Monday, February 3, 2014


"I think it's pretty clear that the marijuana industry at this point is the biggest single business in terms of its impact on the river."

– KUOW, Seattle

Avoiding Kenai kings

A report from the state's Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission concludes that more than 86 percent of the income from 736 permits to catch Cook Inlet salmon in setnets is linked to the sockeye catch.

– Alaska Dispatch

New Alaska fish products

Eleven new seafood products from seven companies are set to be showcased at the upcoming Symphony of Seafood galas in Seattle and Anchorage.

– SitNews, Laine Welch

Doing a good job with fish

Particularly here in America, regulators and fishermen have done an admirable job ending the practice of overfishing and made great progress toward sustainability for our nation's fish stocks.
– Center for American Progress

Alaska quiet on B.C. oil port

In the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the controversial pipeline, the department takes no position on whether it should be built but notes that tar-sand crude produces 17 percent more greenhouse gases than conventional crude and as much as 10 percent more than heavy crude.

– KTOO, Juneau

SE sockeye forecast

Federal scientists are predicting a catch of nearly 30 million pink salmon in Southeast Alaska this summer. 

– KFSK, Petersburg

Work on Petersburg harbors

Work continues on one major harbor project in Petersburg this winter while another one is scheduled to see some work begin as early as next week.

– KFSK, Petersburg

China still bans shellfish

The letter dashes hopes of shellfish harvesters in Washington state who had hoped the ban would be lifted quickly after U.S. representatives submitted new information about safety standards along with test results that showed geoducks were safe.

– The Oregonian

Ketchikan fishing museum

"The point of the project is to be able to tell a more well-rounded story of this great tradition of commercial fishing."

– Alaska Dispatch

Get a chance at scallops

Starting July 1, state waters of Yakutat, Prince William Sound, Shelikof Strait and Dutch Harbor will be open to any vessel that registers for the fishery before April 1.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch (Scroll down)


Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Women struggling to become pregnant look at making changes to their eating habits but what about their partners?

– The Express, U.K.

An overfishing future

Particularly here in America, regulators and fishermen have done an admirable job ending the practice of overfishing and made great progress toward sustainability for our nation's fish stocks.

– National Geographic

B.C. mine environment OK

Project developer Chieftain Metals said an aquatic ecological risk asessment report carried out by accredited third-party consultants had concluded that the fish resource downstream from the $450-million Tulsequah Chief polymetallic project, in British Columbia, is at a healthy level and the 60 years of historic discharge posed a low risk to fish.

– Mining Weekly

First fish off endangered list

Just a few short years after its conception, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the ESA was designed to halt and reverse species extinction "whatever the cost." 

– Outdoor Life

Drifter lives for 13 months

A man leaves Mexico in December 2012 for a day of shark fishing and ends up surviving 13 months on fish, birds and turtles before washing ashore on the remote Marshall Islands thousands of miles away.

– Deseret News, Utah

Cal closes river fishing

The latest casualty in this year's drought may be fishing in the American River.


Court sides with B.C. First Nations

The federal government has lost its bid to overturn a British Columbia court decision that recognized First Nations' rights to a commercial fishery.

– The Fish Site

Fish antifreeze for humans

Antifreeze proteins from fish living in icy seas have inspired a new way to freeze blood which could one day increase the precious stocks available for medical procedures.


Alaska mystery about fishing

Cold Storage, Alaska is Straley's eighth novel, and his first since 2008's The Big Both Ways.

– KCAW, Sitka

Cal fish manager retires

More than 100 people from all walks of life bid a fond farewell and happy retirement to California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Scott Downie at a luncheon at the Scotia Inn.

– Redwood Times


Thursday, February 6, 2014


The latest monthly permit values report from the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission puts the value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit at $133,000.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Cook Inlet setnets restricted

The action by the Alaska Board of Fisheries comes about a decade after shallower nets were ordered for the state's Bristol Bay salmon fishery.

– Alaska Dispatch

Leave Magnuson-Stevens alone

Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings has made the first legislative effort to put his Congressional pen to paper. My advice to the chairman is to scrap his bill and start over.

– Talking

Lawsuit over Taku mine

The legal challenge asserts the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) erred in its determination that granted the certificate for the life of the mine, and asks that the decision be quashed, causing the certificate to expire. Without the certificate the Tulsequah Chief project cannot proceed.

– EcoJustice

Vote on Alaska photos

Now is the time for fans to visit Alaska Seafood on Facebook and vote on their favorite photos.

Dry Cal closes fisheries

"Because there's no flow in the river, there's no counterforce to keep the sandbar open. So you have a closed system when you normally would have an open system, which does not allow for fish to come in and spawn."

– Capital Public Radio

B.C. salmon quotas worry fishermen

The DFO is planning to change the salmon fishery from an open fishery model to individual transferable quotas.

– Northern View, Prince Rupert


Tracking green crab

The study's purpose was to see if the invasive European green crab had made its way to Prince Rupert's harbor, which could deplete local populations of the indigenous Dungeness crab.

– Northern View, Prince Rupert

Boldt decision 40 year old

The decision that ended one major dispute and started another turned 40 Wednesday.

– Northwest Cable News


Friday, February 7, 2014


"There's been not one less motorboat day, not one less drift boat day, there has been no limitation on the number of hours the commercial guide industry fishes."

– HeraldNet

Wind farm off Coos Bay

A Seattle company that wants to build a floating wind farm off the shore of Southern Oregon got a green light from some high-ranking officials.

– Jefferson Public Radio, Ashland

Salmon follow magnetic map

A new discovery shows Pacific salmon inherit a magnetic map from their parents.
– Tech Times

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week: The Fish Board reverses itself on Kenai River kings, Kodiak may have found its new fisheries consultant, and the plague of injuries in the fishing fleet gets some scrutiny. All that, and who would've thought you could make money fishing for jellyfish.
– KMXT, Kodiak

Cal water storage dismal

The Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins are experiencing the steepest drop in water storage in nearly a decade.
– Capital Public Radio, Sacramento

New red tide test

Tens of thousands of mice a year will be spared agonizing deaths following the landmark approval of a more accurate toxicity test for shellfish eaten by humans.

– People for Ethical Treatment of Animals

Columbia smelt to open

For the first time in four years, sport smelt dipping — ever so briefly — will be allowed in the Cowlitz River.

– Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian

S. Pacific nation bans fishing

"A 100 percent marine sanctuary" will enable Palau to preserve "a pristine environment" and promote snorkeling, scuba diving, and ecotourism as an alternative way to grow its economy.

– Taipei Times

Pebble chief fights back

Shively says it looks to him like Begich made up his mind long before he announced it, but he acknowledges the real issue for those like him, who want to develop Pebble, is that Begich sided against the mine, before the Pebble Partnership has even applied for permits.

– Alaska Public Media

Protect Oregon fisheries

While Oregon's culture and economy were founded on the marine trades, it wasn't all that long ago when the fisheries that fueled our regional economy were depleted by decades of overfishing.

– The Oregonian



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