Fisheries

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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Alaska Fisheries Report 27 July 2023

enny Bennis and her family donated sockeye from their setnet in Bristol Bay to help other families on the Yukon and Chignik rivers where salmon populations have crashed. (ALFA photo)

This week on The Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: KCAW’s Robert Woolsey reports on the ever expanding Seafood Distribution Network , and KDLG’s Jack Darrell on Bristol Bay salmon’s sudden existential crisis. Jenny Bennis and her family donated sockeye from their setnet in Bristol Bay to help other families on the Yukon and Chignik rivers where salmon populations have …

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Alaska Fisheries Report 13 July 2023

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This week on the Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines:  KOTZ’s Desiree Hagen reports on the Kotzebue Sound chum season, and Evan Erickson takes us to a meeting of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group, courtesy of KYUK. Plus a glimmer of hope for Cook Inlet setnetters in the form of an experimental net.   U.S. Fish and Wildlife …

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Sport fishing will close for Pasagshak River sockeye on Friday

Sport sockeye fishing will close on the Pasagshak River for the rest of the year starting on July 14. Subsistence sockeye harvest will also be closed in the Pasagshak Bay area. Biologists for the Alaska Department Fish and Game no longer expect the run there to make its escapement goal.  An underwater photo of sockeye spawners, July 18, 2023. (Brian …

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As salmon season gets underway, behind the scenes with the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report

Many Kodiak fishers spend the summer salmon season around the archipelago. But many others also head to Bristol Bay to harvest sockeye. KMXT Reporter Brian Venua is from Dillingham and previously reported for KDLG’s Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. He was in town visiting family last week, and stopped by the station to talk to Bristol Bay Fisheries Report Director Corinne …

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Alaska Fisheries Report 29 June 2023

Dungeness crab that were caught in the Bering Sea by a local Unalaska fisherman. (Sofia Stuart-Rasi/KUCB)

On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: Sabine Poux reports on the Kasilof dipnet opening for KDLL, Dungeness fishing has been hot in Unalaska, story by KUCB’s Sofia Stuart-Rasi, and dungeness season has opened in Southeast to muted enthusiasm, as reported by Hannah Flor of KFSK. Dungeness crab that were caught in the Bering Sea by a local …

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