Monday, April 18, 2011


North Pacific fish are so unlikely to be contaminated by radioactive material from the crippled nuclear plant in Japan that there's no reason to test them, state and federal officials said this week.

– Anchorage Daily News


Compromise on Alaska coastal management

The Alaska House early Saturday passed what's intended to be a compromise on coastal management, giving communities a voice on resource development issues but not allowing them to impede oil, gas or mining projects that the state deems to be in Alaska's best interests.

– Anchorage Daily News

Catch shares gain support in New England

John Pappalardo, the chairman of the New England Fishery Management Council, walked into a critical council meeting in Portland, Maine, fully expecting a battle.

– Cape Cod Times

Supporting coastal communities

The National Panel on the Community Dimensions of Fisheries Catch Share Programs is the first national, bipartisan panel ever formed to tackle the issue of how communities can benefit from a catch share model of fisheries management.

– The Oregonian

Praising federal fish legislation

Passage of Magnuson-Stevens marked a historic recognition that our ocean fish are a valuable national resource, which, with prudent stewardship, will help feed and employ millions of Americans.

– Juneau Empire

Oregon salmon hatchery under fire

A 59-year-old hatchery 20 miles from downtown Portland has jumped to the center of the Northwest's salmon debate, with fish advocates saying the hatchery threatens the Sandy River's thin runs of wild fish.

– The Oregonian

Assistance for fishing families

Newport Fishermen's Wives, a nonprofit organization that assists fishermen's families in times of need or tragedy, is asking for help to assist a local commercial fishing family.

– Newport News Times

Distant prof helps set Alaska seasons

She's at a landlocked university more than 600 miles from the Pacific Ocean and more than 2,500 miles from the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean, but Idaho State University anthropology professor Katherine Reedy-Maschner contributes to setting fishing seasons in these distant waters.

– Idaho State Journal


Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Eric John Morisky, a licensed sport fishing guide for Dove Island Lodge in Sitka, was sentenced for three misdemeanor offenses related to acts committed while Morisky was working as a sport fishing guide.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Bristol Bay quality

"It is impossible to recapture the value when there is handling abuse on the fishing grounds," but "fishermen can be motivated to improve the value by improving quality, and report cards and value compensation have potential to improve the bottom line by rewarding quality."

– Bristol Bay Times

Emptying the Mediterranean

Some of the most prized fish on the menus of prestigious European restaurants are faced with extinction because too many are being caught, according to a report issued on Tuesday.

– Reuters

Warming and acidification

Rapidly warming ocean temperatures in some parts of the world could be pushing some fish species to the limit, stunting their growth, increasing stress and raising the risk of death, a study shows.

– Reuters

Obama approves Cal tsunami aid

President Obama has made federal disaster aid available to California communities that suffered damage in the March tsunami.

– L.A. Times

Get a job on a crabber

Have you given up on career satisfaction? Still wishing you had gone to grad school, or at least obtained your real-estate licence? Are you wasting work hours wondering whether your job is really as good as it gets?

– Globe and Mail, Toronto

Drilling in the Arctic

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich compared the regulatory atmosphere for offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean to a Whac-A-Mole arcade game, where the player uses a mallet to smack down moles as they pop out of the ground. In the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, under the Alaska Democrat's scenario, oil companies are the players and federal agencies are the moles.

– Anchorage Daily News


Drilling in Cook Inlet

Another independent oil and gas company is putting drilling rigs to work in Cook Inlet.

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaska salmon ranch seeks growth

The chief operator of Prince William Sound salmon hatcheries is again asking for permission to expand production of pink salmon, having been denied last year.

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

Gas spill destroys B.C. salmon stream

The Goldstream River ecosystem could take years to recover and there are fears for the survival of the famous chum salmon run after 40,000 liters of gasoline was spilled in a tanker truck crash.

– Victoria Times Colonist


Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Sperm whales in Alaska have learned how to seek out longline fishing gear as a source for easy meals. Now, a $350,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration given to the Sitka Sound Science Center will let scientists and commercial longliners work together to figure out how to discourage the behavior.

– KCAW, Sitka


Canadian dollar stronger

The Canadian dollar had full-nickel premium on the U.S. currency Wednesday — the first time that's happened since 2007.

– Vancouver Sun

Golf balls from seafood discards

Last year, Maine fishermen hauled in 90 million pounds of lobster. Half of that catch goes to processing plants where they keep the meat and toss the shells into the trash. But a team from the University of Maine in Orono has figured out how to use those discarded shells and turn them into golf balls.


Alaskans talking to mining chief

A delegation of Alaska Native leaders and the director of a large commercial fishing fleet are due to meet with Anglo American PLC Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll and Chairman John Parker Wednesday to voice their concerns about the construction of a large Alaskan gold and copper mine.

– Dow Jones

Catch shares = sustainable fishing

Studies from Iceland and the Gullmar fjord on the Swedish west coast, reveal that when commercial fishermen are given fishing rights they voluntarily choose more sustainable fishing methods and earn far more.

– Eureka Alert

New England catch to climb

When the new fishing year kicks off on May 1, groundfish fishermen will have more opportunity to fish in Northeast waters, small-vessel owners will get a boost through permit banks, and stocks will continue on the path to rebuilding.

– FishNewsEU

Saving fuel

As fuel prices rise and show little sign of potential decline, there are steps vessel owners may want to consider to get more for each dollar spent on operations, from a smooth hull to engine efficiency.

– Bristol Bay Times

Fraser run lower than 2010

Last year's massive run of roughly 30 million sockeye salmon that filled freezers and kept barbecues sizzling won't likely be repeated this summer.

– BCLocalNews

Tsukiji fish market back to normal

The volume of fish transactions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market has returned to the same levels as before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, indicating a recovery in the consumer demand, according to market officials.

– Daily India

Columbia barge ready for blow torch

A report from the U.S. Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology today about the Davy Crockett, the derelict barge that leaked a 15-mile sheen of oil into the Columbia River earlier this year.

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

Ventura Harbor die-off

Officials say thousands of anchovies and sardines have died in Ventura Harbor after using up all their oxygen.

– San Francisco Chronicle


Thursday, April 21, 2011


Several fishing organizations and businesses teamed up to pay for an ad in Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle. The ad was in the form of a letter to President Obama, saying many jobs depend upon salmon – fish that are being endangered by rollbacks in environmental protect in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta. Thanks to Barbara Healy Stickel for posting it on the Pacific Fishing Facebook page.

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Petrale draggers do little harm

Northern California, trawling for sole and sand dabs takes place in sandy and muddy bottoms, which, while churned up by trawl nets, are not seriously damaged by the practice – at least not more than they would be in, say, a winter storm.

– SF Weekly

Exxon Valdez not so bad

A perennial red herring of Gulf-oil-spill alarmists is the evil long-term side-effects of oil. There may be such effects, but they are far from proven. A case in point is the herring fishery of Prince William Sound, supposedly still decimated 20 years later by the Exxon Valdez spill.

– National Review

Exxon Valdez and BP both bad

A team that has spent two decades studying psychological distress among residents of Cordova after the Exxon Valdez oil spill has found striking similarities among those affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill.

– Anchorage Daily News

Hilborn stirs another controversy

Quite a flurry of letters here in response to Ray Hilborn's recent column in The New York Times titled Let Us Eat Fish.

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

Wave energy site off Newport

After two years of discussion, leaders of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) have chosen the location for a life-size wave energy test site.

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

Radiation and seafood

Radiation from fish and lobsters near the U.K.'s biggest nuclear polluter suggest radioactive material dumped into the sea from Japan's Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant isn't a long-term health threat, scientists said.

– San Francisco Chronicle


B'ham boatyard gets a break

Port of Bellingham commissioners have agreed to give struggling Fairhaven Shipyard a break on rent to help see it through its financial difficulties.

– Bellingham Herald

Bering Sea crab crew meeting

There will be a workshop meeting to educate Bering Sea crew regarding opportunities to purchase and finance crab quota share next month. The session will be 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 3 in the Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 Northwest 57th St., in Seattle. The Fishermen's Hall in Kodiak has been reserved for with a teleconference line. Crew and owners are encouraged to participate.

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Russian sockeye enters certification

Two Russian Federation companies, Vityaz-Avto Co. Ltd and Delta Co. Ltd., have entered the Ozernaya River sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) fishery into full, independent, third-party assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council's principles and criteria for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.
– FishNewEU


Friday, April 22, 2011


Hollywood star Robert Redford is speaking out against the Pebble Mine, a huge copper and gold deposit poised for development in southwest Alaska, which also hosts the world's last and best wild salmon streams.

– The World, Coos Bay

Russians expect large salmon catch

Record high number of salmon is expected to come in Kamchatka during the coming summer for spawning in the rivers of the peninsula.


Sardines 'thick enough to walk on'

Sardines have returned to the B.C. coast in schools "thick enough to walk on" – a phenomenon that doesn't surprise experts who say it can be attributed to changing migration patterns in warming oceans.


Anti-gillnet bill advances

The Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources voted to pass out of committee a bill to restrict commercial gillnetting in the Columbia River.


Salmon is better than coal

Some folks from Texas are planning to strip-mine 12 million tons of coal a year for 25 years at the Chuitna River on the west side of Cook Inlet. Because it flows above the coal, they want to destroy 11 miles of Middle Creek, a beautiful stream that is home to all five species of Alaska's salmon.

– Anchorage Daily News


Natives debate roe-on hemlock

A debate over who should have the right to harvest subsistence herring roe continued at Wednesday night's meeting of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska's tribal council. The controversy centers around a fishing boat called the Julia Kae, that delivered free roe-on-hemlock to Sitka, Hoonah, Angoon, Kake, Wrangell and Ketchikan.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Halibut charter rules

Officers from NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement will hold public outreach meetings in several Southeast Alaska communities next month to discuss 2011 charter halibut fishing regulations and answer any questions from concerned parties.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Tough Puget Sound oil law signed

On the anniversary of the catastrophic April 20, 2010, crude oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed landmark legislation that significantly advances protection of Washington state's environment, economy and cultural resources from the impacts of a potential major oil spill.

– Washington Department of Ecology

Fishermen named to Bristol Bay board

Fritz Johnson and Warren "Barney" Johnson have been re-elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board of directors.

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

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, Icicle will be heading back to Adak this summer; the state legislature wants to help cities keep their harbors up, and trying to figure out how to keep those pesky whales from stealing your catch.

– KMXT, Kodiak

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