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Fish Factor: IPHC scientists recommend smaller halibut quotas
It comes as no surprise that the recommendations for next year’s halibut catches are down again for all regions except Southeast Alaska. Fishery scientists with the International Pacific Halibut Commission have recommended a 2014 coastwide commercial catch total of 24.45 million pounds, a 21 percent decrease from the 31 million pounds allowed for this year. That includes catches in Alaska, British Columbia and the...
Dec 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Alaska halibut cuts
Will Alaska’s halibut catches be cut again next year? That’s the big question as the industry braces for the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s interim meeting this week in Seattle. By all accounts, there appear to be lots of halibut in Alaska waters, but their unusually slow growth rates have forced a downward press on catches. The Alaska catch total this year was about 22 million pounds. Also up for revi...
Dec 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Delving deeper into state’s fisheries statistics
More Alaskans are taking to the fishing life, as indicated by upward ticks in harvesting jobs for three years running. That’s according to the November Alaska Economic Trends report from the state labor department, which provides a look at the numbers of boots on deck by region and fishery. A first: economists Jack Cannon and Josh Warren also looked at how much time is put into preseason and postseason work, and w...
Nov 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Crab consumption increases
Americans remained true to their seafood favorites last year with shrimp, canned tuna and salmon topping the list of the 10 most popular seafoods. That’s according to the National Fisheries Institute, which compiles the list each year based on data from the government’s US Fisheries Report. Following the top three are tilapia, Alaska pollock, Pangasius, crab, cod, catfish and clams. Looking more closely at the num...
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: New observer program finds many fish tossed overboard
Keeping tabs on how many and what kinds of fish are coming over the rails is a key tool in Alaska’s highly successful fishery management programs. For nearly four decades, that has been the job of fishery observers who track everything that is hauled aboard trawlers, crabbers and most other fishing vessels 50 feet and larger. Starting this year and for the first time ever, observers were placed aboard smaller boat...
Nov 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Crabbers facing bad news this season
The Bering Sea crab fleet was ready to head to the fishing grounds over the weekend after the government shutdown and unissued licenses stalled the Oct. 15 start of the crab season. Skippers of the 80 boats estimated the extra time tied up in Dutch Harbor cost them each $1,000 per day. Meanwhile, the situation was even worse for small-boat crabbers at Kodiak, who learned there would not even be a Tanner fishery co...
Oct 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: 2013 salmon season is one for the record books
As expected, Alaska’s 2013 salmon catch is one for the record books. Early tallies by state fishery managers show that fishermen caught 272 million salmon this summer, smashing the previous record of 221 salmon in 2005. The fishery was powered by a whopping catch of 219 million pinks. In terms of money, the preliminary harvest value of $691 million ranks second to the $724 million of 1988, called an “outlier” seas...
Oct 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Government shutdown could stall crab season
Kodiak’s waterfront is bedecked with hundreds of “7 by’s” as boats stack their pots and gear up for the big crab fisheries in the Bering Sea. The Bristol Bay red king crab season is set to open on October 15, with a harvest of 8.6 million pounds, similar to last year. A reopened Tanner crab fishery will produce a three million pound catch; the numbers for Bering Sea snow crab, Alaska’s largest crab fishery, will b...
Oct 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Parnell answers questions about Chuitna coal mine
Governor Parnell took to the statewide airwaves last Tuesday to answer questions from Alaskans on APRN’s Talk of Alaska. Of fishing interest: A Cook Inlet set netter asked about his stance on the proposed Chuitna coal mine in Cook Inlet that would set a precedent by removing, among other things, 11 miles of salmon streams. “Didn’t you say you would never trade one resource for another?” she queried? “And I won’t,”...
Sep 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Pebble Mine withdrawal hailed as a victory
News that mining giant Anglo-American plans to withdraw from the Pebble Mine project was greeted with joy by opponents who hailed it as a victory for the people of Bristol Bay and for the region’s resources. Pebble would be the largest gold and copper mine in North America, and its location looms over the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery at Bristol Bay. But even though London-based Anglo has pulled out of th...
Sep 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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