Study: Pandemic proved very costly to fisheries

Alaska’s commercial fisheries took a direct hit from the novel coronavirus pandemic in 2020, in harvesting, processing and overall value, a new report from NOAA Fisheries confirms.

ASLC treating a third rescued sea otter pup

A female sea otter pup rescued from a beach at Anchor Point in December is now thriving at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is now stabilized and has become a companion for another rescued sea otter pup, ASLC officials say.

Fish Factor: Best/worst highlights of 2020 fisheries

This year marks the 30th year that the weekly Fish Factor column has appeared in newspapers across Alaska and nationally. Every year it features “picks and pans” for Alaska’s seafood industry — a no-holds-barred look back at some of the year’s best and worst fishing highlights, and my choice for the biggest fish story of the year.
Loose fishing net collected by the Copper River Watershed Project. (Oct. 3, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

CRWP hopes to recycle more fish nets this spring

More snow is in the forecast for Cordova this week, but that’s not stopping the Copper River Watershed Project from looking forward to spring and the odds of shipping out a container load of old commercial gillnets for recycling in Portugal. They would be made into raw plastic for new products.

Young Fishermen’s Development Act approved by Congress

Bipartisan legislation similar to programs that provide training, apprenticeships and additional support in the agriculture industry has passed both houses of Congress, in support of the next generation of commercial seafood harvesters.

Navy says Northern Edge 2021 plans include no new activities

U.S. Navy officials are seeking public comment through Feb. 16 on proposed continuing periodic military training activities within the Gulf of Alaska.

Congress to take up safeguarding fisheries

U.S. Coast Guard capability to safeguard national interests and promote economic security in the Arctic will be the subject of a congressional hearing on Dec. 8, one in which Alaska’s commercial fishing entities have a special concern.

2020 commercial salmon catch, value took a dive

Commercial salmon harvests proved challenging for the 2020 season, challenged by a global pandemic of the novel coronavirus, with the overall fish catch and its value down considerably from a year earlier.

Golden king crab harvesters bring in the first 2,000 pounds

For the first time in over 30 years there was fresh golden king crab for sale at the dock in Cordova and 60° North Seafoods, LLC plans to sell most of it retail throughout the United States for the coming holiday season.

UFA challenges draft distribution plan for CARES Act fisheries funds

United Fishermen of Alaska is challenging the proposed distribution plan for $50 million in CARES Act funds for the fisheries industry. The plan would grant the average sport charter sector recipient nearly 10 times what commercial fishery applicants would receive.

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