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Fish Factor: Plummeting prices, flushed meds

Alaska's 2015 salmon season produced the second largest harvest ever, but rock bottom prices yielded the lowest pay out to fishermen since 2006.
Gillnet season opens strong in Southeast, slow in Lynn Canal

...number, 395, was the lowest on record. Despite the problems in northern Southeast, Doug Mecum, director of the commercial fisheries division, said sockeye and chum harvests around Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg have been above average...
Alaska Department of Fish and Game anticipates short crab opening

Commercial crab fishermen in Juneau may get just a few days of fishing before the season closes, according to officials at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which is anticipating a three- to four-day red king commercial opening around town. Red king crab season opens Saturday at noon. The state has set a commercial harvest limit of 225,000 pounds of crab for Southeast. The limit for waters around Juneau is 47,000 pounds, said Gretchen Bishop, Southeast shellfish project leader for ADF&G's Commercial Fisheries Division.
Alaskans wonder where the king salmon have gone

...Alaska are thriving."It doesn't seem to be that simple," Beamesderfer said.Jeff Regnert, director of the commercial fisheries division for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, also said something different in the marine environment...


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