Monday, April 7, 2014


If the Earth was hit by one big enough, its own magnetic field could be unpredictably disrupted, frying electronics along with communications and navigational systems.
– The Register, U.K.

Herring: Canada backs down

A coastal British Columbia First Nation is claiming a partial victory after federal Fisheries and Oceans officials agreed to keep commercial herring gillnet boats away from waters set off-limits by the community.

– APTN, Winnipeg

Seiners on pollock

Seiners have a chance to test the waters to determine if a directed pollock fishery makes sense for that type of gear in the Gulf.

– Fish Site

Jump in Chinook allotment

An all-gear harvest quota of 439,400 Pacific treaty salmon for Southeast Alaska, an increase of 263,400 fish over a year ago, was announced by Alaska Department of Fish and Game managers in Sitka.

– Cordova Times

Climate wars

The concepts of mitigation and adaption are not new, but the third strategy, "loss and damage," is a recent ideological banner that brings together advocates for global wealth redistribution based on climate injustice.
– American Thinker

Crab pots to Hawaii

Bering Sea crab pot buoys were reported last month trailing behind a humpback whale in Hawaii.

– Alaska Dispatch

Hake catch to rise

Good and bad for the upcoming hake season.

– Tradex

Stop Navy testing

The Naval Pacific Fleet should not be allowed to test a midrange sonar system damaging to threatened and endangered marine mammals in an area extending from Alaska to Northern California, including the inland waters of Washington.

– Mary Powell, who's running an online petition against Navy testing of sonar.

To sign the

Strong hagfish slime

Researchers at the University of Guelph have figured out what makes the slime secreted by the hagfish so strong, hoping it can lead to the commercial development of stronger fibres.


Battle of whale chasers

In Dana Point – a city so well-known for whale watching, it's home to an annual festival dedicated to the mammal – two companies doing business from docks only half a mile apart compete over nearly 12 square miles of wide open sea.

– Anchorage Daily News


Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Washington and Oregon officials announced today there will not be another commercial fishing period for spring Chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River until at least mid-May.

– Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian

Seattle marine industry big

A study commissioned by the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County found that the maritime sectors employed 148,000 statewide in 2012.

– Seattle Times

Stop high-seas fishing

If the high seas were closed to fishing, populations of migratory species such as tuna, billfish, and shark would increase significantly and that would help the coastal fishing industry to flourish.

– San Luis Obispo Tribune

Importing pirate fish

Between one-fifth and one-third of all the wild-caught seafood that comes into the United States may be caught by vessels engaging in "pirate" fishing.

– Wall Street Journal

Mislabeling fish would be illegal

The legislation is in response to a nationwide survey finding rampant seafood fraud.

– CapRadio, Sacramento

B.C. Natives win herring battle

The Kitasoo/Xaixais are celebrating their victory in blocking the opening of a commercial herring fishery in their territory.

– Coast Mountain News (B.C.)

Crab bait water pollution

A commercial crab boat captain has been charged with first-degree water pollution after police say he dumped thousands of pounds of decomposed mink carcasses in the Port of Brookings Harbor in Southern Oregon.

– The Oregonian

Another Pebble partner out

Mining giant Rio Tinto said it has pulled its support and will donate its shares in the proposed Alaska mine project – worth about $16 million today – to a pair of Alaska charitable organizations.

– Alaska Dispatch

Oregon wave power plan dumped

After spending millions on the project off the coast of Reedsport, Ore., Ocean Power Technologies pulled the plug and will focus on another project in Australia.

– Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian

Ripple Rock's last

The biggest peacetime non-nuclear explosion took place in British Columbia a half-century ago when experts blew up Ripple Rock in Seymour Narrows. The rock, which rose nearly to the surface, was long a danger to vessels traveling on the way north or south through B.C. waters. But, after failed attempts, engineers got it right on April 5, 1958. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has uploaded video of the final explosion.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014


"I've been saying use vinegar for 20 years. Now I'm going 'whoops'."

–, Australia

Close ports to fish pirates

These criminals ply the seas and sell their catches with impunity, making off with an estimated 11 million to 26 million metric tons of stolen fish each year, a worldwide haul worth about $10 billion to $23.5 billion.

– New York Times

Hake fishery receives certification

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced that the Grupo Regal line-caught hake (Merluccius merluccius) fishery has been certified to the MSC standard for sustainable, well-managed fisheries following an independent full assessment.


Columbia River count

Passage of Chinook at Bonneville Dam through April 7 totals 1,475 adults. The U.S. v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will begin meeting April 21 to review status of the upriver spring Chinook run on a weekly basis.

– Seattle Times

Heat stress while working

Heat stress is a serious risk and — as it turns out — unrelated to how much or how little we drink.

– KCAW, Sitka

Lower Alaska salmon forecast

The state forecast calls for a commercial catch of about 133 million salmon this season, less than half the 2013 tally.

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

Direct marketing Cal rockcod

Hensel, a fisherman based in Crescent City for 30 years, is offering a five-week subscription of two pounds of rockcod each week starting May 1.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Tidal power in Alaska

The company's financial future actually may lie in selling off-the-shelf current generators for remote, off-the-grid communities that are located next to fast-moving rivers.

– Press Herald (Maine)

Good eastern scallop season

Nantucket fishermen landed 14,500 bushels of scallops during the five-month season, less than last year, but generally considered a successful harvest and an indicator of a stable population.

– WCIA, Woods Hole, Mass.

Eagles evicted from Unalaska

Unalaska's public safety department took steps to keep a family of bald eagles from returning to nest in the center of town.

– KUCB, Unalaska


Friday, April 11, 2014


A new study reveals that between 20-32 percent of wild-caught seafood imported into the United States comes from illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.
– Fish Information & Services

Chip-implant salmon experiment

Three hundred thousand juvenile chinook with tiny coded chips lodged in their heads were released in Rio Vista and under the Golden Gate Bridge over the past two days in an experiment to determine optimal conditions for hatchery-raised salmon to survive and imprint on their native rivers.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Senator disappoints Pebble fighters

Several groups dedicated to stopping development of the proposed Pebble Mine are criticizing Alaska's senior U.S. Senator for supporting legislation that would limit a power the EPA is using to stop development of the mine.

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, fisheries in the far west may see less restrictions after another look at what's causing the Steller sea lion decline in the Aleutians, they're going to give seining for pollock a try around Kodiak, and what it's like smack in the middle of the barely controlled frenzy that is a Sitka Sound sac roe herring opening.


B.C. mining worries SE Alaska

British Columbia sees aggressive development of its natural resources as a way to improve its economy; Southeast Alaska fishermen, tribes and environmental organizations see it as a threat to their fisheries and way of life.

– Juneau Empire

Kodiak rate increases eyed

There could be some rate increases for the Kodiak shipyard in the coming months.

Dark side of sea otters exposed

A disturbing darkness lurks beneath the sea otter's public image.

– Vancouver Sun

Alaska expansion proposed for Clean Water Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski used a committee hearing in the Senate Wednesday to talk about a proposed rule that could lead to more streams and waterways in Alaska being subject to federal Clean Water Act protections. 


Seafarer memorial proposed

Stanley Wanlass, a globally famous bronze sculptor behind several installments in the lower Columbia region, recently offered the city of Astoria the Seafarers Memorial, an 18- to 25-foot bronze sculpture yet to be built.

– The Daily Astorian

CA sardine, anchovy, crab warning

The California Department of Public Health on Thursday issued a warning against eating the commercially or recreationally caught fin fish and the internal organs of crab taken from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.


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