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Laine Welch
 
Fish Factor: Crabbers head out before dockside prices set
The Bering Sea snow crab fishery is picking up steam earlier than usual, as the fleet scrambles to get the catch before rapidly encroaching sea ice shuts them down. About 25 boats are out on the water so far, soon to be joined by 60 or so more as the forecast calls for continued frigid weather an...
Jan 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: 2011 in fish: Halibut limits and a pink salmon record
Alaska’s seafood industry continued its mission to ramp up its message to policymakers, especially those from Railbelt regions who tend to overlook its economic significance. How important is the seafood industry to Alaska and the nation? At a glance: 62 percent of all U.S. seafood landings come ...
Jan 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Governor’s Fish & Game budget up, jobs down
Alaska’s commercial fisheries programs could get a slight boost if the governor’s budget for the next fiscal year gets a nod from legislators. The proposed fiscal year 2013 operating budget for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, including all state and federal funds, is just over $209 millio...
Dec 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Shellfish growers cope with rising ocean CO2 levels
West Coast shellfish growers have learned to work around upwellings of corrosive waters and save the lives of their bivalve stocks. Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere are changing the chemistry of the oceans, making it more acid. The CO2 surge stems mostly from coal and to...
Dec 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sea otters are big threat to dive fisheries
Sea otters are cleaning out valuable commercial fisheries in Southeast Alaska, and they have been at it for decades. A second report by the McDowell Group of Juneau updates the financial hit the otters have caused to the region’s fisheries since 2005. Both were done for the Southeast Alaska Regio...
Dec 12, 2011 | 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 give...
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 ...
Nov 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Watching out for observer changes
Coming soon to a small halibut boat near you: fishery observers. New rules set for 2013 will change how observers are placed on fishing boats as small as 40 feet — and for the first time, they will be aboard longliners. Onboard observers have been deployed on larger U.S. vessels since the early 1...
Nov 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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