Monday, March 7, 2011


Strong returns of chinook salmon should give Oregon commercial fishermen their first decent season in years, but declining runs of coho from Columbia River hatcheries and worries over wild coastal fish mean charter boats and sports anglers can expect another mediocre year.

– San Francisco Examiner

Alaska fishing crew rescued

A good Samaritan crew on the vessel Just In Case rescued five fishermen after The Capt'n Andrew, a 57-foot fishing vessel, ran aground on Bold Cape four miles southeast of King Cove Sunday morning.

– Coast Guard

Solid profit for Oregon D-crab

Crab, and the $40 million it has brought the fleet in the past 2 ½ months, has become a mainstay, not just as the state's largest fishery but as a source of income upon which the Oregon Coast has come to rely.

– Eugene Register-Guard

Fish farmers' ad campaign

Campaigning for a less-than-popular cause has always been a challenge, many times a welcome one, for advertisers.

– National Post, Canada

No change in Cook Inlet sports rules

The Alaska Board of Fisheries has decided not to restrict the Kenai Peninsula's popular salmon dipnetting fisheries.

– Anchorage Daily News

Project to boost Kodiak sockeye

The project receiving the most community comments was the borough's resolution to help secure legislative funding for the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association's request to fertilize Karluk, Frazer and Spiridon lakes to combat depressed sockeye salmon returns.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

Feds want oil spill study for Chukchi Sea

The federal government will be conducting a new oil spill analysis before it completes a lease sale in the Chukchi Sea.

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

Oregon fisherman making shrimp nets

Longtime fisherman turned net maker Dave Gregory hopes his new business, South Coast Nets, will make waves with shrimp trawlers angling to save fuel this spring.

– Coos Bay World

Poor shrimp prices blamed on Pacific Seafood

Despite increased costs in everything from fuel to boat maintenance, the price he gets for shrimp at the processing plant is half what it was 15 years ago.

– The Oregonian


Tuesday, March 8, 2011


As for what used to be a staple of the Japanese diet, namely fish, those surveyed paid ample lip service to its importance. But, "the variety of fish hitting the dining table is much lower than before." One mother laments, "I have to scream at my kids to get them to eat fish, and I just don't have the energy."

– Japan Times

U.S. fish consumers getting smarter

If you look backwards 10 years, a shrimp was a shrimp," says Carl Safina, co-founder of the Blue Ocean Institute, a marine-environment advocacy group. "It was like a bagel. You didn't ask if it was a sustainable bagel. There wasn't a discussion to be had over it."

– Wall Street Journal

Seiner aground

A 58-foot seiner ran aground near King Cove on Sunday. The five-member crew of the F/V Capt'n Andrew was rescued by its appropriately named sister vessel, Just In Case.

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

Commerce secretary heads for China

President Barack Obama will nominate Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, the son and grandson of Chinese immigrants, to be the next US ambassador to China.

– Taipei Times

Sports halibut cut hurts economy

With the decline of the forest industry across the province, tourism is becoming a more important lifeline for these coastal regions, and the recreational fishing community, from high-end lodges to small charter operators and individual anglers, say the new DFO policy, will cut the season short, perhaps even as early as mid-June.


More gravel mining on the Fraser

Gravel removal from the Fraser River is back in the news.

– Chilliwack (B.C.) Progress

Judge sides with Exxon over payment

U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland ruled Monday against a request that he force Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay for the cleanup of oil left on the Prince William Sound shoreline from the 1989 tanker Valdez spill.

– Anchorage Daily News

Russian pollock fishery scrutinized

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has welcomed the commitment of the Russian Pollock Catchers Association (PCA) for its responsible approach to pollock fishing and ongoing efforts to endorse high standards of the Code for Responsible Fisheries in the management and production of the country's fisheries.


Norwegian salmon farmers getting rich

"High salmon prices are the greatest driver for growth in seafood exports."

– FishNewsEU


Wednesday, March 9, 2011


At a hearing in front of the Senate Commerce Committee on the Magnuson-Stevens Act, Assistant NOAA Administrator for Fisheries Eric Schwaab said that the U.S. is making good progress toward meeting the mandate to end domestic overfishing.


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Sitka's fishing boats 'refined'

The fishing boats of Sitka and this region are about the most shapely, elegant and refined in the entire world.

– Linda Blankenship speaking on KCAW, Sitka

Sitka school fish lunches gain support

A pilot program to serve locally-caught seafood in Sitka's middle school is gaining momentum. Organizers are modeling the project on "farm-to-schools" efforts in the lower forty-eight. As KCAW's Robert Woolsey reports, the target audience seems to be eating it up.

– KCAW, Sitka

Repairing Kodiak's Karluk Lake

"Karluk pretty much dictates my fishing for the whole season," he said. "The issue is that we are having poor lake health, poor recruitment in the lakes and poor survival, which is affecting our overall fishing time."

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

Alaska CDQ group hires new director

WACDA, the umbrella organization for the six nonprofit companies operating under the federal Community Development Quota program, has hired Aggie Blandford as its new executive director.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog: Deckboss

Bycatch-reduction inventions sought

Fishermen, backyard inventors, students and others have been invited to submit entries for the best new fishing gear to reduce bycatch. Leading entries in the fifth International Smart Gear Competition will be in the running for $57,500 in prizes.

– World Wildlife Fund

Branding Maine's commercial fisheries

If you did an Internet search to find words that have emerged from obscurity to become popular nearly overnight, one that would inevitably appear on almost anyone's list would be the word "branding."

– PerishableNews

Poisons planned for salmon farms

Despite mounting public concern over the impact of aquaculture pesticides on the marine environment, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is in the process of developing regulations that will facilitate and enable the ongoing use of eco-toxic pesticides in the open water by the salmon aquaculture industry.


Salmon farms eyed for Washington county

Jefferson County (Wash.) officials are considering where and how to permit net pen aquaculture, which has been prohibited in the county for decades.

– FishFarmingXpert


Thursday, March 10, 2011


Oregon's beloved Dungies are being shipped to China by the plane load.

– The Oregonian


Dutch processor to pay big fine

A Seattle-based seafood processing company that operates mostly in Alaska will pay $1.9 million in penalties and for the cost of cleaning up ammonia and other waste it discharged from its plant in the Aleutians.

– Anchorage Daily News

ADF&G worrying over budget

Managers at the Kodiak office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game warn that current funding levels could cause cut backs in core operations for the commercial fisheries division. This comes as legislatures in Juneau puts together a budget for the agency.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Kerry calls ratz 'disaster'

Expressing concern that the commodification of New England's groundfishery has accelerated economic inequality, Sen. John Kerry has urged the U.S. Commerce Department to acknowledge the policy has been a "disaster" — as alleged by elected federal and state officials.

– Gloucester Times

Coos Bay not working for fleet

South Coast fishermen, battling efforts to lock up large swaths of ocean, need all the help they can get. Leaders of the region's largest town should be key allies of this important local industry.

– Coos Bay World

Can't say no to salmon farms

With county officials working toward final approval of the Locally Approved Shoreline Master Program, it appears the issue of net pen aquaculture is not over in Jefferson County.

– Port Townsend Leader

Charters want halibut changes

The Southeast Alaska Guides Organization (SEAGO) and Alaska Charter Association (ACA) are pleading for the state to get more involved with the new 37-inch halibut limit set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).

– Juneau Empire

Salmon troll restrictions off California

Commercial salmon fishermen on California's coast will have a much more liberal season this year south of Pt. Arena. But anglers on the northern waters will face many more restrictions.

– Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Alaska sues again over polar bears

The state of Alaska filed its second lawsuit over polar bears, claiming the federal government's designation of critical habitat for the animals — an area larger than California — is excessive and unnecessary.

– Juneau Empire

B.C. processor keeps fishing alive

When Maple Leaf Foods shut down its fish processing plant in 1999, it was a dark day in Port Hardy, a small town near the northern tip of Vancouver Island, about a 500-kilometre drive from Victoria.

– Vancouver Sun


Tough times = less maintenance

Guys are unable to buy their fishing licenses and they definitely don't have money to haul their boats out and do the necessary maintenance to go salmon fishing. I very well could be out of business in a few weeks."

– KSBY, San Luis Obispo


Friday, March 11, 2011


Tsunami spawned by a huge earthquake in Japan has prompted evacuation notices and closures along the West Coast. One report says the estimated time of arrival for some waves on the West Coast is 11:15 a.m. today.

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UniSea responds to federal fine

Yesterday, the EPA announced a 1.9 million dollar fine against UniSea in Dutch Harbor, for previously reported incidents that did not cause any environmental harm or pose a risk to any marine species or local ecosystems. I have attached the UniSea statement about this event.

– Steve Minor

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Salmon troll season outlined

Federal regulators outlined three scenarios for commercial and sport salmon fishing along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington starting this spring.

– San Francisco Chronicle

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Alaska Fish Report

A federal judge holds off on the Exxon Valdez re-opener; the state legislature considers dedicating money to salmon weirs; and another community starts serving local seafood in schools. All that, and ADF&G redesigns its web site.

– KMXT, Kodiak

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Big Tuna in unified marketing push

A talking tuna, a mermaid and a bee walk into a supermarket and ... Sounds like the set-up for a joke, yes? It is, however, for real, as three long-time competitors whose brands are represented by those characters join forces to stimulate demand for the pantry staple they all sell.

– New York Times


Usual subjects not killing Fraser fish

A federal judicial inquiry that is trying to find out why sockeye salmon in the Fraser River are in decline has been told that whatever is killing them, it is not one of the usual suspects.

– Globe and Mail, Canada


Seiner still aground

The F/V Capt'n Andrew remains grounded near King Cove, despite earlier reports to the contrary.

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


Norway bans some arctic oil drilling

Norway rejected oil drilling in ecologically sensitive waters just above the Arctic circle, partly because of worries over a disaster like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

– Seattle Times


CG's Acushnet decommissioned today

The  67-year-old Cutter Acushnet, the Coast Guard's "Queen of the Fleet," will be decommissioned during a ceremony at Base Support Unit Ketchikan Friday at 2 p.m. The Acushnet was originally commissioned as a Diver Class Fleet Rescue and Salvage Vessel, USS SHACKLE (ARS 9) for the U.S. Navy Feb. 5, 1944.

– Coast Guard


Anti-Pebble protests head to Juneau

Mill Bay Coffee and Pastries owner Joel Chenet knows the quality of the fresh salmon he prepares is world class and to help protect the fisheries of Bristol Bay and the livelihood of the Kodiak fishermen working there, Chenet will travel to Juneau Sunday to spend a week lobbying legislators about the potential dangers of the proposed Pebble Mine.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror


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