Tag Archives: Alaska’s seafood industry

AK seafood earnings, poundage outpaced by Washington state

Alaska’s seafood industry puts more people to work than any other private industry, topping 60,000 workers in 2015. Of that, less than half – 27,600 – were Alaska residents. And while 71 percent of active fishing permit holders call Alaska home, most of the gross earnings go to the state of Washington. Based on numbers from the United Fishermen of Alaska’s annual Fish Facts, resident fishing permit holders made gross dockside earnings of just over $602 million two years ago. That compares to more than $904 million by nearly 6,580 Washington-based permit holders and crew. Fishermen  from Oregon took home more than $126 million from Alaska’s fisheries and Californians pocketed nearly $28 million. That adds up to more than $1 Billion flowing out of state by non-resident fishermen. Listen to the audio report, read the rest here 17:29

Seafood harvesting employment in Alaska is on the rise.

A new report in the November edition of state Labor Department publication Alaska Economic Trends says monthly employment in Alaska’s seafood harvesting sector in 2013 grew by 2.4 percent, a level not seen since 2000. Job growth, primarily driven by increased salmon harvesting, brought the year’s monthly average of people employed in seafood harvesting to 8,393, less than 400 shy of 2000’s level,,, Read the rest here 09:09

Fish bucks flow far beyond AK; dock prices over a decade – This is Fish Radio.

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522What is likely the most comprehensive report ever done on Alaska’s seafood industry was compiled this year by the McDowell Group in Juneau for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. more@fishradio  11:22

Opinion: Halibut plan is best yet: Catch sharing manages uncertainty, conserves stock

Heath Hilyard, the executive director of the Southeast Alaska Guides Organization, is right (Aug. 9, News-Miner). The halibut catch sharing plan, or CSP, isn’t about conservation. It’s about managing the charter halibut resource responsibly so businesses can operate with more certainty. In fact, the plan was supported by the charter sector many times throughout the years for that precise reason. Why the hue and cry now? They want more fish. more@newsminer  12:02

Report shows commercial fishermen earned $1.9 billion fishing North Pacific

 Alaska’s seafood industry generated $4.7 billion in sales in 2011, with $2 billion in income, while providing more than 63,000 jobs, a new federal fisheries report says. continue

Fish Factor: Anchorage tops Alaska for fisherman-per-mile. Compiled by United Fishermen of Alaska

By far, most commercial fishing operations in Alaska are small LLCs or family businesses, and each fishing boat is like an individual store front. Alaska’s harbors can be likened to a “mall in a marina.” UFA is “alarmed” at the lack of public awareness about the economic contributions of the Alaska’s seafood industry, said president Arni Thomson of Anchorage. http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1250fish_factor_anchorage_tops_alaska_for