Monday, February 20, 2012



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

NOAA's luxury yacht

The fish cops bought the boat in 2008 to spy on private whale-watching charters in Puget Sound so the charters didn't break federal rules by getting closer than 100 yards to the whales.

– Alaska Dispatch

No radioactivity in seals

Lesions and other symptoms associated with sickened or dead ringed seals along Alaska's northern coast last year were probably not caused by radiation.

– Seattle Times

Cal crab lockout ends

The number of fishermen hunting for North Coast crabs picked up Tuesday with the end of the lockout that prevented crabbers from fishing the North Coast if they had fished elsewhere before the season opened here.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Arabs buying salmon

Annual figures show that Scottish salmon has seen a tremendous 41.5 per cent rise in the value of exports to the Middle East in the last year – increasing from £7.8 million to over £11.04 million.

– FishNewsEU

Salmon outlook is rosy

The outlook for wild Alaska salmon is rosy. Demand for two species in particular, pink and chum salmon, has surged remarkably.

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

Canadians object to halibut share

Canada's total catch of halibut has decreased this year, and both commercial and recreational fishermen are unhappy with their allocation for one of the West Coast's priciest fish.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Fishing boat slave labor

Two of America's largest grocery chains are investigating whether slave labour is rife on commercial fishing boats operating in New Zealand waters.

– 3News, New Zealand

Biased against sporties

It's unbelievable how Washington State Fish and Wildlife, led by Guy Norman, regional director, and Cindy LeFluer, fisheries manager, can continually force their personal will against the sports fishermen along the Columbia River in favor of the lobbyist-powered commercial fishermen.

– Vancouver Columbian

Packer expansion: Metlakatla

The Metlakatla Indian Community is inviting bids for a big freezer expansion project for its Annette Island Packing Co.

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

Packer expansion: False Pass

The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association is planning major expansions of its False Pass and Atka processing plants.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fewer salmon this year

The Department of Fish and Game is forecasting a 2012 commercial salmon catch of 132.1 million fish.

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

B.C. fishermen hurt by halibut split

Nanaimo commercial fisherman Bob Carpenter believes the federal government is not considering the impact last week's allocation of halibut will have on the industry.


Big financial questions about Pebble

An investor advisory raises significant questions about the serious risks associated with Anglo American Pebble mine project in southwest Alaska.

– Wall Street Journal

Oregon marine reserves OK'd

The state Legislature approved an expansion of Oregon's small system of marine reserves to research how they may help better manage commercial fisheries.

– KGW, Portland

Trawl revenues up with ratz

West Coast commercial fishermen who trawl for whiting and other valuable groundfish saw their revenues and efficiency increase substantially over the last year under a new fishery management system known as catch shares, according to preliminary data from NOAA's Fisheries Service.

– Marine Link

Icicle VP high on Bristol Bay

It's a good time to be a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska. That's according to an executive with one of the largest seafood processors in Alaska.

– KDLG, Dilllingham

Climate change threatens king crab

Climate change and a lack of genetic diversity could threaten the survival of some Alaska red king crab populations.

– KUCB, Unalaska

NOAA budget cuts

It's a mixed bag in America in terms of bankrolling "the best available science" for our nation's fisheries.

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

St. Paul medevac

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a man experiencing chest pains from a 273-foot fishing vessel 15 miles south of St. Paul Island at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

– Coast Guard

American Seafoods boss on TV

Bernt Bodal, chief executive of American Seafoods, will be featured Friday night on the CBS series "Undercover Boss."

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


Thursday, February 22, 2012

Great season for P-cod

It's been a bang-up winter for cod boats.

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

'Mountainous seas' in Southeast

Meteorologist Joel Curtis, with the National Weather Service in Juneau, says he and his colleagues have been analyzing data from the Cape Fairweather data buoy.

– KCAW, Sitka

Radioactivity in the Pacific

Radioactive contamination from the Fukushima power plant disaster has been detected as far as almost 400 miles off Japan in the Pacific Ocean, with water showing readings of up to 1,000 times more than prior levels.

– Anchorage Daily News

Few kings in Columbia test nets

The latest commercial test fishery to determine spring Chinook abundance in the Lower Columbia River showed poor catches.

– Seattle Times

Net pens help Cal salmon

Net pens in local waters could be a major boost to the salmon population.

– Half Moon Bay Review

BC halibut rules disappoint everyone

Recreational and commercial fishing sectors are disappointed with the recent halibut fishery allocation formula announcement.

– Nanaimo Bulletin

Otters: Cute, but killers

When we think of predators, we don't usually think of sea otters, those cute, furry creatures seen in televised nature specials or on visits to aquariums.

– San Jose Mercury

Peter Pan, Icicle penalties reduced

We understand the government has quietly agreed to much smaller penalties: $525,000 under the Peter Pan settlement, and $615,000 under the Icicle settlement.

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

Repairing Crescent City Harbor

Six companies have placed their bids for a project that would rebuild the inner boat basin of the Crescent City Harbor, but the harbor district needs about $4 million in additional funding before the reconstruction project can begin.

– Eureka Times Standard

Breeding sea lice killers

A full-scale operation to farm and deploy wrasse fish in salmon cages is being launched in Scotland.



Friday, February 24, 2012

Marijuana farms vs. salmon

There are a number of negative impacts to the environment as a result of poorly-planned marijuana growing operations.

– Eureka Times Standard

Taming Sitka herring fishery?

Converting the fishery from a cutthroat competition to an equal split among the 48 seiners would tame the harvest, improve safety, and boost the quality of the catch.

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

Fishing means jobs

Committee members learned that commercial and recreational fishing combined account for over 16,000 jobs in Washington.

 – San Juan Islander

Cooked salmon OK for your dog

Canine snacks made from wild Alaskan salmon, carefully cooked under temperature controlled conditions, offer a nutritious treat for pets that most dogs find really hard to resist.

– Cordova Times

Human diseases spread to ocean

Parasites and diseases that typically affect humans, pets, and farm animals are increasingly being found in sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, and killer whales along the Pacific coast of the United States and Canada.
– The Oregonian

B.C. oil port delays: Blame U.S.

Canada's recent push for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the nation's West Coast, where it would be sent to China, has been marked by uncharacteristic defiance.

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the summer salmon harvest could be 25 percent less than last year, increased processor capacity is in the future for the Aleutians, and Atka mackerel are pretty tasty, but are they always nutritious?

– KMXT, Kodiak

A ban on discards?

The EU is proposing a ban on fish discards, but a group of MPs says this is a 'knee-jerk reaction.”

– The Guardian, U.K.

‘Scary stuff’ frightens fish

In many fish species, an injured individual will release a substance researchers call Schreckstoff — or scary stuff — causing the rest of the school to swim away to safety.


Coast Guard to cut 1,000 jobs

The de-commissioning of high endurance cutters and patrol boats and the tightening of staffs in 2013 budget will reduce our personnel strength by over 1,000 people.

– U.S. Coast Guard

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