Monday, April 9, 2012


The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the official outlook for the 2012 commercial fishing season in Bristol Bay. It includes details about the enforcement priorities for the Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

—KDLG, Dillingham (scroll down)

Sitka herring third opening

After somewhat of a confusing start, fishermen have harvested just under half the quota.
– JuneauTek

Salmon: Giddy in California

Federal regulators will allow plenty of opportunity for fishermen to troll for Pacific Coast salmon as biologists forecast a dramatic rebound in populations of the prized fish.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Salmon: Giddy in Oregon

It’s looking very, very good indeed this year for offshore Chinook fishing.

– The Oregonian

Salmon: Giddy in Washington

Chinook salmon fishing along the Washington Coast this summer could be better than anyone has seen in more than a decade.

– Kitsap Sun

N. Pacific council nears halibut plan

After hours of testimony and discussion on a halibut catch sharing plan, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council identified new preferred alternatives for a halibut catch sharing plan for further analysis, with final action now expected in October.

– Cordova Times

ComFish to begin Thursday

This is the 32nd year for ComFish. It's grown from being part of Crab Fest and eventually outgrew its space at the armory and the Coast Guard base. This year the trade show will be at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Watching for ghost ship fuel

The Coast Guard is watching for fuel and debris from a derelict Japanese fishing vessel it sank off the coast of Southeast Alaska.

– KTOO, Juneau

Alaska Fisheries Report

On Friday, we offered a link to the Alaska Fisheries Report from KMXT in Kodiak.  The station was so busy that the report ended up away from the home page.

Here’s a direct


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pacific Fishery Management Council sets West Coast salmon seasons

Oregon and California fishermen, particularly, will benefit from higher-than-usual salmon returns in the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers this year.


Gillnetters get to fish lower Columbia

The fleet is expected to catch about 3,000 springers in the six hour period.

– The Columbian

More pesticides found to harm salmon

The feds have added three more common lawn and agricultural pesticides to the list of those that jeopardize West Coast salmon.

– ABC News

Is it time for a new salmon recovery plan?

A commercial salmon from Port Angeles weighs in on the state of salmon and fishermen in the Northwest.

– Seattle Times

B.C. fishermen share tales of two hours aboard Japanese ghost ship before Coast Guard sinks it

The crew that tried to salvage the the rusted out fishing boat came home on Monday.

– The Province

Drones follow sea lions

Drones, a tiny helicopter and a miniature airplane, performed remarkably well at the task of photographing sea lions.

– Alaska Dispatch

Manage the little fish

A huge and growing portion of the world’s commercial catch — 37 percent by weight — is made up of small fish, like herring, sardines, anchovies, and menhaden, which are food for larger predators.

– New York Times

She’s the voice of Unalaska crime

It's not the crimes that have residents chuckling so much as how they're written about.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Alexandra Gutierrez, reporting for KUCB, Unalaska

Sanctuary land near Columbia’s mouth

Columbia Land Trust and the Bonneville Power Administration announced purchases of 560 acres near the mouth of the Columbia River to protect habitat for fish and wildlife, including threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.

– The Oregonian

Farmers seek new feed

Scientists and commercial companies from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are cooperating on surveying natural resources such as seaweed, mussels, and microalgae – unexploited marine resources that they hope can be brought into use as raw materials for fish feed.

– TheFishSite


Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Particles from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami last year were found from Long Beach to Santa Cruz about a month after the incident.

– Seattle Times

Are Columbia River sea lion kills really necessary?

California officials 'perplexed' because of this year's record high predictions.

– California Watch

Scientists study sardines

A research ship heads out today to study California coastal waters.


Enough fish in the sea to eat?

An editorial encourages consumers to know where their fish comes from.

– OregonLive

Is tsunami debris washing up in Puget Sound?

Smaller objects harder to track.

– The Islands Sounder

Greenpeace presses for Bering Sea Marine reserve

North Pacific Fishery Management Council votes to review science for the the "Green Belt" of the Bering region.

– Discovery News

Funds to fish

The Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation to support fishermen with pre-season fishing costs.

– KDLG Radio

Legislature approves Fish Board appointees

The Alaska Legislature today confirmed Gov. Sean Parnell's picks for the state Board of Fisheries, Karl Johnstone and Orville Huntington.

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


Thursday, April 12, 2012


Visit highlights Sitka's award-winning farm-to-school program.


Oregon town joins fight against catch shares

Port Orford joined a group of 14 communities across the country that oppose the new national policy.

– Ecotrope blogger Cassandra Profita, for Oregon Public Broadcasting

Investment in Arctic infrastructure

Alaska legislators call for a Coast Guard base, ice breakers and port development in the Arctic.

– Sitnews

House panel drafts Magnuson change

Reforms take a stab at balancing jobs, the health of fish stocks and commercial and recreational fishing industries.

– Gloucester Times

Dillingham voters annex commercial fishing district into city limits, early returns say

With votes still to count from Tuesday's election, a fish tax also appears to be approved.

– KDLG Radio

First hand account of ghost ship sinking from Coast Guard crew

Petersburg crew says ship was 'in shambles' but 'she didn't want to go down easy.'

– Alaska Public Telecommunications

Feds consider options to dispose of seized fishing boat

The U.S. Coast Guard took control of the ship after it was found fishing illegally about 2,600 miles southwest of Kodiak.

– Anchorage Daily News

Seismic monitors to be installed off coast near California nuclear power complex

Plant operators want to better understand potential earthquake hazards.


An incredible salmon season

It could be the best season in almost a decade, but will the fish behave?

– The World

Tribes voice concern over Northern California marine protected areas

Public input process continues as Humboldt county stakeholders continue to support process.

– Times-Standard


Friday, April 13, 2012


The Coast Guard is working with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to
investigate the shooting deaths of two members at Coast Guard Communications Station
Kodiak Thursday.

– Coast Guard

Oregon prepares for tsunami debris

Fishermen attend series of meetings held in coastal towns.

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

NOAA sets annual enforcement goals

Adjusts after 2010 audit finds harassment and excessive fines for fishermen.

– South Coast Today

New report reveals 'threats and challenges' for Alaska seafood in global marketplace

Report from Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute lists Chilean salmon farmers, aquaculture and high fuel and operation costs among the culprits.

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

Sitka herring wraps up for the year

What was poised to be the largest Sitka herring fishery in recent history has closed with less than half the quota caught.


New Alaskan observer program brings many changes

Next year, NOAA will arrange observer coverage, change fee structure, introduce online reporting tool.


Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett

News on the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, new funding for a hatchery's operations in Southeast, and ComFish Alaska, now in Kodiak.


Bristol Bay vessel upgrade program details

Several of the programs to help resident Bristol Bay commercial fishermen were outlined in detail during last week's "Business of Fish" workshop in Naknek.


Tiny fish a big target for research

Oregon scientists study smelt's return to the Columbia River.


Plague seal a ribbon seal

Marine mammal scientists say the diseased seal found near Yakutat last month has turned out to be a ribbon seal, not a ringed seal as originally thought.


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