Monday, March 31, 2014


Several groups from the Yukon-Kuskokwim and Cook Inlet regions have been tabbed to help fashion a spending plan for $20.8 million in federal disaster relief coming to Alaska in response to poor Chinook salmon runs. 

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

Candidates for Fish Board

Nine names are vying for three seats on the state Board of Fisheries, including six newcomers.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing TheFishSite

Board says ‘no’ to crabbers

The Aleutian Islands golden king crab fleet came away empty-handed last week, after the Alaska Board of Fisheries declined to increase its quota – rejecting both the initial request of 15 percent and the compromise proposal of 5 percent.

– Alaska Dispatch

Dogfish value sinks

Dogfish, a voracious little shark that hunts in packs and fills its belly with anything it finds, now has so little value in the global marketplace that many fishermen who net them just throw them overboard.

– Kennebec Journal

FDA shuts salmon smoker

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently ordered Jensen’s Old Fashioned Smokehouse Inc., a processor of smoked fish products in Seattle to stop processing, preparing, packing, holding and distributing any food at, or from, its facility.

– Food Safety News

Putin orders polar army

Vladimir Putin’s statement came during a speech to senior officers of Russia’s power structures in the Kremlin.

– Barents Observer

Alaska loses one with Natives

The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal by the state of Alaska in a long-running fight over the control of rivers and the fishing and hunting rights of Native Alaskans.

– Coos Bay World

They’re done in Sitka

The Sitka Sound seine fleet saw a fourth and final herring opener Saturday, taking an estimated 3,935 tons.

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

B.C. herring meeting

A central coast First Nation is calling for an emergency meeting with fishermen and officials to defuse an escalating conflict over the imminent opening of a commercial herring roe fishery that’s been closed since 2006.

– Vancouver Sun

To the editor:

Further to your reprinting of the Mondaq article, “Canadian Court Irks Feds” (28 March 2014) on the injunction closing the West Coast of Vancouver Island roe herring fishery, it is true that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans overruled the advice of her bureaucrats. She did so because the peer-reviewed, risk-based Stock Assessment and Management Advice for British Columbia Pacific Herring. The year 2013 status and 2014 forecast clearly showed that the West Coast (and two other populations) were well above the commercial cut-off and the risk of the modest fisheries approved putting the stocks at risk was virtually zero. It’s an important principle for all commercial fishermen that when they forego fishing opportunities to rebuild populations to a scientifically accepted level, they get to fish when the target is met. 

Yours sincerely,
Christina Burridge
BC Seafood Alliance


Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Spring chinook numbers appear to be building in the lower Columbia River with a day of commercial fishing adopted for Tuesday and a hearing on Thursday to consider extending the sport season.

– The Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian

Lots more jellyfish

We've already tipped past some of those " tipping points" in the oceans.
– Quartz

Traced fish=higher price

Software schemes have been developed in the north east of the USA which are claimed to obtain better prices for locally caught fish.


Polar sea route open longer

IPCC climate change report predicts two and a half times longer sailing season along the Northern Sea Route than today.

– Barents Observer, Norway

Judge halts Dillingham expansion

The 2012 annexation of Nushagak Bay into the City of Dillingham has been overturned by the local Superior Court Judge.

– Alaska Public Media

Alaska Fishery Report

Coming up this week, one fisherman remembers that beautiful Friday evening 50 years ago when life in coastal Southcentral Alaska was turned upside down; others remember that chilly morning 25 years ago when life in coastal Southcentral Alaska was turned upside down again. And is it possible to restore one of the biggest salmon runs in history after so many years? All that and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. 

– KMXT, Kodiak

Lots of herring, low price

Herring seiners at Sitka Sound last week landed close to their 16,000 ton quota and roe counts were high – the only thing missing is a price.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in SitNews, Ketchikan

B.C. herring tensions rise

Tensions are rising on a remote stretch of British Columbia's Central Coast, where a commercial herring fleet is gathering to fish in an area long closed because of conservation concerns.

– The Globe and Mail, Toronto

To the editor:

Contrary to assertions made in the letter to the editor from Christina Burridge of the B.C. Seafood Alliance that the Fisheries Minister went against the advice of her own resource managers because: "...the 2014 forecast clearly showed that the West Coast (and two other populations) were well above the commercial cut-off and the risk of the modest fisheries approved putting the stocks at risk was virtually zero."

Dave Rolston


Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Her visit comes in response to a ComFish invitation from the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in the Homer Tribune

Right-to-fish proposal

The bill gives commercial fishing and seafood operators the same kind of nuisance lawsuit exemption farmers and agricultural businesses have.

– Cecil (MD.) Daily

Tsunami set for Crusoe Island

Chile's Emergency Office said a large tsunami wave was expected to hit Robinson Crusoe island and others in the Juan Fernandez archipelago just before midnight local time. (Alaska fishermen helped islanders after another tsunami a few years ago.)

– ABCLocal, Houston

Japan girds for tsunami

A tsunami of between 20 cm and 1 meter could reach Pacific coastal areas in Japan on Thursday morning, a day after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast.

– Japan Times

American Seafoods downgraded

Moody's Investors Service today downgraded the Corporate Family Rating for American Seafoods Group LLC (ASG) to Caa1 from B3, as well as its Probability of Default Rating to Caa1-PD from B3-PD.

– Moody's, via Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog, Deckboss

Fish boat blamed in collision

The crew of an American fishing vessel is partly to blame for a collision in Esquimalt Harbour with HMCS Winnipeg on April 23, 2013, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada has found.

– Vancouver Province

No early Nushagak season

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is not scheduling any directed commercial openings targeting king salmon in the Nushagak District this season.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Alaska troll season forecast

The preseason troll treaty harvest allocation for 2014 is 325,411 Chinook, an increase of 195,549 fish when compared with last year's preseason troll allocation of 129,862 fish.

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

Another processor medevac

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 58-year old fisherman from King Cove yesterday (March 31, 2014) during stormy conditions after he was injured on board a Seattle-based processor near Unimak Island in the North Pacific Ocean.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Avoid reefs

The federal fisheries department is asking commercial fishermen to voluntarily avoid nine reefs in the Strait of Georgia while talks are underway to make the fishing closures official and help ensure protection of fragile glass sponges — possibly the "longest living animals" in the world.

– Vancouver Sun


Thursday, April 3, 2014


Governor Sean Parnell today announced the reappointment of Reed Morisky, Susan Jeffrey, and John Jensen to the Board of Fisheries. 

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

Fish Board sees setnetter appeal

With about a day's notice, the Alaska Board of Fisheries has scheduled a meeting to discuss an emergency petition filed by an organization representing commercial setnetters in Upper Cook Inlet.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Higher king salmon allocation

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that the all-gear Chinook salmon quota has increased from last year's allocation.

– Sitka Sentinel

Fishing OK in sea lion range

After a research review, the National Marine Fisheries Service is prepared to loosen controversial limits on commercial fishing in the western Aleutian Islands.

– KUCB, Unalaska

B.C. standoff over herring

With commercial herring roe fisheries on B.C.'s central coast set to reopen at any moment, tension is rising between First Nations and the government, while fishermen remain caught in the middle.

– Tyee, Vancouver, B.C.

U.S. herring not protected

NOAA Fisheries has concluded that listing of the Southeast Alaska Distinct Population Segment of Pacific herring under the Endangered Species Act is not warranted at this time.


Helicopter to Akutan

The Aleutians East Borough has made the switch to a helicopter as their new airport taxi. 

– KUCB, Alaska Public Media

Changing Magnuson-Stevens

'Overfishing' is a misnomer that has, for years, distracted American fisheries management from all-natural and man-caused factors affecting populations of commercial fish other than fishing.


Fisherman apparel company honored

A Homer business known for its fleece clothing, outdoor gear, upholstery and fisheries products, and a full-service boat shop has been named Made in Alaska's "2013 Manufacturer of the Year."
– Homer News

New Bristol Bay chief

Sue Aspelund has been chosen as the new executive director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.

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


Friday, April 4, 2014


NMFS closed fishing grounds three years ago to protect an endangered population of Steller sea lions. That triggered several rounds of litigation and a new evaluation of the science behind fishing bans.

– KTOO, Juneau

Pizza sounds good

Pizza Hut Hong Kong is now home to what it's calling a "Flying Fish Roe Salmon Cream Cheese Pizza," featuring a pizza crust stuffed with salmon roe and cream cheese.
–, New York City

Board to setnetters: No

The Alaska Board of Fisheries has denied an emergency petition to restructure commercial setnet fishing for salmon on east-side Cook Inlet beaches this summer.

– Alaska Dispatch

Salmon overfishing

The new plan would significantly increase harvest rates on sockeye salmon, resulting in the overfishing of endangered sockeye populations, and serious impacts to other salmon species caught as "by-catch."

– SkeenaWild, B.C.

Columbia sporties get extension

The states of Oregon and Washington approved a one-week extension of sport salmon fishing in the lower Columbia River.

– The Oregonian

No Chilean tsunami

Authorities lifted tsunami warnings for Chile's long coastline after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the South American nation's northern coast.

– China Post, Taiwan

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week: herring, herring, herring. And, No Fish Tax For You! All that and more this week, on the Alaska Fisheries Report.
– KMXT, Kodiak

Alaska ice max

Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent this year on March 21.

– KTOO, Juneau

Tightening 'Dude' fishing license

The Alaska House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of legislation intended to fix a problem with the use of commercial fishing "dude" licenses. 

– KDLG, Dillingham

Human skull still a mystery

The Grays Harbor County sheriff's office says the skull found in a crab pot off Westport doesn't match anyone in a national DNA database.

– The Oregonian

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