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

 

Seawatch: Scientists studying why most salmon never return

As Alaska is experiencing unusual salmon behaviors and failed runs, a group of international scientists are halfway through a long over-due winter voyage in the… Continue reading

 

Seawatch: Board of Fish 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

 

Jeremy Woodrow, interim executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, speaks to the House Fisheries Committee at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Jeremy Woodrow, interim executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, speaks to the House Fisheries Committee at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Fish & Game puts restrictions on early run kings

If projections are realized, this year’s run would rank as the fourth lowest across 34 years.

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

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

Seawatch: Some commercial fishermen critical of Dunleavy

Some Alaska fishermen are sensing an unfriendly administration as new Gov. Mike Dunleavy appoints people to top Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Department… 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

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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

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In this file photo, a king salmon lies in a net at Auke Bay. (Bjorn Dihle | For the Juneau Empire)

Second-worst chinook forecast since ‘95 for Taku River

Numbers released last week by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecast “very low” numbers of chinook salmon will spawn this summer on the… Continue reading

In this file photo, a king salmon lies in a net at Auke Bay. (Bjorn Dihle | For the Juneau Empire)
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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

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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

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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

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