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Fish Factor: Anchorage ranks No. 1 for fishing participation
Ask an Alaskan what community is home to the most commercial fishermen and they will respond Kodiak or Dutch Harbor, or maybe Petersburg or Bristol Bay. Wrong! Anchorage ranks No. 1 for total fishing participation, with 994 permit holders and another 1,216 crew license holders who fish year round. The Anchorage-based fishermen brought home an estimated $52 million from the fishing grounds last year. The Mat-Su Val...
Dec 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Halibut catches could be cut next year
Halibut catches could be cut by 33 percent next year if proposed numbers get the nod by the International Pacific Halibut Commission next month. That would mean a coast wide harvest of just 22.7 million pounds for fisheries in California, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska. Alaska’s share of the halibut catch would be 17.4 million pounds, down from about 25 million this year. Unlike past years, staff ...
Dec 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Seafood industry keeps plenty employed
The graying of the fleet continues in Alaska as fewer young folks obtain permits for various fisheries. Data from 2011 show that 45 percent of all Alaska permit holders were between the ages 45 and 60, with an average age of 47. That was roughly twice as many permit holders as there were between the ages of 30 and 44. Crews were much younger, averaging around 21 years old. There also was a higher incidence of crew...
Nov 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Salmon harvest and value drop
Alaska’s salmon harvest and value for 2012 came in well below last year, dropping 21 percent and 30 percent, respectively. According to preliminary state tallies, the value of the salmon catch totaled nearly $506 million at the docks this summer on a statewide catch of 124 million fish. That compares to a 2011 take of 177 million salmon valued at just over $641 million. A breakdown shows that the 2012 Chinook harv...
Nov 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Six-year study to be released this month
The results of a six-year study on Western Alaska salmon will be unveiled this month and the conclusions are not what people of the region had hoped for. The Western Alaska Salmon Stock Identification Project (WASSIP) was created in 2006 by 11 groups including Aleut Corporation, Aleutians East Borough, Association of Village Council Presidents, Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, Bristol Bay Native Association, Co...
Nov 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sea otters wiping out shellfish stocks in prime areas
Sea otters and the Arctic are two focal points for Alaska’s top fishing group at both state and federal policy levels. United Fishermen of Alaska is the nation’s largest industry trade group representing nearly 40 organizations. At its recent annual meeting, UFA outlined several of its policy watches prior to the legislative session; the group also gave out awards and made a job offer. UFA is working closely with ...
Oct 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Alaska fish prices rise, crab prices fall on global markets
Alaska salmon sales had lots of ups and downs this summer, but held their own overall in a tough market awash with farmed fish. The wild salmon catch goes to market in many forms such as canned, fresh or frozen, fillets and roe. The state Revenue Department/Tax Division provides quartile reports on first wholesale prices for all of Alaska’s salmon forms by species and region. Its report covering May — August shows...
Oct 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: State wants help from fishermen to solve king salmon mystery
State fishery managers are asking for input from Alaskans to help solve the case of disappearing king salmon. A letter went out last week from Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell inviting stakeholders to a two-day symposium in Anchorage later this month titled ‘Understanding Abundance and Productivity Trends of Chinook salmon in Alaska.’ The stated goal is “to increase understanding and d...
Oct 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Fall crab fishing season begins this month
October is national seafood month — and it marks the start of one of the busiest months for Alaska’s fishing industry. The state’s biggest crab fisheries get under way in the Bering Sea on Oct. 15 — the Bristol Bay red king crab catch will hold steady at 7.8 million pounds, while the snow crab harvest has taken a dip to 66.3 million pounds, down from about 80 million pounds last season. The St. Matthew Island blue...
Oct 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Expect to see more tsunami debris on Alaska coastline
At least 1.5 million tons of debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami is still afloat, and at least half of it is expected to hit Alaska’s coastline. The region from Yakutat to Gore Point off the Kenai Peninsula will likely see the heaviest debris piles, but Southeast Alaska and other areas will see chunks of junk as well. Those are conclusions of a fascinating new report by Washington Sea Grant titled Debris Accumulation...
Oct 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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