Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Alaska's largest statewide commercial fishing trade association announced it is beginning the process to request Alaska authorities to investigate what they say was unauthorized eavesdropping of their United Fishermen of Alaska private teleconference by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association's office.

– SitNews, Ketchikan


Sealaska not telling the truth

Trout Unlimited, the nation's oldest and largest cold water fisheries conservation organization, announced that, contrary to a misleading media release issued by Sealaska Corporation, it does not support newly introduced legislation that would carve some 70,000 acres from the Tongass National Forest and transfer it to the Juneau-based corporation.

– Trout Unlimited


Book thrown in Florida

Two commercial fishermen have been charged with a total of more than 1,300 conservation violations after being found inside a no-take zone in the Dry Tortugas.

– Miami Herald


Book thrown in Alaska

Federal enforcement officials have charged the owner and operator of the F/V Pacific Challenger with fishing for Pacific cod in the Western Gulf of Alaska without having a license limitation permit.

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


Arrest in Kodiak murder case

The U.S. Attorney in Anchorage announced that an arrest has been made in the double-murder at the Communications Station on Coast Guard Base Kodiak nearly a year ago.

– KMXT, Kodiak


Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up: the FDA extends the public comment period on a new genetically engineered fish species, a study finds majority of seafood workers in Alaska live out of state, a world-renowned fisheries economist talks market trends for salmon, and a petition to protect Alaska's cold water corals stalls.

– KMXT, Kodiak


Lower mainland fishing healthy

Even though I no longer earn a living as a fisherman, I witness the huge contribution the industry continues to make to the province as a director of the Steveston Harbour Authority.

– Richmond (B.C.) Review


Feds say NW trawling recovering

Conservation efforts and a 2-year-old contentious quota system called "catch shares" appear to be helping, and fishermen who were losing money in the once-lucrative fishery are in the black again.

– Daily Astorian


Humane Society loses

A U.S. District Court judge in Oregon dismissed the Humane Society of the United States' challenge to the government's plan to kill salmon-munching California sea lions at Bonneville Dam.

– The Oregonian


Sporties enter gillnet ban fray

The Coastal Conservation Association has announced it will file a motion to join the lawsuit over new Columbia River gillnet rules in the Oregon Court of Appeals.

– Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian



Wednesday, February 20, 2013


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

– Eureka Times Standard



Salmonella in farmed fish

Scientists in Malaysia found that fish that are fed chicken offal and spoiled eggs can be a potential source of salmonella and have a high risk of spreading antibiotic resistant genes.

– All About Feed


Ice complicates medevac

Due to icing conditions in St. Paul Harbor and the Baranof's inability to enter the harbor, the helicopter medevac was determined to be the safest and quickest means to get the fisherman to needed medical care.

– Coast Guard


Murkowski wants Shell probe

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski says in light of the Kulluk's grounding, the government needs to look at all aspects of Shell's Arctic drilling operations.

– Alaska Public Radio


Drill rig languishes in Seward

A victim of circumstance, the craft has been delayed along its journey by equipment fires, a malfunctioning propulsion system, citations by the Coast Guard, and unscheduled tug maintenance.

– Seward Phoenix Log


Cruise dump bill to Guv

The largely party line vote was 14 to 6, with every Democrat except Bethel's Lyman Hoffman voting against the measure and all Republicans voting for it.

– KTOO, Juneau


Astoria fishermen's festival

Dungeness crab is donated by local commercial fishermen and served up along with coleslaw and garlic bread to raise funds for the 2013 Commercial Fishermen's Festival.

– Seaside Sentinel, Oregon


California 2012 salmon season

The 2012 king salmon commercial fishing season was the best in California in nearly a decade, according to a new report that also offers hope for good trolling in 2013.

– San Mateo County Times


More on tsunami debris

"What is most concerning are the small pieces of debris, easily confused by wildlife for food."

– Oregon Public Broadcasting


Wesley's annual big-shrimp story

Again this year, the state intends to open a commercial fishery for those enormous, delectable spot shrimp in Prince William Sound.

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



Thursday, February 21, 2013


The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission announced that it has selected Hugh Link to be its new executive director. Link joined the Crab Commission staff in 2004, after spending a decade as sales manager at Hallmark Fisheries in Charleston, on the southern Oregon coast. He replaces long-time executive director Nick Furman, who recently retired after heading up the ODCC for 22 years.

Russia building fishing fleet

The Russian government is placing the development of its fishing industry high on the parliamentary agenda this year as it faces the massive task of turning record catches into record profits as part of a major rebuilding process.

– World Fishing.net


Panel against permit stacking

The Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee has finalized their comments on the setnet permit stacking proposal for Bristol Bay.

– KDLG, Dillingham


Halibut commission nominees

The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced a new slate of nominees for two U.S. seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

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


A third of seafood mislabeled

Testers nationwide found that 87 percent of the time, restaurants and grocery stores were selling something else under that label.

– Washington Post


In Portland, it's 20 percent

More than 20 percent of seafood sold at Portland markets, restaurants and sushi bars was mislabeled.

– The Oregonian


Chefs and catch shares

Even though life might be simpler if I just focused on cooking and running a restaurant, I just can't in good conscience ignore the serious threats to our oceans and the fish in them.

– National Geographic


The value of cruise ships?

Is the ever-expanding cruise ship industry a cost or benefit to port cities?

– ABC News


Commercial fishing skills

The University of Alaska wants to know what skills young people will need for jobs connected to commercial fishing.

– Anchorage Daily News


Now, salmon official B.C. symbol

Steller's jay, spirit bear, and western red cedar are all living symbols of British Columbia.

– Straight.com



Friday, February 22, 2013


An Alaska state senator is proposing a bounty on sea otters, the cute little marine mammals often seen by tourists swimming on their backs between cruise ships, sometimes munching on a fresh crab or clams.

– Anchorage Daily News

More: adn.com

Runaway rig allowed to go

"I reviewed all of the relevant and available information and determined that Shell has met the requirements of the Captain of the Port Order."

– Coast Guard

More: uscgnews.com

Southeast salmon mostly wild

He was looking for the percentage of wild, non-hatchery salmon that are caught in Tongass National Forest waters each year.

– KRBD, Ketchikan

More: krbd.org

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska joins the Yup'ik fisherman trials, the Alaska Legislature hears about eco-labels for Alaska's salmon and small boats in big boat territory.

– KMXT, Kodiak

More: kmxt.org

SE Tanner, golden king crab

Southeast crabbers are out harvesting Tanner and Golden King Crab. Both seasons opened on February 17th. Tanner boats get six days to fish in the most popular "core" areas and a total of eleven days in the non-core areas.

– KFSK, Petersburg

More: kfsk.org

Hear whole MSC radio report

NPR investigative reporter Daniel Zwerdling's three-part series on sustainable seafood began airing during All Things Considered on Monday evening, February 12.

– KCAW, Sitka

More: npr.org

Alaska salmon outlook good

In a word, the outlook for Alaska salmon markets this year is favorable.

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

More: sitnews.us

Japanese skiff in Oregon

A Japanese boat that was discovered on the North Spit Wednesday was removed Thursday by the Oregon State Parks department.

– Coos Bay World

More: theworldlink.com

Sea creatures off Washington

The same gelatinous sea creatures that clogged the intake at California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant last spring have shown up this winter on the Washington coast.

– Seattle Times

More: seattletimes.com

New chief at Icicle

Icicle Seafoods, a major fishing and processing company based in Seattle, said Amy Humphreys has been named president and CEO.

– Seattle Times

More: seattletimes.com

SF herring report from Ernie

Occasional Pacific Fishing contributor Ernie Koepf fishes for herring in San Francisco Bay. He paused to write this brief report:

Herring season began on Jan. 2, and there were fish right off the bat from an ongoing spawn in Sausalito. The next week, it was big tickets down in the docks of the South Bay, multiple loads all week, and 30 to 40 tons for all. Next week it was back to Sausalito. The 30 participants had a scant chance of filling the 2,800 ton quota, so the fishing went on uninterrupted until the first week of February, when the "even" group quota-ed out. Fishing on the 'odd' quota, the fleet whacked them at Paradise Cay to finish out the week. Next week, it was off to Richmond for the boats. All week getting a few tons a day as the smaller fish moved in. There were 500 tons remaining on the quota but quite possibly the last landing of the season occurred on Feb. 18, when one boat made a 5 ton delivery from Point San Pablo. As of today (Feb. 22), the sardines have returned and no herring have been seen. The season ends March 15 but the fat lady is singing right now.

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