Monday, March 11, 2013


The fourth 10-year revision and re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act is about to get underway.

– Gloucester (Mass.) Times

Sucking California dry

But for too long, California has allowed farmers and cities to divert massive amounts of water from the rivers that run through the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley, leaving only a fraction of the natural flow in these rivers in the winter and spring months.

– NRDC Switchboard, California

Economy of fisheries

The just released "Fisheries Economics of the U.S." by NOAA Fisheries covers the commercial and recreational fishing industries from 2002-2011 and is loaded with descriptive seafood industry stats by region.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

A tough line of work

Commercial fishing has the highest rate of U.S. occupational death, mostly from vessels sinking, but also winch injuries and falling overboard.


Northwest king forecast

While predictions for a near-record Chinook salmon run last year never materialized, ocean biologists are forecasting strong returns to key Chinook rivers in Southern Oregon and Northern California and anticipate good ocean-fishing seasons this year.

– OPB, Oregon

B.C.'s sac roe herring fishery

Gilnetters and seiners hauled in thousands of tons of herring from the Strait of Georgia, but there are fewer fish in the water than last year, even though the quota for the roe herring fishery is higher.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Atka growth

The tiny Aleutian community of Atka could be in for some major growth over the next few years, if the Atka Pride Seafoods plant expands according to plan.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Stormy weather medevac

Stormy weather delayed the medevac of a crewmember from the F/V Beauty Bay Friday morning.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Tsunami anniversary

Amid growing dissatisfaction with the slow pace of recovery, Japan marked the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing and has displaced more than 300,000.

– Anchorage Daily News

Crew license increase

State Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, has introduced House Bill 143, which would raise the fee for a seven-day crewmember license from $30 to $60.

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


Tuesday, March 12, 2013


It's shaping up to be a good year for herring fishermen in Southwest and Western Alaska.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Save your life

The best way to survive an accidental cold water immersion is to wear a life jacket.

– Infozine

Shares, not fish

Commercial fishermen used to be able to fish the U.S. seas freely. A new catch-share system has changed all that.


Lobbying for Tongass

A delegation of commercial and sport fishermen and tour operators traveled to the nation's capital this week to press Congress to enact stronger protections for salmon and trout in the country's largest national forest.

– Trout Unlimited

Senator and Pebble assessment

While many of our elected officials in Alaska and Washington, D.C., have taken an ill-informed, uncompromising stance against the watershed assessment, Sen. Begich's comments represent a rational approach in line with the vast majority of his constituents.

– Homer News

Tracing B.C. seafood

The crab comes with a coded tag that can be typed into a tablet or smartphone and it will quickly give you the story of that crustacean. Information includes the name of the fisherman who caught it, possibly a picture of his boat, and a map of where it was caught.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Texan and Pebble Mine

Rep. Lamar Smith is from Texas and he stressed that EPA staff should be able to provide information on how much money has been spent preparing the "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment" and a list of similar watershed assessments prepared in advance of permit applications for a large mining project.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Oil companies and Arctic

Two oil companies with offshore leases in the Alaskan Arctic both clarified their plans for future development, shortly after the announcement that Shell Oil wouldn't be drilling in the region this summer.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Missing crewman

A search is underway in the waters south of Nanaimo for a man who may be missing from a 25-meter fish boat.

– Vancouver Sun

Council and forage fish rules

Tim Roth, a deputy project leader for the federal Columbia River Fisheries Program in Vancouver, said the plan may lead to more conservative management of West Coast fisheries, at least initially.

– The Oregonian


Wednesday, March 13, 2013


But sweeping across the globe is a system that slowly and steadily hands over a $400 billion ocean fishing industry to corporations.

– The Bay Citizen

Sea otter bounty bill

Here's a sponsor statement from Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, on his sea otter control bill.

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

Lower Japan radiation

Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, most marine products from the disaster-affected areas fall beneath national radiation limits, data from the Fisheries Agency shows – though contamination appears to persist in some areas.

– House of Japan

Recovering stocks nationally

A decade and a half after a fisheries crisis led the U.S. Congress to enact landmark requirements for the rebuilding of fish stocks, two-thirds of the stocks subjected to the requirements have been rebuilt or are making significant rebuilding progress.

– Natural Resources Defense Council

West Coast stocks

Just ask local commercial fishermen. Many of them can recall times when they've had to throw away tons of fish caught in their nets.

– KOIN, Portland

Cal salmon comment period

Regional wildlife officials are seeking public comment on the proposed salmon fishing season for both commercial and recreational fishermen.

– Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sportsman salmon sales

Alaska Wildlife Troopers this weekend caught a man selling sport-caught salmon at the Southeast Artisans Flea Market.

– Juneau Empire

Arctic cold war

Just a quarter-century ago, and for millenniums before that, the Arctic Ocean was covered year-round by ice, creating an impregnable wilderness that humans rarely negotiated.

– New York Times editorial

Canada fish value

The latest trade figures for Canada's exports of fish and seafood products reveal that the country exported $4.14 billion in fish and seafood products in 2012, an increase of $41 million from 2011.

– FishNewEU

B.C. ignoring bio-diversity

Environmental protection of B.C.'s landscapes is fragmented, inconsistent, and falls woefully short of what scientists say is needed to conserve species biodiversity.

– Vancouver Sun


Thursday, March 14, 2013


A bill extending the limited entry program for scallops is making its way through the Alaska State Senate, but not without scrutiny.

– Alaska Journal

Magnuson Stevens review

Commercial fishermen and industry representatives complained about the requirement to have human observers on vessels recording the size of the catch and by-catch.

– Alaska Public Radio

Cook Inlet settlement

Sockeye salmon provide for the needs of a much larger number of users than Chinook salmon.

– Alaska Journal of Commerce

Marina web improvements

Having a data connection has become nearly essential for many fishermen.

– Half Moon Bay Review

Alaska permits and liens

This legislation would prohibit maritime liens from being imposed on commercial fishing permits, while protecting the rights of fishermen as they continue to engage in the commercial industry in order to provide for their families.

– Alaska Native News

Fall Columbia season

State, federal and tribal officials — plus all manner of commercial and sport fishing interests — are in the middle of the month-long process leading to the setting of summer and fall salmon fishing seasons and regulations.

– Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian

Otter legislation

A bill rewarding sea otter hunters was praised and panned at its first hearing on Wednesday.

– KTOO, Juneau

Fish fraud legislation

This week Alaska Senator Mark Begich introduced a bill that seeks to stem the tide of mislabeled seafood in the American marketplace.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Sitka herring survey

During this first flyover, biologists will look at the distribution of herring predators, like sea lions and whales. 



Friday, March 15, 2013


The Aleutians East Borough is moving ahead with a plan to replace the hovercraft that runs between Akutan and the airport on nearby Akun Island, but the timeline for swapping out the vessel is still up in the air.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Arctic drilling

"Shell screwed up in 2012."

– Alaska Public Radio

Oregon rockfish

By indiscriminately netting too many rockfish in their prime breeding years, humans disrupted this long, slow balancing act.

– The Daily Astorian

Alaska salmon habitat

Commercial fishermen, and environmental groups on March 13 asked Alaska Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell to adopt basic rules to protect wild salmon habitat and provide Alaskans a chance to participate in salmon habitat decisions.

– Cordova Times

U.S. fisheries rebounding

Sixty-four percent of once-overfished, monitored fish stocks nationwide have been rebuilt or made significant progress thanks to additional protections added to the federal fisheries law in 1996.

– News Park Forest

Alaska Fisheries Report

Fishermen seek broader habitat protection for the Tongass, MSA reauthorization gets underway in Congress, and no, it's never too early to start talking about herring.


Klamath water rights

The state of Oregon backed the Klamath Tribes' claim to have the oldest water rights in the upper Klamath Basin.

– Eureka Times Standard

Sacramento plan

California water officials released the first part of a $23 billion plan to restore and protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem and guarantee a stable water supply for millions of Californians.

– Seattle Times

Otter replenishment

Those animals are now represented by some 21,000 to 25,000 that occupy much of their original habitat.

– Juneau Empire

Magnuson-Stevens deadline

Congress must reauthorize the Magnuson Stevens Act, the federal law regulating the nation's fisheries, before it expires Sept. 30.

– Alaska Public Radio

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