The Alaska Seafood Alliance hosted a salmon grill Tuesday at lunchtime on the dock of Pacific Star Seafoods on the Kenai waterfront. Conceived just last week, donations went to the Food Bank of the Kenai Peninsula. Local seafood processors that were members of the alliance also had product on hand for sale. Tune into KDLL news on Wednesday to find out more.
Well breakup hit the Kenai with a vengeance in the past week, with icy roads seemingly disappearing overnight and the rivers opening up to accept this year’s runs of salmon. All the salmon except those that go to support Peninsula fishing families that is - most of those wind up processed and shipped to markets nationwide. And it’s the jobs inside those seafood processing plants — very few are actually canneries any more — that we look at on this week’s Econ 91-9 feature.
Fishermen of all stripes struggled during another down year in 2018. While the numbers look a bit better heading into 2019, especially for Cook Inlet sockeye, the overall trend isn't a positive one. On this week's conversation, long time setnetter Ken Coleman talks about how that corner of the fishing community has had to adapt and what policies will help sustain the fishery.
Researchers now have a better idea of what’s eating king salmon in the open ocean. A new study from the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Science found kings filling the bellies of salmon sharks, but that wasn’t the information they were after.