Monday, May 3, 2010

Verdict on Katmai sinking

A Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation concluded that an "excessively loaded" hold, an unsecured door, and an "imprudent decision" to push into a huge storm contributed to the Oct. 22, 2008, sinking of the Seattle-based Katmai that killed seven crew members.

– Anchorage Daily News


Alaskan skipper called a hero

The captain of a commercial fishing vessel that sank off the coast of Alaska is being called a hero for saving the lives of crew.

– The Maritime Executive

Native group renounces exclusive
claim to river

An Alaska Native corporation that claims exclusive fishing rights to a Cook Inlet river has agreed to change a brochure and Web site after a warning from the state.

– Anchorage Daily News

Spill rekindles memories in Alaska

Communities along the Gulf Coast wondering about what kind of legacy the monstrous oil slick will leave can look no further than the towns along the Alaska coastline that were ravaged by the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.

– Anchorage Daily News

Oil affecting seafood market

Oil gushing from an out-of-control well following an April 20 rig blast in the Gulf of Mexico poses a severe threat to the livelihood of Louisiana's commercial fishers, who were allowed to get an early jump on shrimp season Thursday under a special state-government order.

– MarketWatch

Shell to continue Alaskan test drilling

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be bad news for Shell's plans to conduct exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer, though the Obama administration's position is not exactly clear.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Anne Hillman, reporting for KUCB, Unalaska

Copper River to open next week

The Copper River District will open for the season on May 13 with a 12-hour fishing period starting at 7 a.m., the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says.

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

Bandon port to buy old Pacific Seafood plant

Port of Bandon officials are celebrating after reaching a deal to regain control of some key waterfront property. The port agreed to pay $340,000 in three installments for Pacific Seafood Group's big blue building, along with ending PSG's 67-year lease on the underlying port land.

– Coos Bay World

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Shasta coho runs
terribly weak

Runs of coho salmon on the Shasta River, a key tributary of the Klamath, have been so weak in recent years that state biologists are trapping young fish and moving them downstream in an attempt to improve their odds of survival.

– Pacific Fishing columnist John Driscoll, writing in the Eureka Times-Standard


Little seafood coming from Gulf of Mexico

Commercial and recreational fishing is restricted in the Gulf of Mexico for more than a week because of an oil spill off the Louisiana coast, officials said.



To cleanup for BP, fishermen must promise not to sue

The company, which owns the destroyed gulf oil rig that is pumping millions of gallons of crude oil into the waters off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, has reportedly been pushing commercial fishermen pitching in with relief efforts to sign settlement agreements capping any claims against the oil giant at $5,000, and reining in future legal action arising from the spill.

– Yahoo News


SF judge tells fishermen to prove damage

A federal judge in San Francisco told commercial fishermen and seafood processors to specify how their businesses were harmed last year when the Dubai Star spilled bunker oil in the San Francisco Bay.

– Courthouse News Service


Names released of drown river fishermen

Search boats looking for a third Yakama Nation fisherman presumed drowned on the Columbia River were again rebuffed by heavy weather. Meanwhile, two of the victims of the Friday accident were identified as Jessica Lewis, 29, of Wapato and Wilson LaRoque, 57, of Toppenish.

– Yakima Herald


NOAA seeks comments on foreign enviro rules

NOAA is requesting public comment on options for implementing parts of the Marine Mammal Protection Act that address the incidental catch of marine mammals in foreign fisheries, including species such as whales and dolphins.

– World Fishing


Opinion: Catch shares are good

Everyone involved in the fishing industry is talking about the government's push toward catch-shares for fishery management. Thirteen fisheries in the U.S. operate under catch share plans. The big three are Alaska halibut and sablefish, which began in 1995, and Bering Sea crab in 2005.

– Jim Stone, writing in The Juneau Empire


Catch shares: The argument continues

A proposed federal program to allocate portions of commercial fisheries harvests to harvesters, communities and other entities, with a goal of rebuilding and sustaining these fisheries, is coming under increased fire in a debate now spread nationwide.

– Bristol Bay Times


New board member for Bristol Bay Development

Here are the results from the recent vote for board members of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.

Seat A (Alaska resident) Robert Heyano: 424 votes, write-in candidate: 1 vote.

Seat D (non-Alaska resident) Nick Lee 412 votes.

Seat G (open residency) Buck Gibbons: 197 votes, Matt Marinkovich: 286 votes



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