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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 | 41 41 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 | 44 44 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 | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prediction: 2016 salmon take way down
Alaska’s 2016 salmon harvest will be down by 40 percent from last year’s catch, if the fish show up as predicted. The preliminary numbers released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game call for a total catch of 161 million salmon this year. The 2015 harvest topped 268 million fish. The shortf...
Mar 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Packing on the price form dock to retail
If a fisherman gets 50 cents per pound for his reds, how can the fish fetch $10, $15 or more at retail counters? “It’s all the other stuff that happens after he sells the fish. A lot of costs, margins and profits are included in that retail price,” said Andy Wink, a fisheries economist with the M...
Mar 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Permit prices plummet after salmon slump
Fire sale salmon prices last year and a dim outlook for the upcoming season have caused the value of Alaska fishing permits to plummet. To another extreme — the prices for halibut catch shares have soared to “unheard of levels.” Starting with salmon permits: “A lot of people had disastrous season...
Mar 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Arrowtooth, halibut clashing over feeding?
Fish stomachs could help solve the mystery of why Alaska halibut are so small for their age. Halibut weights are about one-third of what they were 30 years ago, meaning a halibut weighing 120 pounds in the late 1980s is closer to 40 pounds nowadays. One culprit could be arrowtooth flounders, whos...
Mar 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Reds a bright spot in tough global market
Early signs point to continuing headwinds in world markets for Alaska salmon. Global currencies remain in disarray, the ongoing Russian seafood embargo is diverting more farmed salmon to the U.S., and tons of product remains in freezers from back-to-back bumper sockeye runs. (The majority of Alas...
Feb 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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