Monday, January 24, 2011


A Wasilla lodge owner convicted of guiding illegal hunting and fishing expeditions was sentenced Friday for what Alaska Wildlife Troopers called the worst pattern of violations ever committed in Alaska by a commercial guide.

– Anchorage Daily News

Orcas 'ambush' gray whales

The newly discovered group of over 150 "transient" killer whales return to ambush grey whales every spring near Unimak Island, Alaska, as the whales migrate north to the Bering Sea.

– Vancouver Province

B.C. halibut split is fine

The fishing lodge and charter vessel interests are seeking to have federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea alter a long-standing allocation policy, and re-allocate the halibut resource from commercial fishermen to the fishing lodge and charter interests. Such a re-allocation would take halibut away from Canadian consumers who enjoy eating commercially-caught halibut in restaurants or at home.

– Vancouver Sun

Halibut commission meets tomorrow

Big week coming up, friends, with the International Pacific Halibut Commission convening its 87th annual meeting on Tuesday in Victoria, B.C.

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

Full criminal probe needed at NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has no interest whatsoever in reforming its vindictive regulation and enforcement oversight of the commercial fishing industry, and bringing to justice those who shamed the agency and any sense of American justice.

– Gloucester (Mass.) Times

Bunch of dead B.C. herring wash ashore

Large numbers of dead herring that washed ashore this week on a Vancouver Island beach have both fishery officials and local fishermen looking for answers.

– Vancouver Sun

Pollock A season begins

The total allowable catch has been set at 1.25 million metric tons, and 40 percent of that is available for harvest during the A season. The trawl fisheries also open today for cod, mackerel, yellowfin, and rock sole.

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

GOP leader: Kill Bonneville sea lions

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings says killing sea lions is sometimes the only option for managers trying to protect salmon and steelhead at Bonneville Dam.

– Pacific Fishing correspondent Cassandra Marie Profita reporting in Ecotrope, Oregon Public Broadcasting
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Groups reaffirm N. Cal reserve support

Tribes and local fishing and environmental groups on Friday repeated their support of a regional proposal for marine reserves along the North Coast before the Legislature's Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture in Eureka.

– Pacific Fishing columnist John Driscoll, reporting in the Eureka Times-Standard


Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Final forecasts for the 2011 salmon season won't be out for a few weeks, but early indicators point to another good fishery.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in SitNews, Ketchikan
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National seafood marketing group

More than 50 fishing and seafood organizations from 24 states, including Alaska, have signed on to the National Seafood Marketing Coalition, a group that's working on a national plan to better market American seafood and is hoping for help from the federal government.

– Anchorage Daily News

Tabloids: Cops eye 'Deadliest Catch' hand

One of the guys on "Deadliest Catch" got in some serious hot water with Alaska law enforcement after officials discovered something fishy on his crabbing license.


Rare whale enters Gulf of Alaska

A highly endangered whale that spends summers in Russian waters has crossed from the Bering Sea into the Gulf of Alaska.

– Anchorage Daily News

Another B.C. herring die off

Another beach has been found covered with hundreds of dead herring that washed ashore.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Opinion: Sportsmen deserve more halibut

Our fisheries are a common property owned by every Canadian. That is our history and tradition, and we demonstrated our personal connection to our fisheries last summer when thousands of ordinary Canadian lined the banks of the Fraser River for a chance to catch a fish or two.

– Vancouver Sun

St. Paul halibut fishery grows

Innovations at work in St. Paul have halibut fisherman poised to take advantage of the nation's huge appetite for halibut.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman

New owner braces for snow crab

Dutch Harbor Acquisitions LLC, formed by Siu Alaska Corp. and Copper River Seafoods, is bracing for its first delivery of snow crab Sunday at new processing facilities at Dutch Harbor.

– Alaska Dispatch

Imports endanger U.S. catfish farmers

The U.S. catfish business is a $4 billion dollar annual industry, but imported fish has many domestic farmers worried.

– CBS News


Wednesday, January 26, 2011


A state employee for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been charged with the receipt of an "unlawful gratuity."

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


Oregon Dungeness fleet making money

One month into the Commercial Crabbing season, and after a rocky start in December, it is looking the number of landings have snuck up on those keeping track.

– KCBY, Coos Bay

Kodiak CG rescues fishermen

A Kodiak-based Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued three fishermen from the partially submerged 42-foot fishing vessel Ruffian just north of Latouche Island in Prince William Sound Tuesday at 11:22 a.m.

– Coast Guard

Obama's salmon joke

It's not often, I'm sure, that the word "salmon" finds its way into a State of the Union address. Not to mention a salmon joke!

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

Make sport halibut anglers accountable

Increased access to halibut by the Sports Fishing Sector should not even be considered until they have achieved a level of management and accountability comparable to that of the Commercial Halibut Fleet.


Yukon subsistence rules unchanged

The Federal Subsistence Board made no changes to subsistence salmon fishing on the Yukon River after a group of lower-river fishermen withdrew several controversial proposals at the last minute.

– Fairbanks News Miner


Herring die off: Blame sea lions

Brenda Spence, a spokeswoman for the department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, speculated early Monday, before the latest discovery, that sea lions eating through nets used in the ongoing herring fishery in the Georgia Strait is likely the cause of the first incident.

– Vancouver Sun


Bill would ban drilling off West Coast

Although Big Oil has enhanced clout on Capitol Hill, six Western senators – including Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, D-Wash. – have reintroduced legislation to permanently ban offshore drilling on the West Coast.

– Post Intelligencer, Seattle

New bills before Alaska legislature

Gov. Sean Parnell offered some interesting legislation for state lawmakers in Juneau to consider.

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

Videos focus on Pebble Mine pollution

In November, 2010, the Bristol Bay Seafood Development Association convened an expert panel to address the potential impacts of large-scale metallic sulfide mining in headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak River drainages.



Thursday, January 27, 2011


Halibut are abundant in the North Pacific, even as halibut fishermen face crippling harvest cutbacks.

– Pacific Fishing, February

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Oops! Obama got it wrong

NPR quotes Damien Schiff from Pacific Legal Foundation saying, in fact, NMFS is legally in charge of protecting salmon from the gravel to the ocean. The Department of Commerce explicitly has legal jurisdiction over salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act.

– Pacific Fishing correspondent Cassandra Marie Profita, writing in her Ecotrope blog
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Exxon Valdez money going unclaimed

Lawyers who represented Kodiak fishermen and others hurt by the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill are trying to get payments to hundreds of claimants who have moved or died since the case began.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

Death aboard the Ocean Prowler

The Alaska State Troopers has confirmed the death of a crew member on the F/V Ocean Prowler.

– Cordova Times

More about Sig Hansen gratuity

Want to know more about accusations that a state Fish and Game inspector accepted $100 from "Deadliest Catch" star and Northwestern captain Sig Hansen after looking over his boat?

– Anchorage Daily News

'Sustainable' aquaculture touted

Aquaculture, long scorned by the environmental community, may play an important role in meeting the world's growing appetite for sustainable seafood.

– Reuters

Chuitna coal project draws fire

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing in Kenai regarding a petition to declare the salmon streams within the Chuitna watershed unsuitable for surface coal mining.

– Homer News


Salmon farmers find fish to eat lice

An environmentally friendly way of reducing the amount of salmon lice in Norwegian aquaculture is putting lice-eating wrasse together with the salmon.


More money, time for Fraser commission

The Cohen Commission investigating the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon stocks has been granted a 13-month extension and an additional $11 million to complete its job.

– Vancouver Sun

Feds investigating B.C. herring die off

A mass of dead herring washed up on two beaches near Nanaimo recently is being investigated.

– Nanaimo News Bulletin


Friday, January 28, 2011


Farmed salmon represents more than half of the total fresh seafood sales in California, a market in which British Columbia is slowly establishing dominance.

– Vancouver Sun

First Columbia springers taken

The first springer was reported on Wednesday by a commercial fisherman working the Columbia River downstream of the Cowlitz/Wahkiakum line. The salmon sold for $16 a pound, according to WDFW.

– Longview Daily News

'Critical' habitat for smelt

Federal fishery authorities have proposed designating the lower Columbia River and many of its tributaries as "critical habitat" for smelt.

– Longview Daily News

Sentencing for threats toward observer

A Kodiak fisherman has been sentenced for making threats to a federal fisheries observer.

– Anchorage Daily News

Land for Sitka fish waste plant

The Sitka Assembly has voted to sell land to a state agency for construction of a fish waste processing plant.

– Anchorage Daily News

Next chapter in Adak soap opera

Landlord Aleut Enterprise asks that its most recent tenant, Adak Seafood, be held in contempt of court for failure to pay $215,739.73 in overdue rent!

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

Alaska Fisheries News

Coming up this week, we have more indication on seafood's value to the state, a Homer-based crew is safe after taking on water and going aground, and how deep will the IPHC cuts to halibut allocations be? We had help this week from KFSK's Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg, KTOO's Casey Kelly in Juneau, KUCB's Alexandra Gutierrez in Unalaska, KCAW's Ed Ronco in Sitka and KCHU's Tony Gorman in Valdez.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Another listing for Klamath fish?

Four environmental groups are asking the federal government to impose Endangered Species Act protections for another one of the Klamath River basin's struggling salmon stocks.

– Pacific Fishing columnist John Driscoll, reporting in the Eureka Times-Standard

Oregon fisherman thanks his rescuers

Eric Petit was trying to loosen a stuck crab pot when it happened.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Deeda Schoeder, writing for the Coos Bay World

No review of NOAA fines

The federal commerce secretary has denied a request by Northeast lawmakers who lobbied him to allow more fishermen accused of breaking the law to have their cases reviewed for fairness.

– The Oregonian

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