Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Retailers fear it's too late to make up for the revenue lost during the monthlong delay in starting the season.

(Photo of Newport crabbers by Sharon Biddinger of Simply Design Studios)

– The Oregonian

Mixed forecasts for Alaska fisheries

Depending on their quarry, some commercial fishermen working Alaska waters can expect a productive year in 2013, while others will face tighter limits.

– Alaska Dispatch

Guv killing gillnetting

Unless legislators and state citizens keep Kitzhaber's promises to fishermen, a way of life will end and our area will suffer another hard economic blow at the hands of out-of-town meddlers.

– Daily Astorian

Drilling rig drama ends

The Royal Dutch Shell floating drill rig Kulluk went aground on Sitkalidik Island.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Another drilling rig cited

The Coast Guard says it found problems with the rig's on-board systems during an emergency inspection in Seward.

– KUCB, Kodiak

New UFA leadership

United Fishermen of Alaska, the state's largest commercial fishing organization, made two big announcements.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, reporting on his blog: Deckboss

Laine reviews 2012

Alaska's seafood industry worked hard this year to ramp up its message to policy makers, especially those from rail belt regions who tend to overlook the industry's economic significance.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in SitNews, Ketchikan

Changing Bristol Bay escapement

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is planning on changing the sockeye escapement goals in Bristol Bay.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Drifting dock looks familiar

A scientist who examined the dock that recently washed ashore on Washington's Olympic Peninsula says it looks just like the one that came ashore on a central Oregon beach last summer, suggesting it also is a piece of tsunami debris from Japan.

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Chinook bycatch

Deckboss was reviewing a recent federal fisheries report and found a very interesting chart (below) on Chinook salmon bycatch.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, reporting on his blog: Deckboss

Klamath deal deadline extended

With the lack of congressional action threatening to void the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, all 42 agencies that originally signed the pact have agreed to a two-year extension.

– Redding Record Searchlight


Thursday, January 3, 2013


If you're the Pebble Limited Partnership, you have to be relieved to see 2012 fade into history.

– Switchboard, National Resources Defense Council

No spill from oil rig

The grounded Shell Exploration drilling rig Kulluk is reported as remaining stable with no oil spill pollution observed.
– KMXT, Kodiak

Do you trust oil drillers?

The grounding of a petroleum drilling ship on a remote Alaska Island has refueled the debate about oil exploration in the U.S. Arctic Ocean, where critics for years have said the conditions are too harsh and the stakes too high to allow dangerous industrial development.

– Anchorage Daily News

Arctic foils oil companies

"Oil companies keep saying they can conquer the Arctic, but the Arctic keeps disagreeing with the oil companies."

– Christian Science Monitor

Foreign salvors for rig

Shell, headquartered in the Netherlands, naturally plans to use a Dutch outfit, Smit Salvage, to try to retrieve that behemoth drilling platform stranded at Kodiak Island.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, reporting on his blog: Deckboss

Greens attack iron dumping

NASA satellite images taken from orbit show a powerful growth of phytoplankton in the waters that received the Haida's iron.

– National Review

Sheen from sunken vessels

Two fishing vessels sank in Jakolof Bay on Christmas day, and an oily sheen spreading in sensitive oyster farming waters had the attention of federal and state agencies.

– Homer Tribune

Dealing with tsunami dock

Scientists plan treks Thursday and Friday to a dock that washed ashore on a wilderness beach near Forks.

– Daily Astorian

Crab fishermen rescued

The Coast Guard says a crab boat has run aground near Coos Bay, and three fishermen have been rescued.

– The Oregonian

Cal fishing rep steps down

Brian Stacy has resigned from his post as vice president of the Port San Luis Commercial Fishermen's Association, citing a lack of support from the organization.

– New Times, California

Franken salmon contamination

"If the wild population is contaminated by such a modification, the entire species gets pushed closer to the edge if food sources decline. In other words, they could run out of gas quicker."

– Pacific Fishing contributor Patrick Dixon writing about frankensalmon genetic modification in his blog, Gillnet Dreams


Friday, January 4, 2013


A Shell oil drilling rig grounded off an Alaska island since a New Year's Eve storm has suffered damage from waves and flooding but has spilled none of the 155,000 gallons of fuel and other oil products aboard.

– Huffington Post

Rig hemorrhaging water

While the results of two days of inspections by salvage crews remain preliminary, Sean Churchfield, Shell's Alaska operations official, attributed the flooding below deck to open hatches and not to cracks or holes in the hull.

– Anchorage Daily News

Stop Arctic drilling

Environmental groups are calling on the Obama administration to stop issuing permits for all offshore drilling in Arctic waters.
– Alaska

Professor now fishmonger

Nic Mink has spent the past two summers in Sitka meeting fishermen and learning about the economy salmon trolling. Now, he's launched a business to connect individual boats with consumers in the Midwest.

– Alaska or check out November's Pacific Fishing.

Native setnets stopped

An effort to process salmon in the small Alaska Native village of Levelock suffered a huge setback last month during a regulatory meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Copper River forecast

The state has released its 2013 salmon forecast for the famed Copper River.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, reporting on his blog: Deckboss

Sheen from sunken crab boat

A 160-yard-long oil sheen is visible as waves pound a grounded crab fishing vessel off the Oregon coast near Charleston.

– Coos Bay World

Cut irrigation, save fish

The idea drew protest from water suppliers, including the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts, which argue that the reductions would be especially tough in dry years.

– Modesto Bee

Alaska aid bill 'ridiculous'

Look at some of what was in the $60 billion bill: $150 million for Alaskan fisheries; $2 million for roof repair at the Smithsonian in Washington; and about $17 billion for liberal activists under the guise of "community development" funds and so-called social service grants. 

– Wall Street Journal

Did observer plan work?

Preliminary information about the fishery's impact on marine mammals is not expected out until the spring.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Subsistence halibut down

Alaska's subsistence halibut harvest has declined over much of the past decade, mirroring the drop in commercial catches statewide.

– KFSK, Petersburg

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