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Bristol Bay Bracing for a Season Like None Other

For millions of wild sockeye salmon returning to Bristol Bay in 2020 it will be the traditional journey, but for thousands of people coming to harvest and process the world's largest run of red salmon...

 

Warming Ocean Waters Indicate Winners and Losers for 2020

Groundfish, shellfish and finfish alike are swimming into an uncharted future in Alaska in 2020, in the face of warming ocean waters that are challenging the survival of some species while boosting...

 

Salmonfest 2019: Fish, Love and Music

Sunshine and good vibes flowed on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula as several thousand people descended on Salmonfest 2019, three days of fish, love and music that also serves to impress upon participants...

 

New Technology is Key to Study of Bristol Bay Red King Crab

Collaborators in an innovative research effort to track the trail of Bristol Bay red king crab are hoping that the combination of acoustic tags and an unmanned drone will give them answers to help...

 

Many Projects On the Drawing Boards at Alaska Ports

From Dutch Harbor to the Kenai Peninsula to Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska, it's tight times in the state's economy and more port projects are in the planning than construction stage in the spring mont...

 

Bering and Aleutian Fisheries

Seafood harvesters of crab and groundfish in the stormy waters of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, where average temperatures were warmer than usual, were close to or caught all of their seasonal...

 

Alaska's Third Annual Wild Salmon Day Brings Out Crowds

Hundreds of people flocked to events in nine Alaska communities on Aug.10 to chow down on barbecued wild salmon and learn more about the importance of maintaining healthy fish habitat. The events,...

 

Crab Industry Braces for News from Summer Surveys in Bering Sea

It's summer in Alaska, and with openers on the state's major crab fisheries still three months off, lucky diners at one Anchorage restaurant had a window of opportunity for entrees of fresh wild king...

 

AMCC Connects Seafood Aficionados With Harvesters

Seafood aficionado Sue Ives held up packets of fresh frozen Prince William Sound spot prawns, admiring her latest purchase from Catch 49 (Catch49.org), a program that connects consumers with...

 

Upgrades Continue at Alaska Fishing Ports

From Southeast Alaska to Bristol Bay to Dutch Harbor the process of upgrading ports continues in 2018, in an effort to make these facilities more accommodating, efficient and safer for the...

 

Processor Will Flash Freeze Bristol Bay Salmon in the Round in 2018

Two commercial fisheries veterans are renovating a former helicopter logging barge in Sitka this summer, with plans to use it as a floating processor in Bristol Bay in 2018, flash freezing up to...

 

Researchers Study Survival Odds for Alaska's Lucrative Crab Fisheries

Dynamic conditions and predators in the waters of the North Pacific Ocean notwithstanding, Alaska's lucrative commercial shellfish industry faces growing challenges from ocean acidification and...

 

Bering Sea Fisheries: Groundfish Faces Marketing Challenges

A supermarket ad in Anchorage newspapers in early March boasted of fresh cod fillets for $6.99 a pound, subject to fishing and weather conditions. The same supermarket flyer offered an assortment of...

 

University of Alaska Fills Need for Fisheries Professionals

From its campuses to broad based research in the field, the University of Alaska's College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences has for decades produced a wellspring of talent to enhance fisheries on a loc...

 

Research on Acidification Aims to Assure Crab Stocks a Future

A summer's worth of research, including some 400 bottom tows, is over, giving federal researchers the data needed to proceed with recommending crab harvest totals that will assure a sustainable crab...

 

Jury Still Out on Brexit Impact on Seafood Prices

While European Union leaders wrestle with what their economic future will be after Britain's exit, Alaska's fisheries economists are keeping a close watch, and trying to calculate how the political...

 

Alaska's Fishing Ports Spending Millions to Upgrade

From Unalaska's Dutch Harbor in the Bering Sea, to the bustling commercial fishing hubs of Southeast Alaska, millions of dollars in port upgrades are underway and in the planning stages, aided by...

 

Bering Sea Harvesters Hard at Work

Groundfish fisheries under way in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands harvested thousands of metric tons of fish through early March, with pollock vessels and Pacific cod trawl catcher vessels showing particular strength. “Fishing has been excellen...

 

New FDA Label Clarifies 'Alaska Pollock'

To be labeled "Alaska pollock" the mild flavored white fish, employed by chefs in everything from seafood salads to fish sticks and filets, must now be harvested from Alaska waters. Otherwise, says...

 

Perils of Crab Fishery Range from Poaching to Ocean Acidification

Alaska's legendary crab fisheries, as portrayed in the Discovery Channel television series "Deadliest Catch," underscore the dangers of bringing in the succulent king crab while battling the stormy,...

 

NPFMC Gears Up for Bering Sea Halibut Bycatch Decision

With Alaska's commercial halibut fishery underway, for a harvest limit of 18,474,000 pounds, federal fisheries managers are continuing to wrestle with the thorny issue of halibut caught incidentally...

 

Demise of Herring in Prince William Sound Still a Mystery

Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and millions of dollars in research, marine scientists still have no conclusions about the relationship between that environmental disaster and the demise of Pacific herring in Prince William...

 

Tailings Dam Failure Hits Fraser River Watershed, Salmon Spawning Regions

Canadian mining officials in British Columbia are investigating a tailings pond dam rupture that released an estimated 14.5 million cubic meters of mine wastes into the Fraser River watershed,...

 

Construction Efforts in Progress for Alaska's Fishing Ports

Major fishing ports and harbors critical to Alaska's economy are in the midst of designing, construction and fund sourcing in the spring of 2014, to meet needs ranging from float replacements to...

 

New Attack on Cook Inlet Setnetters

A new sportfishing group on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is proposing a ban on commercial set net fishing in areas it identifies as "urban" part of the state, including Cook Inlet. The announcement from t...

 

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