Fish Factor: 2017 fishing picks and pans

For 27 years this weekly column has featured news for and about Alaska’s commercial fishing industry. It began in 1991 in the Anchorage Daily...

Fish Factor: Challenging year ahead for commercial fleets

It’s going to be a tough year for many Alaska fishermen.Following on the heels of announcements of a massive drop in cod stocks, the...

Fish Factor: Company promotes farmed fish to save wild seafood

Recurring news headlines that have widely circulated about alarming declines of Pacific salmon have spawned a savvy new marketing strategy that tells consumers they...

Fish Factor: Flatulence on an epic scale is revealing

Got gas?  “Not since the campfire scene in Mel Brooks’s film Blazing Saddles has the world been exposed to flatulence on such an epic scale.”So...

Fish Factor: Cautious optimism abounds for permit prices

It’s steady as she goes for the values of Alaska salmon fishing permits, with upticks in the wind at several fishing regions.“There’s a lot...

Fish Factor: Alaska’s fishing industry workforce is nearly 60,000 strong

Alaska’s fishing fleet of 9,400 vessels would span nearly 71 miles if lined up from bow to stern.And Alaska’s fishing industry catches and processes...

Fish Factor: October is National Seafood Month

October is National Seafood Month, a distinction bestowed by Congress 30 years ago to recognize one of America’s oldest industries.Alaska merits special recognition because...

Fish Factor: The new blue economy

A growing cluster of entrepreneurs is seeding prospects for Alaska’s new “blue economy” and it is attracting interest from around the world. Marine technology...
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Fish Factor: Fall remains one of the busiest fishery seasons

Alaska’s salmon season is nearly a wrap but fall remains as one of the fishing industry’s busiest times of the year.For salmon, the catch...

Fish Factor: ‘Time for a checkup from the neck up’

“It’s time for a checkup from the neck up” – meaning an industry time out to evaluate fishing operations and behaviors, advises Jerry Dzugan,...

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