Monday, January 17, 2011


In defiance of all trends, the last three years in the Bering Sea have been the coldest on record.

– Earth Times

Wall Street Journal: Halibut charters

A federal move to ground at least a third of Alaska's chartered halibut-fishing fleet is under fire from officials in the rapidly growing industry, who say the plan will deal a blow to the state's already struggling tourism sector.

– Wall Street Journal


Probe into Alaska diver's death

The U.S. Coast Guard is looking into the death of a commercial diver harvesting sea cucumbers near Metlakatla.

– Alaska Public Radio Network

Tongass future before Congress

The New Year will bring a new fight over Sealaska's lands-selection legislation. The bill, which will be reintroduced in the new Congress, could determine the future of tens of thousands of acres of Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest.

– KFSK, Petersburg

NOAA study to survey fish jobs in SE

What is the contribution of fishing and seafood processing to the Southeast Alaska economy? Scientists at NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center are seeking improved data on that topic.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

SE salmon worth $1 billion

Salmon is an economic engine that pumps nearly $1 billion into Southeast Alaska's economy, according to a Trout Unlimited Alaska study.

– Anchorage Daily News

Kodiak to evaluate fish adviser job

The joint fisheries adviser position for the city and borough needs to be re-evaluated, said some Kodiak City Council members at their Tuesday work session.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

Tanner crab infested with parasite

Tanner crab samples taken from Deadman Bay have shown that one quarter of one percent were carrying the parasite that causes Bitter Crab Syndrome.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Astoria seafood school open again

After a 14-month closure, the Seafood School has been resurrected as the Community-based Education Collaborative – and not a moment too soon.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Deeda Schoeder, writing in The Daily Astorian


Tuesday, January 18, 2011


This latest study, newly published in the journal Aquatic Biology, proves through DNA evidence that offshore killer whales prey on large Pacific sleeper sharks – whose skin is so abrasive it is believed to be wearing the whales' teeth flat.

– Vancouver Sun


SE halibut fishermen ‘staggered’

One Sitka-based commercial fishing group, the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, says it was "staggered" by the staff recommendations and has provided these thoughtful comments to the commissioners.

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

W. Coast trawl ratz underway

A new "catch share" program will give each boat a percentage of an overall annual catch limit. Boats can buy, sell or trade parts of their quotas like stock market shares.

– San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News

Tougher rules for Yukon salmon

The Yukon River might be frozen, but the fight for the shrinking number of salmon that will be swimming up the river in five months is already heating up.

– Fairbanks News-Miner

Fishermen fume: China farms use B.C. eggs

AgriMarine is doing most of its work in China, using Canadian-sourced fish eggs. That has some B.C. fishermen fuming; they accuse AgriMarine of selling off Canada’s "genetic code."

– The National, Canada

Closed pen farm in B.C.

B.C.'s first closed, floating salmon-farming tank — touted as a greener alternative to traditional open-net pens — has been installed off Vancouver Island.



Alaska Natives threaten polar bear suit

Some of the Arctic's largest Alaska Native organizations are threatening to sue the federal government over its decision to designate more than 187,000 square miles of land and ocean as critical habitat for polar bears.

– Anchorage Daily News

Search still on for Unalaska fisherman

The search for John F. Courage continues into its third week. The 56-year-old fisherman went missing on December 29, and the Unalaska Department of Public Safety, the Coast Guard, and the Alaska State Troopers have been working to determine his whereabouts.

— Pacific Fishing columnist Alexandra Gutierrez, reporting for KUCB, Unalaska

Fishing restrictions near Kodiak

A plan designed to repair the Chinook salmon run on the Karluk River will impose new restrictions for seiners and trawlers fishing near the mouth of that river.

– KMXT, Kodiak (Scroll down.)


Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Some Tanner crab districts around Kodiak Island and the Alaska Peninsula are starting to close down as harvest levels reach the desired number.

– KMXT, Kodiak
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California: Dungeness catch slows

The decline was expected entering the second half of the season, but some fishermen said it seems to have come sooner than in past years.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Big storm in Aleutians

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Western Alaska has granted storm avoidance requests for five foreign cargo vessels experiencing 27-31 foot waves, winds of more than 55 mph with reported gusts up to 100 mph, while transiting along the great circle route north of Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

– Coast Guard

Longliner dies at sea

An Arizona man died at sea while working on a longlining vessel. Oratio Gomez, 33, was fishing for Pacific cod aboard the F/V Ocean Prowler when he fell ill.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Alexandra Gutierrez, reporting for KUCB, Unalaska

Angler campaign worries B.C. halibut fleet

The commercial fishery is on edge this week, as saltwater anglers give government another hard push for a larger share of B.C. halibut.

– Comox Valley Echo

Warming water stunts Atlantic cod

Climate change could make a sea in southern Scandinavia too warm for Atlantic cod, and rising water temperatures may be stunting the growth of young fish, a study showed on Monday.

– Vancouver Sun

Another tuna-mercury report

A Marin-based group released a report showing swordfish and tuna found in local grocery stores contained mercury above a federal threshold, while a seafood trade group called the study a "scare story."

– Marin (Calif.) Independent Journal

Small-boat marketing plan in Alaska

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is piloting a Community Supported Fishery in the Anchorage area that will offer Kodiak tanner crab harvested by small-boat, conservation-minded fishermen to consumers.

– Anchorage Daily News


Thursday, January 20, 2011


The board unanimously voted to grant the city of Adak its emergency petition that will allow vessels under 60 feet to fish Pacific cod in state waters in the vicinity of Adak during the federal season

– KTUU, Anchorage

Halibut guide sentenced for poaching

Arthur C. Aho, a halibut sport fishing guide working out of Ninilchik, was sentenced by District Court Judge Margret Murphy on Jan. 18 for illegal acts committed while working as a sport fishing guide.

– Seward Phoenix

B.C. citizens have right to fish

They fish because of a group of English lords, who, eight centuries ago, forced King John to sign the Magna Carta  Their efforts gave the public a legal right to fish, and that right can be enforced even against a King or Prime Minister.

– Vancouver Sun blog

Coal will destroy Cook Inlet stream

I wish to add my voice, again, to the many and diverse Alaskans who oppose the destruction of a Cook Inlet salmon stream for the sake of a coal mine.

– Bill Sherwonit, writing in the Homer Tribune

Cal loan program to update boats

The California Fisheries Fund, EDF's fisheries loan program, formed in 2008, targets fisheries that need money to shift to more sustainable fishing practices.

– San Francisco Business Times

Senator leads drive against frankenfish

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich plans to introduce a bill that would block federal approval of genetically altered Atlantic salmon as a food source.

– Anchorage Daily News

So, what killed '09 Fraser sockeye?

The most likely causes are: marine and freshwater pathogens like viruses, bacteria and sea lice.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Opinion: Hatcheries kill fish

For the past 40 years fisheries biologists have known that hatchery fish are extremely harmful to wild fish.

– The Oregonian

NOAA to fix Columbia sea lion rules

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has decied not to appeal a Ninth Circuit Court decision that found fault with the program that lethally removes California sea lions from the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.

– Pacific Fishing correspondent Cassandra Marie Profita reporting in Ecotrope, Oregon Public Broadcasting


Friday, January 21, 2011


By federal order, hundreds of Alaska halibut charter businesses will be forced to close their doors Feb. 1. Most of them are small, mom-and-pop operations.

– Alaska Dispatch


Halibut charters blame you

"This is due to that fact that 436 people own 88 per cent of the halibut that is allowed to be caught each year. US sports fishermen are only entitled to 12 per cent of what is a Canadian-owned product.

– North Island Gazette

Opinion: Sportsmen want too much

The recreational sector wants to be allowed to continually grow and grow, and take more and more of all the fisheries resources (salmon, halibut, prawn, crab, etc.). That is not sound fisheries management.


Yachts should not support fishing fleet

Charter boat operators and yacht brokers say it's fine with them if the Port of Bellingham chooses to give moorage rate breaks to commercial fishers, as long as those breaks don't come at their expense.

– Bellingham Herald

Opponents gather against Alaska coalmine

Opponents of the proposed Chuitna coal mine on the western rim of Cook Inlet far outnumbered backers of the project at a public hearing in Kenai.

– Anchorage Daily News


Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the Board of Fish has opened state waters in the Western Aleutians. It's a tricky science trying to guess the salmon return to Upper Cook Inlet. And just how big is the economic benefit of commercial fishing to Southeast? All that, and more on the search for fishermen's wives with big personalities.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Oregon lab probes Alaska king crab

The numbers of both the red and blue varieties of Alaska king crab have declined significantly, and as resource managers struggle to determine why, a small team of scientists in a most unlikely location is working on insurance.

– Newport News Times


Two words: Eat clams

Tired? Depressed? Forgetting things? Who isn't these days?

– Wall Street Journal

Alaska safety courses scheduled

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association's boating safety courses will be available to mariners throughout the year in Alaska providing hands-on training with equipment used in survival situations.

– Coast Guard

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