Seawatch: Most halibut quotas set lower

Seawatch: Most halibut quotas set lower

The International Pacific Halibut Commission wrapped up its meeting in Anchorage last week with all areas of Alaska except the western Gulf of Alaska seeing… Continue reading

Seawatch: Most halibut quotas set lower
Seawatch: ADFG predicts low king runs

Seawatch: ADFG predicts low king runs

As Upper Cook Inlet fishermen prepare for the always-contentious Alaska Board of Fisheries meetings for the area starting Friday, the Alaska Department of Fish and… Continue reading

Seawatch: ADFG predicts low king runs
Seawatch: Ocean acidification affecting crab shells

Seawatch: Ocean acidification affecting crab shells

Just at a time when crab stocks in the central Gulf of Alaska are taking off, likely in part due to crashing cod populations, a… Continue reading

Seawatch: Ocean acidification affecting crab shells
Seawatch: BOF cuts Mainland fishery

Seawatch: BOF cuts Mainland fishery

Kodiak seiners were stunned by decisions from the Alaska Board of Fisheries in their meeting last week to restrict the west side of Shelikof Strait… Continue reading

Seawatch: BOF cuts Mainland fishery
Seawatch: Satellite tags reveal new info on P-cod

Seawatch: Satellite tags reveal new info on P-cod

Last winter, scientists and Alaska fishermen agreed to launch a pilot study to develop methods for tagging cod on active commercial fishing vessels in the… Continue reading

Seawatch: Satellite tags reveal new info on P-cod
Seawatch: NOAA rolls out new research initiative

Seawatch: NOAA rolls out new research initiative

It has often been said that humans know more about the surface of the moon than the bottom of the world’s oceans. That may be… Continue reading

Seawatch: NOAA rolls out new research initiative
Seawatch: Report: 60% of comm-fish jobs are Alaskan

Seawatch: Report: 60% of comm-fish jobs are Alaskan

The McDowell Group, a consulting and research firm based in Alaska and Seattle, has released its annual industry update, and in spite of localized ups… Continue reading

Seawatch: Report: 60% of comm-fish jobs are Alaskan
Seawatch: NPMC closes cod season in Gulf of Alaska

Seawatch: NPMC closes cod season in Gulf of Alaska

In a disappointing but not surprising move, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council closed the Gulf of Alaska to Pacific cod fishing for the 2020… Continue reading

Seawatch: NPMC closes cod season in Gulf of Alaska
2019 salmon season fell short in some areas

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

2019 salmon season fell short in some areas
Seawatch: Downward trend predicted for halibut

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: Downward trend predicted for halibut
Seawatch: Homer regains ‘halibut capital of the world’ title

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: Homer regains ‘halibut capital of the world’ title
Seawatch: Bristol Bay salmon run forecast to be strong

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: Bristol Bay salmon run forecast to be strong
Seawatch: AI aids NOAA in fish counting

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: AI aids NOAA in fish counting
Seawatch: BOF to consider proposals at Seward meeting

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: BOF to consider proposals at Seward meeting
Seawatch: Value-added seafood is growing market

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: Value-added seafood is growing market
Seawatch: Congress considering safety, climate change for fisheries

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: Congress considering safety, climate change for fisheries
Seawatch: Salmon Task Force efforts falter at NPFC meeting

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: Salmon Task Force efforts falter at NPFC meeting
Seawatch: Crabbers will see mixed bag of quotas

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: Crabbers will see mixed bag of quotas
Seawatch: Late-stage chinooks not as safe as thought

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: Late-stage chinooks not as safe as thought
Seawatch: Micciche proposes setnet buyback bill

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: Micciche proposes setnet buyback bill
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