That’s the big question as the industry braces for the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s interim meeting this week in Seattle.
By all accounts, there appear to be lots of halibut in Alaska waters, but their unusually slow growth rates have forced catches downward for nearly a decade. Alaska’s total catch this year was about 22 million pounds.
More Alaskans are taking to the fishing life, as indicated by upward ticks in harvesting jobs for three years running.
That’s according to the November Alaska Economic Trends by the State Labor Department, which provides a look at the numbers of “boots on deck” by region and fishery.
By Laine Welch Americans remained true to their seafood favorites last year with shrimp, canned tuna and salmon topping the list of the 10 most popular seafoods. That’s according to the National Fisheries Institute, which compiles the list each year based on data from the government’s Fisheries Report. Following those top three are tilapia, Alaska […]
Keeping tabs on how many and what kinds of fish are coming over the rails is a key tool in Alaska’s highly successful fishery management programs.
For nearly four decades, that has been the job of fishery observers who track everything hauled aboard trawlers, crabbers and most other fishing vessels 50 feet and up.
by Laine Welch For the 16th year in a row, Dutch Harbor ranked as the nation’s top fishing port with 752 million pounds crossing those docks last year. The catch was valued at $214 million. The No. 2 port for landings again was Empire-Venice, La. The Aleutian Islands jumped to third place with 456 million […]
For the 16th year in a row, Dutch Harbor ranked as the nation’s top fishing port with 752 million pounds crossing those docks last year. The catch was valued at $214 million.
The No. 2 port for landings again was Empire-Venice, La. The Aleutian Islands jumped to third place with 456 million pounds, led by deliveries to Akutan, and bumped Kodiak to No. 4 with 393 million pounds landed in 2012.
The Bering Sea crab fleet was ready to head to the fishing grounds over the weekend after the government shutdown and unissued licenses stalled the Oct. 15 start of the crab season. Skippers of the 80 boats estimated the extra time tied up in Dutch Harbor cost them each $1,000 per day.
By Laine Welch As expected, Alaska’s 2013 salmon catch is one for the record books. Early tallies by state fishery managers show that fishermen caught 272 million salmon this summer, smashing the previous record of 221 salmon in 2005. The fishery was powered by a whopping catch of 219 million pinks. In terms of money, […]
Kodiak’s waterfront is bedecked with hundreds of “7 bys” as boats stack their pots and gear up for the big crab fisheries in the Bering Sea.
The Bristol Bay red king crab season is set to open Oct. 15, with a harvest of 8.6 million pounds, similar to last year.
Governor Parnell took to the statewide airwaves last Tuesday to answer questions from Alaskans on APRN’s Talk of Alaska.