Seafood processors feeling a labor crunch from the loss of J1 student workers will be keeping an eye on Congress this summer. The Senate will soon take up legislation that creates a visa category specifically for the fish processing industry. Senator Mark Begich is leading the push to create the H2O visa.  Senators will discuss the visa in a much bigger debate: that of broad immigration reform.  Begich said the senate will begin on the issue around the second week of June.

2013 Togiak Herring Closes After Near Record Season

May 28, 2013
Carl Johnson

28,808 tons of fish were hauled in, the highest total harvest in some 20 years, with both gear groups catching over 90% of their quotas.

New workers this summer at the Goodnews Bay processing plant in Platinum will earn what’s believed to the highest starting processing wage in the state.  Coastal Villages Seafood will pay 10 dollars an hour for new employees. That’s up from 9 dollar an hour new workers have started at over the past 4 years. In boosting the wages, the company points to success in the CDQ’s Bering Sea catch as well as local improvements in processing efficiency. Dawson Hoover is the Communications Coordinator for Coastal Villages Regional Fund. 

The ongoing Togiak Sac-Roe herring fishery is down to just one gear group but as KDLG’s Mike Mason reports… the gillnetters had a good day of fishing on Wednesday.

A women involved in the seafood processing industry is trying to shed some light on why one area of Bristol Bay has a thriving small seafood processing industry while another area has no small processors at all. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Fire Aboard the Catcher Processor "Arctic Storm"

May 21, 2013
U.S. Coast Guard

The fire that broke out Monday afternoon aboard a large catcher processor is out and no injuries have been reported. The Arctic Storm is a 334-foot catcher processor that works extensively in the North Pacific including the massive Pollock fishery in the Bering Sea.

Celeste Novak

The Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery is still ongoing but one of the 2 gear groups has been closed down. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The harvest of herring as part of the Togiak Sac-Roe Herring Fishery picked up on Saturday and Sunday. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports… the purse seine fleet is approaching their quota of herring.

Togiak Herring Update... Slower Fishing on Friday

May 18, 2013
Thorey Munro

The herring harvest in the ongoing Togiak Sac Roe fishery slowed down a little on Friday. Friday’s total harvest was just over 820-tons with the purse seine fleet hauling in 475-tons and the gillnetters harvesting 346-tons of herring. 

Over half of the quota available in the Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery has been harvested.

Thorey Munro

The massive Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery is rolling right along with nearly half of the total quota already harvested. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission has filled out the membership of the new "Management Strategy Advisory Board". The 16-member Board includes both American's and Canadians.  

Bristol Bay's massive commercial salmon fishery will get started next month and fishermen are already gearing up. The U.S. Coast Guard is also getting ready for the season with safety inspectors scheduled to be in the region later this month and for much of June. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.

Thorey Munro

Fishermen participating in the Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery have hauled in over a third of their quota.     Through Tuesday the total herring harvest was 10.3-thousand tons. Fishermen are working with a total quota of just over 30-thousand tons.

Thorey Munro

Fishermen participating in the annual Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery have hauled in nearly 8-thousand tons of herring during the first 3 days of fishing. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.