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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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Fish Factor: Market unkind to fishermen
Alaska fishermen are feeling the squeeze of lower prices at the same time that their operating costs continue to spiral upwards. For halibut, in a reversal of trend and fortune, prices have dropped by 70 cents a pound in recent weeks. Dock prices usually peak from September until the halibut fishery closes in November, but that is not the case this year — overstocked freezers and resistance from buyers is depressi...
Sep 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Salmon markets better than expected
As Alaska’s salmon season winds down, selling the bulk of the harvest gears up for seafood companies that purchased the pack. “This is the season for negotiations, you might say,” said salmon guru Gunnar Knapp, longtime fisheries economist at the University of Alaska/Anchorage. “You never know the price until the product is actually sold.” The salmon season runs on different tracks starting with sockeye, and fish ...
Sep 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Alaska hopes pinks make up for chum, sockeye
Salmon season is winding down and it’s still a guess if the statewide catch will reach the 132 million fish forecast. Achieving that all comes down to those hard-to-predict pinks, whose catch makes up more than half of the total harvest. “I think it’s going to be close. It all depends on what happens with the pink salmon runs in the three major producing areas: Prince William Sound, Kodiak and Southeast,” said Ger...
Aug 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Grant to help with jobs in Bristol Bay
Jobs are being put on the fast track in Bristol Bay, with a focus on careers that go hand in hand with the region’s culture and economy: commercial fishing and seafood processing. “The fishery is our largest industry; it’s the backbone of the economy here,” said Patty Heyano, Program Development Director for the Bristol Bay Native Association in Dillingham. “So it made a whole lot of sense to concentrate on that. ...
Aug 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Visiting Ouzinkie’s hillside garden
When serious about improving his footwork or agility, a boxer trains with someone of greater strength. An artist improves his skills by attending master classes, and gardeners learn new tricks by visiting fellow gardeners. That’s why I like to check in with John Bartolino and Christy Matthews, subsistence lifestylists near Ouzinkie. Their hillside home, hoophouse, greenhouse and outside gardens are accessible only...
Aug 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Big guns come out to defeat coastal measure
Alaska has more coastline than all of the other US states combined, but unlike all those other states, Alaskans have no say in how their coasts are managed or developed. If Outside and foreign corporations have their way, that’s how it will remain. A successful coastal zone management program has been in place since the 1970s, but the program expired last year when lawmakers and Gov. Sean Parnell failed to agree o...
Aug 13, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Survey reveals Kodiak is healthy fishing community
Kodiak fishermen are a happy lot, but they are also anxious about the future of their industry. Those are some of the early findings of an ongoing survey that focuses on the social and cultural perceptions of the fishing life in Kodiak and how things have changed over two decades. The survey is part of a multiyear project titled “Social Transitions and Wellbeing in Kodiak Fisheries and Communities” by Courtney Car...
Aug 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rising chum prices prompt search for cheaper bait
Got bait? Fish scientists need 305,000 pounds of semi brite chum salmon for this year’s halibut stock surveys. The bait is staged at more than 1,200 stations between Oregon and the Bering Sea for use by up to 15 survey boats each June through August. “We typically buy from sometimes up to 6-7 providers in any given year. We look for the best possible price and the best staging arrangements,” said Bruce Leaman, exe...
Jul 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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