Monday, January 16, 2012


In Southeast Alaska two proposals are be considered that would convert the geoduck harvest from a weekly competition among divers to a program where each permit holder would be allocated an equal share.

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

Pot Cod Season Going Strong

Catching cod in a pot might seem a little tricky, but it’s a booming fishery in Unalaska. 

- KUCB Unalaska


Website shows how sonar used to track salmon

Most people don’t know that 40 years ago Alaska pioneered the use of sonar to track salmon

- Alaska Daily News

Genetically modified or no, farmed salmon a risky proposition

Get ready, folks: A genetically modified salmon, AquAdvantage, may soon be approvedby the Food and Drug Administration for use in U.S. commercial fish farming. That is, assuming that an opposition bill t

- High Country News

Feds launch salmon licence buyback

The latest move to reduce B.C.'s salmon fleet is underway as Ottawa announced cash offers to buyback commercial licences of trollers on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

- Victoria Times Colonist


Accidents Persist in One of the Most Dangerous Jobs: Commercial Fishing

Commercial fishing accidents continue to put seamen in harm's way.

- Digital Journal

Canadian fish eaters threatened by Fukushima radiation

After the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years, authorities in Canada said people living here were safe and faced no health risks from the fallout from Fukushima.

- Montreal Gazette

Oregon coast: New marine reserves strengthen fishing industry

On New Year's Day, without even the pop of a champagne cork, an important change took place on the Oregon coast.

- The Oregonian

Unsanitary conditions at Quinault fish plant led to FDA recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says almost 27,000 cans of fish processed at a Quinault Nation plant were recalled last spring.

- The Seattle Times

Coos Bay port says no to reserve

Cape Arago probably won't see a marine reserve anytime soon.

- Coos Bay World


Tuesday, January 17, 2012


After dealing with a handicapped harbor and the longest season delay in decades, local commercial crab fishermen caught a break — the highest opening price in North Coast history.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Crabbers eye advancing ice

So far this year most parts of the Arctic have seen less sea ice than normal, but not in the Bering Sea.

– KUCB Unalaska

Save fuel with kite

The commercial fishing industry may be set to benefit from innovative new kite technology – aimed at providing fuel savings for vessel operators.

– World Fishing and Aquaculture

Natives want fed oversight for salmon

Angoon's village corporation is petitioning the federal government to take control of a major salmon fishery in Southeast Alaska.

– KCAW, Sitka

Not enough answers in Taku mine

Though the owner of the Tulsequah Chief mine has announced it will not barge on the Taku River, the Taku River Fact-Finding Task Force continues to search for questions and answers about the mine and its potential effects to the river's salmon run.

– Juneau Empire

New model for Aleutian king crab

Scientists made progress last week on a model that will help estimate the population of Aleutian Islands golden king crab.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Why cut Canadian scientists now?

I wonder why Environment Canada is cutting scientists when Canada is facing serious environmental challenges. The Cohen Inquiry into the failing stocks of salmon in B.C. waters showed the need to monitor and identify viruses in fish from farms and wild salmon, imported or endemic.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Any spill is unacceptable

What would happen if there were an oil spill on our coast?

– Rupert Daily on Line


Wednesday, January 18, 2012


AFDF has received letters from eight major primary salmon processors advising AFDF they are phasing out their financial support for the Marine Stewardship Council salmon certification program.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

MSC decision: Canadians take credit

An announcement by salmon processors in Alaska that they will discontinue eco-certification with the U.K.-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is being viewed as a victory by B.C. conservation groups that had challenged the recertification of the Alaskan salmon fishery.

– Epoch Times

More bad news for Columbia sturgeon

White sturgeon are the latest fish species to experience a population crash in the Columbia estuary. This is terrible news for sturgeon, for the ecosystem and for many local people who count on sturgeon for food, recreation and economic opportunity.

– Daily Astorian

Price high, but where are the crab?

After the opening price lock of $2.30 per pound expired Jan. 5, prices in Charleston soared to $3.50 a pound from the canneries, with live buyers offering as much as $3.75.

– Coos Bay World

Why opposition to B.C. oil port

“It’s a wild salmon economy here,” Bachrach said. “People fly here from all over the world in October and November to fly fish for steelhead. The First Nations have an in-river fishery with traditional sites at Babine Lake and other places. People still dip net for salmon. Closer to the ocean, there’s the marine commercial fishery.”

– Vancouver Observer

Oil and herring don’t mix

Four years ago, in November, 2007, a container ship called Cosco Busan hit the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and spilled over 50,000 gallons of bunker fuel-oil into San Francisco Bay. Twenty researchers teamed up to tell us what happened in the next four years to one important species of fish: herring.

– Huffington Post

Salmon radio

Melinda Hemmelgarn  with guest Ann Mosness – ocean steward and commercial fisherwoman – discuss Alaska wild caught salmon, the families dependent on truly sustainable fishing, and the threats of farm-raised fish.

Coastal Zone gets enough signatures

The effort to restart the Alaska Coastal Zone Management program took another step forward when the organizers of an initiative delivered over 33,500 signatures to the Alaska Division of Elections.

– KDLG, Dillingham

American Seafoods buys E. Coast company

American Seafoods, the Seattle-based operator of the largest fleet of Bering Sea pollock factory trawlers, is expanding its East Coast processing operations with a new acquisition.

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


Thursday, January 19, 2012

No news today.


Friday, January 20, 2012


Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy has dissected a federal judge's ruling "substantially in favor of the National Marine Fisheries Service, and against industry groups and the state, in a case involving commercial fishing restrictions the agency imposed to protect endangered Steller sea lions in the Aleutians."

Read all about it at Wesley's blog, Deckboss.


Copper River, Prince William Sound forecasts

Alaska Department of Fish & Game has released the 2012 Copper River and Prince William Sound salmon forecast.



Columbia white sturgeon reduced

For the third straight year, fish and wildlife directors from Washington and Oregon have agreed to reduce the catch of white sturgeon on the lower Columbia River, where the species has declined in abundance in recent years.

– Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife


Catch limit decisions ‘historic’

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is about to reach a historic achievement.

– New York Times


Reinstate Cal water plan

A federal water management plan intended to protect threatened Chinook salmon and steelhead throughout the Central Valley should be fully reinstated, says a coalition of commercial and sport salmon fishermen, conservationists, and a native American tribe.

– Central Valley Business Times


Sea otter damage

Sea otter population in Southeast Alaska is increasing, and consequently, the animals are depleting marine life, causing an adverse economic impact to local fisheries, according to a presentation given by fisheries experts at the Sons of Norway in Petersburg Sunday night.

– Petersburg Pilot


Nome has its fuel

Coast Guard, state, local, and industry personnel completed the safe delivery of an estimated one million gallons of diesel and 300,000 gallons of gasoline to the city of Nome Thursday at 5:30 a.m.

– Coast Guard


TV skipper to prison

An Alaska fishing captain who led a crew on the program that spawned the cable TV show "Deadliest Catch" will serve five years in prison for a fatal crash.

– Anchorage Daily News


Crabs look good, weather doesn’t

Crews rushing to haul in pots before a storm.

- Crescent City Triplicate


Push for answers on fish farm disease

The virus has been identified in four different types of salmon in four different locations.

-Westerly News


Judge tosses fish farm critic’s bid

A defamation case against a fish farm critic cannot be turned into a public inquiry.

– The Globe and Mail, Toronto



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