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Fish Factor: Small boat owners lobby for cameras in place of observers
Want to get onboard observers out of those small fishing boat bunks? The more fishermen who volunteer their vessels to field test new electronic monitoring systems (EMS), the faster the program will replace that extra body onboard. Starting this year and for the first time, fishery observers are required aboard Alaska’s long line fleet of roughly 1,500 boats, most of which are well under 50 feet. Observers have be...
Aug 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Salmon expected to blow by forecast
Alaska salmon catches are poised to blow past the pre-season forecast of 179 million fish due to a plug of pinks that is coming in stronger than expected. “We are going to be short on sockeyes by five million or so, and we’re probably not going to make the chum salmon numbers either. So we’ll have to go over with pinks, but at the rate things are going that is entirely possible,” said Geron Bruce, deputy director ...
Aug 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Politicians educaute Wal-Mart on Alaska salmon
Any doubts about the brand power of Alaska salmon can be put to rest after the high visibility contretemps over the past few weeks — and the fish story has a happy ending. All of Alaska’s ‘powers that be’ converged on Wal-Mart and the National Park Service (NPS) when both reportedly snubbed Alaska salmon over a labeling issue. Both Governor Parnell and Senator Mark Begich sent letters to Wal-Mart blasting the ill-...
Aug 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: 'Cam sled' offers a peek at seldom-seen sea floor
If a picture is worth a thousand words, get ready for millions of undersea images brought to you by a handmade, high-definition undersea camera. “Alaska Cam Sled is a towed imaging system that takes a lot of high resolution pictures of the bottom of the ocean,” said Gregg Rosenkranz, a state scallop biometrician based in Kodiak. Rosenkranz and his colleague Rick Shepherd built the cam sled, which lets them experie...
Jul 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Bristol Bay fishermen see price hike as catches fall
Fishermen are seeing a base price of $1.50/lb at the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishermen at Bristol Bay, an increase of $0.50 higher per pound over the past two years. The final price will be even higher for many fishermen who will get an extra $0.15 for chilled fish and another nickel for bled. The price boost comes from a slightly lower catch than expected (15.5 million so far) — and big improvements in fis...
Jul 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Congress set to retool nation's fishing laws
The rules that govern our nation’s fisheries are being retooled so it’s reassuring that Congress isn’t traveling in uncharted seas. Over 80 percent of Alaska’s fish landings hail come from federally managed waters, and the Magnuson-(Ted) Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is the primary law ruling US fisheries. The Act is undergoing reauthorization for the first time in seven years. First enacted in 1...
Jul 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Insects an alternative for fish feed
Alaska spends more than $20 million on fish feed each year for its 35 salmon hatcheries — feed that comes primarily from anchovies caught in South America. Meanwhile, Alaska seafood processing companies produce more than 200,000 tons of fishmeal each year for customers in Asia. Last year, 33 million fish — 20 percent of the total Alaska salmon harvest — originated in hatcheries; in some years the figure has topped...
Jul 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Halibut tracking back to square one
It’s back to the drawing board for electronic tags designed to tell us more about where halibut travel. The internal tags, which were deployed in 30 halibut two years ago, were the first to test designs incorporating smartphone technology to track the migrations of fish. The tags record magnetic field strength on three axes and have accelerometers and pitch and roll detectors, explained Tim Loher, a biologist with...
Jun 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Aleutian goldens could be next kings of crab hill
Amidst the salmon fisheries starting up all across the state, several Alaska crab seasons also get under way each summer. In mid-June, the summer Dungeness crab fishery opens in the Panhandle, as does red king crab at Norton Sound. Those are followed in August by golden kings along the Aleutian Islands, whose fishery might soon take the title as Alaska’s largest king crab fishery. Unlike other Bering Sea crab stoc...
Jun 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 144 144 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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