Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association sees returns double hatchery expectations in some areas

Some areas in Alaska have entirely wild salmon runs. But there’s also 28 hatcheries around the state. Two of those facilities are based in Kodiak, including one near the mouth of Pillar Creek, just outside of town.  It all starts with egg takes. Hatchery staff and volunteers take four wheelers or fly out to remote lakes to catch fish that …

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NTSB releases report on the sinking of F/V The Challenger

The National Transportation Safety Board released its findings on August 30 for a Kodiak fishing boat that capsized northeast of the village of Karluk on August 7, last year.  ​​​The Challenger capsizing after striking a submerged rock off the coast of Alaska. (Alward Fisheries, via the NTSB’s website) The Challenger was a total loss and damages  exceeded $600,000, although no …

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Senate Agriculture committee’s ranking member visits Kodiak to talk fisheries and farms

Alaska’s senators brought Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas to Kodiak this week. Boozman is the ranking member of the Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry committee and is on a tour to see what farming looks like around the country.  One of their first stops was the Kodiak Harvest Foods Co-op. They asked staff and volunteers some questions about how the …

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Alaska Fisheries Report 17 August 2023

Sablefish swimming just above the sea floor. Credit: NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center

This week the Alaska Fisheries Report with host Terry Haines features Jamie Diep’s story on the latest mariculture meet up, courtesy of KBBI, a report on the sudden drop in salmon prices by KFSK’s Hannah Flor, and voracious young black cod could be a challenge for salmon hatcheries, according to Thomas Copeland, also of KFSK. Sablefish swimming just above the …

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NOAA outlines sweeping plan to boost the nation’s seafood industry

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a sweeping five-year plan to prioritize and promote the country’s commercial fishing industry.  Commercial fishing vessels docked in the St. Paul Harbor in Kodiak; Feb. 6, 2023 (Brian Venua/KMXT) NOAA Fisheries announced its National Seafood Strategy on Wednesday. The agency said in a press release that the plan will “outline the direction” …

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Fishers face shorter fall season on top of lower prices for salmon

Kodiak fishermen are disappointed by yet another setback to this year’s salmon season. Trident Seafoods announced over the weekend that they will pay just 20 cents per pound for chums – that’s less than half of last year’s price per pound – and will stop buying salmon altogether from most of the state starting in September.  Boats docked in Kodiak’s …

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