Tag Archives: Kodiak

Unexplained sockeye dropoff shuts down Yakutat fishery

Add Yakutat’s wild sockeye run to a growing list of struggling Alaska salmon stocks. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game shut down set net fishermen in the Yakutat District on Thursday after fishery managers determined less than 10 percent of the historical average have returned. Weirs on the Situk River have counted only 1,700 returning sockeye this year. That’s down from an average of 20,000. It’s the smallest return on record for this time in the year and a dropoff managers did not predict. >click to read<11:03

Historic Fishing Vessel Gets New Home in Downtown Kodiak

A historic fishing vessel has been given a permanent home in downtown Kodiak after 12 years of refurbishment and sitting in storage. click here to read the story, and from May 27, 2013, Kodiak’s Thelma C prepared for new home – After more than a year of restoration, the Kodiak Maritime Museum’s Thelma C is ready for its new home on the Kodiak waterfront. On Saturday, volunteers finished cleaning the Thelma C restoration site at Kodiak College, preparing the wooden fishing boat for storage until construction is finished on a permanent display stand downtown click here to read the story The Thelma C Restoration Project click here 15:33

Kodiak Sockeye Season Opens Early on June 1

Kodiak’s commercial sockeye salmon season gets off to a bang tomorrow (today). Already this week has far exceeded expectations, with Monday setting an all time record for sockeye past the Karluk weir. On Monday, a whopping 46,000 fish hit the river, prompting fish and game biologists to reconsider the numbers and open the season early on June 1. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Kodiak Commercial Salmon Area Biologist James Jackson explains that island-wide commercial opening is based on activity at specific rivers. “In June around Kodiak the majority of the commercial salmon fisheries are managed based on the local sockeye runs. And the four big sockey runs are Karluk, Ayakulik (eye-ah-cue-lick) Upper Station and Frazier.” The biggest of those is usually the Karluk River. “And Karluk early run has come in like a bang this year,,, click here to read the story 08:23

Fishy politics lures candidates of every stripe to Kodiak

The lure of reaching a statewide radio audience once again is attracting a full slate of political hopefuls to Kodiak for its popular fisheries debate. On Wednesday, five candidates for U.S. Senate will travel to the nation’s No. 2 fishing port to share their ideas on Alaska’s seafood industry. “It’s a great service to Kodiak, to our fishing communities and to Alaska in general,” said Trevor Brown, director of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, host of the event. “Fishing is the state’s largest private-sector employer. I think the candidates realize the importance of the fishing industry.” Since 1990, the Kodiak debates have been an election year staple for candidates running for governor and Congress, and they’ve gotten 100 percent participation. Read the story here 09:41

Opinion: Governor should recognize value of Alaska groundfish industry – Al Burch

Kodiak-trawlerSomething remarkable happened in my hometown of Kodiak recently. Roughly 1,000 people turned out to celebrate our groundfish trawl fishery. It was a family affair, with processing workers and their kids, fishing families, support businesses and local officials all participating in the parade and the barbecue picnic that followed. More than 2,000 meals were served and $17,000 was raised for the local Brother Francis Shelter. For me this was very special. My brother and I were some of the pioneers of the trawl fishery here in Kodiak. We started from scratch when the United States claimed a 200-mile zone. I remember the foreign fleets off our shores, and once they were replaced by U.S. vessels like ours,,, Read the rest here 11:06

COMFISH 2015 Is coming to Kodiak! April 2nd thru the 4th

Comfish 2015, coming to Kodiak April 2-4, will feature presentations on safety and research, plus updates on state and federal fisheries issues, environmental films, and a lively fish filleting competition with challengers from shoreside processors. The annual fisheries forum and trade show kicks off at the Best Western Kodiak Inn on April 2 with forums on man overboard safety at sea, new vessel safety compliance programs and lessons from fishing vessel energy audits. Read the rest here  http://comfishalaska.com/ 10:46

Western Alaska Fisheries cannery in Kodiak Sale Price is $37-Million

   A few weeks ago when KMXT first told you of Trident Seafood’s purchase of the Western Alaska Fisheries cannery in Kodiak, CEO Joe Bundrant declined to reveal the sale price, saying as a privately-owned company, they preferred to keep such information private.  However, the company Trident purchased Western from, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro, is a publicly-traded company, and as such must report its financial dealings.  Read the rest here 11:54

The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Gubernatorial Fisheries Debate Tonight! 7 PM, (11PM eastern)

Governor Sean Parnell,  Byron Mallott and Bill Walker square off over fish, and mining! Watch the debate here, kmxt ustream tv  16:40


Seward tops commercial fisheries – Wolfgang Kurtz

While Homer, Kodiak and Seward continue to compete for the top spot in commercial halibut landings this year, Seward has taken a big lead when sablefish is added into the mix.,,,Between halibut and sablefish, commonly called black cod, Seward has more pounds of fish landed so far this season than Homer and Kodiak combined. Read more here  19:33

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch — Big price increases for halibut and black cod –

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522Halibut prices are up by more than a dollar a pound compared to the same time last year. Fresh fish have been moving smoothly and demand is steady, said one major buyer at Kodiak. Dock prices at Kodiak were reported,,Listen and  Read more here  19:11

Free Beer! ComFish Alaska 2014 Opens Tomorrow In Kodiak.

Booths from a wide-range of fisheries related businesses and groups are located at the Kodiak Convention Center. Forums will be held at the Harbor Room in the Kodiak Best Western Inn. Read more here  15:49

Line item needed to restore crab – Lu Dochtermann, FV North Point, Kodiak

I got many endorsements of my recent letter (Hiring choice questioned) on Kodiak’s besotted advisor selection and the demise of the King Crab Capital of the World. Emails rolled in and the phone rang constantly. The letter made a national website for, as one commenter noted, “sleeping with the enemy.” The Board of Fisheries recently approved my proposal to wisely shut down hard on bottom trawling in all state waters around Kodiak. Read more here , both pieces. 18:00

The 2013 Arctic Science Conference – September 26th–28th in Kodiak, Alaska

Fisheries and Watersheds: Food Security, Education and Sustainability Future concerns about Alaska’s marine resources, particularly the fisheries, revolve around the status of research and education and our ability to wisely utilize this cornucopia. The 2013 Arctic Science Conference will feature a variety of sessions focusing on marine science, sustainability, circumpolar health, and interdisciplinary education. [email protected] 15:35

Western Aleutian Processors Snag Business From Kodiak Plants. Fishing for History? Audio

Unalaska Community Broadcasting – For the past year, pollock and cod fishing off Kodiak has been booming — but processing plants in town say they aren’t seeing enough of that business. That’s because more than 14 million pounds of pollock and cod caught near Kodiak during the 2012 “B” season was shipped to plants in Akutan, King Cove, and Sand Point. continued

Fish Processing Ship Spills Diesel Fuel in Kodiak

Kodiak, Alaska – A fish processing ship sitting in the Kodiak harbor, spilled an estimated 150 gallons of diesel fuel on Saturday. Read more

Many tanner crab areas closed; quotas reduced

By Cristy Fry –  The bairdi tanner crab season in Kodiak and along the Alaska Peninsula continues its quota yo-yo this year with quotas either down or areas closed entirely when the season begins Jan. 15. On Kodiak Island, only two areas out of eight are open, the east side and southeast sections, for a total of 660,000 pounds, down from 950,000 pounds in 2012 and 1.47 million pounds in 2011. Read More

Kodiak memorial held for lost fisherman

KODIAK, Alaska – As mourners prepared to release balloons into the air above  Kodiak on Wednesday, the clouds parted and the rain stopped. Then, incredibly, a  rainbow appeared.
It was a perfect ending to the memorial service for  Jaime Gallegos, 31, who disappeared at sea after the fishing vessel Advantage  sank on Friday. Three other men were rescued from the Advantage, but one, boat  captain Leif Bolan, died after the rescue. The family of Leif Bolan announced  that a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in St. James the  Fisherman Episcopal Church in Kodiak..
Read more:  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Kodiak memorial held for lost fisherman