Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Fishing ports and harbors from Kodiak to Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and Bristol Bay to Sitka will see millions of dollars in upgrades over the next few years, from ramps, floats and docks to an entire new cargo terminal.

– Fishermen's News


Permit buyback for Bristol Bay?

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is conducting an "informal poll" of drift gillnetters on the idea of a permit buyback.

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


Fishing deaths probed

Two bodies were found on separate fishing vessels in two Kodiak harbors on Friday.



Bristol Bay plan opposed

Nearly a hundred people turned out Friday night in Dillingham to voice concerns about a document that will guide the future of development across the Bristol Bay region.


CA gillnet fishery declared a threat

A federal report released today ranks California's drift gillnet fishery one of the nation's deadliest fisheries for marine mammals.
– Center for Biological Diversity


Adak processor closes

Just two years after reopening, the seafood processing plant in Adak is shutting down.


Joint commercial fisheries deal

Local First Nations chiefs and the Ontario Natural Resources minister heralded their latest five-year commercial fishing agreement as one which marks the beginning of a new relationship between them.

– Owensoundsuntimes.com


Monster wave a killer?

The U.S. Coast Guard announced on Sunday (April 21) that it was suspending the search for four fishermen whose boat is believed to have been destroyed by a rogue wave.

– Yahoo! News


Herring management challenged

The San Francisco Herring Association filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court against the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service to challenge new federal restrictions prohibiting fishermen from catching spawning herring in waters that abut protected Golden Gate National Recreation Area land.

– Mill Valley Patch


Late start for Oregon's pink shrimp season

After weeks of disputes between fisherman and processors, the Oregon commercial pink shrimp season finally got going this week, the Oregon Trawl Commission announced Thursday.

– The Worldlink.com



Wednesday, April 24, 2013


A Seattle factory fishing trawler being towed into Esquimalt Harbour crashed into a docked warship Tuesday, causing seawater to slam onto the bows of both vessels.

Photograph by: ADRIAN LAM

– The Times Colonist


Panama's huge frankenfish farm

Supersized genetically modified salmon grown fast and fat and after years of wrangling, are ready for market – but is the market ready for them? And why is the firm hidden away in Panama?

– The Guardian


Pebble nears permitting phase

The companies spearheading development of the proposed Pebble Mine anticipate going into permitting before the end this year.


Fishermen's deaths questioned

The father of a 22-year-old commercial fisherman who died says not enough has been done; he voiced frustration over what he called a lack of government oversight of the fishing industry.



Oil giant passes 'beer can' test

Shell's efforts to open a new frontier of oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean continue with work conducted in Puget Sound.



'Unusual mortality' for SoCal sea lion pups

Hundreds of sea lion pups have been found severely underweight and stranded on Southern California beaches this year, overwhelming marine mammal centers with starving animals.

– The Del Norte Triplicate


Setting record straight on herring population

The amount of spawn in the area is much stronger than 40 years ago when the sac roe fishery started.
– Sitnews


Nova Scotia grapples with fishing death rates

Sadly, worker safety in the province's fishing sector is not top of mind and poor decision-making is continuing to result in injuries and industrial fatalities, the chief executive officer of the Workers' Compensation Board said Tuesday.

– The Chronicle Herald


New forage fish management touted

On the west coast, the first-ever Fishery Ecosystem Plan has been unanimously approved, which will protect not only individual fish species, but the forage species they depend on for food off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington. 

– Sustainablebusiness.com


Fishermen oppose satellite monitoring

Keys commercial fishermen unanimously opposed mandatory satellite tracking while fishing for snapper and grouper in the South Atlantic at a federal hearing in Key Largo.

– Keysnet.com



Thursday, April 25, 2013


On Tuesday Congressman Don Young joined 2 Democrats from California in introducing a new bill called the "Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States Act."



Alaska rep lobbies against frankenfish

An Anchorage legislator made a trip this week to the far reaches of the Canadian Maritime Province of Prince Edward Island to raise awareness about what she sees as the detrimental effects of genetically-engineered salmon.


Cod fleet calls it quits

For the first time since its inception, the state-waters Pacific cod pot fleet quit fishing with a substantial amount of the quota still in the water.

– Homer News


Scallop monopoly dissolved

New opportunities should open for commercial fishermen interested in expanding to the scallop industry since the passage of a bill that eliminates a monopoly currently held by a single Washington state operator.

– Homer Tribune


EPA's Bristol Bay assessment delayed

Many stakeholders in the Pebble Mine fight anticipated getting a look this week at the latest version of the EPA's "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment". They will have to wait a little while longer.


Kenai bans dipnet waste

The City of Kenai will fine individuals dumping fish carcasses and other refuse on its beaches in an effort to keep the North and South beaches clean during the July dipnet fishery season.

– Peninsula Clarion


Group joins gillnet lawsuit

The Oregon Court of Appeals will allow the Coastal Conservation Association to intervene in the lawsuit filed by commercial fishing interests seeking to over a new bi-state Columbia River fish management plan.

– The Columbian


Hundreds of smuggled fish bladders seized

Seven people have been charged with smuggling bladders from an endangered fish in what authorities said Wednesday may be a growing international practice in which the bladders are sold for more than $10,000 each to be used in a highly desired soup.

– The Times Colonist


New Arctic fishing management pact

As the world warms, more and more polar ice thaws during the summers, creating newly opened waters and the need to address commercial exploitation.

– World Politics Review


UK scientists admit fish count mistake

With scientists admitting they got the amount of fish in the North Sea and surrounding waters wrong, one Whitby fisherman has said: "Now give us our quota back."

– Whitby Gazette



Friday, April 26, 2013


A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced a fisherman reportedly suffering from symptoms of intestinal bleeding more than 110 miles northwest of Cold Bay Thursday.

– U.S. Coast Guard News


Coast Guard saves 35 ton shrimp catch

The U.S. Coast Guard came to the assistance of two fishing vessels, helping to save a total catch of 35 tons of shrimp from spoiling Wednesday.

– The Daily Astorian


It's official: Cal's first tsunami boat

The small barnacle-encrusted boat that became a symbol of hope for a Japanese city devastated by the March 2011 tsunami has officially been declared the first piece of debris to arrive on California's shores after traveling thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean to a beach in Del Norte County.

– Eureka Times-Standard


Togiak herring fishery could start soon

For the last month or so the speculation has been that the annual Togiak sac-roe herring fishery might get underway later than normal, somewhere between May 7th and the 14th. However, the recent weather and ice conditions might change that timeline.


Alaska fisheries report

Coming up this week, Bristol Bay fishermen will be surveyed about how they feel about a permit buy-back, Alaska salmon is getting a good reception on the world stage, and an State Representative returns from Canada's smallest province after asking them to oppose genetically engineered salmon.


Alaska rep recaps year for fisheries

It was Rep. Bob Herron's first session legislating for the Aleutian and Pribilof islands, along with the Bethel region. He spoke with KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal to recap the year.



Herring fishery lowdown

As previously reported, the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery was less than fulfilling this year.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog: Deckboss


King salmon fishery tightened

The first commercial fishing announcement of the season in the Upper Cook Inlet restricts commercial king salmon fishing in the Northern part of the inlet.

– Peninsula Clarion


The ultimate fishing town?

Manatee County's historic fishing village is a contender to be voted the "Ultimate Fishing Town."

– Bradenton Herald


NZ declares fishing a threat to sea birds

The New Zealand Government has released a statement of intent to save native seabirds, including endangered albatrosses and petrels, from being killed by commercial and non-commercial fishing activity.
– WildlifeExtra.com



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