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Fish Factor: How would you do it all over again?
If you had your life to live over again, would you choose a career in commercial fishing? That is one question in a survey circulating around Kodiak that aims to reveal a more social view of the fishing life, and how the occupation and lifestyle have changed over two decades. The survey, being sent to a random sample of 700 permit holders and 400 crewmen in all fisheries, is part of a two year project by Courtney ...
Jun 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Experienced observers asked about otters
Sea otters are expanding throughout Southeast Alaska and dining on crab, sea cucumbers, geoduck clams and more as they go. An ongoing study aims to track the otters, what they’re eating and where they are going — and researchers hope to get “grounds truth” from Southeast residents. For the past two years, Sea Grant marine advisory agents have spearheaded a project to learn more about the region’s sea otter diets a...
Jun 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: NPFMC to tackle halibut bycatch rules
Nobody wants to waste fish, least of all those who make their living from the sea. Fish harvesters want and need to be able to catch as much as they can to sustain their families and livelihoods. And as upstanding citizens, they obey the law when they discard “prohibited species” taken while they’re fishing for their “target catch.” When fishing seasons open, it’s impossible to not catch a mix of fish when they bl...
Jun 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Sharks that swim in Kodiak waters
Whale Fest is just around the corner, and again there will be the popular shark dissection at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center. A few fifth-grade students had a sneak preview of the shark be on the table this year, a fully grown 6-foot male salmon shark caught in January in the Shelikof Strait. The salmon shark is one of three sharks common to our area: salmon shark, spiny dogfish and Pacific sleeper shark. Oc...
Apr 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Panel teaches Congress about fishing industry
For the first time ever, seafood industry reps were invited to brief policy makers in Congress on jobs and economic opportunities. Last Thursday the group presented a panel discussion called “Seafood Jobs in America” to the Senate Oceans Caucus and an audience of 80 people. According to Seafood.com, it included representatives of 12 senators and even one from the White House, plus a large contingent from the envir...
Apr 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Talking halibut, stability iPhone app and ComFish
The Pacific halibut fishery started on Saturday, and if the dynamic of supply and demand holds true, there will be an upward push on prices. The coastwide halibut catch was reduced by more than 18 percent this year to 33.5 million pounds, following a 19 percent cut to the catch last year. Alaska’s share of the harvest is 25.5 million pounds. That will be shared by roughly 2,200 Alaska longliners who hold quota sha...
Mar 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Harpoon harvest: Part 2 of a look at Kodiak’s whaling history
Who owns the ocean, and the creatures that swim throughout it? How should the right to harvest the bounty of the sea be bestowed? These questions are as politically contentious now as they were centuries ago, when American whalers prowled Russian waters. Those Russian waters were the Kodiak Grounds. Indeed, it was partially due to the incredible number of American whalers throughout the waters of Russian America d...
Mar 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Halibut figures and a fishy holiday
As expected, there will be less Pacific halibut to catch next year for fishermen from California to Alaska. Fishery scientists are recommending a 2012 coastwide halibut catch of 33 million pounds, a 19 percent decrease from the 41 million-pound catch limit for this year. Several reasons were given for the cuts: Pacific halibut stocks continue a decade-long decline, there appears to be little recruitment of younger...
Dec 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Food banks benefiting from Sea Share program
Alaska food banks are the beneficiaries of fish taken as bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska, thanks to Kodiak fishermen and local processors. This fall and winter, the partnership has donated more than 5,000 pounds of processed/packaged halibut and salmon to the Kodiak Island Food Bank, and more than 10,000 pounds to the Food Bank of Alaska headquarters in Anchorage. The bycatch to food banks program in the Gulf is an ...
Nov 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Fishery rankings shakeup
There is some notable shuffling going on among Alaska’s fisheries this year, with Southeast besting Bristol Bay as the state’s top salmon region, and Kodiak toppling Homer as the No. 1 halibut port. For halibut: Homer has held the top ranking for halibut landings ever since the fishery went to IFQs in 1995, and deliveries extended from a few days to eight months. But the latest catch stats show that this year Home...
Nov 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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