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Laine Welch
 
Fish Factor: Budget impasse could shut down salmon
The budget impasse with Alaska legislators is wreaking havoc on salmon fisheries across the state, and the industry is bracing for the possibility of a complete shutdown in some regions. If lawmakers can’t agree on a budget by June 1, all state workers will be on notice for layoffs starting July ...
May 31, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Small fish, high prices open salmon season
Alaska’s salmon season officially got under way on May 16 with the arrival of thousands of sockeye and king salmon at the Copper River near Cordova, and high prices were the talk of the town. The first opener produced a catch of 25,000 sockeye and about 1,500 kings. “It was pretty slow to start. ...
May 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Rebates offered for baleen whale pingers
Alaska salmon fishermen can get rebates on pingers aimed at keeping baleen whales away from their gear. The six-inch, battery-operated tubes are tied into fishing nets and transmit animal-specific signals every five seconds to alert the animals to keep their distance. “Pingers can be really helpf...
May 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Sale of test catch to support ADF&G work
In the face of Alaska’s multibillion-dollar budget shortfalls, state policy makers are putting the onus on fishermen to cover the costs of going fishing. “One of the sources we have to offset general fund decreases is increased test fishing. We don’t like to catch fish or crab or anything just to...
May 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Processors step up to pay for needed flyovers
Cuts affecting Alaska’s fisheries will be spread across all regions and species, depending on the final budget that is approved by state legislators. As it stands now, the total commercial fisheries budget for fiscal year 2017 from all state and federal funding sources is about $64 million, a dro...
Apr 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Acidic ocean posing huge risk to Tanners
Increasingly corrosive oceans are raising more red flags for Bering Sea crab stocks. Results from a first-ever, two-year project on baby Tanner crabs show that higher ocean acidity (pH) affects both their shell production and the immune systems. Bairdi Tanner crab, the larger cousins of snow crab...
Apr 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Sullivan reviews fisheries actions in Senate
Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan has scored seats on nearly every congressional committee that deals with issues on, over and under the oceans. That fulfills a commitment he made to Kodiak when he ran for office two years ago, he said at a ComFish town meeting during a two day stay on the Rock. Sullivan ...
Apr 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Fishermen slow to adopt lifesaving tech
Alaska fishermen can send an SOS call directly to the Coast Guard, but many are not hooking up to the new lifeline Digital Selective Calling instantly signals a distress call over VHF radios to other vessels, and the feature has been a required part of the handheld units since 1996. In Alaska, th...
Apr 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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