Monday, February 25, 2013


We've heard plenty about the poor Chinook salmon returns to some parts of Alaska in recent years.

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

Diet can save lives

Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests this style of eating can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them.

– Coos Bay World

Who needs MSC?

Eco-labeling schemes like MSC's add additional layers of bureaucracy on retailers, farmers, and fishermen while passing on costs to consumers.

– Amy Ridenour, a conservative blog

Oregon shrimp re-certified

Oregon pink shrimp, also called bay or salad shrimp, was the first shrimp fishery in the world to achieve MSC certification in 2007 and is now re-certified as a sustainable and well managed fishery.


Wave power plan in Yakutat

Surfers from around the world travel to Yakutat's remote beaches to catch big waves.

– KCAW, Sitka

Thank fish farms

I'm still too proud to outright thank farmed salmon, but I have to admit that farmed salmon was the kick in the pants we all needed to adapt to new realities in the marketplace.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman

Young would ban aquaculture

New legislation introduced by Alaska's Representative Don Young would prohibit the authorization of commercial aquaculture in federal waters.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman

Cal preserves working

Scientists say once declining ocean areas are now flourishing after 29 Marine Protected Areas were set up across the Central Coast.

– KCOY, Santa Maria

Fishermen find girls in wreck

No help came for the girls until two commercial fishermen spotted what looked like a basketball-sized gash in an alder tree.

– Travelers Today

Fish waste in Dillingham

Once the fishing season rolls around again Dillingham area residents will have a new tool to use to get rid of fish waste.

– KDLG, Dillingham


Tuesday, February 26, 2013


The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting a commercial catch of about 179 million salmon this year, which would be a big jump from last year's harvest of 127 million.

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

Effort to stop Bristol Bay mines

A new effort has been started to stop the development of large mines in the Bristol Bay region.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Fixed gear guys challenge trawlers

Now a group called the Fixed Gear Alliance is looking to intervene in the case, also to challenge the expanded observer program.

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

Columbia fall kings look good

Biologists are forecasting the best run of fall Chinook salmon to the Columbia River in almost a decade.

– Missoulian

Visiting fisher poets in Astoria

Tele Aadsen's soft voice rang clear as a bell above the low buzz of laughter and clink of dishes.

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

Pirate ship cut up

A pirate fishing vessel intercepted by the Coast Guard in August has been cut up.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Winner of Symphony of Seafood

Zesty grilled sockeye salmon fillets ready to pop into the oven and serve up as an entrée within 20 minutes won the grand prize in the 20th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafoods competition.

– Cordova Times

Nushagak stance on Area M

The local Fish and Game Advisory Committee for the Nushagak River region of Bristol Bay has finalized their positions on the proposals that will be taken up by the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Fish fraud in Canada

It's hard to tell whether mislabeling is intentional or a lack of knowledge of fish species, but Volpe said he believes fish are being mislabeled in Canada.

– Vancouver Sun

Fraud? Buy local

The next time you buy tuna, you might want to stick to the local stuff.

– Coos Bay World


Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Six years after California put in place the nation's most expansive network of marine reserves – a controversial experiment aimed at bringing back crashing populations of fish and other ocean species by creating dozens of "no-fishing zones" along the coast – the effort appears to be working.

– San Jose Mercury News

Herring in W. Alaska

Once again this year, a great deal of herring is expected to be up for grabs in remote Western Alaska waters including Norton Sound, Goodnews Bay, and Security Cove.

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

Leaving the Klamath deal

The Klamath County Board of Commissioners has voted to withdraw from an agreement that lays out how to share scarce water between fish and farms.

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

Unalaska trawl ban

City council will decide whether to support a proposal by the Unalaska Native Fisherman’s Association to ban pollock trawling in Unalaska Bay.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Canada Coast Guard cut unsafe

Fishermen say mariners' safety is threatened by Coast Guard closures announced last week, and additional cuts to come.

– Nanaimo Daily News

Endowment for Chinook study

A group of legislators want to create a permanent endowment that would fund research on the fish.

– Alaska Public Radio

Derelicts threaten Washington waters

Boats, ships, and barges of every variety and size are falling apart in Washington waterways, threatening marine ecosystems, obstructing commerce, and ruining otherwise scenic views.

– Tacoma News Tribune

Selling Kodiak fish in Kodiak

When the local fisheries are booming, it's easier to catch the fish before they're sent out of state.

– Anchorage Daily News

SE salmon is local

It’s pinks, by a landslide, and Southeast Alaska lands the most pinks.

– KRBD, Ketchikan

Canada prawns to China

Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada Peter Penashue has announced that the federal government is investing $165,000 to promote Canadian prawns for export, specifically to China and Russia.


Thursday, February 28, 2013


With both of Shell Oil’s Arctic drill rigs headed to drydock for repairs, the company says it’s suspending its 2013 drilling season.

– Alaska Public Radio

B.C. spill would kill jobs

An oil spill on BC’s north coast could cost the province 56,000 jobs.

– Vancouver Observer

Commandant worries over money

“I am concerned that shrinking budgets have impacted our ability to hold courses, pay for travel to training, and provide the necessary extra boat and aircraft hours.

– Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp

Festival trial begins

The criminal case against the former director of the Commercial Fishermen’s Festival got under way with the defendant opting to represent himself.

– Daily Astorian

Europe bycatch rule

Officials from the 27 European Union countries proposed a phased-in ban on the discarding of unwanted fish by fishing vessels, but environmentalists immediately condemned the measure as too weak.

– Anchorage Daily News

Catch shares hurt cod fishery

The 2010 catch share commodification of the Northeast groundfishery, hailed by advocates including NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco as a sure path to restoring overfished stocks and profitability for the fleet, has had the opposite effect on Gulf of Maine cod, according to the state’s director of marine fisheries.

– Gloucester Times

Forecasters change danger terms

The National Weather Service is changing some of its language related to winter weather, or at least proposing to do so.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Great white protection nears

Great white sharks off California’s coast will receive additional protection beginning March 1, the date it becomes a candidate species under the California Endangered Species Act.

– Lake County News

Eating tuna to death

It is the king of sushi, one of the most expensive fish in the world – and dwindling so rapidly that some fear it could vanish from restaurant menus within a generation.

– Anchorage Daily News

Fish fraud in N. Cal

Mislabeling is happening almost four times out of 10 here in Northern California.

– KGO, San Francisco


Friday, March 1, 2013


Icicle Seafoods' Adak plant won't be processing fish this summer. The closure, although temporary, is a blow to the struggling fishing industry in the western Aleutians.


No new permit stacking rule

The Alaska Board of Fisheries has turned down a proposal to create a new permit stacking system for setnetters in a couple of fishing districts on Bristol Bay.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Pebble foes have own plan

Bristol Bay residents concerned over the state's proposed revisions to an area management plan that could ease development of a massive mining say they plan to submit their own alternative plan before the April 4 public comment deadline.

– Cordova Times

Unalaska Bay trawling OK

Unalaska Bay will remain open to pollock trawling, but only during the months of September and October.

– KUCB, Unalaska

East Coast dogfish certified

The entire U.S. east coast North Atlantic fishery for spiny dogfish has now been certified as sustainable by the MSC.

– FishNewsEU

Norwegian cod not good enough

A report shows that Norwegian salted cod suffers from poor export prices compared to its Icelandic equivalent, due largely to its variable quality.

– FishNewsEU

War on salmon

A well-known environmental activist is accusing the administration of Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell of waging a "war on salmon."

– KDLG, Dillingham

Photographic fish marketing

The package, running today as a banner ad on the Food Network website, features profiles of fishermen as well as state biologists.

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

Adding value to salmon

A decade ago, Fred West at the Tustumena Smokehouse in Soldotna, made his money processing sport and commercially caught fish from Cook Inlet.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

An official state appetizer?

If you don't know what "Rhode-Island" style is, it is crispy fried ringlets and tentacles tossed with hot pepper rings.

– ABC6, Providence

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