Commercial fish harvesters and their business partners intent on assuring economic survival of this physically and financially tough business will gather in Anchorage Dec. 10-12 to teach what they know to the next generation of industry leaders.
The value of Bristol Bay driftnet permits continues to increase. The value placed on those permits by the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission jumped up over $14-thousand dollars to $117.2-thousand dollars. That's compared to the $102.9-thousand dollars value recorded back in October. The November figure of $117.2-thousand dollars is the largest value for Bristol Bay driftnet permits in over a year. The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission bases their value on the actual prices that permits are sold for but there is a lag, sometimes as much as a couple of months.
Just prior to Thanksgiving, ADF&G issued a revised Bristol Bay salmon forecast that lowers the total run another 2%. The reason was a computer error. Overall, the state is predicting a weak run of 26.5 million fish, with a commercial harvest of just under 18 million fish.
The CEO of Northern Dynasty Minerals used a presentation last month in Anchorage to discuss the departure of Anglo American from the partnership formed to develop the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason listened in and filed this report.
The Bristol Bay red king crab season got off to a late start, but it's wrapping up in line with past seasons. The season opened four days later than planned — Oct. 19 — after the shutdown of the federal government delayed its regular Oct. 15 start. Despite losing four days to Congressional stumbles, the last bit of the 7.74 million-pound quota was pulled Nov. 15.
This year’s sockeye salmon run to Bristol Bay came in at 23-million fish. Next year’s run could potentially be significantly larger according to a forecast that was released last week. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.
When Mike Heatwole, vice president of corporate communications for the Pebble Limited Partnership, gave a status report of the controversial and beleaguered Pebble project to a friendly audience in Anchorage Thursday afternoon, he laced his speech with sadness and resignation.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ANCHORAGE HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO MIDNIGHT AKST TONIGHT. COLD AIR WILL REMAIN IN PLACE ACROSS THE BRISTOL BAY ZONE TODAY. RAIN FROM THE BERING SEA STORM WILL ARRIVE LATE THIS MORNING...FALL THROUGH THE COLD AIR NEAR THE SURFACE...AND FREEZE ON CONTACT WITH EXPOSED SURFACES. ICE ACCUMULATION...LESS THAN ONE QUARTER INCH.
One of the major barge companies that serves Western Alaska has been purchased by a major transportation company that serves Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Back in April Lynden, which is a family of freight transportation companies, agreed to buy Northland Services for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is now complete.
The value placed on Bristol Bay driftnet fishing permits by the State of Alaska continues to go up. Every month the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission releases a permit value report. In the report for October CFEC puts the value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit at $102.9-thousand dollars. That’s up from the $100.7-thousand dollar value recorded in September.
A diverse coalition of Alaskans today announced the formation of Bristol Bay United (BBU). BBU will demand action from the Obama Administration and elected officials to stop the Pebble Mine and protect Alaska’s jobs and way of life. Scientific studies show that an open-pit mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska could destroy up to 90 miles of streams and 4,800 acres of wetlands, and require the excavation of up to 10 billion tons of waste rock that will be stored in Bristol Bay forever.
Earlier this month the Alaska Board of Fisheries set the schedule for the round of meetings that will be held in late 2015 and early 2016. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports, that includes the next meeting focused on Bristol Bay.
Commercial fishing for Bristol Bay red king crab is officially under way, but on opening day, Oct. 15, most of the boats were unable to leave the port of Dutch Harbor, for lack of required federal permits. The multi-million dollar fishery was stalled by the partial federal government shutdown, with members of Congress unable to agree on how to deal with the nation's debt limit and Affordable Care Act.
An effort is underway to overturn the 2011 decision by the Local Boundary Commission that allowed the city of Dillingham to bring the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District into the city limits. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
Another step has been taken towards getting Alaska’s commercial salmon fisheries recertified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. Last fall the MSC sustainability certification of Alaska’s commercial salmon fisheries was allowed to lapse after most of the major seafood processors that operate in the state pulled their support. However, the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association stepped up to serve as the client for getting the fisheries recertified.
The US Food and Drug Administration announced the recall by Big Blue Fisheries on September 30. It covers all vacuum-packed smoked fish produced by Big Blue — for the last two years. Greg Johnstone, the Environmental Health Officer with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, inspected Big Blue on September 20 and discovered that a recording graph on Big Blue’s smoker was not working.
Kodiak’s waterfront is bedecked with hundreds of “7 by’s” as boats stack their pots and gear up for the big crab fisheries in the Bering Sea. The Bristol Bay red king crab season is set to open on October 15, with a harvest of 8.6 million pounds, similar to last year. A reopened Tanner crab fishery will produce a three million pound catch; the numbers for Bering Sea snow crab, Alaska’s largest crab fishery, will be out next week.