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This is the first public showing of Northern Edge Craftworks, which creates sustainably sourced, live-edge home furnishings handcrafted in Alaska," according to its Facebook page. Juneau artist Abe Wylie will also have an installation on display. Comment?
Every year more than 6,000 people turn the Kenai Peninsula village of Ninilchik into a city during Salmonfest. The three-day weekend features some of Alaska's top food, crafts, art and brews available available throughout the grounds and a family friendly atmosphere, including a daily children's program, is part of the four stage extravaganza that includes over 50 acts. Comment?
Boaters from Homer to the Mat-Su valley can help protect salmon and other aquatic creatures and get discounts from popular businesses by doing so. A pilot program launched this spring is an offshoot of Cook Inletkeeper's Clean Boating program that began in the Valley five years ago. Comment?
Two months after a heated meeting, trawlers are again accusing Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten of short-changing their industry. Gov. Bill Walker submitted nominations to fill two seats of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council on March 9, sending waves of dissatisfaction throughout an industry segment that claims Walker's administration is forcing it out of the process at the worst time possible. Comment?
Fire sale salmon prices last year and a dim outlook for the upcoming season have caused the value of Alaska fishing permits to plummet. Starting with salmon permits: "A lot of people had disastrous seasons last year, whether it was drift gillnet or seine permits, and the values have declined dramatically," said Doug Bowen of Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer. Comment?
Aquatic farming, which was OK'd by Alaska lawmakers in 1988, topped $1 million in shellfish sales for the first time ever in 2014, coming in at $1.2 million. "This is the highest sales we've had since the inception of the program, which is pretty exciting," said Cynthia Pring-Ham, Director of Mariculture for the state Department of Natural Resources, adding that shellfish production increased 27 percent. Comment?
"Unsettled" best describes the mood among brokers in the business of buying, selling and trading Alaska salmon permits and quota shares of various catches. For salmon permits, "the dust hasn't really settled" since the season ended, said Doug Bowen of Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer, but at the moment, prices are tanking across the board. Comment?
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