Monday, April 30, 2012


We should know very soon now whether Southeast Alaska salmon seiners will go through with a permit buyback.

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

Against ocean zoning

Some 23 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to the chairman of the House Appropriations committee asking that all efforts to implement ocean zoning be defunded.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Reducing halibut bycatch

Brainstorming over halibut bycatch is the theme of a two-day workshop in Seattle.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in Bristol Bay Times

New crew license needed

"We need a crew license with a number that would stay with you for the rest of your career and track you."

– Cordova Times

Wild escape from floating processor

Two men have pleaded guilty to criminal mischief charges related to a recent midnight escape from a floating processor.

– KUCB, Unalaska

You've got one eager customer

Local commercial salmon season starts later this week, and I, like many other folks, can hardly wait.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Disease shuts down salmon farm

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has ordered Cooke Aquaculture to destroy all the fish at one of the company's Nova Scotia fish farms. In February, the company destroyed two cages of fish at a Shelburne, N.S., farm after tests indicated the possibility of the Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) virus.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012


A beachcomber from Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) has stumbled across the largest piece of debris from the Japanese tsunami to hit B.C. shores.

– Victoria Times Colonist


No-fisherman zone?

Maybe we need a "no-fisherman zone" to protect the sea otters. In fact, they were here first.

– L.A. Times


Sporties cancel salmon derby

A fishing derby that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for protection of fish habitat and for salmon enhancement projects during its 25 years in existence is cancelled this year.



Natives still object to Sitka fishery

This year's lower-than-expected herring harvest has renewed calls from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska to change the fishery.

– KCAW, Sitka


Alaska medevac

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a fisherman from the 68-foot fishing vessel Island Dancer in Seymour Canal on the east side of Admiralty Island.

– Coast Guard


State dollars go to aquaculture

Deckboss reviewed the new capital budget the Legislature passed April 15 and couldn't help but notice the sizeable sums awarded to the state's hatchery operators, as well as shellfish growers.

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


Another Elwha dam coming down

The two dams, about 129 km northwest of Seattle, blocked migratory routes of salmon and steelhead trout to about 112 km of tributary habitat, in the process robbing Native Americans of income by halting a treaty-guaranteed reservation fishery.

– Vancouver Sun


Elwha silt in the salt chuck

Backed up for decades, murky sediment from the newly liberated Elwha River has begun to form a plume as it empties into the blue waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

– Daily Astorian


Prez politics and fishing

Romney said commercial fishermen burn an average of about 100 gallons of diesel fuel a day, and the president's reluctance to tap the country's oil resources will exacerbate future price increases.

– Boston Herald


Coast Guard escorts fisherman

The 53-foot steel hulled fishing vessel Ashlyne crew made a mayday call to the Coast Guard after the vessel began listing for unknown reasons. The crew then reported their 70,000 pound catch of fish had shifted in the fish hold, causing further listing and reduction in vessel stability as the Ashlyne attempted to return to port.
– Coast Guard



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Seine buyback approved

The bottom line is 215 permit holders voted in favor of the buyback, well in excess of the 190-vote majority needed.

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


Cal troll salmon opens

What will be the longest salmon season for commercial fishermen in years opened with the promise of an abundance of fish.

– Santa Rosa Press Democrat


New uses for Bristol Bay sockeye

A new survey of the processors in Bristol Bay shows some changes in how the sockeye resource is used.

– KDLG, Dillingham


Ice threatens Bering drilling

Heavy winter ice in the Alaskan Arctic is threatening to complicate Shell's drilling plans.

– KUCB, Unalaska


B.C. salmon panel scrambling

The federal government's bid to make sweeping changes to the Fisheries Act has prompted an 11th-hour scramble at the $26.4 million Cohen Commission, which was created by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009 to study dramatic declines in the West Coast sockeye fishery.



Alberni sockeye run to be huge

This is the third year in a row the sockeye salmon run is expected to exceed 600,000. Last year, the run was more than 1 million.



Increasing marine mammal envelope

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans have proposed an amendment to the Marine Mammal Regulations, which will call for a minimum 100 meter approach distance between vessels and marine mammals.

– Sooke News Mirror


Cal water plan may hurt fisheries

The San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act would damage salmon populations and undermine the recreational and commercial fishing industries that rely on them.

– Redwood Times


Oregon's Judge Salmon

Judge James Redden has been a mighty force in the long-running court battle over managing dams in the Columbia River Basin to protect salmon.

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



Thursday, May 3, 2012


Commercial gillnetters and trollers in the Petersburg and Wrangell area will be targeting king salmon in the marine waters near the Stikine River starting early next week.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Copper River opening made official

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game officially announced that the Copper River District will open for the season at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 17 for a 12-hour period.


Tsunami debris 'staggering mess'

A "staggering mess" is building on the beaches of Gulf of Alaska islands bordering Prince William Sound.

– Anchorage Daily News

Medevac to Cold Bay

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a fisherman from the 110-foot fishing vessel Bearing Leader 57 miles northwest of Cold Bay.

– Coast Guard

Final Cal crab recommendations

The California Dungeness crab task force Administrative Team is pleased to announce that the DCTF's final recommendations on the commercial tiered trap limit program are now available.


Disappointing news for fish farmers

When it comes to the food used to raise fish in aquaculture "farms," it seems that you may get what you pay for.


Texans oppose Pebble Mine

Thousands of miles north of Texas, a sinister threat to all sportsmen and conservationists continues to raise its ugly head.

– Lone Star Outdoor News

Sacramento water lawsuit

California fishermen and crabbers call the federal decision to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta "a charade devoid of any effective environmental review," in Federal Court.

– Courthouse News Service

Bill would threaten Cal otters

The bill is an end-around the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's recent decision to begin extending federal protections for the otter into waters south of Point Conception.

– The Independent

More info on seiner buyback

Here are the results from the Southeast Alaska salmon seine permit buyback referendum.

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

Friday, May 4, 2012


A survey of Bristol Bay salmon processors in 2011 season shows that the percentage of chilled salmon delivered by the drift gillnet fleet more than doubled in five years, while the combined chilled harvest of both drift and set netters rose to 48 percent.

– Cordova Times

End of golden king crab season

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that the commercial golden (brown) king crab fishery in the Southern Area will close at 12 noon Friday.

– Petersburg Pilot

Northern Inlet Chinook rules

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) formally issued emergency orders further restricting the existing king salmon sport and commercial fisheries for the Northern District of Cook Inlet.

– Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Tours harassing whales

A total of 2,500 whale-watching infractions were observed in Haro Strait in Washington state last year as the U.S. introduced new conservation regulations requiring boaters, including Canadians, to keep specific distances from killer whales.

– Vancouver Sun

More on Pebble Mine

Sadly, very few people are aware that that region is now threatened by the proposed Pebble Mine, a massive open-pit copper mine that could destroy this pristine and very productive area.

– Lacrosse Tribune

Alaska Fisheries Report

Southeast Salmon Seiners have voted to buy back a number of permits, king salmon fishing should begin for gillnetters and trollers in the Stikine area starting early next week, and the downside of the foreign workers visa program.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Eat fish, stay healthy

Most people, whether healthy or having cardiovascular disease, would benefit from regular consumption of oily fish.

– Science Codex

Lisa likes NOAA idea

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, believes President Obama's proposal to move the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from the Commerce Department to the Interior Department is a good idea.

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


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