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Fish Factor: Salmon markets favorable this year
In a word, the outlook for Alaska salmon markets this year is favorable. That’s the conclusion of Gunnar Knapp, fisheries economist at the University of Alaska/Anchorage, in an overview of world markets to Alaska legislators. Knapp cited three key factors for the short-term outlook: lower sockeye harvests, strong canned salmon markets with low inventories, and strengthening prices for farmed salmon. Lower harvests...
Feb 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Bill would make dumping sewage easier for cruise ships
Dilution is the solution for pollution sums up the Parnell Administration policy when it comes to cruise ship discharges in Alaska waters. A bill being moved quickly by state lawmakers will repeal a 2006 citizens’ initiative that requires cruise ships to meet Alaska water quality standards at the point of discharge, and instead create mixing zones for dumping sewage, hazardous chemicals and other wastes. Alaskans ...
Feb 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Volunteers wanted to test money-saving energy audits
Volunteers are needed to test drive some new money-saving methods for ‘do it yourself’ energy audits on fishing boats. “Just as with a home audit where you try and understand where your energy is going, you can learn how your vessel is consuming energy and find places where it might be wasted or not used as efficiently as possible, and frankly, most fishing vessels are not very energy efficient,” said Terry Johnso...
Feb 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Halibut catch limit declines by 7.5 percent
Halibut catches weren’t slashed as badly as people feared, although they still continue on a downward trend — and the outlook is grim. A coastwide catch of 31 million pounds was approved on Friday by the International Pacific Halibut Commission, a decline of 7.5 percent from last year, and far better than the 30 percent cut that was widely anticipated. Alaska’s share of the Pacific catch is 23 million pounds, down...
Jan 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Final push to stop genetically modified fish
Fishing groups, consumers and health organizations are launching a final push to prevent genetically modified fish from getting the nod for American dinner plates. During the holidays, the Food and Drug Administration issued its environmental assessment concluding that the fish, tweaked to grow at least three times faster than normal, will not have any significant impact on the human environment and are unlikely t...
Jan 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sales of catch shares are in a stall
There’s lots of movement in Alaska’s salmon permit markets, but sales of catch shares are in a stall. Permit values are up and down depending on region, and interest reflects how the salmon runs have been coming in. for example At Bristol Bay, where sockeye runs for two years have been down and another lackluster season is expected this summer, salmon drift permit values have nosedived from a $165,000 high water m...
Jan 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Prince William Sound top region for salmon
Prince William Sound topped all other Alaska regions for salmon catches last year – but not by much. Fishermen in the Sound squeaked by their colleagues in the Panhandle by just 44 fish to get the No. 1 ranking for the 2012 season. The tally: 34,390,000 salmon crossed the docks at PWS compared to 34,346,000 for Southeast. For the second year running, Southeast Alaska beat out Bristol Bay for the most valuable salm...
Jan 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Fishing year in review
Alaska’s seafood industry worked hard this year to ramp up its message to policy makers, especially those from Railbelt regions who tend to overlook the industry’s economic significance. How important is the seafood industry to Alaska and the nation? At a glance: nearly 60 percent of all U.S. seafood landings come from Alaska and 96 percent of all wild- caught salmon. Seafood is by far Alaska’s No. 1 export, value...
Dec 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Symphony of Seafood to celebrate 20th anniversary
Alaska’s Symphony of Seafood will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year and the call is out for new entries to be introduced in the annual competition. The Symphony, hosted by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, showcases new Alaska seafood products in three categories: retail, food service and smoked. Top winners in each receive booth space at the international Boston Seafood Show in March. A unique a...
Dec 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Modifying a boat can eliminate body aches
Making some easy changes to a boat’s deck lay out, or simply modifying knives and scrapers can reduce the strains, sprains and pains of fishing. Doing so is applying the science of ergonomics. “Ergonomics is the science of adapting your workplace, your tools, equipment and work methods to be more efficient and comfortable and error free by humans. It’s basically how a human body interacts with their work environme...
Dec 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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