Monday, January 20, 2014


Commercial and charter halibut fishermen on the Kenai Peninsula will see a reduced catch in 2014 under limits announced Friday at the International Pacific Halibut Commission's annual meeting.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Drought hurts salmon

The sensitive populations of fish that spawn in Northern California's creeks and rivers are starting to suffer from the brutal drought threatening the state's water supplies.

– ContraCosta Times

Fishing disaster aid

Alaska's congressional delegation has been churning out press releases to trumpet Alaska-bound funds in the trillion-dollar spending bill President Obama was expected to sign Saturday.

– Alaska Public Media

Traffic growth in Bering

No country owns the Bering Strait waters, and no international law manages vehicle movement through the passage.
– Alaska Public Media

ASMI bullish on Walmart

In a statement following the meeting Walmart vice president for meat and seafood, David Baskin, said the company remains committed to buying Alaska seafood, and was excited that ASMI has agreed to work with Walmart to ensure the RFM standard meets the principles for credible sustainable fisheries programs.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Arctic Hunter lift goes slowly

Work is progressing slowly on the grounded crab boat Arctic Hunter as salvagers plan how to pull it off the rocks.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Pebble too wrong

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says he's concluded the proposed Pebble mine cannot be developed without harming the Bristol Bay region's world-famous red salmon runs.

– Anchorage Daily News

Tongass advisory panel

The U.S. Forest Service published its intent to establish a federal advisory committee to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the Forest Service on developing a sustainable forest management strategy for the Tongass National Forest, with an emphasis on supporting a transition to young growth management.

– Ketchikan SitNews

Fisherman helps rescue

"The Coast Guard thanks the crew of the fishing vessel Beachcomber for promptly rendering assistance by maneuvering close enough to the jetty to throw a line to the pleasure craft in distress and tow it to safety."

– Daily Astorian

Latest Columbia R. plan unchanged

The federal government's management plan for protecting salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by federal dams in the Columbia River basin differs little from its earlier version and continues to rely heavily on habitat improvement.

– Daily Astorian


Tuesday, January 21, 2014


The Coast Guard says it rescued four people aboard a commercial fishing vessel that crashed into a jetty near Brookings.

– Houston Chronicle

Cal smolt face death

The Coleman national fish hatchery plans to release another 73,000 baby salmon next week to almost certain death in the drought-stricken Sacramento River.


Changes in Canada management rules

Effective Nov. 25, 2013, the long-awaited and controversial amendments to the fisheries protection provisions of the Fisheries Act (the "Act") are now in force.

– Borden Ladner Gervais

Frankenfish in Canada

A collection of environmental groups want a court to decide if the federal government violated its own law by permitting the manufacture of genetically modified salmon in Canada.

– Vancouver Observer

Pollock A season begins

That's a slight increase over last year's quota.
– Lauren Rosenthall, KUCB, Unalaska

Squid prices still high

Although landings are recovering, prices are still high at around $600 per metric ton — around twice as much from last year.

– Undercurrent

Tuna supply tight

There may be more layoffs soon and. … The closure due to a sharp drop in tuna catches in the last few years.

– Undercurrent

B.C. Natives block development

Lillooet Mayor Dennis Bonstron said he doesn't believe the municipality had a regulatory obligation to consult with the band.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Win against hatchery

An Oregon-based environmental group is declaring a victory in a court case against state and federal fishery managers.

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

Alaska permit prices strong

Listings by four brokers show that Prince William Sound seine cards are over $200,000; they were in the $140,000 range a year ago. The Sound's driftnet permits also are selling at over 200K. Southeast Alaska seine permits are at $320,000, up from $250,000 last January. Kodiak seine values continued an upward creep to $50,000, up from $36,000. Chignik permits are in the $225,000 range. At Area M at the Alaska Peninsula drifts were at $90,000 and seine cards at $65,000. At Cook Inlet, drift permits are being offered at $85,000 or higher; that's $10,000 more than at this time last year. Cook Inlet seine's are listed in the $65,000 range and setnets at $16,000.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, quoted for


Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Environmental groups are taking Ottawa to court over its approval of commercial production of AquaBounty's genetically-modified salmon.

– CBC News

Increased catch for SE halibut

The combined commercial and charter catch for Southeast's Area 2C will be 4.16 million pounds. That includes a commercial catch limit of 3,318,720 pounds, that's an increase of about 11 percent from last year.

Downbeat forecast for Kenai salmon

A catastrophic return of late-run king salmon to the Kenai River is being forecast for this summer by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

– Alaska Dispatch

Scientist: Don't worry over nuke

"There's definitely people that you're never going to convince… I don't know what to tell you. The science says it's OK."

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

Alaska flatfish deemed sustainable by ASMI

The sustainability program sponsored by the seafood marketing arm of the State of Alaska has certified Alaska's flatfish fishery.


Vessel hits Newport jetty

The crew of the fishing vessel Eclipse contacted the Coast Guard via VHF-FM, reporting that they had lost propulsion and had struck the jetty and began taking on water.

– Coast Guard

USDA buys $20 million of pink salmon

After the record breaking salmon catch in 2013, with pink salmon comprising nearly the 80 per cent, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) agreed to purchase USD 20 million in canned Alaska pink salmon for nationwide distribution among people in need.

– Fish Information and Services

Fishermen injured in Unalaska

The Department of Public Safety was called to help two injured crew members aboard fishing vessels in Unalaska on Sunday.


Homer longliner joins halibut commission

As the first 2014 meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission opened in Seattle last week, Homer resident Donald Lane took his new seat at the table.

– Homer Tribune


Thursday, January 23, 2014


All vessels passing through or proceeding to and from ports and anchorages within the Barents area have to report in to the vessel traffic management information system.

– Barents Observer

Oil spill dispersants

If such a spill were to occur in Alaska, the use of dispersants is pre-authorized in certain areas. Should it be?


Alaska oil leases faulty

The ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals applies to a Chukchi Sea lease sale from 2008. But it's cast a pall on the future of Arctic oil exploration.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Disaster aid coming

These funds will be distributed to fishing communities deemed to have suffered industry disasters, such as the salmon fisheries in Alaska, New York, and New Jersey fisheries.

– Wicked Local, Massachusetts

Money spread too thin

Representatives of commercial and recreational fisheries and other iconic Jersey Shore activities hobbled by Sandy expressed concern Wednesday that the pot of money they hoped would help them recover will be spread too thin.


Device limits salmon bycatch

It's what's called an "excluder," and has been in development for more than 10 years.
– Alaska Public Media

Radiation testing of fish

The Department of Environmental Conservation isn't actively testing fish for radiation.

– Juneau Empire

Setnet ban supporters to court

The sponsors of a proposed initiative to ban setnetting in urban areas of Alaska are appealing the lieutenant governor's decision to not allow the voters decide the issue.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Anti-Pebble message to TV

The proposed Pebble Mine is drawing more and more opposition nearly every day.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Premier says pipeline must be safe

"There is no amount of money that they can provide that could make up for an unsafe pipeline. None." 

– CBC, Vancouver


Friday, January 24, 2014


They are asking Obama to use the government's authority, under the Clean Water Act, to block a project that would impact a fishery worth half-a-billion dollars each year that directly supports 14,000 jobs.

– Seattle P-I

Dear Obama: Stop fish fraud

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., is calling on President Barack Obama to step up to the plate and coordinate fish inspections to combat mislabeling and consumer fraud, which hurts both fishermen and their customers.

– South Coast (Mass.) Today

Obama OK's Alaska aid

President Barack Obama declared a federal Disaster for Alaska, making federal dollars available for victims of storms that occurred back in November.

– Alaska Public Media

Mr. Speaker: More irrigation

House Speaker John Boehner visited a dusty California field, joining Central Valley Republicans to announce an emergency drought-relief bill to help farmers through what is certain to be a devastating year.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Fish oil without the fish

A designer crop genetically modified to produce fish oils could be grown in our fields this spring.

– Daily News, U.K.

Rush to stop B.C. pipeline

The rush to the courtroom has begun as four groups are looking to block the federal government from approving the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

– The Northern View, Prince Rupert

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, sports fishing interests in Soldotna are not giving up on their efforts to force a vote to ban setnets in Cook Inlet, there's more quota for Southeast halibut fishermen but less elsewhere, and a breakthrough in excluders for trawl nets might save more salmon. All that, and, when is a pollock a cod? Kinda... now – we'll explain that, all coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report.

– KMXT, Kodiak

No nuke threat

"Most of it's been just solid waste -- it hasn't been anything that's what we would deem as hazardous waste."

– KUCB, Unalaska

Bristol Bay vessel upgrades

Commercial fishermen from the Bristol Bay region are eligible for money and assistance to upgrade their vessels.
– KDLG, Dillingham

Stop salmon fishing

If action isn't taken now, the future of king salmon fishing is in a dire situation.

– Tundra Drums


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