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Seawatch: Halibut prices may drop soon

Halibut prices reached unprecedented levels this spring, but may be about to come down from the stratosphere soon as more boats put out to sea and other sources of fresh fish come on the...

Seawatch: Bristol Bay sockeye run could stress processors

Some Bristol Bay fishermen have been expressing anxiety about the ability of area processors to handle the huge sockeye run expected for this season, and the area’s largest marketing association hasn’t expressed the utmost...

Seawatch: Coast Guard was in news last week

The U.S. Coast Guard is in the news a lot this week, from a scathing report from federal regulatory agencies pointing to gaps in safety regulations that potentially led to the deaths of 34...

Seawatch: Halibut season starts, but with no deliveries yet

Halibut and black cod season started this week, but two days into the fishery there had been no deliveries yet. By this time last year 370,000 pounds had been delivered, but the season also...

Seawatch: Eight fisheries qualify for disaster declarations

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that eight fisheries, from salmon to cod to Tanner crab, qualified for disaster declarations requested by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The fisheries occurred from 2018 to 2021...

Seawatch: Shellfish purchases drop while finfish is up

In a good news-bad news story, more Americans are learning how to buy and cook healthy seafood. The trend is expected to continue, but global supply chains are a hot mess, which actually led...

Seawatch: ‘Frankenfish’ hit market, but with labeling rules

While the fight to keep genetically engineered salmon off the market in the U.S. has largely failed, the fight to have it labeled as such has had some success. There has been a phase-in...

Seawatch: Alaska had a tumultuous fishing year

It was a tumultuous year for fishing in Alaska, with some salmon runs posting records and others going bust, Bering Sea crab quotas on the downswing, and state and federal management decisions with far-reaching...

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