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Fisheries promoters push for new fish habitat laws

Fishery advocates are hoping for the speedy delivery of a letter to state lawmakers that asks them to dust off a law pertaining to fish habitats. Title 16, the statute that outlines the responsibiliti...

 

Fishing fleet represents small business economic engine

The start of 2017 marks the 26th year for this weekly column that targets news for and about Alaska’s seafood industry. The goal is to make all readers more aware of the economic and cultural...

 
 By Laine Welch    Fishing    January 5, 2017

Sea Share offers way to support seafood for the hungry

Giving to the less fortunate is the true meaning of the Christmas season, and giving Alaska seafood has never been easier. A single dollar donated to Sea Share translates to eight seafood dinners for...

 

Processors put Bay fleet on notice: Chill your fish

With so many salmon fisheries occurring across Alaska each year, why is there always so much hoopla about Bristol Bay? It can be summed up in a single word: sockeye. “The sockeye resource at...

 

While Bering Sea groundfish blooms, Gulf struggles

Bering Sea fish stocks are booming, but it’s a mixed bag for groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska. Fishery managers will set 2017 catches this week for pollock, cod and other fisheries that make up...

 

Alaska leads country in wild-caught seafood harvest

Alaska seafood goes to roughly 120 countries around the world and competes in a rough-and-tumble commodities market. Looking ahead to next year, sales conditions are looking positive for Alaska...

 

Dog-approved cod treats hit the Alaska market

Alaskan Cod Crunchies begin a national roll out this week with a debut at Costco’s two stores in Anchorage. The dog treats are one of the newest products stemming from Alaskan Leader Seafood’s...

 
 By Laine Welch    Fishing    October 6, 2016

State asks for disaster declaration for poor pink returns

Gov. Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades. In a Sept. 19 letter to...

 

Fish Factor

Cordovans are hoping to revive a longlost Tanner crab fishery in Prince William Sound as a step toward keeping the town’s waterfront working year-round. The crab fishery produced up to 14 million...

 

Fish Factor

It surprises many people across the state that fall is one of the busiest times for Alaska’s fishing industry from the Panhandle to the Bering Sea. As salmon season gets tucked away, hundreds of boats of all gear types are still out on the water,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Fishing    March 24, 2016

A lot goes into the retail price of a salmon

If a fisherman gets 50 cents a 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,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Fishing    March 17, 2016

Fish prices: Halibut up, salmon down

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...

 

Group expects salmon prices to remain about the same

Montague Island target for marine debris cleanup Early signs point to continuing headwinds in world markets for Alaska salmon. Global currencies remain in disarray, the ongoing Russian seafood...

 

Filmmakers looking for women in fishing

Fishing lives and fishing wives are set to be showcased for a national audience; one as a documentary and the other, on reality television. The first, an hour-long feature called Last Man Fishing,...

 

Researched black cod going on plates

Needy Alaskans are enjoying a rare taste of sablefish, thanks to a science project that kept research fish from going over the rails. Sablefish, more commonly called black cod, are one of the...

 

Overall, Alaska halibut catch limits up a bit

Overall, Alaska halibut catch limits up a bit Alaska's halibut stocks are showing signs of an uptick and fishermen's catches will not be slashed for the first time in 15 years. Fishery managers on...

 

Legislature to consider fishing bills

Fishing issues will take a back seat to budget cutting in this year’s 90-day Alaska legislative session, but two early fish bills (and one holdover) already are getting attention. One new measure...

 

Mariculture coming into its own in Alaska

Alaska’s mariculture industry has passed some big milestones and is getting set to head into the weeds. Aquatic farming, which was OK’d by Alaska lawmakers in 1988, topped $1 million in shellfish...

 
 By Laine Welch    Fishing    January 7, 2016

Fishing Picks and Pans for 2015

2016 marks a quarter of a century for this weekly column that targets Alaska’s seafood industry. At the end of every year, I proffer my no holds barred look back at the best and worst fish stories,...

 

Crab shell industry moves rapidly forward

Alaska crab shells are fueling an eco-revolution that will drive new income streams for fabrics to pharmaceuticals to water filters. And for the first time, it is happening in the USA and not...

 

Idea of fish for Alaskans wins prize

Caught by Alaskans for Alaskans is a business concept that bested 170 others in a global fisheries business competition last month at Stanford University in California. The contest, sponsored by Fish...

 

Halibut stocks show signs of stabilizing

Despite some encouraging signs that Pacific halibut stocks are stabilizing after being on a downward spiral for nearly two decades, catches could decrease slightly in most regions again next year. Tha...

 

Symphony adds 'Beyond the Egg' category

The call is out for products to compete in Alaska’s most celebrated seafood bash and another new category has been added to the mix. For the 23rd year, the Symphony of Seafood in 2016 will showcase...

 

ADF&G boards look at cutting costs some more

Alaskans are being asked to weigh in on two tough issues: budgets and halibut bycatch. First off, the state Boards of Fish and Game are asking for ideas on cutting costs within their annual meeting cy...

 
 By Laine Welch    Fishing    August 13, 2015

Hearing outcomes could impact salmon fisheries

Two hearings this month could change the face of Alaska’s salmon fisheries forever. On Aug. 21, the Department of Natural Resources will hear both sides on competing claims to water rights for...

 

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