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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 se...
Jun 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Ocean acidification researchers deploy buoys in Gulf, Bering
Thanks to a nearly $3 million show of support from the state, high-tech buoys will soon be measuring ocean acidity levels year-round, and Alaska fishermen will play an important role in the research. Basic chemistry proves that ocean waters are becoming more corrosive and it is happening faster i...
Jun 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 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 t...
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...
Jun 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Permits up or down, depending on region
The value of Alaska fishing permits has see-sawed over the past year, with Cook Inlet prices heading upwards and Bristol Bay on the down side. “Cook Inlet had a really good year last year, and they’re expecting another strong fishery this summer. Salmon drift permits have taken off with sales mad...
May 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Fishing destinations compete for votes, prize money
Several Alaska towns are vying for the title of “Ultimate Fishing Town,” which comes with a $25,000 check for local fishing projects. The annual competition is sponsored by the World Fishing Network, “a 24/7 television network dedicated to all segments of fishing,” according to its website. WFN, ...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Tsunami debris trackers ask for public’s help
Soccer balls, motorcycles … reminders of the massive tsunami in Japan a year ago are now appearing along Alaska’s coastlines. “It’s safe to say that tsunami debris is here,” said Merrick Burden, director of the Juneau-based Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation. Since January the MCA has been t...
May 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Council to hear from Kodiak on halibut bycatch
It has taken a quarter of a century, but fishery managers are finally poised to take action to reduce the 5 million pounds of halibut taken as bycatch in Gulf of Alaska fisheries. Industry watchers are hoping public comments will sway them to make the largest cuts under consideration. Currently, ...
Apr 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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