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Banner year for salmon catch expected in 2015
Alaska is poised for some big fish stories next year based on predictions trickling in from state and federal managers. For the state’s (and nation’s) largest fishery, Alaska pollock, the Eastern Bering Sea stock has more than doubled its 10-year average to top 9 million tons, or 20 billion pounds. And the stock is healthy and growing, according to annual surveys. “It is one of the most stunning fisheries manageme...
Nov 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska’s largest employer continues to add more jobs to its roster
Commercial fishing jobs grew last year to a level not seen since 2000, according to the state Department of Labor. Driven primarily by an increased salmon harvest, notably from the record run of pinks, fishing jobs grew by nearly 2.5 percent last year. That brought the annual monthly average to 8,400 jobs, just 400 shy of the record. Seafood harvesting and processing jobs are a focus of the November Alaska Economi...
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Congress poised to cut fish pirates out of seafood trade
Alaska claimed the nation’s top three fishing ports for seafood catches last year, and wild salmon landings — 95 percent from Alaska — topped one billion pounds, an all time record and a 70 percent increase from 2012. That’s according to the annual Fisheries of the US report for 2013, just released by NOAA Fisheries. Dutch Harbor topped the list for landings for the 17th year running with 753 million pounds of fis...
Nov 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Canadian gold and copper mines threaten salmon rivers in Southeast Alaska
Throughout history, arguments over land and water usages have run the gamut from tussles over fences with next-door neighbors to shootouts over inter-state grazing rights in the Old West. But when land and water rights pit one country against another, that’s when things really get tricky. That is the situation in Southeast Alaska, where residents find themselves downstream from several massive open-pit gold and co...
Oct 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Bringing back the Bering Sea crab fleet
The Bering Sea crab fleet now stands at 77 vessels, a far cry from the nearly 250 boats before the fishery downsized to catch shares in 2005. Fewer boats means less hands on deck, and as with so many others, the Bering Sea crabbers are ‘graying’ and need to recruit young entrants to sustain the iconic fisheries. To do so, the shareholders have devised a way to give captains and crews a first crack at available cra...
Oct 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Ballot Measure 4 is a significant initiative
A ballot measure to protect salmon in Southwest hasn’t grabbed as many headlines as pot and campaign politics. Ballot Measure 4, sponsored by the group Bristol Bay Forever, asks voters to give the Alaska legislature final say on any large oil, gas and mining projects in the 36,000 square miles of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve. The initiative does three significant things to the existing reserve, said Dick Myli...
Oct 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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The early Kodiak king crab fishery
As the King Crab fishery peaked in the mid-1960s, everyone in Kodiak knew that something extraordinary was happening. Millions of pounds of crabs were coming across the docks, new state of the art crab boats arrived every week, thousands of young people were suddenly in town, and fortunes were being made and spent with equal abandon. The work was lucrative- $50,000 crew shares were not unheard of — but the fishery...
Oct 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sullivan held his own against Begich
I must admit that US Senate candidate Dan Sullivan achieved something I have been trying to accomplish as a fisheries writer for more than a quarter of a century: he gave long legs to media stories about Alaska’s fisheries and, more importantly, it attracted unparalleled recognition of the seafood industry nationwide. How did that come about for a fractious industry that bemoans a la comedian Rodney Dangerfield — ...
Oct 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Bering Sea crab fisheries open Oct. 15
Alaska’s conservative management combined with the grace of Mother Nature are swelling the abundance of two of the state’s largest and most important fisheries. Bering Sea crab scientists and stakeholder met last week to discuss the outlook for Alaska’s biggest crab fisheries that open Oct. 15. The take away was that the stocks of red king crab, bairdi Tanners and snow crab all showed big increases in mature size ...
Sep 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sullivan will be at Kodiak debate
Fish on! The lure of reaching a statewide audience was too much to pass up for US Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan, who will be at the Oct. 1 fisheries debate at Kodiak after all. Sullivan was able to reshuffle a packed travel schedule to fit in the fisheries event, said Ben Sparks, campaign manager. Sullivan initially was going to be in Bethel on a multi-day swing through Southwest Alaska during the time of the Kodiak...
Sep 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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