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

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.

Alaska Flatfish Fleet Wins Council Approval for Greater Quota Flexibility

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS, April 9, 2013
By John Sackton

At the N. Pacific council meeting this past week, the council approved the industry favored option developed by the Amendment 80 fleet that will increase their flexibility to use quotas…. Continue Reading

N. Pacific Council to Give More Flexibility to Amendment 80 Flatfish Fleet

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  [Alaska Journal of Commerce], March 5, 2013
By Molly Dischner

At the N. Pacific Council meetings that concluded last week, one item considered was providing more flexibility in the Bering Sea flatfish harvest…. Continue Reading

Alaska Seafood Cooperative Encourages Taking a New Look at Certified Sustainable Alaska Flaftfish

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [seafoodnews.com], June 23, 2010

A month after being awarded an international environmental certification, Alaska flatfish species are receiving new attention from seafood buyers and restaurateurs. After a three‐year comprehensive evaluation, the fisheries earned Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. … Continue Reading