Fisheries

Alaska Fisheries Report – July 26, 2018

  House Democrats urge President Trump to give fishermen caught in the tariff war the same benefits as American farmers. The Board of Fish takes emergency action to allow drift gillnets to fish fall chum in the Lower Yukon River. And this is Shark Week…so we’ll talk shark.   We had help from Liz Ruskin Alaska Public Media’s correspondent in …

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Chefs to import wild Alaska salmon to France

A French chef visiting Kodiak Island holds up a freshly caught salmon. (Photo Courtesy of Joel Chenet.) Daysha Eaton/KMXT A group of French chefs have been traveling around Kodiak Island to learn about Alaska wild salmon. They have been meeting with local seafood processors in hope of sourcing king and coho salmon for import back to France where they plan …

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Alaska Fisheries Report – July 19, 2018

Federal investigators find that a Bering Sea crabber that went down last year did so because it was coated with heavy ice. Southeast trollers finish the first summer fishery for king salmon. And processors’ struggles to hire enough people to staff their operations in Alaska.   We had help from Isabelle Ross at KDLG in Dillingham, Robert Woolsey at KCAW …

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Chinese delegation visits Kodiak as Trump administration issues new proposed tariffs

Xin Lyu, general manager for a seafood import/export company and CEO for Shanghai Hollywin Frozen Food snaps photos at a weir on the Buskin River near Kodiak on July 11, 2018. (Photo by Daysha Eaton/KMXT) Daysha Eaton/KMXT A delegation from China visited Kodiak Island this week with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, touring fish processing plants in Kodiak and Larsen Bay. …

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Alaska Fisheries Report – July 12, 2018

  Lots of fish news this week. Unfortunately, much of it is not good. First up, and this is a developing story so things could change, President Trump proposes a tariff on reprocessed fish coming from China that could signal big problems for Alaska’s seafood industry. This news comes as a Chinese delegation is visiting the state. We also take …

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Alaska Fisheries Report – July 5, 2018

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  Salmon returns in most parts of the state continue to be disappointing. But not so for the Nushagak River in southwest Alaska.  Fishermen there broke the record for a single day’s catch. Hauling in nearly 2 million reds. Governor Bill Walker says the Environmental Impact Statement for Pebble Mine should be suspended. We have more on the distribution of …

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Alaska Fisheries Report – June 28, 2018

  This week we look at king salmon. More specifically the lack of king salmon. From Southeast Alaska to the Yukon River kings seem have lost their reign. Commercial, subsistence and sports fishers are feeling the lack. One exception is Nushagak River where locals have started a new king salmon derby.     Kodiak Coast Guard units team up to …

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Low escapement closes Kodiak subsistence, sport fishing on Buskin, Afognak

Sockeye salmon schooling in Hidden Lake. (Photo by USFWS/Katrina Mueller) Daysha Eaton/KMXT The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is closing sport and subsistence fishing on Kodiak’s Litnik or Afognak Lake and Buskin River drainages due to low escapement. The closure begins Saturday. ADF&G closed sport and subsistence sockeye salmon fishing in the Afognak River and the Buskin River systems. “Right now …

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