Biofuels from Algae and Seagrass, and Electricity from Eels

February 17, 2017

Seeking methods of fuel production that are in sync with nature is one of today’s biggest challenges. Not surprisingly, several solutions can be found beneath the sea.

Baits Lure Catches But With Little Credit

February 16, 2017

Baits are critical to fishermen’s catches for nearly every kind of gear. As with catches, bait supplies also can have ups and downs.

Mariculture team shapes plans for new industry; Public meeting Feb. 17

Shellfish, sea cucumbers, geoduck clams, seaweeds and biofuels are just a few of the crops envisioned by Alaskans who are crafting a framework for a statewide mariculture industry expansion. Public meeting on Friday.

Analysts: Pebble Mine Not Commercially Viable; Northern Dynasty Trying to Hide Facts from Investors

Northern Dynasty’s key asset, the low-grade Pebble deposit, is not commercially viable: mining it would require so much upfront investment that it would actually destroy value.

Northern Dynasty’s former partners concluded that the Pebble project had a negative present value – an assessment that Northern Dynasty has spent years trying to conceal from public.

On Valentine’s Day, seafood helps share the love!

Lovers choose lobster as the top Valentine’s Day dish to share with that special someone. Crab legs and shrimp also get the nod as ‘romantic meals’ on one of the busiest dining out days for U.S. restaurants.

Seaweed Pasta Benefits Lives and Helps Save the Planet

February 13, 2017

Seaweed is alkalizing, detoxifying, and is loaded with nutrients. Eating more of it improves the health of our oceans and environment by absorbing carbon and reducing acidification. Blue Evolution is bringing seaweed to the surface and putting it on shelves in a consumer friendly way.

“Pebble stars align” says Mining News

Feb. 9, 2017

From Mining News: “After six tumultuous years, 2017 is shaping up to be a turnaround year for the enormous Pebble copper-gold-molybdenum project in Southwest Alaska.

“The stars that were previously askew, they seem to be lining up,” said Northern Dynasty CEO Ron Thiessen.”

Puppy Love salmon treats come home to Seldovia

February 10, 2017
It’s taken four years but a pet treat business will soon open its doors in Seldovia, a town of less than 300 people at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula. Here comes Puppy Love salmon treats – formerly made in Anchorage, are now coming home.

Tiny filter feeders vacuum up zooplankton in Eastern Gulf, could upset ecosystem

February 9, 2017

Warming Alaska waters are luring all kinds of new creatures – and some of the smallest can potentially be the biggest troublemakers. In the eastern Gulf of Alaska tiny filter feeders called salps are appearing. The inch-long tubes never stop feeding on phytoplankton, the foundation of the ocean’s food chain.

How to make the most of your 3-minutes at Upper Cook Inlet Fish Board meeting

February 8, 2017

The state Board of Fisheries’ biggest meeting takes place this month with 174 regulation proposals coming under consideration for Upper Cook Inlet commercial, sport, personal use and subsistence fisheries. A special one hour, ‘learn over lunch’ meeting will instruct how to make an impact in your testimony and in committees.

February fishing updates; NPFMC plans tweaks for halibut bycatch in Bering Sea

It’s freezing out there and baseball bats are breaking ice from the rails and rigging, but that doesn’t stop hundreds of Alaska boats from going fishing.

AMCC”s Pop Up Shop Sells Crab, Cod, and Coho

January 06, 2017

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is launching their 2017 Catch of the Season program with a pop-up fish market in Anchorage. For years, the AMCC has offered seafood lover’s Alaskan salmon, crab, cod, and rockfish from local small boat fishermen, making it some of the highest quality, fresh-frozen seafood from Alaska. The Community Supported Fishery allows anyone to order shares of the season’s harvest while building relationships between the consumer and the fishermen.

AK Salmon Fellows aim for common ground to shape/protect the future

The Alaska Salmon Fellows program aims to bring together users who all have one thing in common: the desire to protect the fish. Fellows each will receive $10,000 from the AK Humanities Forum, plus travel expenses and further funding to advance projects.

Farmed salmon is better than wild report says, Alaska experts disagree

Feb. 1, 2017

Wild salmon is less nutritious because it burns up all its good fats and oils on its long journey to spawn. That’s the claim by professors at Stirling University in Scotland

AK halibut catches increase 5.5%, no cuts for 2017; Halibut bycatch decreases

More Pacific halibut will be going to market this year due to an overall boost in the harvests for the West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska.

Bambino’s Hopes to Win Big Again at the 2017 Symphony of Seafood

January 30, 2017

Bambino’s Baby Food blew taste buds out of the water at last year’s Alaska Symphony of Seafood. The Hali halibut puree was served garnished in tiny martini glasses to make the baby food appealing to judges. The presentation and taste of the baby food won grand prize overall in the competition, as well as 3rd place in retail, and 1st place for the People’s Choice Award. Fish Radio spoke to Bambino’s owner Zoi Maroudas just hours before she served up her newest product Sockeye Salmon Bisque at this year’s Symphony.

AK outlook for pink salmon is strong for 2017

January 26, 2017

There’s better news on the horizon for Alaska’s pink salmon fishermen following a season that was the worst in nearly 40 years.

Trump ‘reg freeze’ could delay halibut fishery, use of sablefish pots in GOA

January 24, 2017
Trump has issued a memo to all executive departments and agencies to freeze new or pending regulations, giving his administration time to review them. This could delay the IFQ halibut fishery, use of pots for sablefish in GOA.

Salmon supplies tumble due to farmed fish woes

January 24, 2017
Salmon prices are driven by global supply and demand and supplies this year are not likely to fill the orders of a steadily growing customer base.

Pebble Mine getting thumbs up by Trump Admin ; New investors put in $32m since election

Trump drives optimism for Pebble mine explorer Written by Bloomberg News January 20, 2017 Bloomberg) — There’s one thing Donald Trump is already making great again: a small Canadian explorer with rights to one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper and gold deposits. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. has more than tripled since the U.S. election to approach a four-year high this week amid speculation the incoming administration will allow the explorer’s long-stalled Pebble project in […]

2017 Symphony of Seafood Product Line-up Revealed

Jan 23, 2017

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation has helped bring new Alaskan seafood products into the market for decades. Categories have changed, but the goal remains the same, to promote new products and increase the value of Alaska’s seafood.

AK pink salmon relief funds ok’d by feds; awaits $$ nod by Congress

January 20, 2017

Calling it a fishery failure, the US Commerce Secretary this week set the stage for Alaska pink salmon fishermen in three regions to seek disaster assistance.

Bering Sea Tanner crab fishery tanked by Board of Fisheries

January 19, 2017

It was bad news for Bering Sea crabbers when the last hope for a bairdi Tanner fishery was dashed last week. The Board of Fisheries in a split vote decided against opening the fishery which produced 20 million pounds last year.

Halibut meeting next week: Catches, start date, 21 management and catch proposals

Halibut catches and the start date for this year’s fishery will be announced next week when the International Pacific Halibut Commission convenes for five days in Vancouver.

AK Mariculture Task Force moves forward with tribal collaboration

The Alaska Mariculture Task Force is moving forward with several advisory committees (AC) focused on research, development and environmental information, regulatory issues, investment and infrastructure, workforce development, public education and marketing. Sign up for mariculture updates.

Icing, freezing spray reports wanted by NOAA to improve forecasts

Weather watchers want reports of freezing spray, icing to improve forecasts.

ONE tapeworm found in ONE pink salmon by Czech angler in 2013 gives black eye to Alaska salmon industry. Send comments and tell him and CDC they are all wet!

A finding of one worm in ONE Alaska pink salmon prompted a visiting/sportfishing Czech researcher and the CDC to say it is dangerous to eat Pacific salmon. The ‘warning’ has played out in media reports across the nation/globe. Send comments to tell the researcher and CDC that they are all wet! Find more at www.alaskafishradio.com

Chinook Salmon Study Follows Fish Behavior

January 16, 2017

While many scientists are using genetics to determine where king salmon originate others are asking, where have all the King salmon gone? A recent study using satellite tags lead by Andy Seitz a professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences is studying just that.

Rep. Louise Stutes puts AK fisheries in legislative spotlight

The Alaska Legislature’s Fisheries Committee had to turn away interested legislators this session because the seven seats filled so fast.

AK/BC outline protections for transboundary waters from large scale mines

Not in my back yard takes on a whole new meaning when it refers to huge mines upstream from local rivers. That brought Alaska and British Columbia officials together via teleconference last month to begin outlining protections…

Hoonah’s High End Smoked Salmon Soars

Jan. 09, 2017

Wild flavors of Alaska are what make the Dear North Salmon products stand out. The new high-end canned salmon and jerky made in a partnership of Dear North and the Huna Totem Native Corporation have been flying off the shelves in over 400 specialty stores and online. Every detail of the product, from the packaging to the unique taste is made to put Alaska in the palm of your hand.

AK salmon habitat protections have not been updated for 60 years, BOF letter asks lawmakers to do so

The Alaska law that relates to how development permits are issued in fish habitat areas has not been reviewed or updated for nearly 60 years. The state Board of Fisheries is asking the legislature to do so.

Fish eating trends for 2017 include less farmed salmon

January 5, 2017

Seafood is among the top 10 trends to watch this new year, say global buyers. A benefit to Alaska will be less global supply of farmed salmon.

AK fishing already in high gear: Lots of fishing and meeting updates

January first sees the start of Alaska’s biggest fisheries when hundreds of boats set out lines and pots for codfish in all parts of the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutian Island regions. Pollock opens to trawlers Jan. 20. Lots of AK fishing and fish meetings going on!

One Film Maker’s Vision Starts a Search for King Crab History

January 3, 2016

Matt Stevens is a man on a mission. Born and raised on Kodiak Island in the late 70’s, he has grown up hearing the stories of Kodiak back in the day. A time when men and women journeyed from afar to get a piece of the legendary boomtown. What Stevens wants to know is, “What is the price people paid to become a crab fishermen,” and their stories that came with it.

Plan your fishing business from entry to exit with Fish Biz. It’s free!

Fishing is serious business and you can get hands on professional help at Fish Biz, a free, online multi-media tool that helps you pencil out your business’s bottom line.

Getting clobbered by cheaper seafood imports? Trade grants can help

Companies getting clobbered by low cost imports can get some relief from federal trade adjustment assistance programs.

N.Pacific Council turns its back on reducing bycatch in GOA

As practically the last agenda item on a day when many people had left town, the N. Pacific council tabled without further action all options for the Gulf of Alaska groundfish rationalization plan at their December meeting.

AK salmon wrap for 2016 – Harvests & Values

Alaska’s 2016 salmon season produced a catch of nearly 113 million fish with a preliminary value of over $406 million at the docks.

AFDF Wants The Best Alaska Seafood Products Before January 6th

December 27, 2016

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation is looking for the best Alaska seafood products for their 24th annual Symphony of Seafood.

Kodiak leads charge to protect Alaska commercial fishing budget

Kodiak is leading the charge to protect the state’s fishing budget from further cuts and other regions are also on board. The commercial fishing division within the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been slashed by 30 percent over the past two years.

AK commercial fisheries budget gets a break – so far…

Alaska’s commercial fisheries division gets a rare break under Governor Walker’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year that begins next July. Including all funds, commfish shows a .3 percent increase for FY18 to $70.7 million.

NPFMC update: GOA bycatch protection plans bomb; RQE: New nonprofit can buy halibut quota

Plans to craft a program to reduce bycatch of halibut and Chinook salmon by Gulf of Alaska trawlers were tabled last week by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Another contentious program lets recreational halibut fishermen buy commercial quota under a so called Recreational Quota Entity plan.

The Feast of Seven Fishes and other Holiday Seafood Traditions

December 19, 2016

For centuries seafood has taken a special spot on holiday tables all over the world. Unlike the traditional green bean casserole, eating different fish dishes is served up with meaning.

Sitka Sound herring harvest remains static for 2017

From Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, 12/12/16 SITKA SOUND HERRING FISHERY ANNOUNCEMENT The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the guideline harvest level (GHL) for the 2017 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is 14,649 tons based on a 20% harvest rate of a forecast mature biomass of 73,245 tons. The forecast indicates that the mature biomass in 2017 will consist of 6% age-3, 6% age-4, 73% age-5, 2% age-6, 6% age-7, […]

Sea Share: $1 donation = 8 seafood servings for hungry Americans

For 22 years fish taken as bycatch in Alaska has been donated to hunger relief programs instead of being thrown overboard as required by law. Now, every $1 donation to Sea Share translates to 8 seafood servings for hungry Americans.

NYT: Trump pick for EPA has close ties to Pebble Mine backers

New York Times:    Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General By ERIC LIPTONDEC. 6, 2014 The letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma carried a blunt accusation: Federal regulators were grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies drilling new natural gas wells in his state. But Mr. Pruitt left out one critical point. The three-page letter was written by lawyers for Devon Energy, […]

Fees for managing AK halibut, sablefish, Bering Sea crab increase

Alaska fishermen who hold catch shares of halibut, sablefish and Bering Sea crab pay an annual fee to the federal government to cover management and enforcement costs for those fisheries. The fee, which is capped at 3 percent, is based on dock prices through September and averaged across the state.

St. Paul Harbor in Kodiak Shines for the Holiday Season

December 12, 2016

Alaska’s fishing communities are fueled by their working waterfronts. Each harbor is home to hundreds of small businesses, Commercial fishing boats. The Kodiak Maritime Museum is celebrating the holiday season once again with the downtown “Harbor Lights Festival”. Since being brought dockside four years ago it’s an old community tradition that keeps growing.

Sablefish pot gear ok in Gulf of Alaska to block hook-robbing whales

Gulf of Alaska longliners targeting sablefish, or black cod, will get protection from hook robbing whales starting next year.