Monday, January 28, 2013


The population decline has now slowed and the stock trajectory is relatively flat, with spawning biomass about 5 percent higher than a level which would require a reduction in harvest rate.

– Alaska Dispatch

Washington to fight fish fraud

In Washington, two state agencies are asking for tougher penalties to deter seafood fraud.

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

Wave power targets Oregon sites

The state of Oregon has adopted a plan laying out four areas for siting wave energy projects so they avoid interfering with fishing, scenic vistas, and sensitive marine habitats.

– Daily Astorian

Wear a life jacket or die

Without a life jacket, crab boat crewman succumbed to the effects of the frigid water within three minutes of falling overboard.

– Port Townsend Leader

CG rescues people and dog

The Coast Guard rescued four people and their dog in Southwest Washington this morning after their vessel ran aground.

– Seattle Times

Whole Foods pulls sockeye

Whole Foods Market is recalling one lot code of Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye, cold smoked and sliced, sold in stores in 12 states, because it may contain Listeria Monocytogenes.


Voyage terminated out of Sitka

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Naushon terminated the voyage of the fishing vessel Snark near Sitka after discovering several safety issues aboard the vessel Friday.

– Coast Guard

CDQs doing just swell

A state panel has completed its performance review of Community Development Quota organizations, and finds that each of the six group has "maintained or improved its overall performance."

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

Smelt still down

The forecast for Columbia River smelt will be similar to the runs in the past two years.

– Tacoma News Tribune

New steel for the Bering Sea

The 184-foot F/V Northern Leader longliner launched on Jan. 26, 2013 at Martinac Shipyard in Tacoma. It and others like it are the future for the fleet.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Management goals must include lowering the amount of
king salmon, halibut, and crab that is allowed to be
taken as bycatch.

– Juneau Empire

Sandy aid: No help for NE fishermen

The U.S. Senate approved a $60 billion Hurricane Sandy disaster relief bill that contained no federal aid for the northeastern groundfishery or several other fisheries that face "economic disasters."

– Portland (Maine) Press Herald

Alaska left out

Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich expressed frustration that $150 million for Alaska and other states affected by fisheries' disasters wasn't included.

– Fairbanks News Miner

More tsunami debris

"We landed on the beach but the skiff was too encrusted with gooseneck barnacles to find a vessel ID plate."

– Living Ocean Society

Kodiak seeks museum site

The historic salmon seiner was recently renovated and plans to permanently install it near Oscar's Dock on the spit are underway.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Fur seal decline rests on diet

Just like trawlers searching for schools of fish, the fur seals, and birds go to patches – areas where there's a dense school of fish or krill – and eat there.

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

No fishing first Yukon fish

In an attempt to rebuild what has been a dwindling Chinook run in recent years, the Alaska Board of Fisheries adopted a new regulation that will prohibit king salmon fishing on the first big pulse of fish that hit the Yukon River in early June.

– Fairbanks News Miner

Laine describes halibut decision

Halibut catches weren't slashed as badly as people feared, although they still continue on a downward trend – and the outlook is grim.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Helping direct marketers

Bristol Bay permit holders who are actively marketing their own fish are invited to promote their direct marketing business on the Bristol Bay Sockeye Facebook page.

– Cordova Times

Calls for seafood traceability

WWF has joined private and public sector leaders in calling for a new global seafood traceability system to give consumers, businesses, and governments full access to information about marine fishing practices.

– The Fish Site


Wednesday, January 30, 2013


The reasoning is simple: Harvest only the oldest, fattest members of the population and let young fish live to spawn and contribute to the next generation.

– Nature magazine

Shrunk fish get eaten

"We found that decrease in size leads to a very large increase in mortality of fish due to predation."

– Australia Broadcasting Corp.

Herring in SF Bay

"It is such an inspiration. There is something electric about a herring run."

– San Francisco Chronicle

Herring in Seymour Canal

Southeast gillnetters will be able to fish for just over a thousand tons of herring in Seymour Canal off Admiralty Island this spring.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Alaska Chinook plan

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has posted its Chinook salmon research plan.

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

Cod competition in a bikini

National fast-food chains Carl's Jr. and Hardee's launched the new charbroiled Atlantic cod fish sandwich with a little help from a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.

– L.A. Times

New vessel to get most from cod

The Northern Leader is equipped to extract the maximum value from each fish in a slower-paced processing effort.

– Seattle Times

Keep Nanaimo Harbor's character

Nanaimo's Boat Basin is a working harbor, used by the commercial fishing fleet and by the residents of nearby Protection Island, who have long been able to tie up their boats while they do their shopping in the big city.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Talking Cook Inlet salmon

The set-netters' proposal suggests several changes to the Kenai River Late-Run King Salmon Management Plan.

– Redoubt Reporter, Soldotna


Thursday, January 31, 2013


Under a veneer of conservation rhetoric, the commission has reallocated salmon, crab, prawns, and now Columbia River Chinook from food fish harvesters to the politically powerful sport industry.

– Crosscut, Seattle

Atlantic cod cut way back

Fishery management officials voted to impose drastic new cuts to the commercial harvest of cod along the Atlantic coast, arguing that the only way to save the centuries-old cod fishing industry was to sharply limit it.

– New York Times

'Top Hooker' isn't what you think

The producers of The Ultimate Fighter are bringing Top Hooker to TV, but it's not as salacious as the title belies – it's a show about fishing.

– Zap2it, online entertainment

Old Believers shun reality TV

Word had gone out that even though it is the National Geographic Channel, the producers' aim may be to sensationalize Old Believer lives as had been done with another religious group, the Hutterites of Montana.

– Homer Tribune

New UAF chief

Curry began fishing full salmon seasons with her father when she was about 14. She continued to fish the summers with her dad through high school, adding halibut fishing to her bag of tricks when she was 16.

– Capital City Weekly

Bering medical evac

An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to St. Paul, medevaced a crewmember from the 126-foot fishing vessel North Sea who was reportedly suffering seizure-like symptoms approximately 60 miles southwest of St. Paul.

– Coast Guard

Good Sam, CG help fishing boat

Coast Guard crews and a good Samaritan assisted the crew of a 70-foot fishing vessel taking on water approximately five miles west of Fairweather Ground.

– Coast Guard

Crude by rail in B.C.

Opponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline are threatening to turn their sights on CN Rail, as at least one Alberta oil company explores the possibility of transporting oil sands crude to the B.C. coast by rail.

– Vancouver Sun

Crude by rail in the NW

Three different developers have plans to use docks on Grays Harbor, Wash., to transfer crude oil from trains to ships.

– OPB, Portland

Victory at sea

Fred Wahl launches its 32nd – and largest – hull on Wednesday. The Reedsport yard had four boats under construction, a record. Here's a


Friday, February 1, 2013


In a bid to improve their marketing the MSC has launched an outreach project to highlight MSC certified fisheries in the Americas Region by filming the personal stories of those fishermen involved.

– FishNewsEU



For the last year or so a debate has raged within the Alaska seafood industry about eco-labels and which label is right for Alaska's salmon. Several members of the Alaska Legislature heard one side of the argument.

– DKLG, Dillingham

Tsunami debris gets worse

As our helicopter descends towards the shore, big chunks of white Styrofoam come into view.


Experts examine runaway rig

All openings on the Kulluk, including windows and hatches, are also secured and in some cases sealed shut with temporary steel structures to keep the vessel water and weather tight.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Shell makes more money

Royal Dutch Shell said it plans to continue investing aggressively in new projects in the coming years, as it sees a bright future for the oil and gas industry despite economic uncertainties around the world.

– Seattle Times

Importance of Alaska seafood

The size, scope, and importance of the seafood industry to Alaska's economy was outlined to several lawmakers in Juneau.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Cod cuts drastic

That move, analysts predict, is expected to decimate fishing communities across the region and have a domino effect on seafood processors, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers who all make a living off the water.


Renewed plant in B.C.

A couple of million dollars worth of renovations and improvements have been made to the village's processing plant, which is now hoping to fill the void in groundfish processing capacity left by the closure of the MacMillan fish plant in Prince Rupert.

– Northern View

Freshest fish in Sacramento

Corti Bros. Market is selling an innovative new product, Frozen At Sea wild king salmon, for $15 to $20 a pound, depending on cut and occasional sales.

– Sacramento Bee

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the IPHC says how many halibut you can catch, the state Legislature weighs in on Frankenfish, and no Yukon kings for you! All that, plus, Can't we all just get along?

– KMXT, Kodiak

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