Monday, February 7, 2011


Some "faceless dem government bureaucrat" has destroyed hard-working farmers' lives "in order to protect a two-inch fish. Now, where I come from, we call that 'bait.' And there is no need to destroy people's lives over that bait."

– Sarah Palin discussing plight of Sacramento smelt

Polar nations not reporting catches

University of British Columbia researchers say that Canada, the U.S., and Russia have not been accurately reporting fisheries catches in the Arctic.

– Vancouver Sun

B.C. waits for halibut season start

Halibut fishermen in Nanaimo and along the coast are anxiously waiting for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to set quotas for the year, days after the fishery was supposed to begin Feb. 1.


Obama salmon joke not so funny

With Curry County's unemployment rate nearing 13 percent, I was anxious to hear President Barack Obama's State of the Union address and his vision to revitalize the economy. Imagine my surprise when it turned out the highlight of Tuesday night's address was his salmon one-liner.

– Commercial fisherman Aaron Longton, writing in The Oregonian

Greens favor feds' sea lion measures

Oceana and Greenpeace, represented by Earthjustice, filed motions in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska in support of conservation measures implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to protect the Steller sea lion.

– Juneau Empire

MCA has gathered 2 million pounds of trash

The Marine Conservation Alliance says that since 2003 over 2 million pounds of marine debris has been removed from Alaska coastlines.

– Anchorage Daily News

Feds now responsible for leaking hulk

The ugly demise of the beached and broken Davy Crockett, now the subject of a multimillion-dollar federal recovery effort, unfolded only after years of neglect.

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

Good news from the Sacramento

California's beleaguered salmon fishermen are cautiously optimistic after the state released new data showing that more salmon returned to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta last fall than any year since 2006.

– San Jose Mercury News


Tuesday, February 8, 2011


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a scientific assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed to better understand how future large-scale development projects may affect water quality and Bristol Bay's salmon fishery, an extraordinary salmon resource for the United States.


Editorial: EPA's Pebble study justified

Foes of the mine didn't get what they wanted, which was a swift, pre-emptive EPA rejection of Pebble. Advocates of the mine and other projects didn't get what they wanted, either, which is essentially for the EPA to butt out.

– Anchorage Daily News

Pebble chief: Mine is future for Alaska

The CEO of the Pebble Partnership says the success or failure of the proposed copper mine in Southwest Alaska could be a bellwether for future resource development in the state.

– KCAW, Petersburg

B.C. crab smuggler guilty

A man who pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle an invasive species of crab into Canada has been fined $2,000 in Richmond Provincial Court.

– Vancouver Sun

OSU to get more sea gliders

Oregon State University's fleet of nine undersea gliders will grow to 21 in the next year with funding from the national Ocean Observatories Initiative.

– Pacific Fishing correspondent Cassandra Marie Profita reporting in Ecotrope, Oregon Public Broadcasting
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Court rejects loggers' coho plea

Not only has the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied a petition to remove coho salmon south of the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the list of Threatened and Endangered Species, but it plans to expand the southern boundary of the protected population.

– Courthouse News

L.A. to boot fishing from port

Under pressure to provide more space for containers and other trade-related industries, the Port of Los Angeles is about to embark on a Terminal Island revitalization project that could displace what remains of the historic fishing operation.

– Los Angeles Business Journal

Indications good for Alaska salmon market

Final forecasts for the 2011 salmon season won't be out for a few weeks, but early indicators point to another good fishery. Total Alaska catches are likely to be close to last year's 168 million salmon, perhaps down slightly. And industry watchers predict the continuing strong demand will mean good prices for wild salmon.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch reporting in Fish Radio


Wednesday, February 9, 2011


A Coast Guard HH-65 helicopter crew from Kodiak rescued five fishermen from the disabled and adrift 58-foot long-liner TerriGail in 50 mph winds and 10 foot seas about two miles from Unalaska and transferred them to the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau.

– Coast Guard


Columbia Chinook seasons set

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon set fishing seasons for Columbia River spring Chinook salmon and white sturgeon that are expected to draw nearly two hundred thousand anglers to the big river this year.

– Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

B.C. charters don't follow bag limits

Commercial and some charter fisherman are criticizing the charter and lodge fishing industry on the north coast for routinely skirting around catch limitations set by DFO.

– Northern View, Prince Rupert, B.C.

Sacramento Chinook still low, but better

Three years of restrictions on ocean fishing seem to have paid off with a bigger run of Chinook, but there are still far fewer salmon laying eggs in the Sacramento-San Joaquin river system than fishermen would like.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Salmon farmers' video may backfire

Although the video was released in an attempt to promote aquaculture as a sustainable way to produce seafood, it ironically highlights just how many food miles it takes to put farmed salmon on consumers' plates.


Walrus listing will wait

The Pacific walrus, hampered by vanishing sea ice in Arctic waters, deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act but must wait in line behind more imperiled animals, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman said.

– Reuters

Federal fish management laws 'ridiculous'

The current situation with regard to sturgeon, salmon and sea lions is ridiculous. Congressional action may be the only recourse.

– Daily Astorian

Adak soap opera continues

We told you last month about Aleut Enterprise asking a judge to hold its former tenant, Adak Seafood, in contempt for failure to pay $215,739.73 in rent. As you might imagine, Adak Seafood has quite a different view of the situation, arguing the most it might owe in rent is $33,000.

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

Pacific Seafoods pays fine

Pacific Seafoods has agreed to pay $85,000 to a former warehouse employee as part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

– The Oregonian


Thursday, February 10, 2011


The first link between salmon farms on the British Columbia coast and elevated levels of sea lice on juvenile Fraser River sockeye salmon has been demonstrated by new research.

– Environmental News Service

Alaska Dungeness carefully managed

The commercial Dungeness crab fishery in southeast is the most conservatively managed Dungeness fishery in the world.

– Max Worhatch IV, writing in SitNews, Ketchikan

Columbia hatchery report ETA unknown

No timetable is set for the release of a key federal report about the long-term future of the Columbia River hatchery system.

– Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian

Comment on NOAA aquaculture policy

The Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released complementary draft national aquaculture policies that support sustainable marine aquaculture to increase the U.S. supply of healthy seafood, create jobs in coastal and other communities, spur innovation in technology, and help restore depleted species and marine habitats.


Sockeye wins Symphony of Seafood

Wild Alaska smoked and peppered sockeye salmon from Trident Seafoods has won the Seattle people's choice award in the 18th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood.

– Cordova Times

Cod fishermen steamed over new federal map

Cod fishermen in Homer and Kodiak are up in arms after the federal government redrew the lines defining state waters, eliminating some prime state-waters fishing grounds in Kachemak Bay and Uyak Bay.

– Homer News

N. Cal troll season looking brighter

Commercial salmon fishermen in California caught about half what they expected during the tightly restricted season last year, but after three years on the skids, there are signs that fishing will pick up this year.

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

Pacific Seafoods donates life vests

The Pacific Seafood Group recently donated 50 life vests to fishermen on the Columbia River from the Yakima, Umatilla, Nez Peirce, and Warm Springs tribes. The donation was in response to learning of the tragic and unfortunate drowning of three fishermen last year. In the past three years, nine fishermen have lost their lives on the Columbia River.

– Pacific Seafood

B.C. foe: Alaska ranched salmon 'wasted'

More than 95 per cent of Alaskan ranched salmon are never harvested. They get eaten by other fish. All of the feed pellets given to these hatchery salmon, at a cost to Alaska of $20 million per year, are virtually wasted.

– Vancouver Sun


Friday, February 11, 2011


A recent report from Norway predicts a serious shortage of fish oil possibly within the next 2 to 3 years.

– FishNewsEU

Aleutian cod allowable catch higher

The guideline harvest level (GHL) for the Aleutian Islands state-waters Pacific cod fishery has been set at 15.5 million pounds, a substantial increase over last year.

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

Safety in Dungeness fleet

You've heard the statistics: Between 2000 and 2009, 21 people died in the fishery, and 10 of those tragedies happened in vessel disasters during severe weather.

– Pacific Fishing, February

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Tough luck tuna, Charlie, 50 years old

StarKist's beloved Charlie the Tuna swam into the hearts of consumers five decades ago and now is celebrating 50 years of good taste!

– StarKist

Tongass holds less timber than thought

A new study says the Tongass National Forest has about a third less second-growth timber than officials thought. The study also includes a reminder that the region is still decades away from any substantial young-growth harvests.

– KRBD, Ketchikan

Alaska Fish Board eyes Cook Inlet

The Alaska Board of Fish will meet in Anchorage to consider proposed regulatory changes to the Upper Cook Inlet Area fisheries.

– Anchorage Daily News

Sarah's show wants tax credits

A producer of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" reality series is listed in an application seeking film production tax credits from the state.

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Fisheries Report

This week: The EPA announces it will study the Bristol Bay watershed and look at potential impacts of development, including hard rock mining like the Pebble Mine... Lawsuits have been filed on both sides over controversial closures to protect the endangered Steller sea lion... There's federal loan money available for skippers and crew to get back into crabbing… Initiatives are in the works to address concern about halibut ending up as bycatch… Plus farmed salmon stocks from South America appear to be making a come back after being devastated by disease.

– KMXT, Kodiak
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Fishing training classes?

To help Alaska coastal communities prepare their residents for the fishing jobs of the future, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is floating the idea of a professional fisherman's training program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

– Sea Grant

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