Monday, March 10, 2014


A powerful magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck late Sunday night off the coast of Northern California, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage and no danger of a tsunami, officials said.


Ten aftershocks

The quake was followed by several aftershocks, including one that measured magnitude-4.6.


Earthquake chart

A U.S. Geological Survey map shows the approximate location of the epicenter of the 6.9 quake off the California coast near Eureka.

– Geological Survey

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No Pacific tsunami

Officials say a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Sunday night off the coast of Northern California, but there was no danger of a tsunami.

– China Post

Crescent City safe

A powerful magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck late Sunday night off the coast of Northern California, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage and no danger of a tsunami, officials said.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Yakutat wave energy

If it's a success, the community of about 650 residents could lower its high, diesel-fueled power costs. 

– Alaska Public Media

Herring judge raps DFO

A judge concluded DFO was "fudging the numbers" and that the federal minister declared it open against her own bureaucrats' advice.

– Globe and Mail, Toronto

Fewer oil spills

Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell said in a speech Friday that delaying approval of the Keystone Pipeline will mean more oil tankers and oil spills in Alaskan waters.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Farmers looking for feed

With rising fish oil prices and smaller hauls of anchovy and sardines, they are also looking at algae, yeasts, and other organisms to produce the Omega-3 fatty acids in the diet of the farmed fish.
– Canadian Broadcast Crop.

Lent prime time for seafood

Last Wednesday marked the start of Lent, a time of fasting, soul searching, and repentance for hundreds of millions of Christians around the world.

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


Tuesday, March 11, 2014


For the first time, Bristol Bay sockeye salmon will be featured at Seafood Expo North America (formerly the International Boston Seafood Show), taking place March 16th – 18th in Boston


State mulls smelt rules

The state is considering changes to commercial and recreational fishing regulations that could increase protection for smelt in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

– Peninsula Daily News

Selling fish with your computer

Each shipment comes with a label printed with a QR code that, when scanned, links to a Web page of information, from when and where the seafood was caught to a bio of the ship's captain and even what equipment he used.

– Boston Globe

Scientists target Arctic species

The pollock fisheries in the Bering Sea and the cod fisheries in the Barents Sea are among the largest in the world.
– Barents Observer

Fishermen called slaves

A very marginalized fisherman in this country has been suffering 16 years of intense slavery courtesy of the 16-year old Fisheries Code of 1998.

– (Philippines)

Pillar of Alaska economy

The seafood industry is one of the pillars of the Alaska economy.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Trucking Cal salmon

Because of California's lingering drought, millions of young California salmon could soon be migrating to the ocean via freeways instead of the Sacramento River.


B.C. mine woes

Concern is mounting among Southeast Alaska fishermen, community leaders and tribes about a mining boom in British Columbia that could affect wild salmon and other species on the U.S. side of the border.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Yakutat wave energy

(Sorry. We had the wrong link for this item on Monday. We're trying again) If it's a success, the community of about 650 residents could lower its high, diesel-fueled power costs.
– Alaska Public Media


Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Many residents in the communities downstream of Chikuminuk have opposed it, citing its expected enormous costs and disruption to the park's ecosystem.

– KLDG (Dillingham)

Cold Bay medavacs

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Cold Bay conducted two medevacs, for one infant and one mariner, from King Cove to Cold Bay Tuesday morning. The Jayhawk crew first transported the infant, who was suffering from respiratory distress, and his mother to Cold Bay. They then returned to King Cove and medevaced the mariner, who was suffering from numerous injuries after a crab pot fell on him.

– Coast Guard

Dredging small port

Sonoma County officials applauded signs that the Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up to conduct maintenance dredging of the boat channel into Bodega Harbor.

– Press Democrat (Sonoma County)

Dredging Grays Harbor

Approximately 50 people last night heard from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about a plan to dredge the Grays Harbor navigational channel an additional 2 feet, and the impacts it may have.

– KXRO (Aberdeen)

Climate stunts fish

Widely consumed North Sea species, including haddock, whiting, herring, and others, have shrunk in size by as much as 29 percent over nearly 40 years, as water temperatures have increased between one and two degrees Celsius.

– (United States)

Diver death plea

A 32-year-old Ketchikan commercial fisherman has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and criminal negligent homicide in the death of man who died while diving to harvest sea cucumbers.

– KTUU, Ketchikan

$205,000 fine for ammonia

Kodiak fish processor North Pacific Seafoods pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally dumping ammonia into the Kodiak city sewer, while the processor's chief engineer faces charges of his own.

– Alaska Dispatch

Natives feel strength

After winning an unprecedented injunction against the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans late last month, the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and other nations along the coast of BC say they're moving closer to having their Aboriginal fishing rights fully recognized by the federal government.

– First Perspective (Canada)

Frankenfish near

It's taken almost two decades, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may be close to a ruling on the world's first genetically modified animal protein.

– Fox News (United States)

Petersburg looses hatchery building

A fire has destroyed a salmon-incubation building at the Crystal Lake Hatchery near Petersburg, killing more than 1 million incubating fish.

– Houston Chronicle (United States)


Thursday, March 13, 2014


McCorkle hasn't been able to catch halibut, sea cucumbers, or anything else in his trawl net for nearly two weeks because of the latest winter storm.

– Noozhawk, Santa Barbara (Californian)

Natives against trawl fleets

Delegates to the Tanana Chiefs Conference convention took aim at declining king salmon stocks Wednesday, passing a resolution that would curtail commercial fisheries and give tribes a greater voice in fisheries management.

– News Miner, Fairbanks

Smelt attract sea lions

It appears smelt are returning to the Columbia River and some tributaries in big numbers for a second straight winter, with sea lions gorging on the silvery fish in the North Fork of the Lewis River.

– Herald Republic (Yakima)

Bill allows discharges

A bill is currently making its way through Congress that could save a world of hassle and possible expense for smaller boat fishermen.

– Homer (Alaska) News

Snow crab in Barents Sea

During the latest resource mission to the Barents Sea in 2013-2014, the scientists found large amounts of young crabs, which implies that the recruitment to the population is very good.

– Barents Observer (Norway)

Small harbor dredging OK'd

The Port of Bandon, along with five other Oregon small coastal ports, will receive critically needed dredging funds this year, after intense lobbying by members of the South Coast Ports Coalition, state legislators, and the governor.

– The World (Coos Bay)

Ending gillnetting

They might span more than a mile, and cover more than 1 million square feet, the equivalent of 21 football fields.
– Monterey County Weekly (California)

Lisa: Focus on Arctic

Whether it's cruise ships going over the top, whether it's container vessels going through the Bering straits, the level of activity that we're seeing there is unprecedented, and how we handle it is going to be key going forward.

– EyeonTheArctic, Canada

Fish moving north

Global warming has brought warmer waters and reduced ice cover in the Arctic, facilitating the northwards extension of fish stocks such as capelin and cod.

– Barents Observer (Norway)

Sockeye report released

A new report shows that Bristol Bay produced 31 percent of the world's commercially caught sockeye salmon last year.
– KDLG (Dillingham)


Friday, March 14, 2014


Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

– Hamlet Hub (Connecticut)

Cal salmon forecast good

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council says 630,000 mature Fall Run Chinook Salmon are in the Pacific Ocean -more than enough for a full commercial fishing season.

– CapRadio (Sacramento)

Halibut prices about same

She hadn't been out yet but heard that people who did go out from Sitka were fighting awful weather, and many had opted to stay on shore.

– Alaska Journal of Commerce

How to spend disaster money?

Alaska is set to receive $20.8 million for the 2012 salmon fisheries disasters, but how the money will be used is still being decided.

– Journal of Commerce (Alaska)

Obamacare for fishermen

For some commercial fishermen and others who are self-employed, what they've found has been a pleasant surprise.

– KTOO (Juneau)

Bering Sea search called off

The Coast Guard isn't releasing the man's name, but friends, family and local news reports say he is Eric Eder.

– Alaska Public Media

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the halibut season is underway now, and we get a little refresher on the regulation changes for 2014; the herring GHL in Sitka has been reduced, and what's a fishing town supposed to do when it's told to diversify its economy?

– KMXT (Kodiak)

Southeast Tanner sets record

Crab fishing opened Feb. 12, two days after the scheduled start date because of bad weather. 

– KTOO (Juneau)

Deadly processor explosion

Police chief Jamie Sunderland says crew members on the Alaska Ocean were doing some repair jobs at about 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.

– KUCB (Unalaska)

Wal-mart may hurt fisheries

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will once again start selling Alaska salmon, but is its decision good for Alaska's fisheries and fishing communities?

– Alaska Dispatch

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