Seawatch

  • As salmon forecasts for 2017 continue to come in statewide, Bristol Bay is looking right on track for the most recent 10-year average, and 27 percent above the long-term mean which saw some poor returns in years as recent as 2011....

    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:22pm
  • There is hope yet for at least a limited bairdi Tanner crab fishery in the Bering Sea. The Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fishermen reports that the Board of Fisheries has placed an additional item on the agenda of its January meeting in Kodiak, proposal 278. “This proposal would potentially allow...

    Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:04am
  • With daunting problems facing the Alaska economy and its seafood industry, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute heard from fishermen and processors at their annual meeting last week. Having suffered one of the worst salmon seasons in recent history, especially the crash of several pink salmon runs...

    Wed, 11/02/2016 - 1:12pm
  • Adding to a long list of salmon fisheries that did not produce as expected in 2016, the Copper River drift gillnet fishery fell well short of expectations, in spite of above average time and effort. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game preliminary report, the notoriously dangerous Cop...

    Wed, 10/26/2016 - 9:43am
  • A mini-price war on the Homer docks turned out to be a boon for a small handful of halibut fishermen this week, with one fishermen selling his large fish, over 40 pounds, for $7.80 per pound. The lowest price on the dock was $7 straight. Halibut prices have been strong all year, but the flurry of pr...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 9:46am
  • Turmoil is roiling the Bristol Bay salmon fishery long before boats start ramming each other and running over nets. One major issue is price, which last year averaged 50 cents per pound before refrigeration and production bonuses....

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:38am
  • The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its annual Commercial Fisheries Management Report for the 2015 season in Upper Cook Inlet. While the report does extensively cover what happened in the salmon fisheries, it also covers lesser known harvests such as razor clams, smelt and herring, i...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:11am
  • Bad weather, zero state funding to prosecute the fishery, and the early arrival of the fish has thrown a bit of a wrench in to the gears of the Togiak sac roe herring fishery. “Windier than all get out,” is how area management biologist Tim Sands described current weather conditions. As of Monda...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:04am
  • As homeowners turn their thoughts to spring cleaning this time of year, harbormasters are looking at ways to remove abandoned and derelict vessels from their harbors in Alaska. Enter Cook Inletkeeper and the abandoned and derelict vessels, or ADV, program....

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 9:16am
  • Herring season is in full swing, with Sitka Sound already wrapped up, Kodiak opening April 15 and Togiak on the horizon. The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery fell far short of the quota, catching only about two-thirds of the possible harvest, as managers tried to balance catching the fish before ...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:53am

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