Monday, January 9, 2012


Cook Inletkeeper’s Bob Shavelson was at work Monday locating a geiger counter online to purchase for measuring any radioactive presence on jetsome that floats ashore on Kachemak Bay beaches.

– Homer Tribune

West Coast trawl quota

January is traditionally a time to reflect on the year just past, and to look forward as well. For many of the men and women who fish off Oregon's coast, this month marks an especially important milestone.

– Brad Pettinger, writing in The Oregonian

Feds to set far reaching quotas

In an effort to sustain commercial and recreational fishing for the next several decades, the United States this year will become the first country to impose catch limits for every species it manages, from Alaskan pollock to Caribbean queen conch.

– Washington Post

Canada probes Native salmon sales

The federal government is conducting a complex and extensive investigation into first nations salmon fisheries on the B.C. coast, Provincial Court documents reveal.

– Vancouver Sun

Value of Bristol Bay catch

Researchers at Portland based Ecotrust concluded that the value of fish harvested in Bristol Bay averaged $2.2 to $2.9 billion annually from 2005-2008.

– Alaska Dispatch

Bering Sea crabbing early

The Bering Sea snow crab fishery is picking up steam earlier than usual as the fleet scrambles to get the catch before rapidly encroaching sea ice shuts them down.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in SitNews, Ketchikan


Nome tanker plows through ice

A Russian tanker is inching through thick ice in the Bering Sea en route to delivering fuel to Nome. The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy is cutting a path for the 370-foot Renda, which is carrying more than 1.3 million gallons of fuel.

– Anchorage Daily News

Cordova smothered in snow

The fishing town of Cordova is used to dealing with excessive snow -- but not like this.

– Anchorage Daily News


Deadliest Catch tough guy

Tattooed tough guy Feleti "Freddy" Maugatai of the crab boat Wizard on Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch has been charged with misdemeanor assault in the wake of a December fight at the Grand Aleutian Hotel in Dutch Harbor.

– Anchorage Daily News


Tuesday, January 10, 2012


An explosion aboard a 56-foot commercial fishing vessel docked in Boat Haven shook local windows and rattled walls but caused no injuries or damages to the adjacent boats — which included the Coast Guard cutter Osprey.

– Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, Wash.

Crab tender aground

The 180-foot crab tender Baranof was switching docks to pick up crab pots when it beached itself on the backside of Little South America.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Cordova: National Guard in

Cordova residents say at this time of year, there are more shovels than people in town – but even with all the shovels, they can't seem to dig themselves out of more than 14 feet of snow they're facing.

– KTUU, Anchorage

Acidification in Dillingham

The issue of ocean acidification was addressed at length during a roundtable presentation held in Dillingham.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Dry land salmon farming

A unique fish farm proposal, designed to grow commercial volumes of salmon in tanks on land, was given an $800,000 government boost.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Tighter logging standards

A study finding that logging on private timberlands is making streams warmer, potentially harming salmon, has prompted the state Board of Forestry to consider tightening state logging standards.

– Eugene Register Guard

Fish house stuck in Canadian probe

A seafood company that prides itself on buying nothing but sustainable and legal fish says it has become a bycatch in an investigation into an alleged illegal first nation salmon fishery.

– Globe and Mail, Toronto

B.C. oil pipeline costs more

Enbridge Inc.'s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline through British Columbia's mountains faces rising costs as regulators and opponents weigh environmental threats in the latest battle over Alberta's oil sands.

– Financial Post, Canada

Big fish farmer sues B.C. activist

Don Staniford has fought many battles in his 15 years of opposing salmon farming, from his days as a master of environmental science student in England to lobbying against farmed Atlantic salmon on British Columbia's coast.

– Victoria Times Colonist


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


An Alaska community blitzed by nearly 15 feet of snow was hit by another storm and a new problem – a shortage of shovels.

– Anchorage Daily News

Snow sinking Kodiak boats

The harbormaster is advising all boat owners to go shovel the snow off their vessel immediately. Marty Owen says three boats have sunk this morning.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Next crab opener

A second wave of Dungeness crab is expected to hit the market when the North Coast of California opens to commercial crabbers on Sunday.

– Sacramento Bee

Crab prices go up

Nick Furman, executive director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, says the new price of crab has been hovering around $3/pound for processors and $3.50/pound for live buyers.


Propane reason for boat explosion

A leaking acetylene tank has been identified as the probable source of the flammable gas that ignited and caused Monday's onboard explosion felt all over town.

– Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News

Fuglvog associate facing charges

Trial has been set for Feb. 13 for an Oregon man accused of fishing in one area and falsely reporting the fish were caught in another area.

– Anchorage Daily News

Fewer Cook Inlet Belugas

Scientists from NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center announced the 2011 abundance estimate for the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population is 284 animals, almost 20 percent lower than last year's estimate of 340.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Columbia River sturgeon cut

Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission wants a 38 percent cut in the allowable sport-commercial catch of sturgeon from the lower Columbia River this year.

– Vancouver, Wash., Columbian


Thursday, January 12, 2012


Under this system in the first year, discards of wasted fish have fallen to 1 to 3 percent of the catch.

– Seattle Times


B.C. oil port dangerous

There have been many comments about the lack of dangers in the shipping of oil by tanker, some by people who have never been in the waters of the North Coast.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Alaska fisheries upset Canadians

Three conservation groups in British Columbia are taking aim at Alaskan salmon fisheries that they allege are damaging the region's fish stocks and which they also claim are violating conditions of the Marine Stewardship Council's eco-certification.

– FishNewsEU

Hollywood enviros object over turtle

Oceana has filed a complaint about the United States government's decision in October of 2010 to allow eight New England and Mid-Atlantic fisheries to harm 14 times more (from 42 to 610) threatened loggerhead sea turtles.

– Fish Update

More snow for Anchorage

Heavy snow fell in Alaska's largest city Thursday, adding to what already has been the snowiest period for Anchorage since records have been kept.

– Atlanta Journal Constitution

Cordova: Ugh!

When you're trying to clear nearly 15 feet of snow, a regular shovel just isn't going to cut it.

– Anchorage Daily News

Ice barge to Naknek in June

The organization that owns the 2 large ice barges that are deployed each summer in Bristol Bay has decided to move one of those barges to another fishing district.

– KDLG, Dillinham

Oil barge nears Nome

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy and Russian tanker Renda are experiencing dynamic ice conditions and the transit to Nome is slow but continuous. The vessels are approximately 100 miles from Nome.

– Coast Guard

Oops! Correction

The article on your web site, "Propane reason for boat explosion," does not mention propane; it is about acetylene. … Acetylene (welding gas) is extreme explosive and caused this explosion. And, yes, propane is a menace on boats because it is very heavy and tends to collect in bilges, eventually causing a very hot fire with people often getting hurt (but rarely, if ever a bang).

– Mac MacCarter

Editor's note: Our mind was in neutral. Sorry.


Friday, January 13, 2012


The Japanese government estimated that up to 25 million tons of debris washed into the Pacific Ocean. Now that debris may be starting to make landfall along US coasts.

—LCC, Eugene

Fish farm disease vaccine

This vaccine is given together with commercial salmon feed through a system patented by the U.S. company.


Coast Guard moves to St. Paul Island

With an increased number of vessels operating in the region, the Coast Guard will again forward deploy two MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crews from Air Station Kodiak to St. Paul to provide a more rapid response should the need arise.

– Coast Guard

D-crab opener I

Another wave of Dungeness crab is expected to hit the market next week.

– CBS, Sacramento

D-crab opener II

Commercial crabbers along Oregon's southern coast are prepping their equipment for a late season opening.

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

Englund to leave state commish

Jon Englund, 74, who's run Englund Marine & Industrial Supply and served on numerous boards, committees and commissions around the North Coast, will be stepping down this year from the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, after serving two terms equaling eight years.

– Daily Astorian

Ice breaker nears Nome

The Healy and the Russian tanker Renda are now approximately 27 nautical miles away from the city.

– Coast Guard

Samuelsen retires from CDQ

One of the local Bristol Bay leaders who was involved with the creation of the CDQ organization for the region is resigning as its president and CEO.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, some fishermen in Cordova may have lost their boats to the unnatural dump of snow there, a new factory long-liner will be built in-state, and the dilemma of bycatch.

– KMXT, Kodiak

New safety and survival DVD

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