Monday, January 14, 2013


The most widespread changes to Columbia River salmon fisheries in decades will be phased in starting this year.

– Longview Daily News

Gillnet rules not as bad

The new policy has some significantly softened terminology in it compared to what came out of the last Working Group meeting in Seaside.

– Robert Sudar, a guy who's done a huge amount of work and worry about the matter.

More on the gillnet proposal

While winning praise from sport fishermen, the plan is strongly opposed by gill-netters.

– Seattle Times

Guilty of crabbing in preserve

The captain of a commercial crab vessel was sentenced by the Sonoma County Superior Court for a misdemeanor violation committed while taking Dungeness crab from inside the Stewarts Point State Marine Reserve.

– Lake County (California) News

Great white shark endangered?

The California Fish and Game Commission will consider a petition to give threatened or endangered species status to the West Coast great white shark population at its meeting early next month.

– Lake County (California) News

Herring spawn in San Francisco

Just off San Francisco's China Basin, you could see flocks of gulls and pelicans flying, hovering and then crashing into the bay to feed.

– San Francisco Chronicle

B.C. pipeline port too dangerous

"The consequences of a major oil spill along B.C.'s north coast … could be catastrophic and irreversible."

– Victoria Times Colonist

Sentence after Trident embezzlement

A Kodiak woman has been sentenced to four months in prison on two counts of wire fraud for her role in a scheme to embezzle nearly $500,000 from Trident Seafoods.

– Cordova Times

Remembering the dead

The Coast Guard honored the crews of the 52-motor lifeboat Triumph and the 38-foot fishing vessel Mermaid during a memorial service at Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco. Five Coast Guard members and the two-man crew of the Mermaid were lost when severe weather sank both vessels, Jan. 12, 1961.

– Coast Guard

We goofed

On Friday, we published an item that indicated Prince William Sound produced 44,000 more salmon than Southeast Alaska last year. The number should have been 44. Sorry.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013


The Canadian fleet is transitory and most of their catch and income flows back to Canada while their fish compete with U.S. fishermen in a finite market.

– Western Fishboat Owners Association

Boom-bust salmon

Cycles lasting up to 200 years were found while examining 500-year records of salmon abundance in Southwest Alaska.


Fishermen angry over gillnet ban

But as the political controversy over gillnetting and the competition with sports fishermen have built to a climax, Kuller and other gillnetters on the Lower Columbia are losing faith that a new Columbia River fisheries plan will leave a place for them and their way of life.

– Yakima Herald Republic

Editorial: Get over it!

We hope this legal challenge fails. It's time for the relatively few gillnetters -- only about 200 along the Columbia -- to accept a fate that has loomed inevitable during a dispute that has spanned several decades.

– Vancouver Columbian

Cal crabbers begin

After several delays the start of commercial crab season kicks off, and crab fishermen have been out all morning preparing.

– KIEM TV, Eureka

Time to save the Coast Guard

Despite its vital and omnipresent role protecting America's shores and our mariners from harm, the Coast Guard's budget has been steadily declining in recent years, even as its role has expanded to include maritime homeland security.

– Baltimore Sun

Newport hosts wave energy test site

Newport has been chosen to host the $25 million deep-water Pacific Marine Energy Center wave energy research site.

– Newport News Times

Protecting NW coho and steelhead

Today we proposed to designate critical habitat for lower Columbia River coho salmon and Puget Sound steelhead, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).


Canada cuts Natives on salmon panel

The federal government has allowed the only two First Nations appointments to a Canada-U.S. commission that manages Pacific salmon to lapse, prompting aboriginal fishermen to accuse Ottawa of shutting them out.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Cal delta fish dwindling

The latest trawl-net fish count shows the population of California's six species of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fish are dwindling.

– Eureka Times Standard


Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Over 50 percent of the sockeye caught last year in Bristol Bay were chilled at the point of harvest. That's the first time in history that the 50-percent mark has been achieved.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Renegade drill rig stays put

The Unified Command has not yet announced a timeline for departing for Seattle, the rig's intended destination before going adrift in a Gulf of Alaska typhoon and ultimately washing ashore.

– KMXT, Kodiak

CG staged in Bering Sea

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak temporarily deployed two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews to St. Paul, Alaska, to safeguard the crab fleet and other fishing vessels engaged in winter fisheries in Southwestern Alaska.

– Coast Guard

New sonar for upper Cook Inlet

The new escapement goal is based on the department's DIDSON sonar and will replace the former escapement goal which was based on a target-strength sonar.

– Peninsula Clarion

Fisherman overboard, missing

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia, in Astoria received notification via VHF-FM radio from the fishing vessel Senja that a crew member had fallen overboard at about 1:30 a.m.

– Daily Astorian

Saying goodbye to gillnetting

But as the political controversy over gillnetting and the competition with sports fishermen have built to a climax, Kuller and other gillnetters on the Lower Columbia are losing faith that a new Columbia River fisheries plan will leave a place for them and their way of life.

– Vancouver Columbian

Get over it!

(Our link to this item failed Tuesday.) Fish wheels — which capture fish much like mill wheels convert rivers into power — were outlawed on the Columbia River in the 1930s for a couple of compelling reasons. They represented an outdated system that, essentially, was too efficient in killing some species of fish whose populations were at risk.

– Vancouver Columbian

Alaska tanner crab season opens

The catch quota for Tanner crab is a modest 660,000 pounds for the Kodiak District.

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

PenAir quits villages

With just one small airplane left, Peninsula Airways is almost completely out of the village air taxi business.

– Pacific Fishing magazine contributor Jim Paulin, writing in the Dutch Harbor Fisherman

Grounding under investigation

Officials have yet to determine a cause in the grounding of a fishing vessel near Charleston earlier this month.

– Coos Bay World

Managers must be enviros

Fisheries managers should sharpen their ability to spot environmental conditions that hamper or help fish stocks, rather than assuming that having a certain abundance of fish assures how much can be sustainably harvested.

– University of Washington


Thursday, January 17, 2013


North Coast fishermen are expecting a starting price of $2.50 per pound this season.

— Crescent City Triplicate

Chinook disasters not funded

Not included in the House bill was a provision for $150 million for fisheries disasters that states such as Alaska and Mississippi could have shared.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Cold storage in Astoria

He talked about Ocean Cold, a 95,000-square-foot cold storage and processing facility in Westport, Wash., and how Astoria could profit from a similar facility.

– Daily Astorian

Renegade oil rig a warning

The grounding of Shell Oil's Kulluk drill rig reminds us again of Alaska's tough maritime conditions and our vulnerability from coastal shipping and oil activities in the Arctic and around Kodiak, the Aleutians and Southcentral Alaska.

— Alaska Journal of Commerce

Begich still likes off-shore drilling

Alaska Senator Mark Begich has been a strong proponent of Arctic offshore drilling – some even credit him with winning White House support for the program.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Stephanie Joyce, reporting for KUCB, Unalaska

Crabbing around runaway rig

Nothing has spilled from the rig, but state and Coast Guard officials are being extra cautious to make sure the Kulluk and various response vessels don't cause a problem for the crabbers.

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

Raising Homer boat

The Coast Guard plans on overseeing work to get the sunken F/V Leading Lady to the surface, weather permitting, but more than two weeks has now passed as fuel spilled into the sensitive waters of Jakolof Bay.

– Homer Tribune

CG inspections delayed

A new dockside safety exam requirement for many commercial fishing boats has been postponed for a couple of years.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Suspected poachers claim religion

State prosecutors are disputing religious protection claims by Alaska Native fishermen cited for illegal fishing.

– KTOO, Juneau

Alaska permit prices mixed

There's lots of movement in Alaska's salmon permit markets, but sales of catch shares are in a stall.

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

Overboard search ends

The Coast Guard suspended the active search for a fisherman who fell overboard from a commercial fishing vessel approximately eight miles northwest of the Queets River, Wash., Wednesday.

– Coast Guard

Women discuss fishing

Women in Fisheries will be the topic of the Sitka Marine Heritage Society's annual meeting/presentation, beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 in Centennial Hall. Tele Aadsen, Linda Behnken, Pat Kehoe, Marie Laws, Coral Pendell, and Linda Danner will be featured. Eric Jordan will moderate the panel. The evening is free and open to the public.



Friday, January 18, 2013


Modern mines can and do fail, often with devastating environmental consequences.

– Natural Resources Defense Council


Fines for illegal halibut

Two boats that regularly fish out of Unalaska were prosecuted in 2012 for illegal halibut fishing.

– KUCB, Unalaska


Gillnet ban flawed

It only takes about 10 minutes of conversation with an actual gillnetter to learn that Kitzhaber's plans are deeply flawed in numerous ways.

– Herald and News, Klamath Falls


Where's gillnet ban money?

"This is going to be a very, very difficult budget year. There will be lots of demands on limited resources."

– Daily Astorian


New McFish bites

The Fish McBites, which are made of Alaskan pollock, will be available in three sizes: "Snack" (3 oz), "Regular" (5 oz) and "Shareable" (10 oz).

– Huffington Post


Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, King salmon is again the topic du jour in two parts of the state – and in Washington, D.C. We get an update on the Southeast crab fishery. And wouldn't you like to be on the International Pacific Halibut Commission?

– KMXT, Kodiak


New fish tax on Adak

Voters in Adak approved the first raw fish tax in the city's history.

– KUCB, Unalaska


Officials mum over oil rig future

The Unified Command still isn't releasing any details about future plans for Shell's Kulluk drill rig, which ran aground near Kodiak on New Year's Eve.

– KUCB, Unalaska


Oregon ready for wave power

Five years after a moratorium on permits for wave energy facilities in Oregon's territorial sea, the state appears ready to approve a plan spelling out how and where they may be placed.

– The Oregonian


MSC renewal for albacore

Consumers in the United States and in markets around the world can continue to recognize and reward sustainable fresh, frozen and canned albacore tuna from the American Albacore Fishing Association, based in San Diego.



Community grants available

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) of American Seafoods Company announced it is now accepting applications for its Alaska community grant program. The deadline to submit applications is February 6, 2013.

– American Seafoods



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