Monday, March 17, 2014


Robert Heyano, president of the Board of Directors of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, announced today that the board has accepted the resignation of its executive director, Bob Waldrop, who has served in that capacity since inception of the association. The board has appointed Mike LaRussa, who presently serves as the treasurer of the association, to serve as interim executive director until a permanent successor can be named.


Seward cold water seminar

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a free one-day cold- water safety and drill conductor workshop in Seward on Monday, April 7, 2014.

– Seward News

Fishing wives group formed

What began as an effort to form a traditional fishermen's wives association, quickly transformed into an effort to support fishing families and community.

– KXRO, Westport

Science leads herring decision

On the West Coast they were 60% above the already precautionary no-fishing rule, in the Central Coast 92% and on Haida Gwaii 240%.

– Canadian News Wire

Ocean Beauty product finalist

The only finalist from the United States for the Seafood Prix d'Elite competition in Brussels this spring is Ocean Beauty Wild Salmon Jerky Original Flavor, by Ocean Beauty Seafoods.

– Seafood Expo (Brussels)

Bristol Bay communications

He says other towers are ready to go. But you need a complete system to allow phones to work all around town.

– Alaska Public Media

Trawl bycatch meeting

The meeting will be to draft recommendations for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's April meeting on bycatch management, specifically recommendations that will benefit the Kodiak Community.
– KMXT, Kodiak

House OKs tax credit

Legislation passed the Alaska House of Representatives Friday that expands a popular tax credit to include herring.
– KDLG (Dillingham)

Geoduck fishery opens

Southeast Alaska divers were out fishing for geoducks Thursday, for the first time in about two months.

– KUBC, Unalaska

We're talking 'coproducts'

The oils we are producing now from pollock livers has become so valuable in capsules and other human nutraceutical products, it makes no sense to call the livers a "byproduct" of the fillets or surimi.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch in SitNews (Ketchikan)

Judge limits hatchery releases

A judge has ordered federal fish managers in Oregon to release fewer young salmon into the Sandy River this year to ensure that hatchery fish don't harm wild fish.

– Daily Astorian


Tuesday, March 18, 2014


The fleet that appears on Deadliest Catch is creating a problem for the 65 or more other crab boats whose crews depend on the Bering Sea crab resource for financial survival but don't appear on television.

– Alaska Dispatch (Anchorage)

Fighting bycatch

When these animals are accidentally tangled up in fishing lines or nets, nobody wins.

– San Diego State University

Sitka fleet on standby

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery will be on two-hour notice effective 8 a.m., Thursday, March 20, 2014.

– ADFG, Sitka

Shark actually a mackerel

It was originally thought to be a shark attack, but a witness has claimed it was a mackerel.

– International Business Times (Australia)

Salmon farming booms

The US is the largest consumer by country of farmed salmon worldwide, consuming more than 282,000 tons in 2013.In fact, consumer demand for farmed salmon has increased by over 14 percent in the last 5 years in the US alone, and is showing no signs of slowing down.
– Global Salmon Initiative (Boston)

Norway driving down cod price

Norwegian fishing vessels have delivered 30,000 tons more cod so far this year compared to the same period in 2013.

– Barents Observer (Norway)

Alaska House condemns fed statement

In the process of describing the strictness of ethics guidelines, Gina McCarthy said she received a jar of moose meat in Alaska that could – quote – "gag a maggot." 

– Alaska Public Media

Hear Fisheries Work Group

KMXT will be broadcasting and streaming the Kodiak Fisheries Work Group meeting live from the Assembly Chambers Monday night from 6 p.m. until it's conclusion around 10p.m. 

– KMXT, Kodiak

Halibut just in time

"The freezers were all cleared out. The frozen market got really short, starting in November-December.

– Times Colonist (Victoria)

Santa Barbara opens up

Vessels of all sizes can now navigate the channel as dredging continues, staving off more financial losses for fishermen and businesses.

– Noozhawk (Santa Barbara)


Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Bedbugs seem to be spreading across the lower 48 states and now the State of Alaska confirms that bed bug complaints are on the rise.

– KDLG (Dillingham)

Alaska pipeline scheme

After six hours of debate, the state Senate voted in favor of a bill advancing a natural gas megaproject where Alaska is a part owner.

– Alaska Public Media

Beached vessel near Ellamar

The Coast Guard is monitoring a beached fishing vessel in the Tatitilek Narrows near Ellamar Tuesday.

– Coast Guard

Fisherman medevac

The fisherman reportedly suffered a fall onboard and had lost consciousness for a short while before regaining consciousness and being medevaced.

– Coast Guard

Coast Guardsman dies

Petty Officer Michal Marciniak died at Alaska Regional Hospital Tuesday morning while receiving treatment for a serious illness.

– KMXT, Kodiak

CG probes deadly explosion

The Coast Guard and Unalaska police are investigating a fatal accident that took place aboard a 376-foot factory trawler this week.

– KUCB, Unalaska

More water to S. Cal

The California Department of Water Resources says more rain fell in February than was anticipated, allowing the Department some flexibility.

– CapRadio (Sacramento)

Using invasive species

Instead of passively watching invasive green crabs devour native species, fishermen and scientists in Nova Scotia have acted, turning the invader into an asset.

– Working Watrfront (Maine)

Finns pay for salmon

The hydro-electric plant in Åminnefors, western Uusimaa, blocks salmon and sea trout from reaching their breeding grounds in the Mustionjoki river.
– EyeOnTheArcitic (Canada)

Little extra radioactivity

There is no evidence of an increase in radiation in the environment "much above background level" as a result of the 2011 tsunami in Japan that caused meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear energy plant.

– Vancouver Sun (Canada)


Thursday, March 20, 2014


Those epic migrations ended in 1938 with the construction of Grand Coulee Dam.

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

Report: Too much bycatch wasted

U.S. fishing vessels, including the North Pacific trawl fleet operating off Alaska's coasts, annually discard up to 2 billion pounds of fish and marine wildlife including sharks, sea turtles, and whales that fall into their nets accidentally, an environmental group's report to be released Thursday concludes.
– Anchorage Daily News

Kodiak talks bycatch

The Kodiak City Council and Borough Assembly met for a joint work session and discussed Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch management at length.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Selling Eastern scallops

The price of U-10 scallops from the fishing vessel Inspiration pushed past $17 per pound.

– South Coast Today (Massachusetts)

Russian ban on fish

"It is wrong to include the entire seafood business in such ban, excluding all from the Russian market."

– Barents Observer

Storm cripples Dutch communications

Unalaskans woke up to wet snow blowing sideways Wednesday morning – and an island-wide cell phone outage.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Crab harvests mixed

Earlier in March, 1.2 million pounds of Tanner crab were caught in the Southeast's commercial fishery, the biggest haul in over a decade. But in the Bering Straits region, the winter season for red king crabs has been abysmal.

– Alaska Way Points

Prince Rupert drydock

Repairs on large vessels, such as tugs and the Digby Island Ferry, could soon be done on the North Coast as plans are in place to pursue the construction of a drydock facility in the community.

– Northern View, Prince Rupert

Crescent City harbor ready

After undergoing a $54 million reconstruction project, Crescent City Harbor has become the first tsunami-resistant port on the West Coast — and quite possibly on the planet.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Canadian geoducks

Gutmann has good reason to be in high spirits, since within 24 hours, the super-sized shellfish – shunned by Western chefs – will be served at top restaurants in Hong Kong, Beijing, or Tokyo for a steep price.

– South China Morning Post


Friday, March 21, 2014


But the Oceania reports that just nine major fisheries account for roughly half the problem.


Open green crab to sportsmen

Fisheries and Oceans Canada wants to create a commercial green crab fishery on Prince Edward Island.

– CBC, Canada

Fish farming's dirty secret

For every pound of sashimi, barbecued shrimp, or grilled sea bass that you stuff into your mouth, you're basically spitting four ounces of marine life onto the floor.

– Grist, U.S.

Judge rejects anti-Pebble measure

An Anchorage judge this week threw out a 2011 Lake and Peninsula Borough ballot measure that aimed to use the borough's powers to block the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine.

– Anchorage Daily News

Coastie slapped for comments

The off-hand comments of an enlisted Coast Guardsman on a public Facebook page about Kodiak have landed him in hot water with his superiors at Coast Guard Base Kodiak.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the halibut quota for CDQ fisheries are down this year, an explosion aboard a factory trawler takes the life of one crewman, and going for geoduck.
– KMXT, Kodiak


Council to eye trawl rules

In April, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will take up the bycatch issue, and try to develop some sort of management plan to help reduce it within the trawl industry.

– KMXT, Kodiak


Herring now open

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game declared the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery open. The fishing area covered much of Starrigavan and Katlian bays, north of Sitka.

– KCAW, Sitka

Remembering big quake

The most powerful quake in North American recorded history, the massive tectonic shift claimed lives, altered landscape and broke records.

– Homer Tribune

Remembering big spill

Early on March 24, 1989, Dean Fosdick, the Alaska bureau chief of The Associated Press, was awakened around 5:30 a.m. by a phone call.

– Associated Press

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