Monday, April 15, 2013


The event is Alaska's largest commercial fishery trade show and dozens of vendors packed the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center to showcase their goods and services.


Washington's culvert costs could top $2.4B

The state may need to spend more than $2.4 billion to answer a federal ruling concerning culverts and salmon that has been brewing for decades.

– Daily Astorian

NPFMC update: bycatch report requested

Federal fisheries managers meeting in Anchorage in early April took final action on replacement of American Fisheries Act vessels and greater quota flexibility for the flatfish fleet, and asked for yet another report on king salmon bycatch.

– The Cordova Times

Fish-bearing stream contaminated

A broken sewage pipe has contaminated a fish-bearing stream in Coquitlam, B.C., prompting a demand for immediate federal cash to upgrade aging pipes and other infrastructure.

– The Vancouver Sun

New CEO for Alaska's biggest processor

Tom Enlow will take over Terry Shaff's job at UniSea at an unspecified future date.


Oregon's fishing seasons look good

The proposed 2013 ocean salmon seasons announced by the Pacific Fishery Management Council this week include good news for sport and commercial anglers off the Oregon coast.

– The Dalles Chronicle

Editorial: Alaska legislation threatens fishing

The Parnell-Treadwell administration is pushing legislation (HB 77) which would take water rights away from Alaskans and allow foreign companies to move forward with projects like Pebble mine which harm salmon fisheries.

– The Seward Phoenix Log

Tribes argue subsistence rights

Sam Jackson believes a favorable trial verdict for him and other Alaska Natives cited for illegally fishing king salmon could help his people reclaim the subsistence rights they've enjoyed for thousands of years.


Forage fish exclusion debated

At a recent Board of Fish meeting in Anchorage, the Board heard testimony from fishery managers, the herring industry and the public on a proposal that would have acknowledged herring as a forage fish by adding them to the State's Forage Fish Management Plan (FFMP).

– Sitnews

Fishermen call for Monterey council rep

Representation on an advisory council has reignited long-simmering tensions between the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the fishing community.

– Monterey Herald


Tuesday, April 16, 2013


A relatively untapped fishery is growing on the North Olympic Peninsula, with at least two fish distributors planning to expand hagfish operations to supply Asian markets.

– Daily Astorian


MSC said to mislead

The world's biggest scheme to certify that sea fish come from sustainable sources has come under fire in a scientific journal, where researchers say the label is too generous and may "mislead" consumers.

– New York Daily News

Reworking Magnuson-Stevens

By the end of September, Congress must reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens act, which the principal law governing the management of America's commercial fisheries.

– The Hill

Alaska Legislature done

For the first time since 2010, the Alaska State Legislature has wrapped up in time.

– KTOO, Juneau

No change on Alaska scallops

Controversial legislation to extend limited entry for Alaska's weathervane scallop and Korean hair crab fisheries failed to pass the full Legislature.

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

Two freight haulers now one

The Lynden family of freight transportation companies, with corporate offices in Seattle and Anchorage, has entered into a purchase agreement to buy Northland Services Inc.

– The Cordova Times

Tsunami debris in California

A 20-foot fishing boat that washed ashore in Crescent City is believed to be the first tsunami debris to land on California shores from the 2011 disaster in Japan.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Columbia River treaty opened

Northwest policymakers have a brain-busting problem on their hands.

– The Oregonian

Reckless boating in Sitka Sound

Remember the mash-up during the 2011 Sitka herring fishery that resulted in Daniel Crome getting charged with misdemeanor reckless boating?

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


Wednesday, April 17, 2013


An analysis of 20 clinical trials involving more than 68,000 people found that fish oil supplements did not reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or sudden death. Eating fish, on the other hand, has been shown to add years to life expectancy.

– The Oregonian

Video observers

Murkowski pointed out that with the fisheries observer program expanding to smaller boats, many fishermen are pushing for alternatives to having another person onboard.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Saving salmon habitat

The goal of the Kenai Partnership is to address habitat needs of freshwater and marine fish that spend some part of their lives in waters of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Season in N. Cal

For the first time in several years, there will be a commercial ocean salmon season on the North Coast this summer.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Cal preserves upheld

California's landmark decision to establish the nation's largest network of marine reserves did not violate state law and will be allowed to stand, a state appeals court has ruled.

– San Jose Mercury News

Fishing the Arctic

The intention of an accord, backed by fishing industries in the coastal nations, is to manage for commercial exploitation any stocks of fish that already inhabit the ocean but used to live under the ice, like Arctic cod, as well as fish that may migrate into the new ice-free zone from farther south, as the ocean warms.

– New York Times

No Washington fish

But you won’t find much – if any – Washington salmon at farmers markets. You’ll be buying Alaskan fish instead.

– Seattle Weekly

Obama’s ocean policy

The Obama Administration released its final plan for translating the National Ocean Policy into actions that administration officials say will enable cooperation among the 27 federal agencies that follow and enforce more than 100 ocean-related laws.

– Environment News Service

Opting out of ocean policy

The document explicitly states that regions can opt out of marine spatial planning, if they so choose.
– KUCB, Unalaska


Thursday, April 18, 2013


Having the fleet close to corporate offices in Anchorage is another plus: It eliminates the three and a half hour flight to Seattle.


Sea lions up Columbia

Oregon officials have placed a sea lion trap above Bonneville Dam to try to catch at least three California sea lions that have darted through the dam's locks.

– The Oregonian

Ex-official against Pebble

When asked by Dillingham fisherman Verner Wilson III about protections for Bristol Bay salmon, Ken Salazar said it should remain off-limits to non-renewable resource extraction.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Pebble Mine a long way away

"There is a huge amount that needs to be done to prove or disapprove that the project can be built in a way to meet our standards."

– Fox News

Fish, not mines, important

It's hard to envision fish and wildlife of any kind carrying out complete life cycles around open-pit mines, waste-rock dumps, detoxification settling-ponds, and the types of land uses associated with mines.

– Anchorage Daily News

Tribal Columbia hatchery

A proposed hatchery for spring Chinook salmon on the South Fork Walla Walla River could produce 500,000 smolts per year in the basin if Bonneville Power Administration decides to fund the project.

– East Oregonian

Tear down those dams

Cost is estimated at $1 billion, and it would take 15 years.

– Chico News Review

War against commercial fishermen

Not that relations between commercial and sport stakeholders in Cook Inlet weren't frosty prior to the vote, but the campaign waged against Bristol Bay setnetter Webster by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association is yet another chill to any hope of thawing the perpetual conflict now exacerbated by low returns of Kenai River kings.

– Alaska Dispatch


Friday, April 19, 2013


The recovery of overexploited fish populations such as cod has been slower than expected and many depleted stocks may never be able to bounce back, a new study says.

– CBC, Canada

Save your life

"Our message to fishermen is find something that works."

– Cordova Times

Dragging for lobster

Though a similar proposal was roundly rejected in 2007, a bill that would allow lobsters caught in drag nets to be kept and sold in Maine is back before the Legislature.

– Maine Sun Journal

Anti-Pebble Mine ad

Bristol Bay is home to tens of millions of salmon, which return every year to spawn and create another generation of wild salmon. Bears, wolves, seals, and whales thrive on the salmon...and so do people.

– NRDC, London Financial Times

NW ports in jeopardy

A port like Ilwaco, Hammond, or Garibaldi doesn't mean much to the national economy, but is extremely important to the life of its community.

– The Daily Astorian

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the king quota is down again in Southeast while a small Petersburg salmon packer is getting substantially bigger, and the Business of Fish.
– KMXT, Kodiak

Billion dollar fish

In a new book called The Billion-Dollar Fish, coming out this spring, fisheries biologist Kevin Bailey delves into the life history of the humble walleye pollock – and he explains how it became the foundation for the extremely lucrative fishery we have today.

– KUCB, Unalaska

First pigs, next frankensalmon

Despite the deep concerns of the public, genetically modified foods — once the stuff of science fiction — are becoming a disturbing reality in our lives.

— Mail on Line, U.K.

A two-headed shark

Never seen before pictures of a two-headed shark have been revealed by an American fisherman.

– Daily Mail Online


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