Monday, January 2, 2012

Holiday - No Fishwrap


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Huge herring die off

Norwegians have been left puzzled at the sight of thousands of dead herring carpeting a beach in the northerly district of Nordreisa with some wondering if a predator had driven them to their death or a storm had washed them ashore.

– The Guardian, U.K.

Kodiak fisherman medevaced

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured fisherman from a 57-foot fishing vessel near Kodiak Island Sunday. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a call over VHF-FM channel 16 at 1:42 p.m. from the crew of the Kodiak-based fishing vessel Captain Kidd reporting that a 27-year-old crewman broke his arm after it became caught in an anchor line.

– Coast Guard

Cal ocean reserve begins

Starting today (Jan. 1), fishing will be halted or limited in some 15 percent of Southern California's most bountiful ocean waters under a new landmark environmental protection initiative.

– Contra Costra Times

Guide for Alaska fishing rookies

"The Big Bucks Guide to Commercial Fishing in Alaska," was the result. It is the subtitle that holds the real story, though: "How to run away to Alaska, Work Harder than You Ever Thought Possible and Perhaps Even Get Paid."

– KMXT, Kodiak

Canada buys back salmon permits

The first round of a two-year, $28.5 million license retirement program has been launched by the Government of Canada, Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, recently announced. The program aims to enhance the economic viability of the commercial Chinook troll fishery off the West Coast of Vancouver Island.


New look in satcom field

Inmarsat the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has begun the process of including its subsidiary companies within a new organizational structure that will align the Inmarsat business more closely to core vertical market segments and continue to support both direct and indirect distribution of its services.

– Sacramento Bee

Fighting fish fraud

Cheaper DNA testing technology is making it easier than ever for regulators and seafood firms to crack down on seafood mislabeling.

– Vancover Sun

Taku forecasts

The U.S. allowable catch of large Taku River king salmon is 6,703 fish, says this state forecast.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy writing in his blog: Deckboss

Top 2011 Alaska fish stories

Alaska’s seafood industry continued its mission to ramp up its message to policy makers, especially those from rail belt regions who tend to overlook its economic significance.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch writing in SitCom, Ketchikan

Cal pier open for crab

The Trinidad Pier will be open for crab season, hoisting the freshly caught crustaceans out of boats and across gaps in the partially constructed new pier to waiting trucks.

– Eureka Times Standard


Wednesday, January 4, 2012


China will emerge as Alaska's top export customer for 2011 when final trade statistics are counted for the last two months of the year, state officials say.

– Anchorage Daily News

Klamath River sealed off

The mouth has been sealed off in the past, but local researchers and fishermen believe this is the first time the mouth has closed at this time of year.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Repopulating otters

Sea otters were extirpated by the fur trade from most of Alaska by the late 1800s.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Winter herring fishery unwise

The winter herring fishery underway in the Strait of Georgia has alarmed some conservationists, with some scientists worrying that local resident herring populations could be damaged.

– Vancouver Sun


Rationalization studied

Several fisheries in Alaska have been privatized with both positive and negative results. Kodiak is being used as a case-study for some research that was outlined at the most recent Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium in Anchorage.

– KDLG, Dillingham (Scroll down)

Tanker headed for Nome

A Russian tanker that plans to deliver petroleum products to the iced-in Alaska city of Nome has passed a Coast Guard check and been approved to operate in U.S. waters.

– Anchorage Daily News

New salmon farming standards

A ceiling of 200,000 fish per cage will be set as a maximum under new regulations for fish farming announced by the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries.

– The FishSite

Wild Atlantic salmon

More than 3,100 salmon returned to the Penobscot River, the most since 1986, and nearly 200 ascended the Narraguagus River, up from the low two digits just a decade ago.

– New York Times

Atlantic halibut banned

All fishing for halibut around Iceland will be banned from 1st January amid ongoing stock decline.

– IceNews



Thursday, January 5, 2012


Sea ice is moving south - rapidly. That's a concern for boats heading out to catch snow crab.

– KUCB, Unalaska

D. crab to be costlier

The season opening crab price agreement between most commercial crab fishermen and processors will expire on January 5th, and many expect the laws of supply and demand will kick-in.

– KCBY, Coos Bay

One fish = $736,000

This tuna is worth savoring: It cost nearly three-quarters of a million dollars.

– San Francisco Chronicle

New ASMI slogan in Japan

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has recently changed its marketing plan and slogan for the Japanese market.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Fight to ban sturgeon nets

The Coastal Conservation Association is calling for an end to the winter sturgeon gillnet season in the lower Columbia River to reduce handling of the dwindling population.

– The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.

New Taku task force

Will development of the Tulsequah Chief Mine harm Taku River fisheries? Thursday night marks the first meeting of a task force created to seek out and address potential threats.

– Juneau Empire

Can state afford fish management?

I'm starting to wonder if Washington state's budget problems mean it will no longer be able to co-manage natural resources with the treaty tribes.

– Billy Frank Jr. for IndianCountryToday


Alaska economy promising

Even while the nation has been mired in a recession and its aftermath over the last several years, Alaska has mostly been adding jobs.

– Juneau Empire

Trawl ratz's first birthday

The first anniversary of the groundfish catch share management system launched last January is on the horizon, and reviews - while still decidedly mixed – are steering toward guardedly optimistic tradewinds.

– Newport News

Salmon back to Sacramento

After four long years of record-low numbers, the fall-run chinook salmon population surged back from the ocean this year, once again filling the Sacramento Valley's rivers on their spawning run.

– Sacramento Bee


Friday, January 6, 2012


The city of Kake will celebrate its 100th anniversary this weekend. The three-day festivities include reflections on not only the community's history, but also its culture.

– KCAW, Sitka

Herring on SF market

After a month in which it was difficult to track down sufficient quantities of fish, a sizable amount of herring was landed last night.

– SF Weekly

B.C. herring fishery targeted

The winter herring fishery underway in the Strait of Georgia has alarmed some conservationists, with some scientists worrying that local resident herring populations could be damaged.

– Vancouver Sun

More on seine buyback

Deckboss hears the new buyback list looks very similar, in terms of permit numbers and dollar amounts, to the one generated with the first auction.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy writing in his blog: Deckboss

Taku protection group begins

The eight-member Taku River Fact-Finding Task Force kicked off its year-long mission to provide facts on the river to Alaska's decision makers.

– Juneau Empire

NMFS chief gets new job

"I'm pleased to announce that I've chosen Eric Schwaab, assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries, to serve as NOAA's acting assistant secretary of commerce for conservation and management, a position left vacant by the departure of Dr. Larry Robinson in November 2011."

– NOAA press release

Nome tanker problems

The tanker had to return to port in the Aleutian Islands because of a bad valve.

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, ASMI changes its slogan in Japan AND looks to South America as a potential customer; IFQs were one of the topics of the recent Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium, and a seasoned skipper writes a book of advice for greenhorns looking to break into Alaska fisheries.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Halibut meeting in late January

The International Pacific Halibut Commission is meeting Jan. 24-27 in Anchorage to consider this slate of recommended catch limits for the 2012 season.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy writing in his blog: Deckboss

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