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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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Fish Factor: Scientists plan deeper look at halibut in 2014
Halibut scientists plan to expand the yearly Pacific stock assessments by 30 percent next summer, adding 390 survey stations to the existing 1,300 already in use from Oregon to the Bering Sea. Since 1998, the halibut surveys that occur from June through October have been conducted in a depth range of 20 to 275 fathoms, where most of the fishing was taking place. But that’s been changing in recent years, said Claud...
Mar 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Report reveals pollock the most landed in 2011
The just-released Fisheries Economics of the US report by NOAA Fisheries covers the commercial and recreational fishing industries from 2002-2011 and is loaded with descriptive seafood industry stats by region. The report, sixth in a series, tracks the economic impacts, price trends, payroll and annual receipt information for fishing-related businesses, from the dock to dinner plates. The impacts also are reported...
Mar 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Projected salmon catch numbers up
More wild salmon from Alaska will make its way to world markets this year if forecasts hold true for the 2013 season. State salmon managers are projecting a catch of nearly 179 million fish, 30 percent more than the 2012 harvest of 127 million salmon. Pushing the higher catch is a robust return of pink salmon that could yield a harvest of 118 million fish, 73 percent more than last summer’s harvest of 68 million h...
Mar 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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