State Fix on Groundfish Tax Collection Still a Work in Progress

Undercurrent News, June 15, 2016
By DJ Summers

Editor’s note: this story has been updated with exact numbers provided by Kurt Iverson.

KODIAK — A fishing tax rate glitch has new data that will increase state revenue in 2016, but the fix still needs work.

“I don’t think this issue’s going to go away,” said Kurt Iverson, a research analyst for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Iverson said 2015 data has raised the price for formerly undervalued fish. The state won’t make the millions it believed the fishery is worth, but the aggregate tax increase is worth more than a half-million dollars…. Continue Reading

N. Pacific Council Raises Pollock TACs by 2.34%, Flatfish Slightly Down, Cod Steady

Seafoodnews.com, December 11, 2015
By Peggy Parker

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council set 2016 pollock TACs at 1.341 million metric tons Thursday, up 30,643 metric tons from last year. Pollock TAC in the Aleutian Islands and Bogoslof area increased from 19,100 metric tons to 19,500 for 2016. This was less than the pollock increase of 64,000 tons recommended by the Advisory Panel, which voted to recommend a 1.374 million ton quota.

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North Pacific Council to Talk Halibut Rules, Groundfish Quota

Photo - Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion

Alaska Journal of Commerce, December 2, 2015
By DJ Summer

Photo - Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion

Photo – Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion

Dave Jacobs, left, and Steve Curl watch as Anthony Ballam lowers a halibut into the hold of the Independence in Cook Inlet. Cook Inlet, which is in Area 3A for charter halibut removals, has a recommended cut in harvest from 2015 according to the scientists at the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets this month in Anchorage to set charter harvest rules for 2016…. Continue Reading

Cod Allocation Could Revive Adak Processing Plant

Pacific Fishing, Dutch Harbor Report, December 2015
By Jim Paulin

Economic development: Despite factory trawler opposition, Adak has won guaranteed minimum amount of Pacific cod each year.

Located some 350 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Adak is a former Cold War military outpost struggling to remake itself as a civilian town.

The 5,000 metric tons of cod could help the local fish-processing plant reopen.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved the allocation at its October meeting in Anchorage.

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New Freezer Trawler for O’Hara

O'Hara Corporation's Araho

Fishermen’s News, October 1, 2015

O'Hara Corporation's Araho

O’Hara Corporation’s new freezer trawler, launched on Aug. 31 by Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida, will join the Amendment 80 fleet in the Bering Sea in 2016. Company officials say it will be used for the harvesting and processing of flatfish for markets in Asia and the United States. Photos courtesy of O’Hara Corp. Read more about the Araho here from Fishermen’s News.

The O’Hara Fishing Dynasty: Their Secret? Knowing When to Fish or Cut Bait

O'Hara Corporation's Defender

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Free Press Online], August 14, 2015
By Christine Parish

O'Hara Corporation's Defender
On July 31, O’Hara Corporation launched the first American fishing vessel that will be able to chase fish through polar ice off the coast of Alaska.

Now in its fifth generation, the O’Hara family business has shown the ability to adapt as fishing technology, two world wars, and changes in international fisheries laws upended the industry…. Continue Reading

O’Hara Corp Christens First New Amendment 80 Vessel in Nearly 30 Years

Araho, O'Hara Corporation's new vessel

undercurrentnews.com, August 11, 2015
By Jeanine Stewart

Araho, O'Hara Corporation's new vessel

Araho, O’Hara Corporation’s new vessel

The O’Hara Corporation christened the first new vessel to join Alaska’s flatfish sector in nearly three decades this summer, marking a major milestone for the aging fleet and sending waves of excitement through the industry.

A video posted on the company’s Facebook page shows the hull of the new vessel — named the Araho — being launched into the water, in time for completion by the Alaska Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands flatfish fishing season’s start in late January. In a rare move, the company had it built on US soil. Eastern Shipbuilding Group constructed the 194-foot freezer trawler at its home-base in Panama City, Florida…. Continue Reading

Halibut Anger Lands on Wrong Target

JuneauEmpire.com [Letters], July 7, 2015
By Lori Swanson

In Tuesday’s ‘My Turn’ feature, Mr. Grutter states that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council halibut bycatch reductions approved in June are a ‘non-action.’ He may be disappointed with the outcome, but the 25 percent reduction imposed on the Amendment 80 sector is an extremely significant action that will have huge effects on fishermen and their families, who are likely to see their incomes and quality of life suffer greatly from this decision. The cuts follow the 25 percent reduction in bycatch already achieved by the Amendment 80 sector through gear innovation and changes in fishing behavior. The additional cuts will require reduced overall harvest…. Continue Reading

What Did Scientists See During Eastern Bering Sea Canyon Survey?

Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) News, June 24, 2015

Click here to read the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) final report on Bering Sea canyons plus some interview questions from Chris Rooper, a NOAA Fisheries Research Biologist with the AFSC and one of the lead scientists on the journey to finding the answers.

Alaska Flatfish Catchers Take Hit After NPFMC Bycatch Vote

SeafoodSource.com, June 10, 2015
By Christine Blank, contributing editor

Flatfish catcher-processors are worried about the impact on their business and jobs in the sector after the North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to reduce halibut bycatch by 25 percent…. Continue Reading