By Laine Welch
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For over 20 years, Laine Welch
has covered the Alaska "fish beat" for print and broadcast.
Before coming to Alaska in 1986, Laine was well known in New
England for her daily radio broadcasts of fish prices and landings
at auctions in Boston and New Bedford, MA. She also has worked
in seafood processing, and "behind the counter" in
retail and wholesale seafood businesses.
This fishing column began in
1991 at the request of the Anchorage Daily News and now appears
weekly in 20 newspapers and web sites. A spin off - Fish Radio
- airs weekdays on 30 radio stations in Alaska. The goal of both
is to make all people aware of the economic and social importance
of Alaska's fishing industry to our state, the nation and the
Thanks for your continued interest
in Alaska's most fascinating industry!
Laine lives in Kodiak.
She can be reached at msfishATalaska.com
Shake Up in Fishery Rankings By LAINE WELCH - Notable shuffling is going on among Alaska's fisheries this year, with Southeast besting Bristol Bay as the state's top salmon region and Kodiak toppling Homer as the No. 1 halibut port. Homer has held the top ranking for halibut landings ever since the fishery went to Individual Fishing Quotas in 1995, and deliveries extended from a few days to eight months. - More...
Tuesday PM - November 15, 2011
Alaska commercial fishermen's gross earnings up By LAINE WELCH - Over the past six years average employment for Alaska commercial fishermen dropped slightly, but gross earnings were up - and that is a better measure of industry health. - More...
Monday - November 07, 2011
State denies citizens’ petition aimed at protecting Cook Inlet fisheries from coal mining By LAINE WELCH - It took nearly two years for a decision, but recently the state denied a citizens’ petition aimed at protecting Cook Inlet fisheries from coal mining. The petition, by the Chuitna Citizens Coalition and Cook InletKeeper asked that buffer zones be required to protect salmon streams of the Chuitna River should a coal mine be built. In a 109 page, Dept. of Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan claimed the petitioners’ request would ‘ban all surface coal mining on these lands.’ - More....
Monday PM - October 31, 2011
Deadly fish virus detected; Officials say "no reason to panic" By LAINE WELCH - State officials say there is “no reason to panic” and that Alaska salmon are “relatively safe” from a deadly fish virus that has appeared for the first time in Pacific waters. - More..
Tuesday AM - October 25, 2011
What's worth more? By LAINE WELCH - What is worth more to Alaska – healthy wild salmon or coal to fuel Asian economies? - More...
Saturday AM - October 15, 2011
Good news and bad news for Bering Sea crabber By LAINE WELCH - Bering Sea crabbers got good news and bad news last week when catch quotas were announced for fisheries that open this week. - More...
Monday - October 10, 2011
Alaska Halibut & Sablefish Prices High By LAINE WELCH - Prices for Alaska halibut are so high they are in the nose bleed area, but buyers continue to compete for all they can get. - More...
Saturday - October 01, 2011
Fisheries sees increase in federal dollars By LAINE WELCH - Fisheries are on the receiving end of federal dollars, instead of the other way around. As Congressional lawmakers slash budgets in D.C., money for all-important fishery stock assessments was actually increased from $51 million to $67 million for the next fiscal year, the amount requested by President Obama. - More...
Monday - September 19, 2011
Seafood Industry Pumps Millions into Alaska's Communities By LAINE WELCH - Millions more dollars are being pumped into Alaska communities and state coffers by the seafood industry. All fish/ shellfish catches are assessed a 3% raw fish tax - half remains in the local community, half goes to the State general fund and is disbursed at the whim of the Legislature. Based on big boosts in landings and values for many major fisheries last year and this year, there will be lots more Alaska fish bucks to go around. - More...
Monday - September 12, 2011
Southeast pink salmon winner By LAINE WELCH - Alaska’s salmon harvest has topped 170 million fish and it is pretty clear by now that disappointing pink catches in prime producing regions will pull the season up short of the projected 203 million salmon. More...
Friday PM - September 02, 2011
Field testing new technology By LAINE WELCH - Fish tags with iPhone technology are being used for the first time to track halibut migrations based on the earth’s magnetic field. Cash rewards of $500 are being offered to get the tags back so scientists can see how well they work. - More...
Saturday - August 27, 2011
Salmon catch will be in top 20% of harvests since statehood By LAINE WELCH - Alaska’s salmon season is on the home stretch and the catch will be far afield from early expectations of 203 million fish. - More...
Monday - August 22, 2011
Technology takes chilling to whole new levels By LAINE WELCH - Keeping fish cold is the key to quality, and new technology is taking chilling to whole new levels. Nano technology, for example, is the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. The science can easily be applied to making better ice. - More...
Monday - August 15, 2011
How is Alaska's seafood faring? By LAINE WELCH - Fishing occurs far away from where the catches end up, namely, retail counters and restaurants, and it is fun to get a feel for how Alaska’s seafood is faring. - More...
Monday - August 08, 2011
Values of Fishing Permits & Catch Share Show Heafty Increases By LAINE WELCH - The value of Alaska fishing permits and catch shares has taken a big jump along with fish prices. - More...
Monday - August 01, 2011
Public input sought on sustainable management of halibut stock By LAINE WELCH - The public is being asked to weigh in on an innovative new catch sharing plan that for the first time would allow transfers of halibut quota between commercial and charter operators in Southeast Alaska and the Central Gulf of Alaska. The plan, under the direction of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, would allocate each year’s halibut catch limits between the two sectors. - More...
Monday - July 25, 2011
Summer means Dungies By LAINE WELCH - Summer also means pulling up pots of Dungeness crab throughout Southeast Alaska and around Kodiak Island. Dungeness, which are named for town of the same name in Washington, are one of the Pacific’s most important crab fisheries and have been fished commercially in Alaska since the 1960s. - More...
Tuesday - July 19, 2011
Annual Report Provides Average Wholesale Prices for Salmon By LAINE WELCH
The first wholesale price for salmon gives the best indicator of how well it should sell in world markets. And prices in 2011 show nice increases so far, nearly across the board. - More...
Monday - July 11, 2011
Health and abundance of salmon rated as a top concern By LAINE WELCH - Alaskans have a strong personal connection to salmon and believe the iconic fish is essential to the Alaskan way of life and the state’s economy. Furthermore, they rate the health and abundance of salmon as a top concern on par with the federal budget deficit, and even higher than concerns about jobs. - Morel...
Friday - July 01, 2011
Nation’s most dangerous job could soon become more deadly By LAINE WELCH - It simply doesn’t make sense to defund a program that directly saves people’s lives. - More...
Friday - June 17, 2011
Sea Share nominated for Alaska Hero Award By LAINE WELCH - Alaska’s ‘bycatch to food banks’ program is expanding this summer to include fish caught in the Gulf of Alaska - More..
Wednesday - June 08, 2011
Tide information off for Port Moller By LAINE WELCH - Tides rule the day for most mariners, who plan their work days based on its ebb and flow. - More...
Friday - May 27, 2011
Fish prices in constant flux By LAINE WELCH - Call salmon buyers around the state for fish prices and you’ll get widely different responses – if any at all. - More...
Friday - May 20, 2011
Globally, salmon supplies down, demand extremely strong By LAINE WELCH - Alaska’s salmon season officially begins on May 16 at Copper River and by all accounts, customers around the world are eager to gobble up as much salmon as they can get. - More...
Saturday - May 14, 2011
Alaska Chinook will face market competition from West Coast By LAINE WELCH - Chinook salmon make up less than one percent of Alaska’s total statewide harvest, but those big kings are the true icon of the salmon fishery. - More...
Friday - May 06, 2011
Salmon season soon to officially get underway By LAINE WELCH -
Alaska’s 2011 salmon season officially gets underway in two weeks! - More...
Saturday - April 30, 2011
Crab workshop; Gettin' jjggy; Fishing Samaritans & more... By LAINE WELCH - After a six year delay due to bureaucratic hold ups, a federal loan program is finally taking applications from crew members wanting to buy into the Bering Sea crab fisheries. - More...
Saturday - April 23, 2011
Biggest crab fishery comes to end and Laying claim to the Arctic By LAINE WELCH
- The last pots are being hauled in Alaska’s biggest crab fishery, and by all accounts it’s been a good one, with all hands home safe. - More...
Monday - April 04, 2011
Ocean Zoning will affect all users; Poachers biggest threat to Alaska fisheries says Begich By LAINE WELCH - Alaska Senator Mark Begich is quick to name the issue that’s giving him the biggest earful so far in his new post as Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, and Coast Guard: “marine spatial planning.” - More...
Saturday - March 26, 2011
Roe herring fishery set to get underway By LAINE WELCH - Alaska’s most lucrative roe herring fishery is set to get underway any day at Sitka Sound, starting a circuit that each year swims its way all the way to Nome. The herring are valued for their eggs, and harvesters get paid according to the amount of roe in the fish. - More...
Saturday - March 19, 2011
Fishing safety programs on cutting room floor By LAINE WELCH - The nation’s most dangerous job could soon become more deadly. As Congress struggles to balance current and future budgets, fishing safety programs are on the cutting room floor. - More...
Friday - March 11, 2011
Projected salmon catches up By LAINE WELCH - Last year’s Alaska salmon harvest ranked #11 in the record books, but state fish managers are predicting an even better haul this year. The statewide forecast calls for a total catch of 203.4 million salmon, compared to 171million fish in 2010. If the catch comes in on target, it will be the fifth largest Alaska salmon harvest on record. - More....
Monday - March 03, 2011
New safety regulations; Fishermen choose respect; Still tops for jobs By LAINE WELCH - New safety regulations for fishing vessels are on the horizon and fishermen need to 1) pay attention; and 2) participate in developing the new rules. - More...
Monday - February 28, 2011
Franken-fish one step closer to dinner plates By LAINE WELCH - It appears the Franken-fish is one step closer to American dinner plates. - More...
Tuesday - February 22, 2011
New dietary guidelines: Eat seafood at least twice weekly By LAINE WELCH - Fish – It’s what’s for dinner! For the first time ever, the U.S. government is advising all Americans to eat seafood at least twice a week for heart and brain benefits. The advisory includes pregnant and breastfeeding women. - More...
Wednesday PM - February 09, 2011
Southeast Alaska longliners take biggest hit By LAINE WELCH - As anticipated, there will be a lot less Pacific halibut crossing the docks this year. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 01, 2011
Iron Chef challenge; Fish in Juneau & more... By LAINE WELCH -
Alaska pollock was the main ingredient in an Iron Chef competition aimed at getting more fish on to school lunch trays. - More...
Monday PM - January 24, 2011
Casting call for "Alaska Fishermen’s Wives” By LAINE WELCH - A casting call is out for Alaska women to star in an Animal Planet reality show. - More...
Tuesday PM - January 18, 2011
High crab prices lure pirates By LAINE WELCH - The Bering Sea snow crab fishery has been stalled so far by bad weather. Most of the catch is delivered to St. Paul, where the Trident Seafood plant was awaiting supplies to get going. A Northland barge has been stuck in Dutch Harbor due to weather, delaying operations. - More...
Monday PM - January 10, 2011
2010 Fish Notables, Picks and Pans By LAINE WELCH - Alaska’s seafood industry worked hard this year to ramp up its message to policy makers, especially those from rail belt regions who tend to overlook the industry’s economic significance. - More...
Monday - January 03, 2010
Gifts From the Sea By LAINE WELCH - During the season of gift-giving, don’t overlook the gifts from the sea. - More...
Monday - December 27, 2010
Annual fee for managing and enforcing harvesting rights to a catch yields $3.9 million - By LAINE WELCH -
Alaskans who own harvesting rights to a catch also pick up the tab for the costs of managing and enforcing those fisheries. - More...
Monday - December 13, 2010
Cuts in Pacific halibut catches proposed By LAINE WELCH -
Next year will be no exception to the five year trend of trimming Pacific halibut catches. There’s a lot of halibut out there, but the fish are growing so slowly it is keeping a downward press on the amount of fish being made available for harvest. Fisheries for the Pacific coast, British Columbia and Alaska could be cut by 19 percent next year if managers accept the recommendations of fishery scientists. - More...
Tuesday AM - December 06, 2010
2010 salmon post-season wrap up By LAINE WELCH - Alaska salmon fishermen were paid an average of $.66 for each pound of fish they delivered this year, an increase of nearly 16% over 2009. - More...
Monday - November 29, 2010
Alaska has one of the most productive and sustainable commercial fishing economies in the world By LAINE WELCH -
Alaska is gearing up for huge harvests in its seafood industry next year - demonstrating once again that it has one of the most productive and sustainable commercial fishing economies in the world. - More...
Saturday PM - November 20, 2010
2010 salmon season best in 18 years By LAINE WELCH -
The 2010 salmon season tallied nearly $534 million at the Alaska docks, the best showing in 18 years. But the big payday was not spread around evenly. Just two areas, Bristol Bay and Prince William Sound, accounted for 55 percent of the value of the total Alaska catch. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 16, 2010
Powering Pebble By LAINE WELCH -
Mining projects need huge amounts of fuel and electricity to power their operations. In remote Alaska, where do they get it? - More...
Sunday PM - November 07, 2010
Commission soon to reveal recommendations for fisheries By LAINE WELCH - Alaska’s fishing industry will soon get a peek at what next year’s halibut catches might be. At the end of November, scientists with the International Pacific Halibut Commission will reveal their recommendations for fisheries on the West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska. Based on data gathered this summer by vessel surveys at 1,260 data stations, not much has changed over the past year, said IPHC director Bruce Leaman. - More...
Monday - November 01, 2010
Brokers are optimistic about the outlook for Alaska salmon By LAINE WELCH -
A year ago the depressed economy made it slow going for brokers who buy, sell and trade fishing permits. But that’s no longer the case. Higher salmon prices have driven up both demand and prices for salmon permits in most regions of the state. - More...
Friday - October 22, 2010
Salmon fishery most valuable in two decades By LAINE WELCH - Alaska’s 2010 salmon season could be one for the record books! Based on preliminary data, stronger prices, hefty fish and a good haul will combine to make the salmon fishery the most valuable in two decades. - More...
Monday - October 18, 2010
Online meetings connect far flung fishing regions By LAINE WELCH - Can’t make it to important fish meetings that affect your future? If you have access to the Internet, you don’t have to miss a thing. - More...
Tuesday - October 12, 2010
People just don’t get it.: Alaska fishing industry puts more people to work than oil, gas, mining, timber and tourism combined By LAINE WELCH - Who knew that Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley are home to the most commercial fishermen - 1,744 - in all Alaska?- More...
Sunday PM - October 03, 2010
prices; Genetically modified salmon; & more... By LAINE
WELCH - Halibut prices have remained through the ceiling since
the fishery opened in mid March. Restaurateurs and retailers
all say the same thing this year: People want Alaska halibut
and they're willing to pay for it. - More...
Monday - September 27, 2010
Commissioner Lloyd Retiring By LAINE WELCH - Denby Lloyd
is retiring as Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Commissioner on
December 1. He informed Governor Parnell personally late Thursday
and then broke the news to me. -
Friday - September 17, 2010
worried about Chuitna coal mine project By LAINE WELCH -
A call is out for public comments on a request to extend exploration
permits for what would be Alaska's largest coal mine. The Chuitna
Coal Strip Mine (so called because it removes the wetlands and
land overlay) is being developed on the west side of Upper Cook
Inlet by Delaware-based PacRim Coal LP. - More...
Monday - September 13, 2010
Harbor #1 in Landings & Values Again!; Ketchikan #15 in Landings,
18th in Values By LAINE WELCH - Dutch Harbor does it again!
For the 21st year in a row, more seafood crossed the Dutch Harbor/Unalaska
docks in 2009 than any other port in the nation. the #2 and #3
ranked ports for landings were Empire-Venice, LA and Reedville,
VA. Kodiak ranked #4 for fish landings last year, up from the
#5 spot in 2008. In all, 11 Alaska communities made the list
of the top 50 ports in the U.S. - More...
Friday PM - September 03, 2010
catch blows past pre-season predictions By LAINE WELCH -
Alaska's salmon catch has blown past pre-season predictions and
there is still a lot of fishing left to go. The 2010 statewide
harvest was pegged at 137 million salmon, down by 15% from last
year due to anticipated low returns of pinks. - More...
Monday - August 30, 2010
assists from RTCP program aimed at high fuel costs By LAINE
WELCH - Alaska farmers - and that includes shellfish growers
- are eligible for reimbursements from the federal government
for getting their goods both to and from the farm. - More...
Monday - August 23, 2010
the Senator By LAINE WELCH - One thing that can be said about
Ted Stevens - you always got a straight answer and knew exactly
where he stood on fish issues. And he didn't give a damn if his
views were unpopular or who he ticked off. - More...
Monday - August 16, 2010
bank encourages fishermen & coastal communities By LAINE
WELCH - Catch share programs can cause consolidation, trimming
the number of vessels and stakeholders in a fishery. After all,
that's a primary goal: to rein in too many boats going after
too few fish. Too often, rights to the fish get bought, sold
or leased away from small, fishing dependent fishing towns. -
Monday - August 09, 2010
most dangerous fishery isn't Bering Sea crabbing By LAINE
WELCH - Surprise! It turns out that salmon fishing is the most
dangerous fishery in Alaska and crabbing in the Bering Sea is
the safest. - More...
Friday - July 30, 2010
biggest red salmon fishery wraps up By LAINE WELCH - Fishermen
are happy as they wrap up the world's biggest red salmon fishery
at Bristol Bay. Even though the catch of 28 million sockeye salmon
came up a bit short, they will get a better payday than they've
had in over two decades. - More...
Saturday - July 24, 2010
time out allows fishermen & boaters to rest easier By
LAINE WELCH - Fishermen and other boaters can rest easier knowing
they won't need a federal permit to hose off their decks. A bill
that just passed the Senate extends the moratoria on discharge
permit requirements for commercial and charter fishing vessels
beyond the July 31 deadline. - More...
Monday - July 19, 2010
salmon prices at levels not seen in two decades By LAINE
WELCH - 'Uncertainty' and 'high prices' are the terms that best
sum up Alaska's salmon season so far. There's lots of fishing
left to go, but runs to most regions are late and low. That has
buyers scrambling to fill orders from eager customers, especially
for scanty sockeye salmon. The demand has boosted early prices
to levels not seen in two decades. - More...
Monday - July 12, 2010
Bay catch tops 1 million fish By MAGGIE WALL - As
of June 25, Bristol Bay sockeye salmon catch totals exceeded
1 million fish. The actual number almost looked faked given its
numerical configuration 1-2-3-4. The total catch as reported
on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Commercial Fisheries
page for June 25 was 1,234,405. - More...
Monday - June 28, 2010
candidates comment on challenges facing Alaska's seafood industry By LAINE WELCH - What are the biggest opportunities and challenges
facing Alaska's seafood industry? Jobs, adding value and high
energy costs were common themes given by five major candidates
for governor during the famed fisheries debate at Kodiak. Here's
a sampler of the candidates' responses:
underway to count sea otters throughout Southeast Alaska
By LAINE WELCH - A project that gets underway next month aims
to count sea otters throughout Southeast Alaska, where the animals
pose a growing threat to several important fisheries. - More...
Tuesday - June 15, 2010
chemistry doesn't lie; To better monitor the ocean chemistry
"Citizens Science Program" planned By LAINE WELCH
- No matter what you believe about climate change, ocean chemistry
doesn't lie. Even toy store chemistry tests will show that the
seas are becoming more acidic, and the off kilter levels can
have a scary impact on sea creatures: it dissolves them. - More...
Monday - June 07, 2010
candidates talk fish in famed fisheries debate By LAINE WELCH
- "I can't get no respect," was a famous go-to line
for comedian Don Rickles. Candidates for governor gave their
take on how Alaska's seafood industry can get more respect at
Kodiak's famed fisheries debate last Friday, an election year
tradition for two decades. - More...
Tuesday - June 01, 2010
seafood, world currencies are topsy turvy By LAINE WELCH
- Alaska seafood competes in a tough global market, and currency
values in other countries play a big role in customer sales.
Whether it is fish or timber, oil or minerals, people around
the world are producing competing products, and aggressively
selling into the same markets as Alaska. And for seafood, world
currencies are topsy turvy from one year ago. - More...
Monday - May 24, 2010
off; Nasty weather, nice price; Go for Local-vores; & Gut
fish By LAINE WELCH - Trollers are ticked off that the arrival
of fish to Copper River always makes headlines claiming "it's
the start of Alaska's salmon fishery" and "the first
fresh fish of the season." - More...
Tuesday - May 18, 2010
Yukon River salmon claim top honors By LAINE WELCH - And
the Oscar goes toYukon River salmon! - More...
Tuesday - May 11, 2010
2010 salmon season By LAINE WELCH - It's hard to believe,
but Alaska's 2010 salmon season officially begins in less than
two weeks with the May 13 opener for kings and reds at Copper
River! - More...
Tuesday AM - May 04, 2010
Alaskans Investing in Future Generations By LAINE WELCH -
Sitka is doing something that a lot of fishing communities spend
a lot of time talking about - investing directly in future generations
of both fishermen and fish. - More...
Tuesday - April 27, 2010
to comment on new aquaculture policy By LAINE WELCH - Federal
fishery managers began accepting public comments last week on
a new aquaculture policy in waters from three to 200 miles offshore.
The input will guide NOAA Fisheries as it creates a regulatory
framework for open ocean fish farms. - More...
Friday - April 23, 2010
"best" for Alaska fish By LAINE WELCH - Alaska
fish can now claim another "best" on the health front
- it is the easiest protein on your tummy. That is the finding
of the first comparative study ever done on digestibility of
America's most popular proteins. - More...
Saturday - April 10, 2010
salmon sales boosted; Nation's fish basket is safe for now; Seismic
testing and fish; Boom Boom 101; & Salmon spawns skin cream
By LAINE WELCH - Continued misfortunes by Chilean salmon farmers
should give an added boost to sales of wild salmon again this
year. - More...
Monday - April 05, 2010
deckhand workforce; Processors can take it; & AK's biggest
crops drop By LAINE WELCH - It's tough to track a workforce
when you don't know where it is. But that will remain the case
for more than 20,000 Alaska deckhands, at least for the immediate
future. - More...
Monday - Monday 29, 2010
share loan program held up in bottom of the bureaucratic in-
box By LAINE WELCH - Alaska's halibut and sablefish fisheries
include a built in, low interest federal loan opportunity to
help new entrants buy shares of the fish. The loans are funded
by a fee of up to 3% of the dockside value of the catch. Seventy-five
percent of the total goes to recover management and enforcement
costs; 25% supports the loan program. Fishermen are eligible
for 80% of the purchase price of quota shares, paid back for
up to 25 years at a low interest rate, currently 6.5%. - More...
Tuesday - March 16, 2010
landings of season's first fresh halibut By LAINE WELCH -
Blustery winds and high seas were set to put a damper on Alaska's
March 6 halibut opener, and prices were expected to be artificially
high for skimpy landings of the season's first fresh fish. -
Saturday - March 06, 2010
Share Programs; Marine Spatial Planning; Steller Sea Lions &
Herring haul By LAINE WELCH - Many of the big decisions that
affect our fishing industry are made by people who are far away
and have never set foot in Alaska. The following are a few that
fishing-dependent families and communities should have on their
radars. - More...
Saturday AM - February 27, 2010
say salmon season will produce fewer fish By LAINE WELCH
- Alaska's 2010 salmon season will produce 15 percent fewer fish,
if predictions by state fishery managers hold true. - More...
Monday - February 22, 2010
on fish pays off By LAINE WELCH - Salmon fishermen at Bristol
Bay are putting the icing on their fish and it is starting to
pay off. - More...
Tuesday - February 16, 2010
Pacific halibut for seafood buyers this year By LAINE WELCH
- There will be a bit less Pacific halibut for seafood buyers
this year, but the bite isn't as bad as the industry expected.
The coast wide catch limit of 50.67 million pounds is nearly
two million more than anticipated, although it is still a 6.4%
decrease from 2009. The International Pacific Halibut Commission
- which oversees fisheries on the west coast, British Columbia
and Alaska - set the catch limits at its annual meeting last
week in Seattle. - More...
Monday - February 08, 2010
puts the brakes on if fisherman entangled in winch By LAINE
WELCH - The most common piece of equipment on a fishing boat
is also the most dangerous: the winch. - More....
Tuesday AM - February 02, 2010
Bills; IFQ survey; and Seafood indicators By LAINE WELCH
- As the Alaska legislature gets underway, two fish bills held
over from last year are poised to pass early in the session.
Monday - January 25, 2010
participate in life-saving project By LAINE WELCH - Alaska
fishermen have embraced a project that will result in many saved
lives. - More...
Tuesday - January 19, 2010
labor data; Cod goes green; Credit where it's due By LAINE
WELCH - The project that aims to collect labor data on Alaska
deckhands is on track to come before the legislature this session.
Tuesday - January 12, 2010
retrospective By LAINE WELCH - As we look back at Alaska's
seafood industry over the past year, consider this: 62% of our
nation's seafood landings come from Alaska, as does 96% of all
U.S. wild salmon. Globally, Alaska ranks ninth in the world in
terms of seafood production. The seafood industry is second only
to Big Oil in revenues it generates to state coffers, and it
provides more Alaska jobs than oil/gas, mining, tourism and timber
combined. Alaska's abundant and sustainable fishery resources
are the envy of all other seafood producers, and its fishery
management is regarded as a model around the world. - More...
Monday - January 04, 2010
say sales of fishing permits and catch shares good way to gauge
confidence in economy By LAINE WELCH - Sales of fishing permits
and catch shares is a good way to gauge how confident people
feel about the economy, and brokers say the past year has been
a mixed bag in their business. - More...
Wednesday - December 23, 2009
share programs; Halibut dip; How's our salmon selling?; &
Alaska seafood at the Olympics By LAINE WELCH - Federal managers
have officially come out in support of catch share programs as
the best tool for managing U.S. fisheries. - More...
Monday - December 14, 2009
fish for lunch in schools; Get smart! ; & Fish jobs By
LAINE WELCH - More of America's school kids will be eating fish
for lunch now that top quality pollock has been added to the
government's Commodity Processing Program. Under the program,
states and recipient agencies can contract with commercial food
processors to convert raw bulk USDA commodities into more convenient,
ready-to-use products, such as fish sticks, nuggets and portions.
Monday - December 07, 2009
recession takes a bite out of wild salmon prices By LAINE
WELCH - The global recession took a bite out of wild salmon prices
this summer for both fishermen and processors. Although the coast
wide supply increased by 16.8% over last year, the average dock
price of $.51/lb. was a drop of 20.3% - but still an improvement
over the $.44/lb. average in 2007. - More...
Monday PM - November 30, 2009
Fishery Ends; Salmon Wrap; & Pups up! By LAINE WELCH
- Alaska's halibut fishery
ended on Nov. 15 amidst little fanfare. Brutal winter weather
wreaked havoc on deliveries the final week, and bumped up prices
as buyers scrambled for the last fresh fish of the year. - More...
Saturday - November 21, 2009
in Alaska's Seafood Industry By LAINE WELCH - What is the
average age of Alaska deck hands and where do they all live?
Monday PM - November 16, 2009
news for crabbers By LAINE WELCH - Kodiak and Alaska Peninsula
crabbers got some good news last week - bigger catch quotas for
bairdi Tanner crab, a mid-January fishery that is important to
local economies. Bairdi are the larger cousins of the better
known opilio Tanners, or snow crab. - More...
Monday PM - November 09, 2009
could potentially disrupt all major fisheries in Alaska By
LAINE WELCH - Fish and shellfish will soon get more protection
from mercury and other toxins in the atmosphere that end up in
US waters. The Environmental Protection Agency announced last
week that for the first time, it is putting the brakes on fossil
fuel emissions from U.S. power plants. About half of the carbon
dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels is absorbed by the oceans;
the resulting off kilter chemistry is beginning to wreak havoc
on sea creatures. - More...
Monday PM - November 02, 2009
restrictions for the fishing industry? By LAINE WELCH - Alaska's
fishing industry will soon know if more restrictions might be
imposed to protect sea lions in prime fishing grounds. In mid-November
federal fishery scientists will unveil a draft biological opinion
(BiOp) on proposed changes to existing rules for fishing fleets
in portions of the Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands and Bering
Sea. - More...
Monday - October 26, 2009
Sea crab fisheries underway; Salmon ups and downs; & Share
the bounty By LAINE WELCH - Bering Sea crab fisheries got
underway on Oct. 15 with the eastern waters at Bristol Bay seeing
the most action right off the bat. - More...
Monday - October 19, 2009
fishing industry begins a big fall fisheries line up By LAINE
WELCH - After the summer salmon season wraps up, Alaska's fishing
industry begins a big line up of fall fisheries that can last
through the winter. - More...
Wednesday - October 07, 2009
driving fish prices By LAINE WELCH - Alaska's abundant fisheries
can prompt people to forget that our seafood industry is just
one relatively small player in a very competitive world market.
And factors driving fish prices occur far beyond the docks. -
Saturday AM - September 26, 2009
harvest will approach respectable number; Pinks trounced and
Get steamed! By LAINE WELCH - Well, it won't be one for the
record books, but Alaska's 2009 salmon harvest will approach
a respectable 160 million fish. - More...
Monday - September 21, 2009
Hosts First International Salmon Soccer Tournament By LAINE
WELCH - Alaska can now lay claim to hosting the farthest north
global soccer competition. - More...
Thursday - September 10, 2009
posed to fisheries in Southeast by sea otters By LAINE WELCH
- Several things pose dangers to various fisheries in Alaska,
but there is one big threat in the Panhandle that is seldom mentioned:
sea otters. - More...
Monday - August 31, 2009
deckhands work force largely unaccounted for By LAINE WELCH
- A project that aims to collect labor data on Alaska's deckhands
will be on the agenda when state lawmakers convene in January.
Monday - August 17, 2009
2009 salmon season short of forecast By LAINE WELCH - There's
still quite a bit of fishing to go, but it appears likely that
Alaska's 2009 salmon season will come up way short of the forecast.
Thursday - August 13, 2009
now home to Alaska's biggest boat lift By LAINE WELCH - Kodiak
is now home to one of the biggest boat lifts in the world - and
with it comes the promise of plenty of new jobs. - More...
Monday - August 03, 2009
Harbor retains title as the nation's top fishing port By
LAINE WELCH - For 20 years running, Dutch Harbor has retained
the title as the nation's top fishing port. According to NOAA
Fisheries' popular annual report, Alaska fishermen delivered
612.7 million pounds of fish and shellfish at Dutch Harbor last
year, mostly Alaska pollock. The landings were down from 777
million pounds in 2007. - More....
Sunday - July 26, 2009
to self-tax to fund Rainforest Wild By LAINE WELCH - Salmon
fishermen in Southeast Alaska again voted "no" to bankrolling
their own Regional Seafood Development Association, already widely
known as Rainforest Wild. - More...
Monday - July 20, 2009
Limits? Safety laws looming? & Real glimpse of the fishing
life By LAINE WELCH - Salmon fishermen at Bristol Bay were
bracing for another surge of reds over the July 4 weekend - and
likely more trip limits. More...
Monday - July 06, 2009
million in stimulus funds for fish feed By LAINE WELCH -
The U.S. is about to spend $50 million in stimulus money on fish
food to help fish farmers hit by a 50% increase in feed prices
last year. According to the Associated Press, the money could
"provide algae to nourish clam and oyster larvae along the
Pacific coast, fill the bellies of tilapia in Arizona and feed
catfish, trout and game fish in the Midwest and South."
Friday - June 26, 2009
snow crab survey will dictate catch this winter By LAINE
WELCH - The summer survey of Bering Sea crab stocks just got
underway and a lot is riding on the results. Notably, the
data collected over the next two months will dictate if Alaska's
snow crab catch will be slashed this winter. - More...
Monday - June 08, 2009
aims to put the brakes on commercial fishing in the Arctic
By LAINE WELCH - A plan by Alaska fishery 'overseers' aims to
put the brakes on commercial fishing in the Arctic until more
is known about the region's fish stocks and marine environment.
Now it's time for the public to weigh in.- More...
Sunday - May 31, 2009
old fishing nets for energy By LAINE WELCH - Recycling old
fishing nets gets underway this summer at several Alaska fishing
ports. The communities of Naknek, Dillingham, Petersburg and
Cordova received funding via the Pacific States Marine Fisheries
Commission for two years to jump start net recycling projects.
The pool of money comes from the US Fish and Wildlife Foundation,
which has committed $2 million to the 'Fishing for Energy' program
over the next five years. - More...
Saturday - May 23, 2009
season officially underway; Fish counts; & Halibut hits
By LAINE WELCH - Alaska's salmon season officially got underway
on May 14 with the first 12 hour opener at Copper River. A fleet
of more than 500 gillnetters were competing for the first catches
of the reds and kings, along with the usual media swirl surrounding
the famous fish.- More...
Sunday - May 17, 2009
Warriors be treated to Alaskan seafood buffet and high honors
- Several hundred Wounded Warriors and their families will
be treated to an Alaskan seafood buffet and high flying honors
next month in Olympia, Washington. - More...
Monday - May 11, 2009
chance to get Rainforest Wild off the ground By LAINE WELCH
- Seafood Development Association. RSDA's were approved by the
state in 2004 as a way to help harvesters promote the distinctive
attributes of their region's seafoods, much like fine wine makers
do with their varietal grapes. The unique RSDA concept
allows fishing permit holders to vote to tax themselves, based
on the value of their catch, and use the money for whatever projects
they choose. - More...
Monday - May 04, 2009
Years of Alaska's Seafood Industry Celebrated By LAINE
WELCH - When it comes to taking pride in Alaska's fisheries,
differences are set aside. - More...
Saturday - April 25, 2009
Years of Alaska's Seafood Industry Celebrated By LAINE
WELCH - When it comes to taking pride in Alaska's fisheries,
differences are set aside. - More...
Saturday - April 25, 2009
West! By LAINE WELCH - Aquatic farming could give a boost
to Western Alaska economies, but no one has ever applied. Every
two years the state accepts applications for aquatic farm sites
from January through April. Currently 66 farms have permits (not
all are active), dotting Southeast and South central waters.
Oysters are the main crop, valued at about a half million dollars
on offshore energy development scheduled By LAINE WELCH -
Alaskans have a rare chance next week to tell top decision makers
that when it comes to the nation's "fish basket", oil
and water don't mix. - More...
Monday - April 06, 2009
2009 salmon harvest is projected to increase By LAINE WELCH
- Reduced supplies of salmon from other regions could benefit
Alaskan producers this year. - More...
Monday - March 30, 2009
harvest could be the 11th largest since statehood By LAINE
WELCH - A bumper run of pinks could provide a 20 percent boost
to Alaska's total salmon catch this year to 175 million fish.
If the forecast holds true, Alaska's salmon harvest this year
will be the 11th largest since statehood. - More...
Wednesday - March 25, 2009
program seeks help from Alaskans By LAINE WELCH - Alaskans
are being asked to help shape a new program aimed at tracking
the economic importance of deckhands to the fishing industry.
Monday - March 16, 2009
economy can be worrisome for the state's seafood industry
By LAINE WELCH - Japan is Alaska's most important seafood customer,
and a sliding economy there can be worrisome for the state's
seafood industry. But it is important not to jump to conclusions
when it comes to predicting how it will affect fish prices. -
Saturday - February 28, 2009
Seafood Industry in Alaska's Economy By LAINE WELCH - Alaska's
seafood industry puts more people to work than the tourism, forestry,
mining and oil/gas industries combined. Unfortunately, most of
the money made in the seafood industry continues to flow Outside.
Monday - February 23, 2009
cutting idea, buy local By LAINE WELCH - Here's a cost cutting
idea for the State to consider as it starts to trim the budget:
Buy local. - More...
Monday - February 23, 2009
data project; Less halibut, later start; & Oil spill commemorative
By LAINE WELCH - A project aimed at compiling labor data on Alaska's
fishing crews is gaining traction as a mix of state and federal
agencies get down to business this week. - More...
Wednesday - January 21, 2009
limits for this year's upcoming fishery to be decided By
LAINE WELCH - Halibut managers and industry stakeholders meet
this week in Vancouver, B.C. to decide on catch limits for this
year's upcoming fishery, which usually begins in early March.
Harvesters are bracing for a 10 percent coast-wide reduction
to 54 million pounds, covering fishing grounds from the West
Coast and British Columbia to the farthest reaches Bering Sea.
Monday - January 12, 2009
seafood industry highlights from 2008 By LAINE WELCH - Commercial
fishing in Alaska remains a vibrant industry that each year provides
more than half our nation's wild caught seafood. Alaska's fishery
resources are the envy of other countries around the world, and
its management programs are regarded as a model for sustainability.
The seafood industry also provides more jobs than the oil/gas,
mining, agriculture, forestry and tourism industries combined.
Tuesday - January 06, 2009
forecasters predict rough ride By LAINE WELCH - It's tough
to make business plans when the economy is being buffeted by
forces beyond your control. And most forecasters predict the
rough ride will last at least through the rest of the coming
year. - More...
Monday - December 29, 2008
chaos on Wall Street trickles down to docks By LAINE WELCH
- Cod prices dropped 20-cents in Kodiak last week, from 65- to
45-cents a pound. It's a sure sign that the economic chaos on
Wall Street has trickled down to the docks. The global credit
crunch is stalling or stopping seafood commerce, and cod is piling
up in local freezers. - More...
Monday - December 22, 2008
fishery "uneventful" By LAINE WELCH - By the time
you read this, Alaska's premier king crab fishery at Bristol
Bay will be nearly done for the year, with just a handful of
holdouts still pulling pots. Last Friday 11 crab boats were still
out on the grounds, out of a total fleet of 77, three more than
last year said Forrest Bowers, area manager at Dutch Harbor.
Tuesday - December 16, 2008
Revealed for Alaska fishing industry By LAINE WELCH - On
any given month in Alaska 7,260 fishermen are out on the water
plying their trade. That number jumps to 20,137 per month at
the peak of salmon season each summer. Add in jobs in seafood
processing, transportation, management and other support services
and it brings the number of fishing industry related jobs to
at least 54,000 a month. - More...
Monday - December 08, 2008
coast salmon harvest decreased in 2008 By LAINE WELCH - 'Reduced
supply' summed up all of the Pacific coast salmon fisheries this
year, and Alaska was no exception. Despite the lower catch, wild
salmon is still holding its own in world markets. - More...
Sunday - November 30, 2008
Search Underway For Sea Star By LAINE WELCH - Do you have
what it takes to be the next seagoing reality TV star? - - More...
Monday AM - November 10, 2008
wrangling could set back Exxon payments for years - After
waiting nearly 20 years, thousands of 'oiled' Alaskans are now
set to get checks from Exxon before Christmas. The money - $507
million - comes from damage awards stemming from the 1989 Exxon
Valdez oil spill. More than 32,000 Alaskans are eligible for
settlement checks; 80% are fishermen. - More...
Monday - November 03, 2008
coastline one million pounds cleaner By LAINE WELCH - Marine
debris clean up efforts in Alaska reached a milestone this year.
Wednesday AM - October 29, 2008
hook endorsements - Alaska fishing groups came out strongly
in an endorsement of Sen. Ted Stevens. United Fishermen of Alaska
is the nation's largest fishing group, and its 37 membership
groups represent nearly every fishery, from small salmon setnetters
to huge Bering Sea catcher/processors and crabbers. UFA gave
its endorsement last week to candidates vying for seats in nearly
all of Alaska's house and senate districts, as well as national
offices. The votes are made via roll call and a two-thirds majority
must prevail, said UFA executive director Mark Vinsel. - More...
Tuesday - October 21, 2008
of Alaska crabbers on way for startup of crab fisheries -
An eager market will be competing for reduced supplies of king
crab this winter and that is likely to boost prices for fishermen.
Monday - October 06, 2008
work together to promote seafood harvests - More Alaska fishermen
are proving that it pays to work together to enhance and promote
their own seafood harvests.- More...
Monday - September 29, 2008
premier king crab fishery underway October 15th - Fall signals
the start of Alaska's premier king crab fishery at Bristol Bay,
and reduced supplies mean crabbers are betting on higher prices.
Monday - September 22, 2008
filed to stop discharges of pollutants into Cook Inlet -
Fishing groups, Alaska natives and concerned citizens have joined
in a lawsuit to stop discharges of pollutants into Cook Inlet.
The case challenges the Environmental Protection Agency for issuing
a permit that will almost triple the amount of oil and gas discharges
each year into Inlet waters. - More...
Tuesday - September 16, 2008
program helps fishermen replace or retool engines to boost energy
efficiency - A new low interest loan program will help fishermen
replace or retool their engines to boost energy efficiency. It
is packaged in the state's new energy plan and is available through
the existing commercial fisheries loan program. - More...
Monday PM - September 08, 2008
salmon catch will come in on target - It's been a nail biter
all summer, but latest counts indicate that Alaska's salmon catch
will indeed come in on target. By August 29 the statewide harvest
topped 134 million fish, just shy of the preseason projection
of 137 million salmon. And there is a still lot of fishing left
to go.- More...
Tuesday PM - September 02, 2008
oil and gas leases in fishing grounds warily eyed - As Alaska
gets primed for more oil and gas development on land and at sea,
seafood industry stakeholders are warily eyeing exploration plans
amidst the world's most abundant fishing grounds. - More...
August 24, 2008
spawned push to statehood; "High-libut" prices; &
Chemicals and fish don't mix - Next year marks Alaska's 50th
anniversary of becoming a state, and amidst all the hoopla, people
are surprised to learn that it was salmon that spawned the push
to statehood. - More...
Sunday - August 17, 2008
in dock side fish sales; Ketchikan fish school scores funds;
and Fish watch - Buying locally produced foods is becoming
a national trend but it hasn't made a dent at the local
docks. At Kodiak, for example, fishermen seldom sell their catch
directly to customers. - More...
Wednesday - August 13, 2008
ate slightly less seafood; Discharge and Exxon Tax updates; and
Coastie kudos by LAINE WELCH - Americans ate slightly less
seafood last year, and their favorites have remained largely
the same for nearly a decade. - More...
Monday - August 04, 2008
salmon season & Law of the Sea Treaty & Arctic Claims
By LAINE WELCH - 'Lackluster' best describes Alaska's
salmon season so far, and catches are likely to come up short
when it is all over. - More...
Sunday - July 27, 2008
19 Years, Dutch Harbor Nation's Top Fishing Port By
LAINE WELCH - Dutch Harbor/Unalaska easily remained the nation's
top fishing port, for the 19th year in a row. Nearly 780 million
pounds of seafood, powered by Alaska pollock, were offloaded
at the Dutch Harbor docks in 2007. - More...
Sunday - July 20, 2008
Seeing Red Flags as Congress Retools Rules; & Hosing off
recreational or fishing boats could be subject to EPA regulation
and permitting By LAINE WELCH - Fishermen are seeing red
flags as Congress retools the rules that will govern the U.S.
Coast Guard through 2012. - More...
Monday - July 14, 2008
say high fuel costs forcing them out of business By Laine
Welch - Alaska fishermen are hoping to catch tax breaks on two
fronts: high fuel costs, and oil spill payouts (if any) from
Exxon. - More...
Monday - July 07, 2008
and frustration expressed over Supreme Court's Exxon decision
By MAGGIE WALL - Kodiak fishermen woke Wednesday to a raining,
howling storm outside. Ends up it was the perfect background
for the howling storm of anger and frustration that would be
expressed over the U.S. Supreme Court's Exxon decision. - More...
Saturday - June 28, 2008
unwanted visitors By LAINE WELCH - Atlantic salmon no longer
top Alaska's list of unwanted visitors. - More...
Sunday - June 08, 2008
care coverage for fishing families could stall - An innovative
new plan to provide health care coverage for fishing families
could stall due to the sudden illness of Senator Ted Kennedy.
Sunday - May 25, 2008
communities hurting from high fuel costs - A petition is
circulating through Alaska's fishing communities in hopes of
catching some breaks at the fuel pump. The price of diesel fuel
has topped $5 a gallon in several Alaska ports and in many cases,
the price of fish is simply not enough to cover the costs of
tying loose. - More...
Friday - May 16, 2008
spring kings pulled from Stikine River - Salmon fishermen are
already pulling the first spring kings from the Stikine River
near Wrangell amidst little fan fare. All the headlines and hubbub
await the 'official' start of Alaska's 2008 salmon season this
week when reds and kings return to Copper River. - More...
Monday - May 12, 2008
new project to collect labor data - It's hard to account
for a work force if you don't know who or where it is. - More...
Monday - May 5, 2008
'R' Us! - The 2008 Alaska legislative session might be a
(near) wrap, but several new "fish laws" are still
moving at a good clip through Congress. - More...
Sunday - April 27, 2008
fuel prices idles fleet - High fuel prices have idled 20
percent of Kodiak's trawl fleet - and hundreds of local seafood
workers. - More...
Friday - April 18, 2008
salmon crunch By LAINE WELCH - Chinook salmon lovers will
face huge shortages due to big cut backs in catches. West Coast
fisheries have been called off; and, driven by abundance based
dictates of the U.S./Canada Pacific Salmon Treaty, chinook catches
in Southeast Alaska will be cut in half to just 170,000 fish.
Southeast hatcheries will add an additional 20,000-40,000 kings
to the harvest.- More...
Monday - April 14, 2008
of the Fleet' - The 'graying of the fleet' has been at the
forefront in meetings around Alaska, where stakeholders strategize
ways to secure future generations of Alaskan fishermen. - More...
Monday - April 07, 2008
launches assault against U.S. seafood retailers - Greenpeace
is launching an assault against U.S. seafood retailers - and
Alaska pollock tops the list of fish the environmental group
wants removed from the marketplace. Alaska pollock is the largest
food fishery in the world, and is regarded as a model for sustainable
management. Pollock is most popular in fish sandwiches, fish
sticks and seafood flavored surimi products such as 'seafood
salad." - More...
Tuesday PM - April 01, 2008
closure of West Coast fisheries could boost Alaska salmon
- Alaska salmon could get a boost if West Coast fisheries are
called off this summer. Federal managers will decide next month
if salmon fisheries in Oregon and California should be shut down
completely. Washington might dodge the bullet, but that remains
to be seen. It would mark the first time ever that the traditional
salmon season - which runs from April through mid-November -
was canceled. - More...
Monday - March 17, 2008
season gets underway; Dock prices devalue salmon fishery, Pink
salmon medevacs & more... - Alaska halibut fishermen
are likely to fetch high prices again as the season gets underway
on March 8. - More...
Sunday - March 09, 2008
To Debate Fisheries By LAINE WELCH - It takes guts to talk
fish - but five candidates hoping to snag Alaska's lone seat
in the U.S. House of Representatives will take on the challenge
next month in Kodiak. - More...
Wednesday - February 27, 2008
Sea snow crab could foil market, Deadliest Catch?, & Labels
are misleading By LAINE WELCH - It's an invasive species
problem that Alaska would love to have. Millions of snow crab
are on the march in the Barents Sea and no one knows how they
got there or what to do with them - yet. - More...
Sunday PM - February 10, 2008
day for seafood sales, Laws' tells all , Clones coming, &
Grant give aways By LAINE WELCH - This week will mark
the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, a time of fasting and soul
searching for hundreds of millions of Christians around the world.
Sunday - February 03, 2008
fisheries and related jobs big losers if $7M in federal funding
cut By Laine Welch - Alaska fisheries and related jobs from
Ketchikan to the Yukon will be big losers if more than $7 million
in federal funding is cut by Congress. - More...
Friday - January 25, 2008
Alaska halibut catch limit set; Fish futures; & Seafood fete
By LAINE WELCH - As expected, less halibut will be crossing the
Alaska docks this year. The International Pacific Halibut Commission
last week followed the recommendations of its scientists and
set a lower Alaska catch limit at just over 50 million pounds,
a drop of two million pounds from 2007. - More...
Tuesday - January 22, 2008
share program, Fish and the Farm Bill, and Halibut catches comin'
up By LAINE WELCH - Bering Sea crabbers who came up empty
in the new quota share program will soon have a chance to own
some of the catch.- More...
Monday - January 14, 2008
largest fisheries get underway in winter - Because salmon
is at the heart of Alaska's fisheries, many people regard summer
as "the fishing season." - More...
Tuesday PM - January 08, 2008
industry highlights from 2007 By LAINE WELCH - Looking back
at past 'fish retrospectives' I found it striking that the same
introduction written five years ago still applies today: - More...
Monday - December 31, 2007
from the sea By LAINE WELCH - At this time of gift giving,
let's not overlook the gifts from the sea. - More...
Monday AM - December 24, 2007
a sigh of relief, Crabbers want more and Fish skin fashions
By LAINE WELCH - Fishermen are breathing a sigh of relief, knowing
that the latest sea lion counts won't force more fishing closures
- at least for the near future. - More...
Monday AM - December 17, 2007
prices for halibut, Favorite fish folks, Fish Watch By LAINE
WELCH - Buyers will likely be paying higher prices for halibut
next year if proposed cuts get the nod from fish managers. -
Monday AM - December 10, 2007
Magic bullet, Money time! and Pay up
time ... By
LAINE WELCH - Fishermen believe they have a magic bullet to help
turn Bristol Bay sockeye salmon into a more profitable fishery.
It's called ice. - More...
Monday AM - December 03, 2007
seafood item earns eco-distinction, Go Argo!, and Maggot mix
makes fish meal By LAINE WELCH - Green Hot Alaska Pollock
Roe by Trident Seafoods is the latest product to merit an eco-label
by the international Marine Stewardship Council. The roe item,
set to hit supermarket shelves throughout Japan, also marks an
amazing milestone - it is the 1,000th seafood item to earn that
eco-distinction. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 27, 2007
cash, Bye to 'but, Famous salmon becomes compost, & Smart
Gear winners - Alaska fishermen could be getting some
nice retro payments for their 2007 salmon catches. The prices
advanced this summer at the docks were for the most part disappointing,
but fishermen who receive bonuses based on salmon sales should
soon see some extra cash. - More...
Monday AM - November 19, 2007
biggest food bill leaves America's fishermen off list By
LAINE WELCH - America's fishermen are getting the brush off from
federal lawmakers as they retool the nation's biggest food bill.
Monday AM - November 12, 2007
salmon price and permit values ticking upwards by LAINE WELCH
- Alaska salmon permit values are ticking upwards, along with
the price of fish. - More...
Monday AM - November 05, 2007
3's, Selenium nixes mercury scares & Slurp and learn
By LAINE WELCH - Two terms have become tops in the English vocabulary
and both benefit Alaska seafood. - More...
Tuesday AM - October 30, 2007
Supreme court decides today if it will hear Exxon's final appeal - Today, thousands of Alaska fishermen will know if they
are going to be getting checks in the mail from Exxon. - More...
Monday AM - October 29, 2007
seafood a better deal when dollar is down By LAINE WELCH
- A nosedive in the value of the U.S. dollar has Canadians streaming
across the border to shop at American malls and supermarkets.
The same shopping interest holds true for customers of Alaska
seafood, who are finding good bargains at current exchange rates.
Wednesday - October 24, 2007
modern, multi-use marine facility; Man overboard!; and Seafood
Month By LAINE WELCH - An ultra modern, multi-use marine
facility will soon bring a new way of doing business to Dutch
Harbor. - More...
Sunday - October 07, 2007
are first line of defense for detecting water toxins - anaries
are credited with alerting coal miners when their air is becoming
unsafe. Can you guess what sea creatures provide the same service
with our nation's waters? - More...
Wednesday AM - October 03, 2007
some class, Final link and Foods less traveled - Congress
is retooling the U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act, and proposed
changes could drastically affect commercial fishing operations.
Monday PM - September 24, 2007
continues to defy market expectations By LAINE WELCH - "They're
in the nose bleed range," is how one industry expert described
the high prices for Alaska halibut. - More...
Monday - September 17, 2007
salmon harvest already one for the record books - Catches
are still trickling in but Alaska's 2007 salmon harvest is already
one for the record books. - More...
Monday AM - September 10, 2007
Catch' show boosts crab industry - It comes as a surprise
to learn that some of Alaska's most popular seafoods are 'small
fish in a big pond' when it comes to supermarket shelves. - More...
Tuesday AM - September 04, 2007
caught fish are not likely to get the organic nod By LAINE
WELCH - What comes to mind when you hear the word 'organic'?
Most Americans say it's foods that contain no additives or chemicals,
grown only with the help of nature. - More...
Saturday - August 25, 2007
fish in nation's school lunch programs By LAINE WELCH - Getting
fish into the nation's school lunch program is tough enough -
making sure it is top quality and tasty is an even bigger challenge.
A few Alaska schools and seafood companies are showing the rest
of America how it's done. - More...
Tuesday - August 21, 2007
it comes from Alaska... By LAINE WELCH - Sarah Palin could
soon be the "poster-gov" of Alaska seafood on national
TV. - More....
Saturday - August 11, 2007
Wild', Dredge drag & Crab boat to show boat By LAINE
WELCH - 'Alaska Wild' is the now the official name of salmon
sandwiches being served by an expanded number of Subway restaurants
throughout the state. - More...
Saturday - August 04, 2007
young Alaskans for Careers in Fisheries and Marine Science
- A movement is afoot among Alaska educators and agencies to
connect more young people from rural regions with careers in
fisheries science and management. - More...
Monday - July 30, 2007
industry workforce stats, Grant give aways, and Permit surprise!
By LAINE WELCH - What is the average age of Alaska commercial
fishermen? 47.1 years, compared to 38.3 for other state industries.
Saturday - July 21, 2007
Harbor/Unalaska nation's #1 port for seafood deliveries for 18th
year; Ketchikan's deliveries drop by more than half - Dutch
Harbor/Unalaska broke its own record for seafood landings last
year, and held onto its ranking as the nation's #1 port for the
18th year in a row. - More...
Friday - July 13, 2007
processing workers needed in coastal communities - Hundreds
of seafood processing workers are still needed in coastal communities
all across Alaska. Most of the jobs are entry level but many
demand skills that go far beyond the slime line. - More....
Friday - July 06, 2007
industry insiders predict a bright future - Increasing worldwide
demand combined with higher seafood prices has boosted the bottom
line of major suppliers. Industry insiders predict a bright future,
saying seafood companies are more efficient, better capitalized
and more liquid than five to 10 years ago. - More....
Monday - June 25, 2007
salmon fishermen now officially classified as agricultural producers
- Alaska salmon fishermen are now officially classified by
the federal government as agricultural producers. As 'farmers
of the sea,' they can be included in various programs under the
US Dept. of Agriculture's Farm Bill, The bill is revised every
five years and policies established in this latest version will
last through 2012. With a budget of nearly $95 billion the USDA
is the nations' premier food agency, and as the many measures
in the Farm Bill are tweaked this year by Congress, fishermen
need to make sure their ideas and needs are included. - More...
Friday PM - June 15, 2007
prices start out higher than ever before - It used to be
that Alaska halibut prices would plummet when summer salmon fisheries
got underway - but that's not the case anymore. - More...
Saturday - June 09, 2007
miles" track how far food travels to reach consumer -
As people around the world ponder ways to protect our planet
from the impacts of global warming, "food miles" are
being used as a measure of how far food travels before it reaches
the consumer. The logic is the fewer miles foods are transported
the less fuel is used, thereby reducing the "carbon footprint"
on the environment. - More...
Sunday - June 03, 2007
tracks fish from deck to dinner plate By LAINE WELCH - Contaminants
and chemicals... antibiotics and additives... growth hormones
and genetic modifications - if "you are what you eat, "
headlines connecting these phrases with foods have people more
concerned than ever about what they are putting into their mouths.
Monday - May 28, 2007
fishermen hope to end more appeals by Exxon - Alaska fishermen
are taking their message to the streets of San Francisco in hopes
of putting an end to more appeals cases by Exxon. It is up to
the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to decide if
Exxon merits another day in court to contest a $2.5 billion punitive
damages award ruled in December. The money is compensation for
fishermen's losses stemming from the 1989 oil spill, when a drunken
skipper ran the Exxon Valdez tanker aground on a well
marked reef, spilling 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William
Sound. - More....
Tuesday - May 22, 2007
salmon season is officially underway - Alaska's 2007 salmon
season is officially underway and it promises to be another good
one. The statewide catch is projected to come in at 171 million
fish, up more than 21 percent from the 2006 season. The fish
will go to an expanding mix of global markets that have a growing
appreciation for the superior taste and health benefits of wild
salmon. - More...
Tuesday AM - May 15, 2007
law would protect deckhands from unscrupulous skippers -
Deckhands will no longer be able to get stiffed by unscrupulous
skippers if a new law gets the nod from Alaska lawmakers. - More...
Saturday - May 05, 2007
Salmon Season, Poll Peek and Mermaid Day- Alaska's 2007 salmon
season officially gets underway in May and major processors say
they can handle the projected salmon runs, with a few possible
exceptions. - More...
Monday - April 30, 2007
push to expand aquaculture By LAINE WELCH - Offshore fish
farms could be down in the deep within two years if legislation
authorizing the new industry gets the go ahead from Congress
- and according to industry insiders, it is expected to pass
easily. - More...
Saturday - April 21, 2007
superstitions, Fast Catamaran, and Workers wanted By LAINE
WELCH - Since 1991 this weekly column has been written on Friday
and this week it happened to occur on April 13th. Friday the
13th --what better time to search out sea going superstitions!
Saturday - April 14, 2007
grown fishes, Salmon sales slip, Funds for injured fishermen
By LAINE WELCH - Don't ever refer to it as farming - but home
grown fishes are the Alaska's largest agricultural crop. Instead,
call it 'ocean ranching.' - More...
Tuesday - April 10, 2007
blogs, fish watch & more... - Twenty two Bristol
Bay salmon fishermen are vying for seven seats on the region's
new Regional Seafood Development Association, which many claim
will "give fishermen control over their destiny." The
region's approximately 1,000 set netters voted against participating
in the new association, at least for now. - More...
Monday - April 02, 2007
counts on shellfish By LAINE WELCH - Construction is set
to begin this summer on the Oceans Alaska Marine Science Center
near Ketchikan. The new non profit was created last year when
the state and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough donated 28 acres
to build the facility, which aims to be the hub for building
a global shellfish industry for Alaska shellfish. - More...
Sunday AM - March 25, 2007
abundance and behavior of fish stock changing - Global warming
is changing the distribution, abundance and behavior of important
fish stocks, and it is occurring faster at northern latitudes.
In recent years, fishermen and researchers have reported that
Bering Sea boats must search farther north for pollock, and snow
crab stocks are also on a steady march to colder waters. - More...
Monday AM - March 19, 2007
solar powered samon fishery soon to go into operation By
LAINE WELCH - The first ever solar powered salmon fishery will
be operating this summer at Lummi Island, home to the world's
only remaining reefnet fishery. It's located at the northeast
tip of the San Juan archipelago in Washington, near Bellingham.
Monday AM - March 12, 2007
Halibut Prices Raise Eyebrows - Prices paid for halibut prior
to the March 10 start of the fishing season have raised eyebrows
among both buyers and fishermen. - More...
Sunday - March 04, 2007
of Alaska's Seafood Harvesting Labor Data Could Be Improved -
Alaska's seafood industry provides more jobs than oil and gas,
mining, agriculture and forestry combined. However, a lack of
harvesting labor data means there is no way to realistically
estimate the number of crew members who work in any given community
or census area.- More...
Sunday AM - February 25, 2007
Lawmakers Say 'No Way' to Hefty WA Shipping Tax - Alaska
lawmakers and the seafood industry are saying 'no way' to Washington
senators who aim to put a hefty new tax on shipping containers.
Monday - February 19, 2007
"score card" for the 2006 salmon fishery ready for
release By LAINE WELCH - Industry watchers will soon have
a more complete picture of how Alaska salmon is playing out in
world markets. The state Dept. of Revenue is expected to release
its annual "score card" for the 2006 salmon fishery
any day. - More...
Tuesday Pm - February 12, 2007
17th Year, Alaska fishing port #1 for seafood landings By LAINE WELCH - For the 17th year in a row, Dutch Harbor
remained the nation's #1 fishing port for seafood landings. The
(belated) annual report just released by NOAA Fisheries showed
that commercial fishermen offloaded 887.6 million pounds of fish
and shellfish at Dutch Harbor in 2005, the latest figures available.
The catch represents a 1.2 million pound increase from the previous
year. - More...
Saturday AM - February 03, 2007
Addresses Slate of Fish Issues At Annual Meeting By LAINE
WELCH - Citing concerns that "fish and minerals don't mix,"
the United Fishermen of Alaska this week voted unanimously to
oppose the Pebble Mine project being proposed near Bristol Bay.
Pebble would be the largest open pit copper and gold mine in
North America. - More...
Friday PM - January 26, 2007
will see a reduced take of Pacific halibut - Pacific halibut
will make it to market a bit later this year, there will be less
of it, and bag limits will cut charter boat catches by half.
Monday - January 22, 2007
makers charge forward with plans to expand U.S. aquaculture
- Like it or not, policy makers are charging forward with plans
to expand U.S. aquaculture output five fold by 2020. Last week
the Marine Aquaculture Task Force unveiled recommendations to
help guide development of the new industry, which will let offshore
fish farmers lay claim to vast parcels of the sea. - More...
Saturday - January 13, 2007
isn't Alaska's only "fishing season"- Salmon will
always be the heart of Alaska's fisheries, and that is why many
people think of summer as "the fishing season." - More..
Saturday PM - January 06, 2007
Alaska Fish Picks & Highlights - Commercial fishing in
Alaska remains a vibrant industry that is the envy of other countries
around the world. Managers and industry stakeholders are protective
stewards of Alaska's robust marine resources - especially while
the fisheries are being retooled to conform to the tough realities
of changing times. - More...
Sunday - December 31, 2006
crab fishery will be in full swing by mid-January - With
almost no snow crab carry-overs in the nation's freezers and
crimped catch quotas in competing countries, Bering Sea crabbers
are hoping for a bigger paycheck for Alaska's largest crab fishery.
The 2007 season will be in full swing by mid-January, and while
most crab markets are feeling the pinch of over supply, that's
not the case for snow crab. - More...
Monday - December 18, 2006
Catches In SE Could Drop in 2007 - Halibut catches in Southeast
could drop by 29 percent next year, while harvesters in other
regions might enjoy a bit of a boost. Biologists with the International
Pacific Halibut Commission are recommending a 2007 coast-wide
catch of 66.56 half million pounds, which includes California,
Oregon, Washington, B.C. and Alaska. That's down from a catch
limit of 69.86 million pounds this year. - More...
Saturday - December 09, 2006
Pull up last pots, ASMI takes aim at organic, & Jellyfish
cookies... By LAINE WELCH - Crabbers are pulling up their
last pots as the red king crab fishery at Bristol Bay draws to
a close. By all accounts, the industry deserves high praise for
the way in which participants worked together this season to
stop the unsavory practice of high grading, or sorting out less
valuable crabs with darkened or barnacle covered shells. - More...
Saturday - December 02, 2006
mission is to get them in and out By MAGGIE WALL - What is
it about the cold Arctic regions that resonates so much with
us here in Alaska? We could move somewhere warmer, but we stay
here and even fantasize about going to someplace colder and whiter-the
Antarctic. - More...
Monday - November 27, 2006
on fisheries management and other marine issues sought By
LAINE WELCH - It seems likely that Alaskans have more opportunity
to give their two cents about fisheries management and other
marine issues than any other people in the world. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 21, 2006
markets, sealion counts, & fish vs. global warming... By LAINE WELCH - It used to be that the Alaska salmon industry
was criticized for "putting all its eggs into one basket,"
meaning, selling all of its big money fish - sockeye - to one
customer, Japan. - More...
Monday - October 30, 2006
of its kind fish refuge proposed By Laine Welch - A first
of its kind fish refuge is being proposed to state policy makers
as a way to protect fish habitat in headwaters of Bristol Bay.
It includes lower and upper Talarik Creek and the Koktuli River,
waters that are adjacent to the site of the open pit gold and
copper mine being proposed by Northern Dynasty of Canada. - More...
Friday - October 20, 2006
fishing season lasts into the winter By LAINE WELCH - It's
amazing how many people think Alaska's fisheries end when salmon
season is over. In fact, October launches a whole line of fishing
seasons that last long into the winter. - More...
Monday AM - October 16, 2006
Alaska's salmon catches to top $300 million By LAINE WELCH
- Headlines so far have heralded how Alaska's salmon catches
will come up short for the 2006 season. The statewide harvest
for all species is projected "at best" to approach
140 million salmon, down 37 percent from last year's record haul
of 221 million fish. Regardless, the fishery should ring in at
a respectable $304 million at the docks, compared to $334 million
last year. - More...
Monday - October 09, 2006
consumers are eating more fish By Maggie Wall - October is
a great month for seafood lovers. It's National Seafood Month
so expect your favorite consumer magazines to be running lots
of snippets on the glories of seafood along with tempting recipes
to help celebrate the month. - More...
Monday - October 02, 2006
brokers, Busting belly fat with brown seaweed & more... By
LAINE WELCH - Rob George has had a long love affair with king
crab and he is sharing it in an unconventional way. George is
co-owner of the Anchorage-based Crab Broker, Inc. which sells
all kinds of crab from around the world. But his specialty is
fresh cooked Alaska king crab. - More...
Monday PM - September 25, 2006
reliable word yet on value of Alaska's 2006 salmon harvest -
There are still a few stragglers out on the grounds, but by now
most salmon fishermen have stowed their gear until next season.
While catch numbers are still being calculated, it's clear that
Alaska's 2006 salmon harvest will fall short of expectations.
Managers predicted that the 2006 harvest for all species would
be 160 million fish (well below last year's record catch of 221
million salmon), but the reality will add up to far less. - More...
Monday - September 18, 2006
Sea Lions: How much would you be willing to pay? - How much
do Americans living in say, Iowa, care about endangered populations
of Steller sea lions in Alaska - and how much would they be willing
to pay, perhaps in higher taxes, to protect them? A survey by
federal fisheries economists aims to find out, and it could be
used to help shape future protective measures for the marine
mammals. - More...
Friday - September 15, 2006
blog buzz - Just about anyone who follows fish news on the
Internet now turns daily to the Alaska Report, a web site by
techno whiz Dennis Zaki of Juneau. The former Hotel Captain Cook
chef, who now makes his living with a booming web design business,
ventured into the fish news front about six months ago. - More...
Wednesday - September 06, 2006
industry fed up with being pinched - Alaska's Bering Sea
crab industry is fed up with being pinched by Russian poachers
who are flooding U.S. markets with illegally caught king crab
from the Barents Sea. Industry leaders are joining international
efforts to crackdown on the illegal fishing, and also are asking
for help from Congress. - More...
Tuesday - September 05, 2006
seafoods becoming a popular favorite By LAINE WELCH - Frozen
seafoods are becoming a popular favorite for America's health
conscious, time crunched families. According to the market research
publication Packaged Facts, nearly half of the nation's
110 million households now eat frozen fish and shellfish, and
frozen has become the fastest growing industry sector since 2000.
Wednesday - August 30, 2006
interest in canned pinks growing fast - World food aid
programs can be huge customers for our nation's home grown commodities,
but until recently canned Alaska salmon wasn't even included
on the shopping list. One year ago a single ton of canned Alaska
pink salmon had made its way into global food programs. Today
that number has jumped to 1,400 tons in shipments to Cambodia,
Guatemala and Guinea and international interest in canned
pinks is growing fast. - More...
Monday PM - August 21, 2006
seafood a favorite in Great American Seafood Cook Off - The
Great American Seafood Cook Off is designed to feature local
specialties from across the nation, but Alaska seafood is a favorite
in every state. That was the response of the 20 chefs who competed
in last week's event in New Orleans. - More...
Wednesday AM - August 16, 2006
has what it takes to create more seafood offerings - Food
scientists from the mid-west believe the time is right for customers
to accept salmon-based baby foods. Two leading researchers from
the University of Illinois/College of Agricultural, Consumer
and Environmental Sciences recently visited several Alaska processing
plants in Kodiak and Seward. Both have backgrounds in the meat
industry, and they were amazed and impressed with seafood production
and procedures. - More...
Monday AM - August 07, 2006
handling practices, a reality check - A statewide "reality
check" has been occurring every five years since 1991 to
monitor salmon handling practices among Alaska harvesters, processors
and tender operators. The project, which includes surveys and
extensive site visits, reveals some interesting attitudes and
trends. - More....
Monday - July 31, 2006
Crab Season Officially Underway August 15th - Alaska's crab
season in the Bering Sea will officially get underway with the
August 15 start of the golden king crab fishery. Just 14 crabbers
own rights to that deep water fishery under the new quota share
system that began last year, although only eight boats usually
participate. Golden king crab, which is slightly smaller than
red kings and has a more delicate, sweet flavor, is one of Alaska's
most stable stocks and for years has maintained a catch of 5.7
million pounds. - More...
Monday PM - July 24, 2006
making sure they are included in groundfish quota share program
- Access without ownership is at the core of a novel plan that
Alaska fishermen will present to fishery managers later this
year. - More...
Monday - July 17, 2006
Wild Seafood Star Attraction of NY Media Road Show - Alaska's
wild seafood will be a star attraction when more than 50 travel/tourism
businesses make local pitches at the fast paced Media Road Show
in New York City. - More...
Monday - July 10, 2006
to get seafood into the mouths school kids - Alaska's
pollock producers are leading the charge to get more seafood
into the mouths of America's school kids. And they're out to
prove that children will choose fish items from lunch menus if
they are tasty and appealing. - More...
Monday - July 03, 2006
to buying fish is deciphering seafood lingo By MAGGIE WALL
- When you buy fish at the market - and I do hope you buy lots
of Alaska fish products - you may notice unfamiliar words and
numbers on the package. Deciphering those fish hieroglyphics
is the key to getting the best buy and the best product for your
particular use. - More....
Sunday - June 25, 2006
COD & SEAFOOD TRENDS By MAGGIE WALL - It used to be that
halibut prices would drop each summer when other fisheries got
underway. But no longer - prices for halibut started off in early
March well over three dollars a pound in most ports - and there
they've remained. - More...
Monday - June 19, 2006
of emotion centers around Gulf of Alaska rationalization - "Gulf Ratz" wasn't even on the overloaded agenda
for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's June meeting
in Kodiak. But in an unprecedented attempt to "hear what
you like and don't like about what the council is up to,"
more than one full day was set aside last week to allow people
to have their say on one of Alaska's most controversial fish
issues. - More...
Monday - June 12, 2006
baby food, an idea whose time has come? - Cruise the baby
food aisles of any American supermarket and you'll see jars of
beef, chicken, lamb, eggs - every kind of protein except fish.
That could soon change if an initiative by Alaska food scientists
and the seafood industry is successful. - More...
Sunday - June 04, 2006
out Copper River... Watch out Copper River here comes
That's the rallying cry of
a small but passionate group that is intent on creating the kind
of excitement for Kodiak salmon that Cordova has cornered for
its famous Copper River fish. - More...
Friday - May 26, 2006
salmon fishery at Bristol Bay votes to tax themselves By
LAINE WELCH - With a tally of 410 'yeas' and 297 'nays', fishermen
from Alaska's largest salmon fishery at Bristol Bay voted to
tax themselves to fund their own regional marketing group. -
Monday - May 22, 2006
rationalization program's first report troubling By LAINE
WELCH - By design, the slower pace of a "rationalized"
fishery is supposed to help preserve and protect the stocks.
But that was not the case for the first fishery that operated
under the new Bering Sea crab plan. - More...
Monday - May 15, 2006
crab from the laboratory to the wild By LAINE WELCH - Batches
of baby king crab could soon be growing in Kodiak Island waters,
and scientists will be carefully nurturing their growth and progress.
Tuesday AM - May 09, 2006
salmon shifts slowly towards pricier product forms - Alaska
salmon is making a slow but steady shift towards pricier product
Canned salmon, primarily pinks
and sockeye (reds), will always be an important component of
each year's catch, but it's the lowest valued commodity. In recent
years, more of the fish are being frozen as well as going into
the fresh market. - More...
Monday - May 01, 2006
halibut gets MSC's stamp of approval -
After a three year
wait, Pacific halibut has finally gotten the stamp of approval
by the international Marine Stewardship Council. It means that
halibut can now boast the coveted blue MSC logo in world markets,
telling customers that it comes from a fishery that is well managed
and friendly to the environment. So far, only 15 fisheries from
around the world have merited the MSC label. - More...
Tuesday - April 25, 2006
Measure Would Provide Affordable Health Insurance For Fishermen
By Laine Welch - Fishermen and their families could soon have
access to affordable health insurance if a proposed measure gets
the nod from Congress. - More...
Wednesday - April 19, 2006
Participate in International Smart Gear Competition - Fishermen
from around the world appear more interested than ever in sharing
ways to become more selective with their fishing gear. - More...
Wednesday - April 12, 2006
foremost crab scientists share home grown crab findings -
People are already growing crops of king crab in several countries
around the world. But tracking how well the home grown crabs
might survive in the wild remains one of the biggest mysteries.
That was just one of the fascinating findings shared by the world's
foremost crab scientists future at a first of its kind gathering
two weeks ago in Kodiak. - More...
Monday - April 03, 2006
economy sees more than $5 billion return on ADFG's budget
- Anyone interested in the values of some of Alaska's most important
industries will find answers from a snazzy presentation that's
making the rounds in Juneau. - More...
Saturday - March 25, 2006
crab catches double; prices creeping upward - Catches of
snow crab have doubled recently in pots being pulled from the
Bering Sea, and prices are also creeping upward. - More...
Saturday - March 11, 2006
halibut fishery starts - Sunday marked the start of Alaska's
halibut fishery and fresh fish was on its way to eager buyers
by Monday night. Managers selected the March 5 start date so
the fish could be on supermarket shelves early in the week; it
also coincides with the beginning of Lent. - More...
Monday - March 06, 2006
crops of king crab? - Can crops of king crab be grown in
Alaska? That question will be tackled by the world's foremost
crab scientists when they gather next month in Kodiak. - More...
Monday - February 27, 2006
in commercial salmon catches projected By LAINE WELCH - State
fishery managers are projecting a significant decline in commercial
salmon catches this year. The 2006 harvest for all species is
pegged at 160 million fish, well below last year's record catch
of 221 million salmon. That harvest topped the previous record
of 218 million fish set in 1995. At a glance, look for drops
in this year's pink and sockeye salmon harvests compared to the
2005 season, a slight increase for chinook, similar catches for
coho salmon, and higher chum harvests due to increasing runs
in Western Alaska. -
Monday AM - February 20, 2006
Fishermen's Wheel of Fortune By LAINE WELCH - Wheel of Fortune
may take on a whole new meaning for Alaska fishermen. Federal
managers are set to decide in April if small lots of halibut
quota shares will be made available to crewmembers by a lottery
system. - More...
Wednesday - February 15, 2006
Symphony of Seafood - Yukon king salmon from two small companies
in tiny, far away Alaska villages were the favorites at the Symphony
of Seafood event last weekend in Anchorage. - More...
Monday - February 06, 2006
date for halibut announced - Halibut fishermen will hit the
water on March 5 this year - a Sunday opening date that will
get the fish to market early during the first week of Lent. Harvesters
will also take home a slightly lower catch during the halibut
fishery which will last through mid-November. - More...
Monday - January 23, 2006
do fishermen make risky decisions? - How do fishermen make
risky decisions out on the water? Researchers are hoping Alaska
halibut skippers will help them find out. - More...
Monday AM - January 16, 2006
Fisheries Changes Can Affect Whole Communities By LAINE WELCH
- The Bering Sea crab fishery, now newly operating under a quota
share plan, has been in place for just a few months, starting
in August with golden king crab along the Aleutian chain, followed
in mid- October by the red king crab fishery at Bristol Bay.
As intended, the "rationalization" program (referred
to as crab ratz) has ended the race for fish. At the same time,
it has changed the traditional pace, pricing and patterns of
the crab fisheries, and drastically reduced the number of players.
Monday PM - January 09, 2006
Industry Highlights from 2005 - Going into the New Year,
commercial fishing in Alaska remains a vibrant industry that
is the envy of every other fish producing country in the world.
Alaska's fisheries abundance is guarded with protective zeal
by those entrusted with its care, and its management is regarded
as a model for conservation and sustainability. The robust
stocks will continue to provide a solid foundation far into the
future - even as Alaska's fisheries are being retooled to conform
to the tough realities of changing times. - More...
Monday AM - January 02, 2006
Brings Glimpse of New Crab Management Results - As the year
draws to a close, it gives us a first glimpse at how the crab
rationalization plan is starting to play out in the Bering Sea.
The new management system began this fall with golden king crab
in mid-August, followed by red king crab and snow crab on October
15. - More...
Tuesday - December 27, 2005
Candidates Better Start Boning Up On Fish - Invitations are
going out this week to all those who have so far thrown their
hats into the 2006 gubernatorial ring. The candidates are being
invited to come to Kodiak in mid-March to participate in the
popular "goober debate," which has been held every
four years since 1990 as part of the ComFish trade show. - More...
Sunday - December 18, 2005
Halibut catches could drop in 2006 - Halibut catches could
drop by about five percent next year if fishery managers follow
the recommendations of their scientific advisors. Staff for the
International Pacific Halibut Commission, which sets halibut
harvest levels for fisheries in British Columbia, Washington,
Oregon, California, Oregon and Alaska, is recommending a 2006
coast wide catch of 69.86 million pounds, down from 73.82 million
pounds this year. For Alaska, which always claims the lion's
share of the halibut haul, that would mean a statewide drop of
about 1.7 million pounds - from 56.97 million pounds in 2005
to 55.26 million pounds next year. IPHC staff said the lower
numbers reflect population declines and lack of recruitment in
some areas of Alaska. Following are the recommendations for Alaska:
Monday - December 12, 2005
International Smart Gear Competition Begins - Alaska might
boast the world's most abundant and best managed fisheries, but
it was glaringly absent last year when it came to offering good
ideas for cleaner fishing. The World Wildlife Fund hopes to lure
Alaskans as well as others from around the world to participate
in its second International Smart Gear competition which began
recently. The best idea will net the winner $25,000; two
runners up each will receive $5,000 cash prizes. - More...
Monday - December 05, 2005
Gifts From the Sea - Almost everyone knows that eating fish
is good for your health. But there's so much more to seafood
than just putting it in your mouth. At this time of giving thanks,
let us appreciate the many amazing gifts from the sea. - More...
Monday - November 28, 2005
plant will shuck and show oysters - Visitors to the Homer
Spit will soon learn a lot about local oysters, and have a chance
to slurp a few. - More...
Monday - November 21, 2005
Eating More Seafood - Americans are eating more seafood than
ever before - and they want more seafood choices at their favorite
fast food restaurants. - More...
Monday - November 14, 2005
crab detectives digging deep to find answers - King crab
detectives are digging deep to find answers to Kodiak's disappearing
More than 100 million pounds
of king crab crossed the Kodiak docks in the 1960's. The catch
dwindled to a few million pounds a year in the early 1970's,
and by 1983 the King Crab Capitol of the World was no more. Now,
crab researchers will leave no stone unturned as they try to
solve one of Alaska's most enduring fishery mysteries. - More...
Monday - November 07, 2005
Gives Thumbs Down To Plan To Dole Out DAP's For Groundfish
- United Fishermen of Alaska - now one of the nation's largest
fisheries groups - gave a big thumbs down to a plan that would
dole out DAP's for groundfish to what many feel is a privileged
few. - More...
Monday - October 31, 2005
Marines Offers Careers To Displaced Workers - Crabbers who
find themselves without jobs can avail themselves of better careers
in the merchant marine shipping industry - and get trained for
free. In fact, the opportunity is open for displaced salmon fishermen,
loggers, or almost anyone who has been run out of business by
the economics of free trade. - More...
Monday - October 24, 2005
U.S. Coast Guard Rescue" New Discovery Channel Series - Discovery Channel film crews braved crab fishing in the Bering
sea with their huge hit series "Deadliest Catch." Now
they are taking viewers along with rescue missions by the U.S.
Coast Guard - including teams from Kodiak. - More...
Monday AM - October 17, 2005
Produces Over Half Of All U.S. Seafood - October is National
Seafood Month - a distinction proclaimed by Congress 20 years
ago to recognize one of the nation's oldest and most important
industries. Nationwide, the seafood industry directly employs
more than 250,000 people and contributes roughly $62 billion
each year to the U.S. economy. -
Tuesday - October 11, 2005
Aid Concert Aids Fishing Industry Relief - Long after the
world's eye turns away from the immediate drama of devastation
caused by natural disasters, the people left behind face the
toughest task of rebuilding their lives. That reality has spawned
a long term effort by Alaska's fishing industry to help their
hurricane ravaged counterparts in the Gulf of Mexico get back
out on the water. - More...
Monday - October 03, 2005
ahead for the seafood industry - Look 20 years into the future
and here is what's ahead for the seafood industry: more "convenience"
foods in more varied forms, more outsourcing of seafood processing
to other countries, and more aquaculture competing with wild
fisheries. - More...
Thursday - September 29, 2005
and shellfish farming quest
- The new Marine Aquaculture
Task Force is on a quest to learn everything it can about one
of our nation's industries du jour: aquaculture. Farming fish
and shellfish is one of the fastest growing segments of food
production on the planet, and already accounts for one-third
of seafood consumed worldwide. The task force will make recommendations
to policy makers on national aquaculture standards in U.S. marine
waters. - More...
Monday - September 12, 2005
Alaska seafood groups rally to help counterparts - Seafood
groups all across the nation are rallying to help their counterparts
in areas ravaged by hurricane Katrina. In Alaska, efforts began
almost immediately when more than 30 major seafood processors
began donating canned and pouched products via Sea Share, the
"bycatch to food banks" network formed by Bering Sea
fishing companies in 1993. Sea Share coordinates distribution
through America's Second Harvest food bank network directly where
relief is needed most. The Sea Share companies include members
of the At-sea Processors Association, Pacific Seafood Processors
Association and others throughout Alaska and the North Pacific,
said director Tuck Donnelly. - More...
Monday - September 12, 2005
pops, winner of the best new product - An award winning
new seafood product got its inspiration from ice cream push ups,
also known as rocket pops. - More...
Tuesday - September 06, 2005
salmon season one of the best ever - Alaska's salmon harvest
has already topped 200 million fish, making it one of the best
seasons ever. And, for the third year in a row, the fishery will
show an increase in value. - More...
Friday - August 26, 2005
courses about seafood business - Making people more savvy
about the seafood business is the focus of new courses starting
this fall at the University of Alaska/Anchorage. And students
won't even have to travel to Anchorage for a semester to attend
them. Interestingly, the need for college courses that teach
the "business of seafood" prompted lively discussion
during the last legislative session. Obviously, it was not lost
on state educators. - More...
Monday - August 22, 2005
is ticking on ban on mixing zones in fish spawning streams
- Alaskans will soon know if the state intends to lift its ban
on mixing zones in fish spawning streams. - More...
Saturday - August 13, 2005
donated for sea lion research - Few people know that many
of the sea creatures residing at the Alaska Sea Life Center (ASLC)
at Seward are fed on fish that is donated by Bering Sea boats,
and delivered free of charge by Unalaska shipping companies.
Monday - August 08, 2005
cameras new addition to monitoring catches - Video cameras
are a new addition to Kodiak's trawl fleet. It is one part of
an experiment to see how well the cameras can monitor their catches,
and perhaps help relieve some of the high costs the fishermen
must pay for observer coverage. - More...
Friday - July 29, 2005
king crab harvests - Alaska's biggest king crab catch might
come from Bristol Bay, but many crab lovers are enjoying the
prized crustacean long before that fishery opens in the fall.
Sunday - July 24, 2005
is the model in how to manage a fishery - "I want to
tell the people of Alaska that they can be proud of their fishermen,
their fishery management council, and their scientists. In my
view, Alaska is the model for the rest of the country in how
to manage a fishery." -
Monday - July 18, 2005
fishermen take more maketing control over catches - More
Alaska salmon fishermen are organizing in order to take more
marketing control over their catches.
Bristol Bay has just become
the second of twelve potential Alaska regions to form a state
sanctioned marketing entity to promote its own seafood. "The
Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association has been
officially certified by the state," said acting director
Bob Waldrop. - More...
Friday - July 08, 2005
begins with biggest fish law on the books - Kodiak and Ketchikan
are preparing to roll out the red carpet as some of the most
notable names in fisheries converge on those communities later
this week. The business at hand is a big deal - what visiting
law makers hear will be used to shape U.S. fisheries policy for
years to come. - More...
Sunday - July 03, 2005
Younger Fishermen A Future - Younger fishermen will be guaranteed
a future thanks to a new program being crafted in Bristol Bay
that will keep fishing permits in the hands of local residents.
The effort stems from a unique regional, state and federal partnership
that will provide permit loans to the next generation of salmon
fishermen. - More...
Saturday - June 25, 2005
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