No Tanner fishery occurred in 2021 as crabbers waited for more mature male crabs to grow, and the waiting appears to have paid off.
Pacific halibut catches will be announced later this month. Also, the pandemic has derailed the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting slated to be held in person in Ketchikan.
OPINION: Here’s the annual no-holds-barred look back at the year’s best and worst fishing highlights from Fish Factor columnist Laine Welch.
Fish Factor: The task force of up to 19 people would conduct a comprehensive review of salmon science and management in Alaska.
Fish Factor: Homer man targets trawler bycatch in controversial Facebook posts.
The federal advisory panel manages six fishery plans covering 140-plus species within 47 stocks and stock complexes, including setting annual bycatch limits.
Fish Factor: The summer setline survey could result in increased catches for most regions in 2022.
Homer is in Net Your Problem’s lineup for fishing gear recycling, said the founder of the company that facilitates fishing gear recycling efforts, and Naknek will begin a program next summer.
In the case of Bering Sea snow crab, for example, the trawl bycatch could exceed the catch quota for the actual crab fleet.
The fishery produced the third highest catch, fish poundage and value on record dating back to 1975.
It’s hard to believe, but Dungeness crab in the Gulf of Alaska is now Alaska’s largest crab fishery — a distinction due to the collapse of stocks in the Bering Sea.
Fish Factor: The annual event levels the playing field among Alaska’s largest seafood companies and the smallest “mom and pops.”
“A lot of fishermen had a great year out there and made a lot of money. But buyers are hesitant to pay these really high prices. Many are hoping it’s a pretty short spike,” said one industry observer.
Fish Factor: A new report examines how Alaska fisheries policy dating back nearly 50 years has gradually disenfranchised local residents from economic opportunities.
Blue Ocean Gear of California created and builds buoys that track and monitor all types of deployed gear and report its location directly to a cellphone or website.