The Highliner

Commercial fishing is a bedrock industry in Alaska, and has been for more than a century. Every year scores of fishermen net millions of migrating salmon, challenge the icy Bering Sea to trap king crabs, lay miles and miles of baited hooks for halibut, and scoop up enough pollock for a zillion fish sticks. And when fishermen aren't out fishing, they're usually talking about fishing. That's what this blog by Wesley Loy has been all about for the two years he has written it.

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Bristol Bay processors: We can handle 'em

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has just released its Bristol Bay sockeye processor capacity survey for the upcoming season.

As usual, the packers are telling the state they can handle the full forecasted commercial catch of 24 million fish. And then some.

Hmm. Does this mean frustrated fishermen won’t see buying limits and suspensions as they have the past few seasons?

A recent study from the Juneau-based McDowell Group found that 37 million surplus fish worth $131 million dockside swam up bay rivers unharvested in the period 2003 through 2008.

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