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Fishermen Tell Scary Sea Stories

October 31, 2016


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Once again it’s Halloween. Kodiak’s fisherman shared some of their real life scary experiences with Fish Radio.

sea hag


“In 1989, I was out on the F/V Marmot out toward Port Lock. It was in the middle of the night and we were fishing for halibut and we were setting gear and hauling gear about two or three in the morning and we wanted to let the gear soak. While I was napping, I had a dream and in that dream I was in a bar and I encountered a woman who was attractive and she turned into a sea hag. I ended up with my foot on her face and I was pulling up I was pulling her by both ears and they were stretching in my hands, all the way up passed my head, and she was cackling at me. So I woke up from that dream and I hauled my gear and went back to town and a very short time I went back out and sunk my boat in the same place.”


“I was fishing with this boat and we were off loaded, we ran back out late at night and we were hauling gear. Next thing you know I looked and a pot broke over the starboard side and I see either run for cover or grab onto the pot, so I did the old death grip on the pot there and the wave broke over and hit my shoulder and I held on for dear life. I looked around there was my friends they were like bowling pins on deck and so I told my skipper that’s enough time to head in.”


“Oh yeah I have a scary story. I had this guy working for me. Just a great guy and I wake up with his nose about three inches from mine yelling “We’re sinking, We’re sinking” And I look out the window and everything was great and then I realized the guy was asleep and he did it to me three times. That was scary.”


“I flipped my skiff over on Alitak beach. It landed right on top of me. I was trapped underneath it for about a minute.”


How did you get out?


“It wasn’t easy. There was a little angle at the stern and I managed to slip out.”




Wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween.



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Top 10 Seafood Favorites

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Top ten seafoods for 2015
October 28, 2016

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This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Americans are eating more seafood. The Top 10 list of favorites after this –

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For the third year in a row, Americans’ appetite for seafood ticked upwards, reaching 15.5 pounds last year, nearly a pound more than in 2014. That’s according to the National Fisheries Institute which each year compiles the Top 10 list of favorites based on NOAA’s Fisheries of the US report that was released this week.

The list remains pretty much the same with shrimp topping the list – but consumption of that favorite has remained static at four pounds per capita. Salmon again ranked second and Americans increased their intake over three percent to just under three pounds per person.  That’s due in large part to more availability and lower prices at retail. It’s especially good news for wild salmon, says Tyson Fick,  Communications Director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Demand keeps going up. It’s really a bright spot there. More and more people are turned on to salmon and have the opportunity, especially with the huge harvests we’ve had, particularly with sockeye the past couple of years, and then two out of four years being record harvest when you look back,  there’s been a lot of people who’ve had the opportunity to try wild Alaska salmon and then look for it the market later on.”    

Canned tuna held onto the third spot at 2.2 pounds. That was followed by farmed tilapia at nearly 1.4 pounds per person.

Alaska Pollock ranked at number five at just under one pound, slightly less than in 2014.  That’s followed by another popular farmed favorite – Pangasius, then cod, crab, catfish and clams. Overall, the only difference in the Top 10 rankings from 2014 was crab beating catfish from ninth to eighth  place on the list.

The upward tick for eating seafood is good news from a public health perspective.  Only one in 10 Americans follows the federal dietary guidelines to eat seafood twice a week. The 15.5 pound U.S  per capita consumption   compares to a global annual eating average of 44 pounds per person.
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