Monday, February 6, 2012

Japan: Little contamination of fish


But more than 10 months after the three reactor meltdowns, testing of thousands of fish, including tuna, bonito and "sanma" (Pacific saury), caught far from Tohoku's coast has turned up little contamination.

– Japan Times



Dillingham eyes annexing bay

Dillingham voters will have a chance to give the proposed and approved annexation of the waters of the Nushagak Commercial Salmon District the thumbs up or down on April 10 following the Local Boundary Commission's approval of the move in mid-December.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman

Sea otters: Sell pelts

To provide economic advantages to the cull, the bill urges federal authorities consider the "use, transfer, and sale of intact sea otter pelts in order to restore to the state's Native people the right to make full use of sea otters harvested for subsistence while expanding and enhancing economic opportunities for residents of Southeast Alaska."

– Juneau Empire

Sea otter: Nurse them

"She's doing quite well, but she's tired and doing a lot of sleeping."

– Victoria Times Colonist

Halibut: What about habitat?

When it comes to halibut, however, the glaring deficiencies in Alaskan management compared to British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest were under scrutiny at the International Pacific Halibut Commission annual meeting.

– Alaska Journal of Commerce

Fighting over agency mission

Parnell was pressed on the removal of the word 'conserve,' the adding of the term "maximum development" and the lack of mention of future generations.

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

Here's your chance!

Prices for young eel have surged to their highest amid a string of extremely poor catches, and the government is looking for countermeasures.

– Japan Times


Kimberly hard aground

The fishing vessel Kimberly is still hard aground on the Alaska Peninsula coast west of Kodiak Island.

– KMXT, Kodiak (scroll down)

Fish Vid: Dungeness

Sharon Biddinger presented this view of Dungeness crabbing in Oregon, featuring F/V Refuge: "When mom's snapping footage and dad's running the boat, a trip to the processor becomes a family affair! Here's a look at what our first crab offload of the season was like. And making their You Tube debut are our two boys, Tyler & Tristan."

– Sharon Biddinger

See it

(If you have a good fishing video on You Tube, send us a link.)


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Arne to be sentenced today

A former fisheries aide for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski who falsified commercial fishing records for profit is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.

– Anchorage Daily News


Fish fraud: $1 million fine

Federal prosecutors say a Torrance, Calif.-based seafood corporation has been ordered to pay $1 million in fines and community service donations for falsely labeling frozen catfish fillets as grouper.

– The Oregonian

Shasta River coho egg plan

A two-day "genetics workshop" next week in Yreka will explore the possibility of introducing fertilized salmon eggs into the Shasta River watershed to supplement dwindling coho runs.

– Record Searchlight, Redding, Calif.

Building net boring, interesting

What is it about nets that's fascinating? It's challenging. Just tying nets is pretty boring, but the whole art of building a net is really interesting.

– Juneau Empire

One boat, big family

The boat has been the livelihood of a father, son and grandson.

– Coos Bay World

Where are Canadian quotas?

Last spring, the Prime Minister campaigned on Vancouver Island, promising that quotas for the recreational and commercial fisheries in 2012 would be announced by the end of 2011. That has not yet happened.

– Campbell River Mirror

Label frankenfish

It's a new year, and the first genetically engineered animal may be about to enter the food supply.

– San Francisco Chronicle


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rogue wave wounds freighter

The 610 foot cargo ship Dry Beam is moored at Ogden Point, its massive vertical support beams bent like matchsticks and its load of logs shoved askew by a rogue wave on the North Pacific.

– Vancouver Sun

Vigor buys Ketchikan shipyard

Vigor announced its plan to acquire Alaska Ship and Drydock Inc., further consolidating the business of ship repair on the U.S. West Coast.

– MarineLink

Norwegian net pens criticized

As well as ruining Norway's own rivers, the nets are taking salmon native to rivers in Russia and Finland.

– Fish & Fly

Natives seek otter management

They support efforts to get Alaskans more involved in federal management of the once-rare marine mammals.


Columbia coho up

The Columbia River early coho stock forecast this year is 229,800, compared to a 216,000 forecast last year and an actual return of 288,500.

– Seattle Times

TOTE changes organization, name

On Jan. 1, American Shipping Group underwent a dramatic transformation. The company, formerly known as ASG, became TOTE Inc., and experienced a makeover in logo, look, and structure.


Report lists Pebble damage

A new report puts some numbers on the potential impact to the Bristol Bay watershed from the proposed Pebble Mine.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Marine reserves get Oregon nod

The Oregon Senate voted 25-5 to approve three new marine reserves in state coastal waters.

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

Hazing Columbia's cormorants

The Corps of Engineers will try hazing seabirds at the mouth of the Columbia River in an attempt to reduce the size of a "super colony" that have been taking about one-fifth of the young salmon before they reach the ocean.

– Seattle Times

Eating the whole herring

Step aside, mackerel and sardines; there's a new oily fish in town - but only for a short while.

– San Francisco Chronicle


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Civil rights for a whale?

A federal court is considering whether or not a constitutional amendment applies to five orca whales enslaved by SeaWorld.

– Victoria Times Colonist

NMFS wants time on sea lions

The National Marine Fisheries Service is asking for at least 15 months to assess the impact of their Steller sea lion protection measures.

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

Hatchery fish may weaken wild

The efforts have succeeded in replenishing depleted salmon populations, but the hatchery-raised fish may actually be weakening the ranks of wild salmon.

– Bay Citizen, San Francisco

Fight over Alaska mission statement

There is a new and very different mission statement posted by the Department of Natural Resources on the State of Alaska website.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in the Capital City Weekly

B.C. port tougher than Valdez

I have been to Valdez and sailed by the rocks that claimed the Exxon Valdez. The transit into Kitimat will be much more complex and difficult than the tanker route into Valdez.

– Vancouver Sun

Dungeness fishery dangerous

Each time the commercial fleet goes out in Crescent City or Brookings, every crew member knows that danger awaits.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Less paperwork for Bering crabbers

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted over the weekend to relax economic data reporting requirements for the Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands crab fisheries.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Petition to halt Canadian farms

Conservation, fishing and native groups in Canada and the United States filed a formal petition today requesting an international investigation into Canada's failure to protect wild salmon in British Columbia from disease and parasites in industrial fish feedlots.

– Center for Biological Diversity

Greens like Oregon reserves

It's taken a decade, but conservationists are finally heralding the passage of legislation that will create a system of marine reserves off the Oregon Coast, where fishing and other commercial activity will be excluded from taking place.

– Daily Astorian


Friday, February 10, 2012

Artist poaching sea otters

An artist known for his work with marine mammal pelts would serve six months in prison for the illegal sale of sea otter parts under a plea agreement filed in federal court.

– Anchorage Daily News


Sharks bag lots of humans

Sharks killed a dozen people worldwide last year, a two-decade high as tourists ventured into waters in remote areas far from medical care, Florida researchers said in a report.

– Vancouver Sun


Fish farm foe to be deported

Anti-fish farm activist Don Staniford is to be deported to Britain days after the conclusion of a 20-day defamation case in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.

– Victoria Times Colonisst


Crabbing in California

At 5 a.m., winter skies are dark and the roads empty, but the docks at Spud Point Marina are busy and cold. On board the Sandy B, a stove is going and the small cabin is cozy.

– Press Democrat, Santa Rosa


Steller sea lion court filings

We have a flurry of new filings in the Steller sea lion case.

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


Spill map for Arctic

The federal government bumped up the deadline for a project that will help responders coordinate if an oil spill ever does happen.

– KUCB, Unalaska


Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, Arne Fuglvog will spend less than a six months in prison for his fishing crimes; Southeast Native groups support trimming the sea otter population, but are concerned about some of a plan's ramifications; and the start dates for two crab fisheries will remain flexible. All that and should seats on the North Pacific Council be dedicated to sports fishing?

– KMXT, Kodiak


No arrest in Indian fishing site

State wildlife authorities had no right to cite a Yakama Nation fisherman for catching undersized fish at a Columbia River tribal fishing site, the Washington Supreme Court ruled.

– The Oregonian


Find where to buy Copper River fish

Copper River promoters have launched what they're calling the first-ever salmon locator app for Facebook.

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


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