The Real Story Behind Catching a Big Halibut

Reeling in a halibut is like hoisting a bag of cement off the bottom of the ocean. Tim Bower A new photo of a big fish will make you the center of attention at the Lake View Inn. After the picture of me hoisting a 60-pound halibut made it up and down the bar, everyone […]

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Comment Sought on Salmon Disaster Spend Plan

Image via State of Alaska. The State of Alaska, in consultation with stakeholders and NOAA Fisheries, is seeking public comment through Oct. 6 on the initial $131.8 million spend plan for the 2020-2021 statewide Salmon Disaster Initial Draft Spend Plan. The money is intended to assist fishery participants harmed by the disaster, to improve fishery […]

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NOAA Hosts First Responder Training on Entangled Whale Response

Image via NOAA Fisheries. NOAA Fisheries, the leader in the Alaska Large Whale Entanglement Response Program, recently held workshops in four Alaska communities on how to best respond to entangled whales. The training sessions in Metlakatla, Auke Bay and Gustavus in Southeast Alaska and Cordova, on Prince William Sound, taught safety skills needed to approach […]

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ALFA Wins Seafood Industry Climate Awards Grant

Image via Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association. The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) in Sitka, Alaska, has received a $40,000 grant for a pilot project that would convert the Alaska fishing fleet to hybrid diesel/electric in order to help lower the carbon footprint within the seafood industry. The project, supported by the Energy Transitions Initiative Project […]

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Rallying Cry Issued for National Seafood Month

Image via Seafood Nutrition Partnership. The Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP), National Seafood Council Task Force and Seafood4Health Action Coalition have launched a pilot program, Celebrate Seafood, in advance of the upcoming October National Seafood Month. The collaborative effort calls for reinforcing the increasing interest of consumers in eating seafood and its health benefits, based on […]

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Alaska to Request Federal Disaster Aid for West Coast Storm Damage

Image via National Park Service. The State of Alaska has indicated that it plans to seek a federal disaster declaration for the September storm that hit struck the Western coast as soon as a damage assessment to determine the financial need is completed. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has already issued a state disaster declaration for the […]

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Comment Period Open for Items on NPFMC’s October Agenda

Image via North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Comment is being accepted in advance of the Oct. 6-11 meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Anchorage on agenda topics ranging from integration of electronic monitoring on Pollock catcher vessels to a proposal for expanded Pacific cod catches in federal waters. Final decisions on both […]

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EPA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Pebble Mine

Image via Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last week that it has once again extended the comment period for proposed restrictions on mining at the proposed Pebble mine site in Southwest Alaska, this time until Dec. 2. The comment period was originally set to end in July, then was continued to […]

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Alaska Sea Grant Offering Strategy Session for New Seafood Harvesters

Image via Alaska Sea Grant. Educational institution Alaska Sea Grant is planning a virtual and in-person strategy session on Friday, Sept. 30, for educators and training organizations whose goal is to teach newcomers to the seafood industry how to be successful in harvesting. The strategy session will be a discussion on findings of Sea Grant’s […]

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IYS Research Continues on Salmon in Open Ocean

Image: International Year of the Salmon. Researchers participating in the International Year of the Salmon (IYS) are preparing to bring a team to Vancouver, Canada in October for a preliminary review of expedition findings on what happens to salmon in the North Pacific Ocean, including the Gulf of Alaska. Organizers of the IYS Synthesis Symposium, […]

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Alaska Symphony of Seafood Calls for Product for 2023 Competition

Image via Symphony of Seafood. A call for product is out for the 2023 Alaska Symphony of Seafood competition, with judging in November in Seattle and the winners to be announced in February during an open house in Juneau, where invited guests include members of the Alaska Legislature. The deadline for entries is Oct. 21. […]

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Final Decision Coming on Northern Edge 2023 Military Exercises in Alaska

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt transits the Gulf of Alaska after participating in exercise Northern Edge 2019. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erick A. Parsons. U.S. Navy officials have released a final document on plans for 2023 training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska, with a final decision on which […]

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Acid Drainage from Abandoned BC Mine Steps Closer to Cleanup

Taku Watershed. Image via Wikimedia Commons: Anoldent CC BY-SA 2.0. Efforts to halt acid drainage from an abandoned British Columbia mine flowing into the salmon-rich Taku River watershed in Southeast Alaska has come a step closer to resolution, with the future of the Tulsequah Chief Mine now in the hands of the provincial government. The […]

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AFSC Speeds Up Data Collection To Tackle Bycatch Issues

Chinook salmon. File photo. Researchers with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) say they’re speeding up the process of gathering data to share with the fisheries managers and others on the decline of Chinook and chum salmon runs, particularly in western Alaska. The AFSC, which is collaborating with state and federal researchers, as well as […]

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2022 Seafood Donations to Yukon River Villages Via SeaShare Reach 74,000 Pounds

Boxes of donated wild Alaska king and chum salmon were transported communities along the Yukon River where residents were again banned from commercial or subsistence harvests due to weak runs of salmon. Photo courtesy of SeaShare. For a second year in a row, the Seattle-based nonprofit SeaShare has coordinated delivery of thousands of pounds of […]

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Top 10 White Seabass Records

Found from Baja California to Alaska, white seabass are prized for their fighting ability and taste. Jim Hendricks Special delivery: Sign up for the free Salt Water Sportsman email newsletter. Subscribe to Salt Water Sportsman magazine for $19 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. White seabass, angler favorites from Baja California, to Alaska, are known by […]

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Study Underway re: Consumer Perspective on Wild Alaska Pollock

Image via Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers. An annual study now underway on consumers perspective about wild Alaska Pollock includes questions this year about the impact of rising food prices, as well as questions specific to surimi seafood. Study conclusions are to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Genuine Alaska […]

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Alaska’s Commercial Salmon Harvest Tops 148M Fish

Image via Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Alaska’s commercial salmon harvests continue to rise for all five species, with all but the coho fishery having peaked. As of Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game documented the preliminary harvest on its online Blue Sheet at nearly 149 million fish, including nearly […]

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