Monday, February 4, 2013


Sea ice pushing south towards the Pribilof Islands could interfere with the snow crab fishery in coming days.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Farmed salmon tops in B.C.

Farm-raised salmon has once again topped the list as British Columbia's most valuable seafood.

– FishNewsEU

Disease-farm salmon sold

Salmon exposed to a deadly virus pose no risk for Canadian exports being sold to the United States.


Costs of rig's rampage

In a prepared presentation, Shell's Chief Executive Officer, Peter Voser, played down the company's many mishaps in Alaska last year.


Dutch Harbor prepares for big ship

When it finally arrives in Unalaska, the Shin Onoe will be one of the biggest vessels to ever stay in port here.


Eavesdropping sporties

A potential legal showdown is brewing between United Fishermen of Alaska and the Kenai River Sportfishing Association.

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

NE fishermen against Pebble

The challenge facing commercial fishermen in Bristol Bay is not how to cope with a shortage of fish, as is the case in several high-profile fisheries in New England.

– Rhode Island News

Dillingham dredging

The Alaska District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting research prior to releasing a solicitation for a maintenance dredging program at the Port of Dillingham.

– Dredging Today

Unalaska tanner quota caught

The 35,000 pound Tanner quota was expected to be fully harvested, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska.

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

Test drive do-it-yourself energy audits

Volunteers are needed to test drive some new money-saving methods for do-it-yourself' energy audits on fishing boats.

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


Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Only five items of debris in Alaska from the 2011 Japan tsunami have been officially identified by federal officials, but coastal watchdogs say the debris items already number in the thousands or millions and worry there'll be little funding to clean it up.

– Anchorage Daily News

Feds deny road for the sick

The nearly thousand people who live in the village of King Cove want the 9 mile road to give medical patients a land link to nearby Cold Bay and its all-weather airport.

– Seattle Times

Stop taking herring

"King salmon need food, they need the herring. Stop harvesting the herring for commercial use."

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Killing off baitfish

"There used to be fish for everybody. You'd run into immense schools."

– Daily Astorian

More fish in preserve

A new NOAA research report finds that both fish populations and commercial and recreational anglers have benefited from "no-take" protections in the Tortugas Ecological Reserve in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

– Science Daily

No dams to benefit Klamath

A federal report says removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California and restoring ecosystems will produce a big increase in salmon harvests and boost farm revenues.

– Eureka Times Standard

Frankenfish labeling to be voted on

"The fishing industry doesn't even want genetically engineered salmon approved. But if it's approved, at least give them labeling to protect the identity, the integrity, and the value of the wild salmon industry that we have here — the commercial fishing industry."


Looking at excess escapement

In advance of the hearing, the department has provided the committee a report titled Salmon Escapement in Excess of Goals.

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

Protecting salmon lands

Coastal America selected the Alaska partnership to receive this national award for its outstanding efforts to voluntarily conserve more than 6,000 acres of coastal habitat important to Pacific salmon and other wildlife.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Peddling Alaska's fish

Alaska's seafood industry is the state's largest private employer and its largest export market.

– Juneau Empire


Wednesday, February 6, 2013


The ad features NRDC trustee, environmental activist and actor Robert Redford, who calls on President Obama to protect Bristol Bay.

– Switchboard

Washed up skiff from Japan

Scientists say a 30-foot boat that washed ashore on Gleneden Beach on the central Oregon coast appears to be debris from the March 2011 Japan tsunami.


No tsunami on coast

The National Weather Service says there is no threat of a tsunami in Hawaii, Alaska, or the U.S. West Coast after a powerful earthquake struck in the South Pacific.

– KTOO, Juneau

Cal may list great whites

They are the most feared predator in the ocean, but the state of California thinks great white sharks might need a little protection of their own.

– San Jose Mercury News

Conservation, not allocation

We need to focus on restoring salmon populations to abundance – mostly by restoring and protecting their habitat – instead of fighting battles over who gets to catch how many fish.

– Bellevue (Wash.) Reporter

Spend more money for sporties

As the biggest, sport fishing deserves most of the money spent on what we want.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Cruise sewage bill to Senate

Legislation to lower pollution standards approved in a 2006 citizen's initiative, allowing for release of millions of gallons of cruise ship sewage and wastewater into Alaska waters, has passed the House and is heading for the Senate.

– Cordova Times

Canada not ready for B.C. oil ships

The Harper government's disaster planning has not kept pace with proposals to greatly expand oilsands exports from B.C. ports using supertankers.

– Vancouver Sun

Europeans stiffen fish rules

The European Union parliament on Wednesday pushed for a drastic reform of fishing policy in a landmark vote seeking to end decades of overfishing that have decimated many of the stocks in Atlantic and Mediterranean EU waters.

– Seattle Times

Giant ship in Dutch Harbor

The 1000-foot Shin Onoe and her crew of about 20 arrived Monday around 4 pm – about two hours earlier than the response team had originally planned.

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


Thursday, February 7, 2013


Most consumers don't care if their salmon is farm-raised or caught wild salmon, but what happens when genetic modifications are added into the mix?

– Medill Reports, Chicago

Medevaced to Kodiak

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a fisherman from the fishing vessel New Venture in the Shelikof Strait 95 miles west of Kodiak.

– Coast Guard

Guilty! Fishing in U.S. waters

Two commercial crab harvesters from Delta, B.C., have been fined a total of $27,000 and banned from participating in the Boundary Bay commercial crab fishing industry for 10 years, after pleading guilty to offences related to harvesting crab in American waters.

– Market Wire

Bristol Bay review disappoints

A decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to further review and add to information gathered for the Bristol Bay watershed assessment is being greeted with disappointment and dismay by those opposed to a massive copper mine.

– Cordova Times

Plastic everywhere

The final count: 3,489 pieces of larger "macrodebris," microscopic plastic pieces in every water sample, and 66,077 small but visible pieces.

– The Oregonian

Against Shasta Dam heightening

Other potential water supplies, including conservation and efficiency measures, could produce far more water at far less cost than the proposed project.

– American Rivers

Legislature quiet on Pebble

There have also been calls to let the current regulatory process play out.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Massive ship leaves Dutch

The Shin Onoe cargo ship has left Unalaska ahead of schedule, and without incident.

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

New name on Fish Board

Gov. Sean Parnell has chosen Fairbanks resident Reed Morisky to replace Bill Brown on the state Board of Fisheries.

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

Hatcheries face suit

The Trinity River and Mad River hatcheries are also accused of “direct take” due to the practice of collecting fish for breeding.

– Crescent City Triplicate


Friday, February 8, 2013


In the meantime, questions are multiplying about the adequacy of existing oil spill response technology to deal with arctic conditions.

– Alaska Public Radio

Guv worries over end to Arctic drilling

Gov. Sean Parnell says that if Arctic offshore exploration off Alaska is shut down this summer, the action "condemns" the region for decades.

– KTOO, Juneau

Talking salmon sales

A world renowned fisheries economist updated members of the Alaska Legislature about the latest trends in salmon markets.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Salmon steer with magnetism

A group of U.S. researchers have suggested that salmon are able to find their birth streams because of a memory of the magnetic field where they first entered the ocean.

– Science Recorder

Holes in European fish plan

The plan is a big step forward, but experts are concerned that politicians could yet ignore scientific recommendations in implementing it.

– New Scientist

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, false labeling of seafood isn't just rampant on the East Coast, researchers try to find out exactly what's living up in the Arctic Ocean, and a new processor is heading to Bristol Bay.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Small skates concern council

The body decided to designate six of the nurseries in the Eastern Bering Sea as "Habitat Areas of Particular Concern."

– KUCB, Unalaska

Volcano prepares to blow

The Alaska Volcano Observatory changed the Volcano Alert Level and the Aviation Color Code for Cleveland Volcano after evidence of a lava dome was discovered.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Copper River fish wow Bronx kids

Canned salmon isn't generally listed on many children's favorite foods list, but for 12 enthusiastic young students in the Bronx, cooking up salmon from Alaska's Copper River opened their eyes and fueled their enthusiasm for this wild sustainable fish.

– Copper River/PWS Marketing Association

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