Monday, March 12, 2012


For the first time ever, the nation's largest group of food retail companies has spoken out on behalf of protecting Alaska's Bristol Bay fishery - the world's largest wild sockeye salmon fishery.

– Market Watch

Search halted on Washington Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for the crew of the fishing vessel Lady Cecelia at 9:44 a.m., Sunday.

– Coast Guard

Search near Sand Point

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-130 Hercules airplane crews were conducting a search for a man overboard from the 42-foot fishing vessel Glacier Spirit near Sand Point.

– Coast Guard

Aground at Yaquina Bay

The Coast Guard was continuing to monitor a grounded commercial fishing vessel, the Chevelle, for diesel fuel leakage while awaiting better weather before beginning a salvage operation.

– Eugene Register Guard

Protect Bristol Bay Natives

Count me among the Alaska Natives who are saddened by multinational mining companies who work tirelessly to create the illusion of local, Native support for their dangerous projects.

– Alaska Dispatch

More salmon farm disease

Yet another breakout of salmon virus was reported at a commercial Nova Scotia fish farm in Shelburne. The findings carried out by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed presence of the infectious salmon anemia.

– French Tribune

Spray, not guns, for bear

In those 229 incidents, 175 bears were killed, but Smith says the people didn't fare so well either.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Alaska coastal initiative certified

The initiative to restart the Coastal Management Program in Alaska has been certified to appear on the ballot later this year.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Pirate ship still tied up

Five months after its seizure, the stateless fishing vessel Bangun Perkasa is still tied up at the dock in Unalaska - but not for much longer.

– KUCB, Unalaska

B.C. oil port will not be safe

According to our prime minister and according to pipeline and oil-tanker spokespersons, we are safe from oil pollution of our coast. As a former oil tanker merchant seaman, I'm a hard sell for their blandishments.

– Victoria Times Colonist


Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Five fishermen and one federal fisheries observer died this weekend in the deadliest 24 hours for commercial fishing in the Pacific Northwest in recent memory.

– The Oregonian

Ready to retire, now missing

At 38, Jason Bjaranson was starting to figure it might be time to get out of commercial fishing on the Pacific Ocean.

– Washington Post

Text message was last word

On Wednesday morning, Luke Jensen texted his father from 10 miles out at sea, west of Long Beach. Jensen, 22, had landed a last-minute spot on the crew of the Lady Cecelia, a 70-foot fishing trawler based in Warrenton, Ore.

– Seattle Times

Sitka herring air surveys begin

The Department of Fish and Game says aerial surveys will begin today in preparation for the first opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery.

– KTUU, Anchorage

Worry over B.C. oil port

A First Nations chief and representatives from British Columbia's commercial fishing and tourism sectors will outline their concerns about a proposed pipeline linking Alberta's oilsands with the West Coast at a panel discussion in Ottawa tonight.

– Calgary Herald

Tuna fleet: Big carbon footprint

Tuna products tend to be less energy-intensive than many aquaculture and livestock-derived sources of protein, but catching tuna uses more energy than fishing some other breeds.

— Environmental Leader

D.C. message: Conserve Tongass

Alaskan fishermen and tour operators visited Washington D.C. last week to urge the federal government to shift the focus from logging to conservation in the Tongass rainforest.

– Mongabay

Grant helps Sitka hatchery

The hatchery program at the Sitka Sound Science Center is getting a helping hand from the Pacific Salmon Commission.

– KCAW, Sitka

Missing man identified

The crewmember who fell off the fishing vessel Glacier Spirit is 19-year-old Joe Haller of Greenville, Pennsylvania.

– KUCB, Unalaska


Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Despite significant improvements since the early '90s, fishing is still the most deadly profession in Alaska.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Hatchery fish overwhelm wild

Wild salmon in the Sandy River are being overwhelmed by more than 1.3 million hatchery-grown fish the state and federal governments release into the river every year, the Native Fish Society claims in Federal Court.

– Courthouse News

Millions of Alaska hatchery fish return

The state's annual report on its fisheries enhancement programs show that last year, hatchery returns and harvests were down by more than half from 2010, when a record 77 million hatchery salmon were caught when returning to their home hatcheries.

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

Grocers reject Antarctica fish

Harris Teeter joins US supermarket chains Safeway and Wegmans by taking the "Ross Sea Pledge" which means it will not buy or sell seafood from that area.

– Wildlife Extra

Alaska eyes Chinook research plan

Down in Juneau, state legislators are thinking about creating a special endowment to fund Chinook research.

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

Drive to build B.C. oil port

The federal government plans to gut the powers in federal legislation intended to protect fish habitat, making it easier for projects such as Calgary-based Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway pipeline to B.C. to clear federal hurdles.

– Victoria Times Colonist


Selling to your neighbors

His request was simple: When you go to the supermarket or the fish store, ask for Jersey seafood, and help some of these guys out.

– Middletown, N.J., Patch

Scots sell farmed fish in U.S.

Scottish salmon exports experienced a 36 per cent increase to the United States in 2011. As the largest ever year-on-year rise, it further secures the U.S. as Scotland's top export market.

– FishNewsEU

Danes unify behind MSC tag

Competing retailer groups – Coop, Dansk Supermarked and SuperGros – together covering 97 per cent of the Danish market have united to achieve a common objective, to promote MSC certified sustainable seafood.


Seabirds declining

Almost half of the world's seabirds have populations that are thought to be in decline, according to a new review.



Thursday, March 15, 2012


A state dinner to honor the arrival of David Cameron to the White House included a starter made with wild Alaskan halibut.

– FishNewsEU

Acidification faster than thought

Their findings reinforce warnings from many climate scientists that the world's oceans, a vital source of fish food protein, may be turning acidic faster today from human CO₂ emissions than they did during four major episodes of animal and plant extinctions in the last 300 million years, when natural surges of CO₂, probably from catastrophic volcanic eruptions or meteor strikes, sent global temperatures soaring.

– Japan Times

Seoul waits for cheaper fish

South Korea and the U.S. will eliminate duties on thousands of goods as they implement a free-trade agreement that took one year to negotiate and an additional four years of political battling to complete.

– Wall Street Journal

New future for Japanese fleet

A year later, residents are struggling to rebuild, but some are finding that the disaster has given them the opportunity to chart a new course.

– Public Radio International

Aleutian shipping risk assessment

Last fall, the panel recommended a number of immediately implementable steps to improve the safety of shipping in the Aleutians.  Now, the organization is soliciting proposals to help solve some of the more persistent problems.

– KUCB, Unalaska

A herring killer

Creosote, a toxic substance extensively used as a wood preservative for marine pilings, attracts spawning herring, but groups working on the fish's recovery believe that creosote-covered pilings kill the eggs.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Feds against fish fraud

Those plump and tempting scallops behind the fish counter glass might be a lot smaller than they look — a sodium-based compound can bloat scallops well past their actual size.

– The Oregonian

Seafood prices rise in past year

In the aftermath of the tsunami's impact on those harbors, many seafood markets felt the effects on their wallets.

– KDRV, Medford

Fish farm moratorium sought

An alliance of salmon conservationists, commercial fisheries groups, environmental organizations, sustainable economic development proponents and tourism operators has expressed its concern over the commitment made by Nova Scotia's Provincial Government to expand salmon aquaculture.

– FishNewsEU


Friday, March 16, 2012


A citizens group concerned that a large coal strip mine project could set a precedent for adverse affects on salmon spawning streams is asking Gov. Sean Parnell to say no to development of the mine in Upper Cook Inlet.

– Cordova Times

Biology the solution to halibut wars

In the end, though, while fishing pressure and bycatch undoubtedly are having an impact, the biggest problem with the halibut resource may be biological.

– Alaska Journal of Commerce

Forage fish threatened

There is increasing pressure globally to harvest marine "forage fish" for everything from hog feed and fertilizer to fishmeal in tuna pens or as bait for recreational or commercial fishing.

– Seattle Times

Undersize crab

A Bay Area crabber was convicted Thursday of catching too many small crustaceans.

– KTVU, Oakland


Bonneville sea lion kill OK’d

Oregon, Washington, and Idaho will be allowed to resume killing California sea lions at Bonneville Dam this spring.

– The Oregonian

Kodiak boat aground

The Kodiak-based Alaskan Star was being led back to port after hitting a rock.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, a pirate ship in Unalaska will be up for sale soon; user groups on the Tsiu River near Yakutat clash over salmon allocations; Congress authorizes $1.7 million to dredge the entrance to Kodiak's St. Paul Harbor; and Rep. Alan Austerman touts coastal communities at a recent economic summit held in Anchorage.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Wash. nominee for N. Pacific Council

Lori Swanson, executive director of Groundfish Forum, is Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire's top choice for a seat on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

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

Alaska nominees for council

Gov. Sean Parnell nominated Robert "Ed" Dersham and Howard "Dan" Hull for consideration by the U.S. commerce secretary for continued service on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

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

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