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Monday, April 27, 2009

Alaska fishermen’s group honors Ted Stevens

A gala dinner at the Golden Anchor at the Coast Guard Base celebrated 50 years of Alaska statehood and fishing. The dinner, titled “Look How Far We’ve Come,” featured appearances by Gov. Sarah Palin, Todd Palin, and former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who received lifetime membership and an achievement award from the United Fishermen of Alaska. – Kodiak Daily Mirror

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Crescent City dredging to go deep

Concerns that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wasn’t going to dredge deep enough in critical sections of the federal channel at Crescent City Harbor have proven unfounded. – Crescent City Triplicate

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Columbia River salmon: A numbers game

The Columbia's spring Chinook run is one of the river's most endangered, most prized, and most unpredictable. That spells trouble for the people who count on the fish. – The Oregonian

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Fish company stages event for wounded vets

The folks at Kodiak Fish Co. in Bellingham are helping to put on a special seafood buffet for wounded servicemen and need donations.

Scheduled for June 19 in Olympia, the event will honor about 300 servicemen and women at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis. The Olympia Air Show is scheduled for June 20 and 21.
“We need contributions of money or seafood for this event and the Remote Warrior Care Program sponsored by the Madigan Foundation of Fort Lewis, Washington,” said Mark Kandianis of Kodiak Fish Company.

If you contribute $500, you’ll get a spin in a restored war bird at the air show.

Contributions should be made to the “Madigan Foundation for Wounded Veterans Event,” Madigan Foundation, P.O. Box 97215, Lakewood, Wash. 98497.

To donate seafood for the buffet or for further information, contact Kandianis at 360-201-0757
or e-mail


Squid skins promote human brain health

Researchers at the Council of Agriculture’s Fisheries Research Institute have extracted PL-DHA (phospholipid docosahexaenoic acid) — a substance that can improve memory and enhance learning ability — from the skin of squid, the official said. – Taipei Times

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What happened to Kodiak’s Chinook?

For years, Kodiak Island's 25-mile-long Karluk River offered some of the finest king salmon fishing in North America. – Anchorage Daily News

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Kodiak working on regional salmon plan

A regional planning team is working to draft a Kodiak regional comprehensive salmon plan. The plan will guide decision makers in future efforts to maintain suitable harvest goals, supplement natural salmon production and to rehabilitate Kodiak salmon stocks. – Kodiak Daily Mirror

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Freighter company pays Alaska for Aleutian spill

The owners and operators of a freighter that sank in the Aleutian Islands five years ago have agreed to pay the state of Alaska nearly $850,000 to settle oil spill, wreck removal and lost fish tax claims, state officials announced Monday. – Anchorage Daily News

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Letter: UFA chose wrong man for honor

The Juneau-based United Fishermen of Alaska has taken over Kodiak’s ComFish commemorative dinner celebrating 50 years of seafood harvesting and processing in Alaska. And UFA plans to give ex-senator Ted Stevens a lifetime achievement award anchored in the theme “Look How Far We’ve Come” since statehood. -- Stephen Taufen, writing to the Kodiak Daily Mirror

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More ice and web storage for Copper River/PWS

Storing a net and icing up in Prince William Sound is going to get a little easier this summer. A joint effort between the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association and regional processors will utilize the Alaganik barge as an ice staging and net storage facility for the benefit of the gillnet salmon fleet.

Four processors – Copper River Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Peter Pan Seafoods and Trident Seafoods – have agreed to supply ice in totes to the barge each opener, starting in early June.

Tenders and individual boats will be able to load up on at the barge. In addition to ice, the barge will have space available for net storage. The barge will be a dedicated platform for net storage that is manned twenty-four hours a day, which means fishermen won’t have to track down tenders to find their net or run back to town if they need to swap a net.

Storing a net on the barge costs $200 for the whole season, and nets can be swapped. Up to 100 nets can be stored on the barge, with a limit of two nets per fisherman. Fishermen can reserve a net storage space by calling the Marketing Association at (907) 424-3459.

More information:  Beth Poole at (907) 424-3459


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Alaska harvest cut to send Yukon fish to Canada

FAIRBANKS — Anticipating another poor run of king salmon in the Yukon River, state and federal fisheries managers announced there will likely be no commercial fishing for kings on the river this summer and subsistence fishing will be substantially reduced in order to get more fish to Canadian spawning grounds.

– Fairbanks News-Miner

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Deadly Tillamook Bay jetty gets fix-up funds

PORTLAND – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a listing of Civil Works projects to be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The legislation, signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 17, appropriated $4.6 billion to the Corps for its Civil Works program.

About $140 million has been identified for Portland District projects in western Oregon and southwestern Washington.

Local projects include $12.6 million allocated for repair and stabilization of the north jetty at the entrance of Tillamook Bay.

– Corps of Engineers press release


Another big mining project looms for SW Alaska

Forget Pebble for a minute. There's another huge project gearing up in Southwest Alaska, and it would turn a swath of spruce and tundra-covered land owned by Alaska Natives in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region into one of the world's largest gold mines. – Anchorage Daily News

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Wrangell Seafoods sale official

Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy dug up the sales document making Trident’s purchase of Wrangell Seafoods official.

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Stimulus funds going to Alaska port projects

The Army Corps of Engineers in Alaska is in line for $49.7 million in projects from federal stimulus money.

The work will pay for port upgrades, including $23.4 million for dredging the Port of Anchorage. Other major construction includes $7 million for the first phase of a small boat harbor in Akutan and $4.5 million for the completion of a project in the Seward Harbor. – Juneau Empire

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Emergency action on Cook Inlet setnetters

Board of Fish restricted northern Cook Inlet king salmon setnet fishery.

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

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Ready for some fishy number crunching?

The run of Chinook salmon up the Yukon river historically numbers about 250,000 fish. Last year's run was 180,000. The year before was 175,000. It takes a minimum of 170,000 fish to sustain the fishery for subsistence use, and to ensure that there are enough fish to repopulate the river next year.

– Huffington Post

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Stimulus money heading to S. Oregon ports

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing funds for dredging at South Coast ports, according to U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. The civil works projects will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

– Coos Bay World

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Oregon fishing grounds mapping gains support

Efforts to accurately map prime fishing grounds along the Oregon coast is gaining grudging acceptance. But lingering questions and concerns about the process and protection of proprietary information has many folks holding back before they decide if and how to wade into the endeavor.

– Newport News-Times

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Juneau fisheries building dedicated

The University of Alaska dedicated its Lena Point Fisheries Building in Juneau Tuesday, following a long, difficult process of getting money and approval for the building.

– Juneau Empire

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine flu boosts stock price for fish farmer

Shares in Marine Harvest ASA, the world’s largest salmon farmer, jumped 6.9 percent to 2.94 kroner as investors bet the pig-flu outbreak will lift demand for fish. – Bloomberg

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Trident pays fine for regulation violations

SEATTLE – Trident Seafoods Corporation has settled with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and agreed to pay a $61,354 penalty for violating the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act by failing to properly report the storage of ammonia at four facilities.

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

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Unalaska smoking ban gets first OK

The Unalaska city council unanimously has passed the first reading of an amended smoking ban. After almost an hour of public comment the council decided to change the smoking ban so it does not apply to any employer-owned bunk housing. – KUCB, Unalaska

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Feds declare another disaster for West Coast trollers

U.S. Commerce secretary Gary Locke has extended last year’s disaster declaration for the Oregon and California coasts, following a decision to close most coastal salmon fishing this season.

Oregon Public Broadcasting

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Columbia River bill goes nowhere

There will be no SAFE for Salmon legislation passed in this legislative session.

A House committee reviewing salmon harvest issues on the lower Columbia River failed to act on HB 2734, letting the bill to shift gill-netters into off-river zones die.

The Oregonian

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