Monday, February 10, 2014


The catcher-processor Katie Ann diverted to Unalaska this weekend after a large wave blew out several windows on the vessel's bridge. In the process, about six crew members were injured.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Fishermen thank EPA

Although most public discussion to date has focused on Pebble, EPA's assessment addresses all potential large-scale mining in the Kvichak and Nushagak drainages, uses Pebble as an example, and identifies fifteen other deposits where significant exploration has occurred.

– Juneau Empire

Kings avoiding setnets

Appearing before the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting in Anchorage, Gary Hollier said he experimented with nets of shallower depth last summer and found they caught significantly fewer of the big Kenai salmon.

– Homer Tribune

Changes in Magnuson-Stevens

This time, a number of changes have been proposed by Rep. Dock Hastings, some of which could fundamentally change fisheries management and fisheries science in U.S. waters.
– Southern Fried Science

Anti-gillnet group busy back east

The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of North Carolina is blamed by locals for the current regulatory environment.

– Beaufort Observer

Halibut catch stuns CDQ

Coastal Villages Region Fund's halibut quota for 9,437 residents was cut by a stunning 48.9 percent from 210,248 pounds to 107,384 pounds.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy

Rain heals California

It is healing the landscape across the Bay Area and Northern California, squelched the danger of wildfires and will put Tahoe winter sports back on the map for the coming three-day Presidents Day weekend.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Where's the fish?

Crescent City had a working harbor, but it was hard to buy local fish and seafood.

– Crescent City Triplicate

SE salmon hatcheries important

Commercial fisheries have never been more important to Southeast Alaska, and the region's hatchery programs are a critical part of that success.

– KCAW, Sitka

Fining derelict-boat owners

The state agency is actively billing nearly $2 million in recovery costs from others. They've also sent nearly $3.4 million through the collections process.

– SF Gate, San Francisco


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Ocean Safety has signed an agreement with Seafish to supply an initial 300 Mullion Compact personal flotation devices (PFDs) to commercial fishermen in England and Wales.

– World Fishing

New Cook Inlet rules

The board surprised some by voting 7-0 in favor of the scheme, despite opposition from some commercial fishing interests.

– Alaska Dispatch

Warm weather and salmon

The numbers are in: Last month was officially the warmest January on record in parts of western Alaska.
– KDLG, Dillingham

Pebble chief steps away

John Shively, the former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and chief of staff to former Alaska Governor Bill Sheffield, who guided the company for six years while the proposed Pebble Project was hotly debated on a state and national level, announced this week that he would be assuming the role of chairman of the board of directors for the Pebble Project.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman

Go straight to bankruptcy

Expanding the number of SAFE areas is a key promise made to gillnet fishermen as a sop for banning them from the main stem of the river.

– Daily Astorian

ASMI at Sochi

The spunky Alaskan with pink-tinged blond hair is the fastest cross-country skier in the world, and the most decorated U.S. female cross-country skier in history.


WESMAR has new site

WESMAR products are operating in all major fisheries of the world, and on commercial and pleasure boats around the world.


Crewman lifted from F/V Arica

The helicopter crew safely transported the man to emergency medical services in Cold Bay for a commercial flight to Anchorage.

– U.S. Coast Guard

History of Boldt decision

George Hugo Boldt was not a man anyone would mistake for a revolutionary.

– Tacoma News Tribune

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Crab boats in Southeast were waiting at least until Wednes-day for the start of two lucrative commercial crab fisheries in the region.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Bikes for cannery workers

Kodiak Island Trails Network, along with several other local charities and churches partnered to collect used bikes all day, with the hopes of fixing them up and providing them to cannery workers at reasonably low prices.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Florida rules for cucumbers

State wildlife officials are considering tighter restrictions for harvests of sea cucumbers.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Speaking of Florida

We had a major blunder yesterday. Blame it on the ungodly hour when your Wrap is prepared. Or the ungodly age your editor has reached. Whatever, Cortez in Florida is not Cordova in Alaska. I know it. I knew it yesterday before I grew befuddled. Alaska fish journalist Margaret Bauman was first to report the error. Don

Sitka herring suit

 "I'm the chairman of the board of Sealaska Corporation. I told Sitka Tribe two or three years ago: You guys file suit, we'll be there."

– KCAW, Sitka

Drought to cut salmon harvest

Fishing was fast and money was easy as buyers offered sky-high wholesale prices.
– EastBayExpress, Oakland, Calif.

Crab missing in B.C.

The fisheries ministry has cut the number of patrols in the region over the past 10 to 20 years due to "other pressures and staff limitations."

– The Tricities Now, Port Moody, B.C.

Setnetter openings depend on kings

Under what is being called "paired restrictions," when the in-river king salmon fishermen are restricted to catch and release, the restriction to 12 hours kicks in.

– Homer News

Whale sushi

Two sushi chefs who served whale meat at a now-shuttered Santa Monica restaurant pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for their part in a scheme to import and sell cuts of whale including tail meat and "whale bacon."

– L.A. Times


Thursday, February 13, 2014


We are discouraged by the needless, unscientific attacks on the more than 5,000 Cook Inlet commercial fishermen and their families that have occurred over the last 10 days," Arni Thomson, executive director of the Alaska Salmon Alliance said.

– Mat-Su Frontiersman

Inlet personal use is unchanged

The Cook Inlet's personal-use fishery remains largely unchanged in the midst of a process that has dramatically restructured commercial set and drift gillnet fishing in the same region.

– Homer News

Inlet fishermen have a friend

The problem with the virulent partisan politics that plague America today is that they can blind people to action that is in their own best interest.

– Alaska Dispatch

Protecting W. Coast puffins

The Natural Resources Defense Council wants the tufted puffin population in Oregon, Washington, and California listed under the Endangered Species Act.

– Portland Tribune

Rescue near Cold Bay

Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak received a call from the master of the 680-foot fish processing vessel Ocean Phoenix who reported that the 25-year-old female crewmember was suffering from chest pains and needed medical assistance.

– Coast Guard

Fighting fish pirates

The U.S. Senate is considering two international treaties that Sen. Lisa Murkowski says would help crack down on pirate fishing in the North Pacific.

– Alaska Public Media

Salmon to the Philippines

The State of Alaska is looking for someone to supply over 6,000 cases of pink salmon to be donated to disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. That adds up to nearly 150,000 15-ounce cans.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Processors fined

Three fishing companies that operate in Alaska have been fined about $275,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency for pollution violations stretching back to 2008.
– KUCB, Unalaska

B.C. salmon quota plan

For the president of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union, the news that commercial salmon fisheries could potentially be run by a quota system poses a threat to the small guys, who won't have the finances to fish.

– CJFW, Terrace, B.C.

Sporties dislike Youngs Bay plan

"This is punitive and sets a dangerous precedent."

– Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian



Friday, February 14, 2014


Several members of the Alaska Legislature sent a letter of support earlier this month to the head of the company looking at developing the controversial Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region.

– Alaska Public Media

House member to retire

Hastings, first elected in 1994 and now chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee said a desire to spend more time with his family in Washington state was an important factor in his decision to retire. Hastings is overseeing changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

– Reuters

Inlet fishermen hit hard

Fishery management decisions approved this past week in Anchorage hit hard at commercial harvesters, as the state fisheries board sought to protect depleted numbers of late run Kenai River king salmon and provide more fish for anglers.

– Cordova Times

Crude causes fish heart problems

After carrying out a detailed study on marine life, researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have found link between oil pollution and heart diseases in fish.

– News Tonight Africa

Fisherman, now homeless, dies

Bouck grew up on Queen Anne, worked most of his adult life as a fisherman, but suffered an accident that left him unable to work.

– King 5, Seattle

Thermal energy on Akutan

A recently published study of geothermal energy sources on Akutan Island indicate the resource holds significantly more potential than previously thought.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman

NW Alaska ports

A much-needed Arctic port study stalled this winter as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considers more than 20 different configurations of three possible ports in Northwest Alaska.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman

Support aquaculture

Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector worldwide, now supplying over 50 percent of the global demand for fish and seafood.
– The Northern View, Prince Rupert

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, bad news for Cook Inlet commercial fishermen is coming out of the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting, the stormy weather caused a number of injuries on a factory trawler out west, and, wait for it: Magnetic Salmon.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Youngs Bay sporties banned

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today passed rules that establish a control zone at the mouth of Youngs Bay and prohibit recreational fishing from Aug. 1-Sept. 15.

– Coos Bay World



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