Monday, April 16, 2012


More than 100 people sickened in 20 states by the outbreak.


Choosing sustainable seafood for the dinner table

A fisheries biologist helps consumers find fish in the grocery store,

– Vancouver Sun

Another round of chinook buybacks begins in B.C.

Effort aims to trim B.C.'s troll fleet.

– Times Colonist

Grocery store sampling reveals Norwegian farmed salmon virus in Vancouver

Questions remain about the source of the fish.

– Vancouver Sun

Coast Guard releases names of victims from Friday's shooting

FBI is investigating the incident as double homicide.


Alaska salmon trends

A fisheries economist weighs in with a look at harvests, prices and the future.

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

NOAA Looking for input on its new Alaska observer program

Restructuring for groundfish and halibut fisheries.

– SitNews


Tuesday, April 17, 2012


The commercial fishing industry, which contributes more than $5 billion a year to Seattle's economy, is on the verge of a historic expansion.

– Seattle Times


CG to Kodiak: Don't worry

"I don't have answers, I don't have specifics, but we've got to have faith as a community."

– Anchorage Daily News

'Deadliest' back again

It's fascinating, suspenseful and truly unbelievable television.

– Vancouver Sun

Ghost fishing gear kills

Fishing gear lost by commercial and recreational anglers in Puget Sound takes a deadly toll on marine life, from marine mammals to sea urchins.

– The Olympian

EPA defends Bristol Bay probe

Rebuked by Alaska for overstepping their authority, federal environmental officials are defending the legality of a large-scale Bristol Bay watershed assessment, a draft of which is due out in May.

– Alaska Dispatch

Challenges facing king crab

There are many challenges facing the Bristol Bay red king crab, both long- and short-term.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Latest fish farm disease fight

Salmon farmers and government officials are contradicting claims by biologist Alexandra Morton that a newly identified virus is causing a debilitating disease in farmed salmon.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Fish fraud rampant in L.A.

Widespread mislabeling of fish in the Los Angeles area may mean sushi lovers aren't biting into a piece of snapper when they order it at restaurants.

– The Oregonian


Wednesday, April 18, 2012


The U.S. Coast Guard started a public hearing as part of its effort to unearth the cause of the tragedy off Willapa Bay, which cost four lives.

– Daily Astorian

Aleutian Steller study begins

NOAA Fisheries is asking for public input as it begins to prepare an environmental impact statement, or EIS, on Steller sea lion protection measures for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area groundfish fisheries.


Pandalus jordani season starts

Every April through October, Oregon shrimpers head out to capture one of the region's specialties: Pacific pink shrimp — aka Pandalus jordani

– Medford Mail Tribune

Shrimpers get good price

"Insurmountable odds, and we pulled it off," said Nick Edwards, the secretary for the Shrimp Producers Marketing Cooperative, which negotiated the opening price for its 32 vessel members with Pacific Seafood.

– Coos Bay World

Bellingham port affirms firing

Over the protestations of Port of Bellingham Commissioner Mike McAuley and angry shouts from their audience, commissioners Scott Walker and Jim Jorgensen reaffirmed an April 3 decision to force the resignation of Charlie Sheldon as executive director.

– Tacoma News Tribune

Sporties buy more halibut quota

This new program allows recreational fisherman to access a larger percentage of halibut by leasing quota from commercial fisherman.

– Westerly News, British Columbia

Seafood big in Alaska economy

Alaska Seafood exports rose dramatically in 2011 to lead the state's increase in exports to a record $5.2 billion.

– United Fishermen of Alaska

P'burg crabbers oppose log storage

A Forest Service request to store rafted logs in a bay at the south end of the Wrangell narrows continues to draw opposition from some of Petersburg's commercial crabbers.

– KFSK, Petersburg


Adopt a rockfish?

A research project in Port Orford's Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve … invites people to adopt a rockfish and follow its movements within the no-fishing zone.

– Pacific Fishing correspondent Cassandra Marie Profita reporting in Ecotrope, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Adak airline set for huge subsidy

PenAir is on track to receive the second most expensive EAS subsidy in the nation.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Avalanche isolates Cordova airport

An avalanche of snow and mud cut off Cordova from the city's main airport and stranded some.

– Anchorage Daily News


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ice still rules Bering Sea

Record-breaking ice in the Bering Sea continues to take a toll on the snow crab industry.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Great weather for a jellyfish

Global warming, pollution, and human activity in marine habitats are not generally regarded as good things – unless you are a jellyfish.

– Vancouver Sun

Lady Cecilia’s death trip

But while details of prior fishing trips are emerging, many questions remain about what happened to the 40-year-old vessel as the hearing began its third of four days today.

– Daily Astorian

Eastern sea lion population rebuilt

NOAA is proposing to remove the eastern Steller sea lion, currently deemed "threatened," from the list of endangered wildlife, after a status review by its biologists found the species is recovering sufficiently.


Canadian albacore negotiations

"I reiterated Canada's desire to continue negotiating its prompt renewal so that both Canada and the United States can continue to benefit from this valuable longstanding arrangement."

– MarketWatch

Albacore backgrounder

The Canada-United States Pacific Albacore Tuna Treaty has been in existence since 1981 and provides reciprocal access for Canadian and American North Pacific albacore tuna harvesters to fish and land albacore tuna in each others’ domestic waters and designated ports.


New rules for some Alaska trawlers

The management measure would combine a gear and performance standard to raise the elevated section of the sweep at least two and a half inches.

– Cordova Times

Pebble miners spread some cash

Seventeen non-profit organizations, schools and villages in the Bristol Bay region will share over $540,000 in grant funding from the Pebble Fund.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Million against Pebble Mine

"The number of opposition petitions generated so far since our campaign against the project began over two years ago is nearing 1,000,000 – an astonishing number that we expect to exceed this month – and counting."

– Natural Resource Defense Council

Would-be salvors of ghost ship

Eleven days and 1,500 nautical miles later, the intrepid crew that tried to save the Japanese tsunami ghost ship are back in their home port.

– National Post, Canada


Friday, April 20, 2012

Killing seals

Killing seals Commercial fishers and charter companies are calling for a cull of the seals, which they see as competing for increasingly limited fisher resources in Nanaimo’s waters.

– Vancouver Sun

Killing sea lion

His name was "C779." At least that was the name that was seared into his flesh by a hot branding iron on April 9, 2008.


Killing porpoises

Finding gillnet boats guilty of killing too many harbor porpoises, NOAA Fisheries said that, as a consequence, it was putting about 2,130 square miles of prime fishing grounds north, west and south of Gloucester off limits for fixed-gear boats during the months of October and November this year.

– Gloucester (Mass.) Times

Fishermen against nuke plant study

Opinion on the studies was split between fishermen — both commercial and recreational — who are concerned about closures and damages to the marine ecosystem, and business owners and craftsmen who support the continued safe operation of Diablo Canyon.

– San Luis Obispo Tribune

Bristol Bay beluga whales

In recent years the whales in Bristol Bay have been used to augment the research about Cook Inlet's endangered population of whales.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Coast management to voters

The fate of the Alaska Coastal Management Program now lies in voters’ hands.

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

Pingers may warn off whales

With the number of humpback whales on the rise in Alaska, university researchers and fishermen have been working on ways to prevent the animals from running into gillnets.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, more on the truncated and disappointing Sitka Sound sac roe herring season, Sen. Begich is pushing a replacement program in case the J-1 Student Worker Visa Program is ended, and Alaska Seafood exports were way up last year. All that, plus don’t count on the Pile Bay Road this spring, and at least the Legislature passed a geoduck bill while they were in session.

– KMXT, Kodiak

More join rockfish suit

As expected, more fishing vessel owners are asking for a say in the big rockfish lawsuit Kodiak processors have brought against federal fishery regulators.

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

Farmed fish to Japan

The value of fresh and smoked Scottish salmon exports to Japan has increased from £2 million in 2009 to £4.8 million in 2011.

– FishNewsEU

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