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Fish Factor: Murkoswki talks fish
Salmon set net families were streaming out of Kodiak all week, heading to their summer sites to get ready for the June 9 season opener. Their departure wrapped up a busy week of Memorial Day festivities on “the rock,” including festivals, fleet blessings, a landslide on Cannery Row and visits by both of Alaska’s US Senators. I caught up with Sen. Lisa Murkowski over a beer at Kodiak Island Brewery; she spoke candi...
Jun 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: New report looks at fishermen’s share
It takes quite a crew to get an Alaska salmon from “boat to throat,” and everyone along the line gets a cut of the catch. How that value chain has paid out in the past few years shows gains for Alaska fishermen and processors. “We often get asked what share the fisherman retains, and how much each segment of the supply chain gets for salmon. The answer depends on the species, and the product you are talking about,...
May 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: New tech preserves salmon for months without ice
National Maritime Day on May 22 is a holiday created by Congress in 1933 to honor America’s seagoing industry. It marks the day when the SS Savannah set sail from Georgia on the first trans-Atlantic voyage by a steamship. As celebrations are underway, another maritime benchmark will be set as the first full container of 18 tons of fresh salmon from Chile is offloaded from a cargo ship in California after an iceles...
May 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: International currency variations affect seafood markets
Between 60 and 70 percent of Alaska’s seafood is exported to customers around the globe, and the strength of foreign currencies against the US dollar plays a big role in annual sales. Tracking by the Juneau-based McDowell Group for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute shows mid-year ups and downs for Alaska’s biggest seafood buyers. On the downside: The Japanese yen has taken a 20 percent drop versus the dollar ...
May 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Time for salmon season
It might still feel like winter but Alaska’s 2013 salmon season will officially get underway on May 16, when the first runs of reds and kings are scheduled to arrive at Copper River. The season’s first fish will attract the usual media hoopla — helicopters whisking salmon from the fishing grounds to planes ready to fly them to eager restaurateurs and retailers in Seattle and other regions. New among the salmon gro...
May 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Chess match begins for trawl fisheries
Fishing industry stakeholders and federal managers in June will begin crafting a bycatch reduction plan for trawl groundfish fisheries in the Gulf. It will include some form of catch share plan, and as the main delivery port for more than $100 million worth of pollock, cod, flats and other fishes, Kodiak is closely guarding any giveaways. It’s similar to a chess game, said Duncan Fields, a lifelong Kodiak fisherma...
Apr 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Chinook research money passes through legislature
Chinook salmon research money made it through the Alaska legislature this session, but most other fish bills flopped. “The department asked and the legislature funded,” said Kevin Brooks, deputy commissioner of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game. “There is a little bit of repackaging, if you will, but there is a lot of money in this budget to do some good work on Chinook, and all species of salmon statewide.” Last ...
Apr 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Research center studies crabs
Did you know that red king crabs are cannibals and eat their babies, but blue king crabs do not? Or that deep water golden king crabs along the Aleutian Islands are almost indestructible and appear to resist the effects of ocean acidification? Those are just a few of the secrets being revealed at the nation’s top king crab research lab in Kodiak. Scientists at the Near Island center handle the yearly Bering Sea ki...
Apr 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Halibut season off to slow start
Absent from supermarket fliers this spring have been ads featuring the year’s first fresh halibut, reflecting the anticipated push back by buyers to the high priced fish. “No ads in the papers. No excitement this year,” said more than one major buyer. In recent years, dwindling supplies of halibut helped push up dock prices to more than $7/lb at major ports, and halibut fillets topped $20/lb at retail. That’s not ...
Apr 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Comfish will offer additional insight into Gulf catch share options
A new plan to reduce bycatch by trawlers is being crafted by federal managers for Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries, and it likely will result in a catch share plan. Now is the time for fishing residents to make sure the new program protects their access to local resources and sustains, instead of drains, their coastal communities. Currently, the plan includes trawlers in the central Gulf and both trawl and pot ...
Apr 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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