Monday, January 31, 2011


State Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, says he hears the federal government has "redrawn the three-mile line around Alaska," possibly leading to trouble for unsuspecting commercial fishermen.

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

Alaska crabbers: Don't buy Russian

Alaska crabbers hope to enlist American consumers in their quest to stop Russian king crab pirates on the high seas. High crab prices this year have lured poachers back into the Russian fishery. These rogue boats deliver millions of pounds of illegal, unreported and unregulated catches (IUU), a scourge of seafood producing countries around the world. Foreign poachers produce 19 percent of the worldwide seafood catch each year valued at $13.5 billion.

– Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers

Consultant to pitch Kodiak fish

A local marketing committee is facing a deadline to craft a strategy promoting Kodiak's seafood as environmentally responsible.

– KMXT, Kodiak

More turmoil on the Klamath

There's no better place to get a firsthand look at how complicated salmon management can be than Oregon and California's Klamath River.

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

Smoked salmon: Wild fish

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is sending President Barack Obama a sample of smoked Alaska salmon – and a pitch for the wild specimen.

– Anchorage Daily News

Smoked Salmon: End to Commerce?

It was a big laugh line in President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech: "The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater. I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked."

– Coos Bay World

Marin County frets over mercury

Here in health-conscious Marin, we are hyper-aware of the foods that will sustain our environment, our kids and our own health.

– Patch, Marin County

Canadians want renewed NW albacore deal

Tuna was the topic when the Canadian ambassador for fisheries conservation came to visit Astoria.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Deeda Schoeder, writing in the Daily Astorian


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Tuesday, February 1, 2011


"I think every president should have a run at gaining experience by being a council member, a mayor, a governor, a VP candidate, a commercial fisherman, a 'Hockey Mom'."

– Sarah Palin, as quoted in the Seattle P-I


No herring fishing on West Behm Canal

Today, it has been 35 years since a sac roe fishery has been conducted in West Behm, and the depleted herring population is struggling just to keep up with the natural predation.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Funds exhausted for B.C. test fishing

There is no funding agreement in place to continue test fisheries on the West Coast, a key program that allows managers to calculate how many salmon are returning to the Fraser River each year.

– Globe and Mail, Toronto

Canadians get a bit more halibut

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced a slight increase in the total allowable catch (TAC) for the 2011 halibut fishing season.

– Westerly News, Tofino, B.C.

Senators stand against frankenfish

Alaska's senators, Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Lisa Murkowski, reintroduced legislation to ban genetically engineered salmon, or what they call "Frankenfish."

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

Obama irritates NW salmon supporters

He may not know his kings from his silvers or a humpy from a chum, but President Barack Obama's mention of the Northwest's signature fish seems to have resonated with the public – though probably not as he'd hoped.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Dutch fisherman still missing

It has now been over a month since fisherman John F. Courage has gone missing, and the Unalaska Department of Public Safety is still working to determine his whereabouts.

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

Farming won't save wild salmon

"Farming seafood isn't the answer to saving ocean wildlife," says a prominent wall display at the aquarium. In one fell swoop, this leading aquarium disparages growing both finfish and shellfish.

– Vancouver Sun

Time to haze Willamette sea lions

For the next three months, it will be someone's job to light fireworks and drive a boat around to scatter sea lions below Willamette Falls.

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

Hunting with Jennifer

One of our correspondents for Pacific Fishing has branched out into a new endeavor. Jennifer Hawks, whose article about a vessel monitoring system lawsuit is in the February issue, now operates Although the fishing part is about recreation, the guns element focuses on hunting. (Jennifer lives close to Skagway, but is in game-rich Yukon Territory.)

See her work


Wednesday, February 2, 2011


A ton of herring spilled into his boat. He rolled out another net. He hauled in another ton.
"This is an epic year for harvesting (herring). There are a lot of fish. And they are big fish."

– Contra Costa Times

CDQs buy Ward Cove

Two of Alaska's Community Development Quota companies have put together a deal to buy remnants of Wards Cove, once a fishing and processing powerhouse in Alaska.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog: Deckboss
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Bellingham debates mooring rates

Commercial fishermen have been pressing the case for a cut in their moorage rates, and their arguments appear to be gaining some traction with Port of Bellingham commissioners.

– Bellingham Herald

Let fishermen manage fisheries

An increasingly productive way of restoring fisheries is based on the counter-intuitive concept of allowing fishermen to take charge of their own catch.

– Environment 360, Yale

Pesticides and salmon

Environmental groups and Northwest congressional representatives are battling over how much protection salmon should get from chemicals used on farmland.

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

Canadians blame Alaskans for killing
fish farms

According to an opinion piece published by Canada's Financial Post, one U.S. non-profit foundation is financially responsible for a marketing effort that has been threatening British Columbia's salmon farming industry by boosting the profile of Alaska's wild salmon and "demarketing" Canadian farmed product.

– Alaska Dispatch

Global seafood consumption up

The global consumption of fish has hit a record high, reaching an average of 17kg (37.4 pounds) per person.


Alaska senators oppose earmarks ban

Both of Alaska's senators said Tuesday they were disappointed the top Senate appropriator was calling for a moratorium on earmarking, the practice that has directed billions of dollars in federal spending to Alaska.

– Anchorage Daily News

Dillingham plots tax boundary expansion

The staff of a state agency, the Local Boundary Commission, has recommended approval of the city of Dillingham's petition to annex extensive commercial fishing grounds.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog: Deckboss
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Thursday, February 3, 2011


Fishermen in Canada and the U.S. may have to give up part of their lucrative Chinook-salmon catch to help the recovery of endangered resident killer whales.

– Vancouver Sun

Fish sandwich vs. Barack Obama

"Change, not only for your mom, but for you, your stomach, for a better taste," the Obama lookalike proclaims in the video, before being tragically crushed by a giant sandwich.

– AOL News

New road in Naknek

A new road is planned to connect the village of Naknek to Pederson Point. The North Pacific Seafoods salmon cannery is located on the point, currently accessible only by taking a four-wheel-drive along the beach at low tide.

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

Brits look to cucumber fishery

It breathes through its anus, can liquefy its body, and acts as the waste collectors of the seabed. Scientists now believe that a species of sea cucumber living off the British coast could become a lucrative culinary export.

– The Independent, U.K.

Feds study fishing injuries

The job of a fishermen has got a reputation being "deadly" – but it's a painful career, too. Now, NIOSH is trying to change that by studying injuries suffered by fishermen.

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

Rep worried about fed ocean grab

Kodiak Rep. Alan Austerman is sounding an alarm about a federal initiative to rechart boundaries around Alaska and Kodiak Island that define the three-mile limit for state fisheries.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

Finally, crab loan program begins

It's taken six years but NOAA Fisheries Financial Services is finally accepting loan applications for new entrants in the Bering Sea crab fisheries. The fisheries agency has authority to lend up to $8 million to eligible skippers and crew who want to buy into the Bering Sea crab fisheries. The program can finance up to 80 percent of the cost of purchasing crab quota shares. For more information, contact NMFS Financial Services Branch in Seattle at 206-526-6122 or e-mail

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, reporting for Fish Radio

Feds: Eat fish twice a week

This year's revision includes specific recommendations about eating more fish and seafood, as well as more practical advice for adopting healthier eating habits, such as eating breakfast and avoiding fast food traps.

– Time

Suit filed against California reserve plan

Making good on a pledge, angler advocacy groups have sued the California Fish and Game Commission in an attempt to invalidate a sweeping marine protection plan for Southern California that was adopted by the state in December and another set covering the north Central Coast.

– San Diego Union Tribune


Friday, February 4, 2011


The sea lions, once believed to eat mainly migrating spring Chinook salmon, are turning to sturgeon. Oregon biologists estimate sea lions killed 6,680 sturgeon older than 5 in the lower Columbia last year alone. Worse, biologists see that number growing to 10,400 a year by 2014.

– The Oregonian

Greens support Aleutians catch cuts

Two conservation organizations represented by Earthjustice have filed motions in U.S. District Court in support of a federal fisheries decision which impacts Atka mackerel and Pacific cod fisheries in the western Aleutian Islands.

– The Tundra Drums

Group forms for Sacramento salmon

A new body of power has been born in the arena of fisheries restoration, and its founders have big goals.

– Marin (Calif.) Independent Journal

Shell delays Alaska drilling

Shell Oil announced that it's abandoning efforts to drill in Alaska's Beaufort Sea and will push back offshore drilling in Alaska until after 2011.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Alaska Fisheries Report

This week: Big cuts for halibut longliners; a new poll suggests a majority of Alaskans are against the proposed Pebble Mine; a fisherman in Dutch Harbor goes missing under mysterious circumstances; a study is underway  to help reduce work-related injuries on vessels; also, a fight is looming between state and federal agencies after the feds shift boundaries demarking jurisdiction at the three-nautical mile line.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Aggressive anti-salmon farm commercials

Aggressive advertisements by an anti-fish farming group, comparing salmon farming to cancer, have been dismissed as immature and inappropriate by the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Barge oil leak called 'major spill'

No one knows how much oil may be inside the barge; it was formerly used to transport various grades of petroleum products and has a carrying capacity of 930,000 gallons. So far, 1,400 gallons of leaked oil have been collected and the vessel has been cordoned off with oil-absorbing booms to contain additional leakage.

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

Five rescued off Washington Coast

The Coast Guard rescued five people from the 80-foot fishing vessel, Vicious Fisher, 13 miles west of La Push, Wash.

– Coast Guard

Cal reserve agreement up to regulators

A strongly supported local proposal that would put areas along the North Coast off limits to fishing and gathering was aired before the state regulators that will decide whether to adopt or change it.

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

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