Monday, January 21, 2013


But a top official who met with Sitka fishermen said too many questions remain about the system, and there’s no way a functional electronic monitoring program could be ready in the next two years.

– KCAW, Sitka


Corey Arnold photography in NY

Every summer, the remote camp fills with fishermen – and a few fisherwomen – who come to seek their fortunes in the waters of Bristol Bay, home to one of the largest runs of sockeye salmon in the world. Among them is Corey Arnold, a native Californian who runs a wild salmon netting operation from two small skiffs in the bay.

– New York Times

A pollock primer

The Bering Sea pollock fishery opens with a customarily enormous quota of more than 1.2 million metric tons.

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

Akutan hovercraft is costly

The Aleutians East Borough is looking for a less expensive way to travel between the village of Akutan and the new airport on Akun Island, seven miles away by hovercraft.

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

Sentenced for otter kills

A Haida hunter, artist and businessman from Ketchikan was fined $10,000 and ordered to six months of home confinement after admitting to illegally hunting and selling sea otter pelts.

– Juneau Empire

Last chance to stop frankensalmon

Fishing groups, consumers and health organizations are launching a final push to prevent genetically modified fish from getting the nod for American dinner plates.

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

N. Cal crab spotty

Some seafood buyers say the catch has been very good for their fleets. Others say the season so far has been average. And although it’s early, most say the season hasn’t been as good as last year.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Fish farm chemicals spread

Anti-lice agents used in fish farming can cause serious harm to the wider environment, a study published by the Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif) suggests.

– Chemical Watch

Where’s money for gillnet ban?

Leaders are delving into the details – especially how money in the governor’s budget will be raised and spent.

– Daily Astorian

Drill rig shakes Shell’s plans

Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program is now officially in jeopardy and its prospects will depend on the findings of two continuing federal inquiries.

– New York Times


Tuesday, January 22, 2013


“To know anything, we have to be out there on research vessels or talking to commercial fisheries to get an idea of what's going on with their marine environment.”

– Alaska Dispatch

Alaska’s Arctic future

Since 2007, the Arctic has seen six unusually warm summers with very little sea ice.

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

No pollock price

Prices could be down this year for both fish and roe because of larger quotas in both the U.S. and Russia.

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

New rules for south ocean

Chile has established a set of new fisheries laws protecting underwater sea mountains, limiting bycatch, and setting science based quotas, protecting 150.000 square kilometers of marine habitat.

– MercoPress, Montevideo, Uruguay

Farmers pay for sea lion drownings

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans will accept $100,000 worth of restorative justice work instead of prosecuting Grieg Seafood B.C. for the accidental drowning of 65 sea lions in nets surrounding three salmon farms near Gold River.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Keep Canadians off tuna

A treaty between the U.S. and Canada has allowed fisherman of both countries to fish each other's waters for the past 30 years, but a growing number of U.S. fisherman say the treaty's time is up.

– Coos Bay World

NY Times: Lubchenco was creative

Jane Lubchenco worked tirelessly and creatively to resist the decline in threatened fish populations as boss of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

– New York Times


Fish top Alaska export

Natural gas and minerals are among the goods emerging countries will need from Alaska, though seafood remains at the top of the state’s export list for now.

– Alaska Public Radio

New salmon forecasting model

Pacific salmon abundance has been highly variable over the last few decades and most forecasting models have been inadequate.

– Oregon State University


Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Research at the University of B.C.'s Okanagan campus is calling into question the value of fish-oil based supplements as a way to combat cardiac and inflammatory disease.

– Vancouver Sun

CG stops fishing voyage

The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel in Prince William Sound for safety violations Monday.

– Coast Guard

SF Bay herring return huge

The small fish have returned to San Francisco Bay en masse this year.

– Marin Independent Journal

Your job kills

The number of fishermen who die on the job has gone down by nearly half since 2009. But fishing is still the deadliest job in the U.S.

– Planet Money, NPR

Fight over Wrangell lift

The city of Wrangell awarded a contract for the purchase of a marine vessel hoist to an Italian company. Now, a North American firm is protesting.


Tax news for you

Here's an important announcement from the IRS on penalty relief for farmers and fishermen.

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

Alaskans want on Shell review

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has requested that Alaska be included in a high-level review panel that will look at Shell's Arctic drilling operation last summer.

– Alaska Dispatch

Honored for Cal ratz work

Environmental Defense Fund was awarded with the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for its sustainable fishing loan project – the California Fisheries Fund – during a ceremony at the California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters.

– PR News Wire

Cook Inlet question

If the 2013 Kenai River king and sockeye runs shape up similarly to the 2012 returns, how can the disastrous fishing season that unfolded last year be avoided in the coming one?

– Redoubt Reporter

Lee Alverson dies

Dr. Lee Alverson, an icon in the American fishing industry, died Saturday. He helped write the original Magnuson Act. As head of the Northwest and Alaska Fisheries Science Center, he developed many of the stock assessment methods that are still employed today. He started Natural Resources Consultants in 1980 to help U.S. fishermen get involved in joint ventures with foreign companies fishing in Alaska and along the West Coast, which eventually led to complete Americanization of the fishery. Lee wrote a great book about his life and his role in fisheries called "Race to the Sea."

– Jeff June


Thursday, January 24, 2013


McDonald's USA announced it would become the first national restaurant chain to adopt the Marine Stewardship Council's blue eco-label on its fish packaging in restaurants nationwide.


Fishing in the Arctic

Fishing is off-limits in the Arctic, but last summer a pair of commercial trawlers traveled north to the Chukchi Sea.

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

Canada failing preserves

Federal promises to create a network of marine protected areas are progressing at a snail's pace, and there are fears that federal cutbacks will slow the process even further.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Easing rules of cruise ship discharge

Legislation introduced by the Parnell administration would delete a statutory requirement for cruise ships to meet.

– Cordova Times

Sunken boat fouls oysters

Enough fuel spilled in the sensitive oyster farm waters that the Alaska Department of Natural Resources announced that all commercial sales of the oysters from this area are shut down.

– Homer Tribune

Astoria boat-building museum

The Maritime Museum will dedicate The Barbey Maritime Center for Research and Industry, a living history museum that will offer all sorts of classes and demonstrations – including boat building.

– The Oregonian

Tsunami debris intrigues scientists

It's also providing a unique research opportunity for scientists studying invasive species.

– Alaska Public Radio

Unalaska tackles another harbor

Less than a year after completing one small boat harbor, the city of Unalaska is beginning the process of overhauling the other one.

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

He turned them down

Shortly after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, a company representative called marine biologist Lee Alverson and proposed to hire his consulting firm to help assess damage in the aftermath of a disaster that dumped some 11 million gallons of crude into Prince William Sound.

– Seattle Times


Friday, January 25, 2013


When there was abundant prey in the ocean, salmon runs were more robust.

– Seattle Times

Feed prices hurting fish farmers

The surge in fishmeal prices has forced commercial salmon farmers to re-think dietary ingredients, and they are now, more and more, turning to the vegetarian option.

– All About Feed

More fisheries need catch shares

The ocean is nowhere near a lost cause and with the right management tools, the abundance of fish could increase by 56 percent.

— Harvard Business Review

But catch shares are bad

Coming up this week in Alaska Fisheries Report, a Rhode Island professor says individual catch shares are bad for fishing communities, the National Marine Fisheries Service is testing electronic observing methods, and we get the mixed forecast for Prince William Sound salmon. All that, and the Department of Fish and Game briefs the legislature.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Frankensalmon tough to take down

Regrettably, misinformation informs irrational opinions from otherwise rational people.

– Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

McDonald's is boost for MSC

That will bring a huge boost in visibility to the Marine Stewardship Council, which suffered near invisibility for years, as its scientific teams slowly certified various fisheries as healthy and sustainably managed.

– L.A. Times

Greens blast Alaska guv

Conservation groups called on Alaskans to push back against several proposed Parnell Administration bills that will undermine democracy and threaten fish and water resources.

– Inlet Keeper

New setnet rules on Bristol Bay?

The Alaska Board of Fisheries will take up a proposal in late February that could allow for dual permits in Bristol Bay's setnet fishery. The previous dual permit system went away at the end of 2012.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Trawl ban on Unalaska Bay?

The Unalaska Fish and Game advisory committee will address a proposed ban on trawl fishing in Unalaska Bay.

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

Canada short on preserve promise

Federal promises to create a network of marine protected areas are progressing at a snail's pace, and there are fears that federal cutbacks will slow the process even further.

– Victoria Times Colonist


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