Alaska Commercial Fisheries News Since 1988
A program to train new deckhands is in the works. The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association in Sitka just received a grant for more than one hundred and forty thousand dollars from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to develop a statewide Deckhand Apprentice Program.read more
Catches for 2018 for the Bering Sea & Gulf of Alaska will be revealed any day; Lawsuits filed for false labeling and fracking dumpsread more
AK salmon habitat and permitting laws have not been updated since statehood. A Kenai forum next week will bring all perspectives to the table. Alaskans also plan to put the question to voters.read more
Trident’s new Fork & Fin food truck aims to get more people eating Alaska pollock more often, especially at home. Peanut butter and jelly fish sticks, anyone?read more
A first of its kind international gender survey seeks input on women’s roles in the seafood industry; Respond by Dec. 31
Two Juneau locals have put bull kelp on the map with their fresh kelp salsas, pickles, and flakes. Matt Kern and Lia Heifetz are the brains behind Barnacle kelp products, bringing the Alaska coast into the kitchen.
The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery was uneventful; the crab was ‘big and nice’
A drop of 20% is likely for Pacific halibut catches in 2018; meanwhile, sport charters will get increases under a new catch share plan
Halibut catches are likely to decline for several years due to low recruitment of younger fish; the ‘blob’ may be the cause (as with P-cod)
Tuesday will give a first glimpse at potential Pacific halibut catches for 2018; 14 halibut regulation changes also will be reviewed by the IPHC
Cod and pollock entries took home the top prizes at the AK Symphony of Seafood in Seattle. More winners will be announced in Juneau in Feb.
The forecast calls for a slightly higher salmon catch at Upper Cook Inlet for 2018
The cod crash in the Gulf of Alaska is even worse than originally announced; “best case scenario” is a 2021 rebound
Nearly 10 million pounds of cod skins will launch an Iceland venture to extract collagen for health, beauty products
Updated catch recs for 2018: sablefish numbers soar, Bering Sea pollock dips, SE AK pink salmon numbers drop
A savory blend of wild caught Alaska sockeye salmon, sweet potato and broccoli are a snack both kids and parents can enjoy, with the health benefits of salmon and veggies in one bite.