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Seawatch: ‘Snowmachine’ fishery opens soon

Perhaps the strangest commercial fishery in Alaska, combining the state’s love of fishing and snowmachines, is set to open next week, but no one is… Continue reading

 

Seawatch: Tariffs affect pollock fishery

A trade decision by the Trump administration has inadvertently protected a price advantage enjoyed by Russian-caught fish sold in the United States, much of which… Continue reading

 

Seawatch: IPHC raises halibut catch limit

Correction: In the Feb. 7 Sea Watch column, the article quoted Malcom Milne. He said that some of the statements attributed to Glenn Merrill and… Continue reading

 

Seawatch: Cod fisheries move to state waters

Cod fisheries around the state are moving from federal waters to state waters as fishermen in Cook Inlet are reporting low catches and smaller fish… Continue reading

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo from January 2017. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Sea Watch: Rising carbon levels could affect salmon’s sense of smell

Rising carbon levels in the oceans may affect a salmon’s sense of smell, impairing their ability to find their home stream, according to a new… Continue reading

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo from January 2017. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Sea Watch: ADF&G releases sockeye run projections

Upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishermen may see an improvement in their catch this summer with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecasting a… Continue reading

Sea Watch: Fed shutdown affects fisheries

While federal fisheries are expected to open on time despite the on-going partial shutdown of the government, there will be effects on fisheries in Alaska.… Continue reading

Sea Watch: Seafood industry faces more uncertainty

As another year draws to a close, the seafood industry seems to be facing even more uncertainty than usual, with some groundfish stocks cratering, salmon… Continue reading

Sea Watch: Seiners propose buyback

The Southeast Alaska Seiners Association is spearheading another effort to reduce the size of the salmon fleet with another buyback, similar to the one in… Continue reading

The F/V Centurion.

Sea Watch: Study finds pollock spawning varies widelye

Federal fisheries managers are looking at a new study using an “unprecedented 32-year data series” to help understand what, if any, changes might be necessary… Continue reading

The F/V Centurion.
The F/V Centurion.

Sea Watch: Weight per effort unit drops in IPHC survey

Halibut Individual Fishing Quota holders are bracing for another drop in quotas after the International Pacific Halibut Commission laid out some grim numbers at their… Continue reading

The F/V Centurion.
The F/V Centurion.

Sea Watch: Recruitment up for Tanner crabs

Crab fishermen in Kodiak may be poised to reap the rewards of a crash in groundfish populations, as the bairdi Tanner crab fishery is set… Continue reading

The F/V Centurion.
The F/V Centurion.

Sea Watch: Small harvest was still profitable

Bigger is not always better, at least according to the preliminary summary of the 2018 Alaska salmon season. In a report issued by the McDowell… Continue reading

The F/V Centurion.
The F/V Centurion.

Seward nudges Homer out of first in halibut landings

The halibut season closed last week under stormy skies with a handful of boats making it into Homer harbor just under the wire for the… Continue reading

The F/V Centurion.

Harbor safety committee seeks representatives

The Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee is looking for stakeholder representatives to serve on the body, which seeks to provide a forum identifying, assessing, planning,… Continue reading

Seawatch: 2018 season was ‘year of the salmon’

The political fallout from Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot’s abrupt resignation and Governor Bill Walker subsequently suspending his reelection campaign led to the cancellation of the… Continue reading

Seawatch: 2018 season was ‘year of the salmon’

It has been the year of the salmon, between booms and busts, trade wars with China, battles over hatcheries, ballot initiatives and more. Catch-wise, Bristol… Continue reading

Seawatch: NPFMC changes sablefish pot regs

Beginning as early as next season, fishermen targeting sablefish with pots in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands will be able to retain legal-sized halibut,… Continue reading

Seawatch: Mixed news for crab fishermen

Crab fishermen have received mixed news about the upcoming season in the Bering Sea. Managers have set the quota for opilio crab at 27.6 million… Continue reading