Monday, March 25, 2013


A second conspirator in the Trident Seafoods embezzlement case has been sentenced to prison.

– KMXT, Kodiak


Shell exec out

The executive in charge of Shell's troubled Arctic drilling program is stepping down.

– KMXT, Kodiak

War over squid

It was a rare victory in the squid wars: Argentina's coast guard cutter Thompson fired warning shots at two Chinese trawlers, blocking their escape into international waters.

– Anchorage Daily News

War over sea cucumbers

Mexico has banned fishing for sea cucumbers, but demand from China has triggered a black market and violent rivalries between those who obey the law and those who can make a big profit on food that Mexicans don't even eat.

– Seattle Times

Pot cod lousy

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Homer area management biologist Jan Rumble confirmed what fishermen have been saying all season: It has been a lousy pot cod season.

– Homer News

Long trolling season

Alternatives indicate a potentially long commercial fishing season.

– Willits (Cal.) News

Get set

The Sitka herring fishery goes on two-hour notice.

– KCAW, Sitka

B.C. herring in decline

Sierra Club B.C. and some fisheries scientists are calling for a moratorium on B.C.'s herring fishery because of fears declining stocks could affect the entire marine ecosystem.

– Times Colonist

Herring research cut back

Spawn-deposition surveys alone are not the most accurate way to estimate herring numbers, but more precise methods were dropped for budget reasons.

– Kitsap (Wash.) Sun

Keep B.C. salmon stamps

The stamp is bought in addition to the federal fishing license and is considered a special user-fee (not a license or tax).

– Market Wire

CG terminates Kake voyage

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Naushon terminated the voyage of the fishing vessel Donna Jean near Kake after discovering several safety issues aboard the vessel.

– Coast Guard


Tuesday, March 26, 2013


It was unusually quiet along the waterfront as the halibut fishery got underway.

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

Exxon Valdez in B.C.

Enbridge launched its own multi-million dollar media and online advertising campaign last May, to sell the public on the economic benefits of the pipeline and the company's safety and oil-spill prevention procedures.

– Star Phoenix

Oil coming to Rupert?

The ultimate plan has always been to build that pipeline to Prince Rupert.

– Prince Rupert Daily

Columbia sea lions and enviros

A conservation group known for interfering with whaling ships wants to stop Oregon's killing of sea lions that eat endangered salmon in the Columbia River.

– The Daily Astorian

Cod spawning grunts

Although both sexes produce low frequency "grunts," only male Atlantic cod make this sound during spawning season.

– Alaska Native News

Humpback whales squeak

"They have slightly different acoustic repertoires."

– KCAW, Sitka

Tsunami testing sans Kodiak

Weekly sirens don't take place in every coastal community, but next Wednesday there will be a statewide test of all alarm systems at 9:45 a.m. That is, all but one.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Big Tanner catch

Southeast crabbers had their biggest tanner harvest in more than a decade last month.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Fighting derelict vessels

"The bill adds some things to get at vessel owner accountability, which would get towards the prevention standpoint."


Barents cod up for certification

Russian companies, ZAO Strelets and ZAO Eridan have entered their joint cod and haddock fishery into assessment for MSC certification.



Wednesday, March 27, 2013


The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is anticipating a later than normal start for the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery this year.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Good Columbia smelt year

Smelt swirling below him in the Sandy River transported Dick Filbert back 60 years.

– The Oregonian

Hope in Adak

Adak is hoping for $15 million from the state legislature to complete its small boat harbor.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman

Anti-Frankenfish vote

The Alaska Senate passed a resolution opposing U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of genetically engineered salmon.

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

Wave power delay

A much vaunted wave energy park off the South Coast may not be finished this year in part because of financial issues.

– Coos Bay World

Half nation’s rivers ailing

More than half of the nation’s rivers and streams are so polluted that they “do not support healthy populations of aquatic life.”

– New York Daily News

Cal fish coming back

After years of depletion, California's fish populations appear to be bouncing back.

– L.A. Times

Salmon farm foes fear panel

Critics of British Columbia’s salmon-farming industry fear they could be “shouted down” and that their concerns will disappear into a “black hole” when a new committee meets to advise federal fisheries officials on aquaculture issues.

– Vancouver Sun

Orca Bay certified

Orca Bay Seafoods has been awarded certification in chain of custody from ASMI by successfully meeting the requirements of the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management Chain of Custody Certification standard administered by Global Trust.

– Perishable News

More Arctic rules

After a year’s delay, the United Nations body tasked with developing polar shipping regulations has recommended provisions to address the environmental impacts of Arctic shipping – but they don’t go far enough.

– World Wildlife Federation


Thursday, March 28, 2013


B.C. seafood firm Willowfield Enterprises will begin harvesting the world's first commercial supply of sockeye salmon raised on a land-based farm.

– Vancouver Sun

Lower seiner taxes

Two different taxes paid by Southeast Alaska commercial purse seiners could be going down this year.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Sitka herring begins

The first opening of Sitka's lucrative and fast-paced commercial herring fishery began at 3 p.m. and ended at 6:05 p.m.

– KCAW, Sitka

Fish board re-appointments

Gov. Sean Parnell reappointed two members to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

– Fairbanks News Miner

Gillnet ban in court

Olympia became the battleground in commercial fishermen's efforts to stop a plan to move gillnetters off the lower Columbia River's mainstem.

– Wahkiakum County Eagle

Processor floating again

During the vessel's stint aground no spills were reported.
– KMXT, Kodiak

See you at ComFish

For 34 years, ComFish Alaska has been bringing the latest products, services, and information directly to the people in one of our nation's top fishing ports – Kodiak. Kodiak is home to Alaska's largest and most diverse fishing fleet, with more than 600 vessels filling its two downtown harbors. Kodiak also has the largest number of seafood processing companies operating in Alaska.

ComFish exhibitor booths sold out in record time and the venue will be expanded next year, said Trevor Brown, director of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the ComFish event.

"ComFish provides a unique opportunity for vendors and exhibitors to interact with people in the fishing industry right where they live and do business. Visitors get to experience a thriving, year round, working waterfront and a colorful fishing town," Brown said.

Along with the trade show, a lively lineup of workshops and presentations provide the latest information on policies and issues that directly affect Alaska's fishing communities. A highlight this year include discussions on a catch share program being crafted for groundfish fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and what it might mean for the Kodiak community. Visitors from coastal communities around the nation will share their experiences on securing long-term access to their fisheries.

Other highlights: expanded halibut stock surveys, fishing vessel energy savers, new hatch/door monitors to prevent vessel sinkings, marine debris cleanup programs, seafood markets with a focus on China, updates on the Pebble Mine, ergonomics for fishermen that help reduce pains, strains, and sprains, updates on king crab enhancement projects at the nation's top crab lab in Kodiak, updates on the Fishermen's Fund which provides up to $10,000 in medical benefits for Alaska fishermen, and a historical/pictorial overview of Kodiak's canneries.

This year's ComFish Alaska Forums are sponsored by GreatLander Commercial Marine.

See the complete line up of exhibitors and forums


Friday, March 29, 2013


This year’s winter-time sea ice extent is the sixth lowest since the National Snow and Ice Data Center started keeping satellite records in 1979.

– KTOO, Juneau

Commonsense and mining

Right now, it’s perfectly legal for the State of Alaska to issue a permit to a company to mine completely through a wild salmon stream.

– Seward Phoenix Log

Beef up Coast Guard

James Holmes argues if and when that icy expanse opens regularly to shipping, the Arctic will need policing like any other marine thoroughfare, and he nominates the United States Coast Guard.


Fish fraud at borders

This new label law seems aimed at the border – making sure that what comes in to the country is what is says it is (and perhaps is from where it says it’s from), likely helping commercial fishermen in the U.S. who already have transparent, cooperative, and clear operations.

– National Geographic

Emergency winch switches

Workers in the commercial fishing industry have the highest occupational fatality rate in the United States, nearly 35 times higher in 2011 than the rate for all U.S. workers.

– Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Oil spill advisory board

Commercial fisherman Andrew Craig of Cordova has been appointed to the Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute's advisory board.

– Cordova Times

King crab hatchery

Research into raising Kodiak red king crab in hatcheries is progressing well at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward, with some 360,000 larvae stocked in six 1,200 liter tanks.

– Cordova Times

Dead sea lion not

The animal appeared alert and healthy with no sign of injury or distress.

– Pacific Fishing correspondent Cassandra Marie Profita reporting in Ecotrope, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Pain in New England

A way of life that has existed for over 400 years could end if requirements aren’t relaxed.

– BizPac Review, Florida

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