Monday, February 11, 2013


The practice of eating raw fish in thinly sliced strips can be traced back to ancient China.

– The Nation

Fast food fine for pollock fleet

Plans of McDonald's USA to promote wild caught Alaska pollock in its Filet-O-Fish and Fish McBites menu item are good news for the state's $1 billion pollock fishery.

– Cordova Times

Atlantic cod for other chains

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's debuted a new Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich, an offer for the Lenten season that the company said could be added to the menu permanently with positive guest response.

– Restaurant News

NE cod towns face dire cuts

But Gloucester, like many coastal towns, now faces the largest cuts ever to the region's commercial fishing industry.


Taxes don't apply to runaway rig

After the grounding of Shell's Kulluk drill rig in January, reports circulated that the company had been moving it from Unalaska to Seattle in order to avoid Alaska's oil and gas property tax.

– Alaska Public Radio

Fishing has changed for women

They make up about 11 percent of Alaska residents who hold a crew license. About 4 percent of permit holders are Alaskan women.

– KCAW, Sitka

Lawsuit in Cook Inlet

United Cook Inlet Drift Association has filed a lawsuit over a recent amendment to the federal fishery management plan for salmon off Alaska.

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

Maine shrimp allocation down

State officials have made some adjustments to fishing rules for this winter's Gulf of Maine shrimp season, extending fishing hours for trawlers but reducing the daily limit for trappers.

– Bangor Daily News

CG OK with funding

"It's a steady state for us," said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp, in a recent interview in San Diego. "We're not doing too badly right now. We haven't seen any major reductions."

– U-T San Diego



Tuesday, February 12, 2013


The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Monday afternoon that enforcement of new rules affecting commercial gillnet fishermen should be suspended until further review.

- The Daily Astorian


Alaskans protest frankenfish

About 100 people rallied at Crescent Harbor in Sitka on Saturday to protest what they see as the first step in introducing scientifically modified animals into the American diet.



Fishy probation condition

A judge gave a commercial fisherman the option Monday of donating 200 pounds of fish to Batchewana First Nation as part of his probation.

– Sun News


Fishing Poets Gather

Astoria is ready to stage its 16th late-winter gathering of commercial fishermen and fisherwomen, who come from Alaska, across the Pacific and from the Atlantic seaboard to tell tales, sing songs and enthrall audiences.

– The Oregonian


B.C. sportfishing's value

British Columbia's recreational fishery is worth as much to the provincial economy as commercial fishing, aquaculture and fish processing combined, according to a new report from BC Stats.

– The Vancouver Sun


Fish getting smaller

A new study by Australia's peak scientific body the CSIRO shows that fish around the world are shrinking in size.

– Radio Australia


Florida preserve working

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


Trend favors farmed fish

At some point this year, humans will for the first time consume more farmed fish than wild-caught fish, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

– The New York Times


$8.5 million fish farm

The People of the Salmon are preparing to show there is a different way to farm fish — and that it can make money without hurting the environment.

– The Times Colonist



Thursday, February 14, 2013


In the latest setback to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans for this summer, the company says it’s sending both of its drilling rigs to Asia for dry dock repairs.

– KUBC, Unalaska

‘Critical habitat’ by oil rigs?

The program is killing tens of thousands of pounds of fish, mainly red snapper, and jeopardizing habitats, which have been created by rigs found throughout the gulf.

– Jackson (Miss.) Free Press

Medevac to St. Paul

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to St. Paul from Kodiak, hoisted a 44-year-old man from the 240-foot fishing vessel Starbound and safely transferred the patient to emergency medical personnel at the St. Paul Clinic.

– Coast Guard

Medevac to Tillamook

Crewmembers aboard the 64-foot fishing vessel Blue Water Too, based in Bay City, Ore., notified watchstanders at Station Tillamook Bay at 3:53 p.m., that a crewmember was experiencing chest pains.

– Daily Astorian

Olympia anti-fishing move

Kevin Nihart made a living by fishing for spot shrimp in the waters of Possession Sound and selling his harvest off the dock near Anthony's HomePort restaurant.

– Everett Herald

Exxon heading north again

Exxon Mobil and Russian national oil company Rosneft have signed an agreement to extract oil and gas from the Russian Arctic.

– KFSK, Petersburg

NPR’s series on MSC

But some environmentalists fear fisheries are being certified despite evidence showing that the fish population is in trouble.


More frankenfish comment time

The public is being afforded more time to comment on a new genetically engineered fish species that many opponents are calling a "frankenfish."

– KDLG, Dillingham

Cruise ships want to dump

The desire to protect Alaska’s world class fishing — from the Yukon to the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak and across the state — binds us together as Alaskans.

– Juneau Empire

Homer port successful

Homer’s Port and Harbor wants to grow: “We’re already beyond capacity.”

– Homer Tribune


Friday, February 15, 2013


There is no politically easy fix that will happen to bring our South Coast ports the relief they need.

– Coos Bay World

Money yanked for ocean zoning

A potential plan to effectively zone vast areas of ocean along the nation's coastlines will not get $150 million in federal funding after the House voted to remove the appropriation hidden in a much-larger Hurricane Sandy relief bill.

– Ocean City (N.J.) Dispatch

More Alaska help sought

A bunch of U.S. senators, including Alaskans Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski, have sent a letter to President Obama urging emergency funding for fishery disasters declared in 2012 in a number of states.

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

Sporties pay more than commercial

British Columbia's recreational fishery is worth as much to the provincial economy as commercial fishing, aquaculture and fish processing combined, according to a new report from BC Stats.


Stringing along MSC

But they can still be labeled "certified sustainable seafood" even though they have years to comply.

– KTOO, Juneau

No to community processing quota

A push to give communities where crab is processed more input into the sale and trade of crab processing quota got a lukewarm reception at the North Pacific Fishery Management.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Cruise dumping vote next week

They opened the bill up to amendments and put off a real vote on the measure until next week.

– Alaska Public Radio

More on cruise ship dumping measure

Protecting Alaska's fish and clean water is why you voted in 2006 for strict water quality standards to prevent cruise ship companies from dumping poorly treated, damaging copper, and by products from human waste — 20,000 gallons of inadequately treated discharge at a time — into our fishing waters.

– Juneau Empire

Human drugs affect fish

The researchers who did the study suspect the little drugged fish could become easier targets for bigger fish because they are more likely to venture alone into unfamiliar places.

– Vancouver Sun

B.C. power hires fish foundation

The Clean Energy Association of B.C., representing the majority of independent power producers, has hired the Pacific Salmon Foundation to conduct the study and make recommendations for improvements as necessary.

– Vancouver Sun

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