Fish Factor: Pacific halibut fishery faces challenges

Pacific halibut catches for 2018 won’t decline as severely as initially feared, but the fishery faces headwinds from several directions.Federal fishery managers announced just...

U.S. seafood superpower is Alaska

Alaska is the nation’s superpower when it comes to seafood.American fishermen landed just shy of 10 billion pounds of fish and shellfish last year...

Fish Factor: Interest in shellfish, seaweed farms growing

"Underwater and out of sight are the makings of a major Alaska industry with two anchor crops that clean the planet while pumping out lots of cash: shellfish and seaweed," writes Laine Welch.

Fish Factor: Eat seafood, America, and we’ll get through this

The coronavirus pandemic has taken Alaska's seafood industry into uncharted waters, writes Laine Welch.
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Fish Factor: Kelp could be potential source of biofuel

Editor’s note: The first item in this column is simply a long-term research project looking at the feasibility of producing biofuels in Alaska waters at...

Fish Factor: Alaska Net Hack Challenge coming to Anchorage

Plastics in recycled fishing nets are being used to make an amazing array of products around the globe and Alaska plans to get in...

Tariff war takes bite out of Alaska seafood market share

So, how’s that trade war with China going?Up until last July, when the Trump Administration slapped a 25 percent tax on nearly all U.S. seafood imports...

Fish Factor: Salmon profits are up over 2018 fishery

Alaska’s 2019 salmon season was worth $657.6 million to fishermen, a 10 percent increase from the 2018 fishery.

Fish Factor: Mine decision anticipated in midst of Bristol Bay harvest

The biggest red salmon run in the world is building at Bristol Bay. Up to 50 million fish could surge into its eight river systems in coming weeks, on par with past seasons. When it’s all done, the fishery will provide nearly half the global supply of wild sockeye salmon. But this summer is different.

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...

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