October 23, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Many Alaska fishermen are likely to be involved in regulatory meetings next spring instead of being out on the water. And Alaska legislators will be distracted by hearings for hundreds of unconfirmed appointments as they tackle contentious budgets and other pressing issues.


New dates have...

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October 16, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

 Light-weight collapsible pots prevent whales from pirating pricey black cod from longline hooks and give a break to small


“Getting whaled” is so pervasive fishery managers allowed black cod (sablefish) fishermen to switch from baited lines to rigid pots in the Bering Sea...

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October 9, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

More young Alaskans are officially among the next generation of professional fishermen and ocean stewards to hail from Cordova, Haines, Homer, Ketchikan and Sitka.


The futures of eight fishermen were cemented thanks to $1.5 million in loans from a Local Fish Fund (LFF) launched in 2019...

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October 2, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Now that the 2020 pack of Alaska salmon has been caught and put up, stakeholders will get a better picture of how global prices may rise or fall.


Nearly 75% of the value of Alaska’s salmon exports is driven by sales between July and October. And right now, lower supplies of wild...

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September 25, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Some surprising results are revealed in the first of a series of briefing papers showing how Alaska’s seafood industry has been affected by the pandemic from dock to dinner plates.


The updates, compiled by the McDowell Group for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute...

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September 18, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Alaska fishermen can increase their federal trade relief funds by adding higher poundage prices for 15 fish and shellfish species. While it’s welcomed, the payouts are a band-aid on a bigger and ongoing problem.


Through December 14, fishermen can apply to the U.S. Department of...

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September 11, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Bering Sea crabbers will soon know how much they can pull up in their pots for the upcoming season that opens October 15.


This week the Crab Plan Team, advisers to state and federal fishery managers who jointly manage the fisheries, will review stock assessments and other science used to...

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September 4, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Kodiak has again scored a first debate between candidates in one of Alaska’s most high-profile political races: the U.S. Senate.

Kodiak has been hosting debates for congressional and gubernatorial hopefuls since 1999 with a single focus: Alaska’s seafood industry. 

The date and...

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August 28, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Alaska seafood processors are paying tens of millions of dollars extra to cover costs from the Covid pandemic, and most of it is coming out of pocket.


Intrafish Media provides a first, in-depth look at how costs for providing protective gear like masks and gloves, testing...

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August 21, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Snacks that are good for people and the planet now come in the form of crispy chips that are made from Bristol Bay sockeye salmon skins.


The new, flash fried snack was spawned by a Los Angeles-based company called Goodfish, which aims to “propel sustainable seafood into our...

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August 14, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

It was inaction on health care that ultimately made Dr. Al Gross of Juneau decide to challenge Republican Dan Sullivan, who is running for a second, six-year term to represent Alaska in the U.S. Senate.


Gross, who has opted for the Independent ticket, has fished his whole life,...

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August 7, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Unless you fished for salmon this summer at Bristol Bay, it’s been slim pickings for fishermen in other Alaska regions. Salmon returns have been so poor that communities already are claiming fishery disasters.


Cordova’s City Council last week unanimously passed a resolution...

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July 31, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

It got little attention from the mainstream media but seafood netted some historic firsts in the nation’s new dietary guidelines.


The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted a report in July to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services that recommends what...

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July 24, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Alaska’s seafood industry stakeholders have a four bagger chance to provide input on policy decisions that directly affect their livelihoods: trade, relief payouts for cod and salmon, Board of Fisheries meeting plans and appointees. For several, the window of opportunity is tight.



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July 17, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Most Alaskans are surprised to learn that seafood is by far Alaska’s top export, the source of the state’s largest manufacturing base and its #1 private employer.


More surprising is that those simple to find facts are not included in the official trade sheet for Alaska provided...

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July 10, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Governor Dunleavy’s controversial selections to the state Board of Fisheries (BOF) will get a legislative hearing in early fall and the call is out for public comments.


The board oversees management of the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport and personal use fisheries....

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July 3, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

The global seafood industry will experience lasting impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, including reduced demand and pricing.


That is the conclusion of the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report produced every two years by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the...

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June 26, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

The biggest red salmon run in the world is building at Bristol Bay.


Up to 50 million fish could surge into its eight river systems in coming weeks, on par with past seasons. When it’s all done, the fishery will provide nearly half the global supply of wild sockeye salmon.



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June 19, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Unexpected upheavals stemming from the coronavirus have slowed the process of getting relief payments into the hands of fishermen and communities hurt by the 2018 Gulf of Alaska cod crash.


In late February, the Secretary of Commerce cut loose $24,416,440 for affected stakeholders....

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June 12, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

All systems are go for keeping close tabs on fish and crab stocks in waters managed by the state, meaning out to three miles. While constraints from the coronavirus resulted in nearly all annual stock surveys being cut in deeper waters overseen by the federal government, it’s “closer...

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June 5, 2020 | Fish Factor by Laine Welch

Surveys of Alaska’s fish, crab and halibut stocks in the Bering Sea have been called off or reduced due to constraints and dangers posed by the coronavirus. 

In what they called an “unprecedented” move, NOAA Fisheries announced in late May that five Alaska surveys will be...

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