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After 32 summers fishing with his dad, Cambria songwriter says goodbye to Alaska

Songwriter-singer Van William, a Cambria native son, says his recently released music video and the new songs he performs are deeply, profoundly personal.,, He says the music is a reflection of who and where he’s been, and his life’s successes, upheavals and heartbreaks, which — as is the case for most folks — helped to shape the person he is now. He said his summers spent in Alaska have “always been a huge part of who I am,” but “I’ve never been able to share much of it with anyone other than my immediate family. This video highlights how life feels up there and how heartbreaking it is to say goodbye to my years as a commercial fisherman.” Excellent video, photos, click here 20:53

“What is the price people paid to become a crab fishermen?” – Film maker seeks to preserve Kodiak King Crab History

Matt Stevens is a man on a mission. Born and raised on Kodiak Island in the late 70’s, he has grown up hearing the stories of Kodiak back in the day. A time when men and women journeyed from afar to get a piece of the legendary boomtown. What Stevens wants to know is, “What is the price people paid to become a crab fishermen,” and their stories that came with it. “I have heard so many stories of all these unique people during that time, and it was such a unique era that it would be great to know more about it.  I’m working on collectively gathering the history of commercial fishermen and women in the Kodiak era between the 60’s all the way through the 80’s. Essentially the king crab boom of its day and the stories and history related to that time.” Stevens feels that it is an epic time built on personal experience and memories. A dying history that needs to be preserved before it is too late. Read the story here, and by all means, contribute! 12:49

McDowell Group Report outlines economics of Kodiak Island’s seafood industry. Jobs=38%

Kodiak is grappling with how new ways of managing groundfish might affect the island’s economy.  Plans being crafted now affect catches of up to 25 different fish species – which together  made up 83 percent of all Kodiak landings in 2014.  To provide some guidance, a new economic impact report breaks down how the entire seafood industry plays out throughout the Kodiak Island borough, which includes six outlying villages for a total population of 14,000 residents. The draft report done by the McDowell Group gives a 10 year snapshot starting in 2005, covering all the  local actions it takes to be a seafood powerhouse year after year.  Nearly  500 million pounds of seafood worth  $150 million to fishermen was delivered to Kodiak Island in 2014. Read the rest here 18:08

Lost crab pots still catching king crab in Kodiak Island bay

Derelict crab pots lost on the bottom of a Kodiak Island bay are capturing significant numbers of its king crab, according to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Abandoned pots, the traps used by fishermen to catch crab, could be killing 16 to 37 percent of the red king crab with shells longer than 40 millimeters in Womens Bay, they concluded in a study. Pots likely were lost when lines were cut by boat propellers, commercial barge towing bridals or ice, the researchers concluded. They also could be lost if floats tied to the pots sank. Read the rest here 20:51

Southcentral Alaska halibut anglers may face bag limit cuts by 2014 – Alaska Dispatch

Once more the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, a government entity dominated by commercial fishermen, has voted to slash the halibut catch of charter anglers in Alaska. What happens next remains to be seen. A similar council action was vetoed by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) last year after,,,,,,,,,,,unities have mainly suffered because of cuts in the commercial fishery tied to unexplained declines in halibut in the North Pacific. Soaring prices for commercially caught halibut have only partially ,,,,,,,the federal government created what are called “individual fishing quotas” and gave commercial fishermen shares of the halibut resource, those shares have been bought and ,,,,,,,the University of Washington warned that the shifts in IFQ shares were gutting the economies of the smallest coastal communities on Kodiak Island. A similar phenomenon has ,,,,Read More

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/southcentral-alaska-halibut-anglers-may-face-bag-limit-cuts-2014