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Fish Factor: Finding the reason behind the decline of Chinook salmon
More than 100 researchers and three-dozen projects are underway to find clues as to why Alaska’s Chinook salmon production has declined since 2007. The ambitious effort marks the start of a state-backed five-year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative that includes 12 major river systems from Southeast Alaska to the Yukon. And while it will be years before the project yields definitive data, the scientist...
Aug 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Russia's ban hurts Alaska
Seafood is by far Alaska’s top export and as it heads overseas, global politics play a big role in making sales sink or swim. That dynamic took center stage last week when Russia banned imports of foods for one year from the US, Canada, Europe, Norway and Australia in retaliation for sanctions imposed due to its aggressive actions in Ukraine. It is a direct hit to Alaska, which last year exported nearly 20 million...
Aug 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: U.S. Senate candidates sound off in Bethel
Breached mine tailings dams be damned! As millions of Fraser River sockeye salmon head for spawning beds polluted by a brew of metal toxins oozing from the Mount Polley gold/copper mine disaster in British Columbia, Republican candidates vying for the U.S. Senate want environmental regulators to butt out of Alaska’s mining development decisions. The three men hoping to unseat Mark Begich faced off last week for a ...
Aug 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Permits may not be required to clean fishing decks
Fishermen won’t need special permits to hose off their decks thanks to a bill moving through the US Senate. That’s garnered a big sigh of relief from harvesters across the nation and kudos to a rare show of bipartisanship by coastal lawmakers, notably Senators Mark Begich of Alaska and Marco Rubio of Florida. “The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act extends a moratorium that was already granted to the commercial fishi...
Aug 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Tracking melting glaciers
Ocean chemists are calling it “revolutionary technology” as unmanned gliders track how melting glaciers may be intensifying corrosive waters in Prince William Sound. “It’s been hugely successful. We’ve flown these things all over inside and outside of Prince William Sound, we’ve had great control over them, we’ve been able to move them to exactly where we want them to be. They are making thousands of measurements ...
Jul 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sockeyes booming at Bristol Bay
With salmon fisheries going on every summer all across Alaska, you might wonder why so much attention is focused on Bristol Bay. The answer can be summed up in two words: sockeye salmon. Bristol Bay is home to the largest red salmon runs in the world and sockeye is Alaska’s most valuable salmon fishery by far. In most years, well over one-third of Alaska’s total earnings from salmon fishing stem from Bristol Bay. ...
Jul 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Summer fisheries booming
Salmon takes center stage in Alaska every summer, but many more fisheries also are going on all across the state. The world’s biggest sockeye salmon run is expected to surge into Bristol Bay any day, where a catch of about 17 million reds is projected. Elsewhere, the annual summer troll fishery in Southeast Alaska kicks off on July first with a target of just over 166,000 Chinook salmon. Lots of crab fisheries are...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Wholesale salmon prices show seasonal variations
Salmon prices at wholesale show marked seasonal variations for both wild and farmed fish. It’s a pattern that has been tracked for decades by Urner Barry, the nation’s oldest commodity market watcher, in business since 1895. The prices tend to decline through June, July, August and September and they begin rising again from November through the following April or May. Two things drive the well-established pattern,...
Jun 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sen. Murkowski questions Frankenfish
If genetically modified salmon gets a green light by the federal government, it will be labeled as such if U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle have their way. The Senate Appropriations Committee last week passed the bipartisan Murkowski-Begich amendment requiring that consumers be advised of what they are buying. During testimony, Senator Murkowski questioned if the so-called Frankenfish can even be called a ...
Jun 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Marketers mull smaller cans for pinks
Salmon season is just getting under way, but seafood companies are still selling last summer’s record catch of 226 million pink salmon — and it has prompted lots of creative thinking. “The challenge is to market all this fish and still maintain the value,” said Tyson Fick, communications director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. the state’s lone marketing arm. “It wouldn’t be any problem for the produce...
May 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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