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2019 salmon season fell short in some areas

As nearly every commercial salmon fisherman in Upper Cook Inlet can tell you, the 2019 season fell far short in every department. The commercial harvest… Continue reading

 

Seawatch: Downward trend predicted for halibut

The International Pacific Halibut Commission held its interim meeting last week in Seattle and once again is predicting a downward trend for the resource, something… Continue reading

 

Seawatch: Homer regains ‘halibut capital of the world’ title

As the 2019 halibut season wrapped up on Nov. 15, Homer reclaimed its spot at the top of the ports with a total of 2.51… Continue reading

 

Seawatch: Bristol Bay salmon run forecast to be strong

Bristol Bay is looking at another substantial salmon return next season with a forecasted 48.9 million sockeye, which would allow for a potential harvest of… Continue reading

Seawatch: AI aids NOAA in fish counting

While artificial intelligence is raising alarms in many sectors of the international community, it is helping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with one of… Continue reading

Seawatch: BOF to consider proposals at Seward meeting

The Alaska Board of Fisheries is kicking off its 2019-2020 meeting schedule with Lower Cook Inlet meetings taking place Dec. 13-20 in Seward, although pre-meeting… Continue reading

Seawatch: Value-added seafood is growing market

Value-added seafood is experiencing a surge as convenience takes priority over cost, although not everyone agrees what makes a product value-added. Supermarket Perimeter reports that… Continue reading

Seawatch: Congress considering safety, climate change for fisheries

Congress is getting involved in fisheries in a couple key areas: safety and climate change. Republican Rep. Don Young is leading a bipartisan effort along… Continue reading

Seawatch: Salmon Task Force efforts falter at NPFC meeting

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council held its October meeting in Homer this month after a 36-year absence, the first since Clem Tillion’s last stint… Continue reading

Seawatch: Crabbers will see mixed bag of quotas

Bering Sea crab fishermen once again have a mixed bag of quotas to look forward to for the 2019-2020 season. The opilio snow crab quota… Continue reading

Seawatch: Late-stage chinooks not as safe as thought

Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences have made a discovery about mortality in late-stage chinook salmon — fish… Continue reading

Seawatch: Micciche proposes setnet buyback bill

Sen. Pete Micciche (R-Soldotna) is having another go at getting a bill through the legislature that would reduce the number of commercial east side setnetters… Continue reading

Seawatch: Togiak sac-roe herring wrapping up

Togiak sac roe herring may be wrapping up as the fish are getting smaller and some buyers may start balking. The quota is 29,930 tons,… Continue reading

Seawatch: Board of Fisheries meets March 9

The Alaska Board of Fisheries kicks off its meeting dealing with state-wide finfish proposals on March 9 in Anchorage, covering about 20 proposals and expected… Continue reading

Seawatch: Public questions Board of Fisheries nominee

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has nominated someone who could possibly be the most divisive member ever to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, retired Superior Court judge… Continue reading

Seawatch: Committee gets earful on Pebble

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct the title of the organization Gayla Hoseth works for. It is the Bristol Bay Native Association.… Continue reading

Seawatch: Sitka Sound herring fishery a no-go

The Sitka Sound herring fishery appears to be a no-go, which would be only the second time in the fishery’s 43-year history. The fishery has… Continue reading

Seawatch: Balance between commercial, sport fishing is key

While many in Alaska are lamenting the “graying of the fleet,” where the median age of commercial fishermen in the state is around 50 years… Continue reading

Seawatch: Southeast seiners buy back permits

The Southeast Alaska Seiner’s Association was successful in their bid to buy back 36 permits after a February vote to use funds remaining from a… Continue reading

Seawatch: ‘Frankenfish’ may be imported

“Frankenfish” may soon be coming to a store near you. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced it was removing the 2016 import alert… Continue reading