heart of Alaska’s fisheries. That’s why many people think of summer as “the fishing season.” But that’s not the case. Deep winter is when Alaska’s largest fisheries get under way each year. On Jan. 1, hundreds of boats with hook and line gear or big pots begin plying the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska for Pacific cod, rockfish and other groundfish. Then on Jan. 20 trawlers take to the seas...
Jan 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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