Monday, April 11, 2011


The Sitka sac roe herring fishery is done for the season as seiners reached the full quota Saturday after a fifth and final opener.

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


New Puget Sound killer whale regs

Whale watchers and other boaters will have to stay twice as far from Puget Sound's orca whales to avoid disturbing the endangered species, under new rules issued Friday by the federal government.

– Seattle Times

Canadians want new killer whale regs

Washington state is toughening up its vessel regulations to protect endangered killer whales, and a Vancouver-based environmental group says Canada has a "moral obligation" to follow suit.

– Vancouver Sun

Petersburg man confirmed to Fish Board

Petersburg fisherman John Jensen was confirmed to a fourth term on the Alaska Board of Fisheries Friday morning during a joint session of the legislature.

– KSTK, Wrangell

Hear Jensen talk about the board's

Judge to hear Alaska halibut charters plea

The judge who oversaw the trial, conviction and eventual reversal of corruption charges against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is set to review whether the U.S. government over-reached in putting an estimated one third of Alaska's charter halibut skippers out of business this year.

– Alaska Dispatch

Beluga whale habitat in Cook Inlet

Over 3,000 square miles of Alaska marine area will be protected as critical habitat for a population of endangered beluga whales, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service announced on Friday.

– Reuters

Oregon board application time extended

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has extended the deadline for applications to the commercial Fishery Permit Review Board. Persons interested should contact ODFW by April 15.

– Daily Astorian

Fish Commish gets nod

The Alaska Legislature unanimously confirmed, without debate, Cora Campbell as Gov. Sean Parnell's fish and game commissioner, the Associated Press reports.

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

Official: Icicle in Adak

Aleut Fisheries LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aleut Enterprise LLC, and Western Star Seafoods Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Icicle Seafoods Inc., one of the largest and most diversified seafood companies in Alaska, are pleased to announce they have finalized a long-term lease of the seafood processing facility in Adak, Alaska.

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

Last Crescent City boat raised

The final boat that sank in Crescent City Harbor during the March 11 tsunami was raised from its watery grave in the inner boat basin Saturday morning.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Aquaculture deadline tonight

You have until midnight tonight to comment on the federal plan to promote open pen aquaculture. Here's some information sent by Anne Mosness of the Go Wild Campaign:

NOAA and the Department of Commerce continue to promote fish farming in our Exclusive Economic Zone, 3 to 200 miles offshore. Thousands of open cages could be as close as three miles to our coastlines and wild salmon bearing rivers if the industry grows to $5 billion annual production, as NOAA projects. They are calling industrial aquaculture "sustainable" even though research shows loss of protein, amplification, and spread of parasites and diseases, harmful economic impacts on wild fish dependent businesses and communities. Other agencies are on the verge of approving genetically engineered fish and certifying farmed fish as "organic." The quality and marketing advantage wild fish have could easily be lost when year-around fresh, cheaper, "organic" fish flood the marketplace.... likely even promoted with our tax dollars.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Reliable information on herring prices at Sitka has been scarce. The reason could be that prices simply don't exist yet pending some sense of what the market is willing to pay.

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


'Fish' oil from soybeans

The biotechnology firm Monsanto stands just one FDA approval away from growing soybeans that have been genetically modified to produce those omega-3 fatty acids that doctors are always recommending.

– Forbes

Columbia chum hatchery

The fish and wildlife departments of Oregon and Washington are cooperating in an effort to re-establish chum salmon on the Oregon side of the lower Columbia River, where the species began to decline more than 50 years ago.

– Seattle Times

No hemlock herring for Natives

The Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance, which runs the roe-on-hemlock program, says the Julia Kae is not distributing this year after the Sitka Tribe of Alaska wrote to state officials urging them to enforce state law, which says subsistence harvesters must be residents of Alaska.

– KCAW, Sitka

Gulf of Alaska Chinook bycatch

Federal regulators have proposed slapping a cap on the number of king salmon that pollock trawlers can accidently kill in the Gulf of Alaska in an effort to help a limping Southcentral sport and subsistence fishery.

– Anchorage Daily News

Klamath Chinook listing

NOAA's Fisheries Service announced that it will decide whether or not to list Chinook salmon in the Upper Klamath and Trinity rivers basin as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act after the agency found that a petition to list the fish contained substantial scientific information that warrants federal review.


Biologists study acidic Pacific

Biologists at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center are doing some of the most sophisticated work anywhere to see how the marine world responds to a major side effect of fossil-fuel emissions: increasingly corrosive seas.

– Seattle Times

Alaska legislature eyes CDQ study

The Senate Finance Committee rolled out a $2.8 billion capital budget. Deckboss took a look and found lots of interesting items including $400,000 for a "CDQ Fishing Fleet Relocation Study."

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

Radioactivity and fish

The Western Fishboat Owners Association – the albacore guys – has sent out a special edition of its consumer newsletter discussing radioactivity and seafood caught off North America. Here are a few points:

1) The FDA has unequivocally stated seafood from the U.S. waters of the North Pacific is safe to eat.

2) Less than one tenth of 1 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from Japan.

3) The seafood community has been a full participant in stakeholder briefings with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.)

4) The seafood community is not only happy with the level of regulatory oversight committed to this effort, we are comfortable with assurances that those regulators are prepared to launch a multi-agency testing and inspection effort, in the unlikely scenario that airborne pollutants could affect U.S. fishermen or fish landed in the U.S.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011


A new book from Mark Kurlansky, author of "Cod" and "Salt," casts a broader net on the subject of seafood.

– The New York Times



Japanese disaster donations grow

A North Pacific seafood industry nonprofit has rallied more than $140,000 to benefit fishing communities devastated in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy's Deckboss blog

Body of Calif. man killed by tsunami
found in Oregon

"The wave just came so fast and hard," said his mother.

– Associated Press

'Mayday for Wild Salmon' today in
Campbell River

Activist Alexandra Morton is once again taking her battle to the streets, aiming to make fish farming an election issue.

– Courier-Islander

Investor groups ask EPA to investigate
Pebble project

Environmentally conscious investor organizations urged the Environmental Protection Agency in a letter Tuesday to take a closer look at plans for a huge copper and gold mine in Alaska near some of the world's best-producing wild salmon streams.

– Associated Press

An inside look at the Kodiak Killers

A presentation on Monday afternoon at the Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium gave an in-depth look at the Kodiak Killers, a pod of transient killer whales that have been observed in the Kodiak harbor repeatedly since the early 1990s.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

'Deadliest Catch' Season 7 premiere is slow
in developing

The show was 75 minutes old before the first crab pot was hoisted aboard, and the best story happened 800 miles from the fishing grounds when the Coast Guard had to rescue an injured crewman from a massive container ship.

– The Express-Times of Easton, Pa.

Coos Bay oystermen also getting some
TV time

Coos Bay oysters and the men who cultivate them are featured in a new Oregon Public Broadcasting episode of "Oregon Experience."

– The World of Coos Bay, Ore.

Ketchikan herring roe fishery opens with
few fishermen

The West Behm Canal commercial herring sac roe fishery near Ketchikan opened Monday morning for the first time since 1976 but nobody went fishing.

– Associated Press

British Columbia debates halibut allocation

Halibut is fast becoming a hot election topic as candidates aim to tip the scales in Vancouver Island North.

– Comox Valley Echo

Oregon hatchery advisory committee seeks new member

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University are seeking one new member for the Oregon Hatchery Research Center Advisory Committee. The position, representing commercial fisheries, opens in June 2011.

– Siuslaw News of Florence, Ore.


Thursday, April 14, 2011


Three years after government regulators proclaimed the Pacific salmon fishery a federal disaster, commercial fishermen on Wednesday got word to start untangling their nets and greasing their reels. The prized king salmon fishery is back.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Coast Guard's most modern cutter to visit Kodiak

The California-based National Security cutter Bertholf is calling on Kodiak as part of a two-month fisheries enforcement and search-and-rescue mission in Alaska waters.

– KMXT radio

Sitka sportfish guide sentenced for repeat offenses

The guide for Dove Island Lodge nets a 50-day jail sentence and a $7,000 fine for violations noted in a 2009 sting operation.

– Alaska State Troopers press release

Salmon farmers draft letter to candidates

Federal candidates across British Columbia are being urged to protect wild salmon and the environment as well as salmon farming in a letter circulated by the BC Salmon Farmers Association.

– Courier-Islander

'Spillionaires' the new rich after Gulf crisis

Flush with cash, many fishermen bought new boats and trucks. Sales at the nearest Chevrolet dealer rose 41 percent.

– ProPublica

Reality TV meets Sitka herring sac roe fishery

Try for a second to make a short list of the reality TV shows set in Alaska. You're going to come up with shows about gold, state troopers, crabbing, ice road trucking, bush pilots, logging. It's a long list that's about to include Sitka's feisty herring fishery.

– KCAW radio

Lake fertilization could rebuild salmon stocks

The Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association has an ambitious project to rejuvenate faltering salmon runs on the west side of Kodiak Island.

– KMXT radio

So you wanna buy crab quota?

Crab boat crewmen are invited to a May 3 workshop in Seattle to learn how to buy and finance Bering Sea crab quota share.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy's Deckboss blog

Crescent City harbor cleanup
reaches milestone

The final boat deemed a pollution threat hat sank in the Crescent City Harbor during the March 11 tsunami has been raised from its watery grave in the inner boat basin.

– The Daily Triplicate

A look back on sockeye fishery's sailing days

A new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum features the early years of commercial fishing for salmon in Bristol Bay.

– Associated Press


Friday, April 15, 2011


After more than a month of bustling activity in the Crescent City harbor following the March 11 tsunami, there is a new sense of quiet. The oil response operation has wrapped up and the Coast Guard put the cleanup cost at $3.1 million. Twelve sunken vessels were extracted, and no looting was reported.

– The Daily Triplicate

Begich to Obama:
Protect Alaska's seafood industry

In a letter to President Obama, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, requests federal assistance in light of Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy's Deckboss blog

Pacific salmon may be dying
from leukemia-type virus

In Canada's Fraser River, a mysterious illness has killed millions of Pacific salmon, and scientists have a new hypothesis about why: The wild salmon are suffering from viral infections similar to those linked to some forms of leukemia and lymphoma.

– McClatchy Newspapers

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett

Topics this week include the slow herring fishery at Ketchikan, concerns over the Bristol Bay king salmon season, and legislative action on the governor's nominees to the state Board of Fisheries.

– KMXT radio

The Charles Hays on patrol at Prince Rupert

The Prince Rupert Port Authority officially launched its new patrol boat on Thursday afternoon in front of a small crowd gathered at the Prince Rupert Marina.

– The Northern View

Election good time for rational debate
on halibut

British Columbia's commercial halibut fishermen are ready to work within the process announced in February. Recreational fishermen should do the same.

– Comox Valley Record


Let us eat fish

This Lent, many ecologically conscious Americans might feel a twinge of guilt as they dig into the fish on their Friday dinner plates. They shouldn't, writes Ray Hilborn in The New York Times.

– The New York Times

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