National Fisherman

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) and Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD) have christened the first large commercial fishing vessel built in Alaska, the F/V Arctic Prowler.

Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD), a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial, operates Ketchikan Shipyard for AIDEA. The 136 ft. freezer longliner vessel, built by ASD for Alaska Longline Company, is also the first vessel to be constructed in Ketchikan Shipyard's new 70,000 square foot Assembly and Production Hall.

"AIDEA is proud to be part of Ketchikan Shipyard," said AIDEA Executive Director Ted Leonard. "Our work in partnership with Alaska Ship & Drydock, Vigor Industrial, the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough has helped make the Shipyard a center of economic activity for the region."

Read the full story at Shipbuilding Tribune>>

Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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