Monday, May 5, 2014


Frustrated at being stuck at the Unalaska airport for days trying to fly out standby, a man stole a pickup truck parked in the unloading zone, drove across town, broke into and vandalized the historic Russian Orthodox Church, according to local police.

– Alaska Dispatch

Alaska ranks with nations

In value alone, these exports compared with $9.5 billion from Norway, $4.5 billion from Russia, $4.2 billion from Vietnam, $3.9 billion from Chile, and $3.7 billion from Canada.

– Alaska Dispatch

Who's fighting acidification?

In July 2012, a commercial fishing charter called Ocean Pearl motored through the frigid waters of the North Pacific.

– Pacific Standard

NOAA ships ready for work

NOAA ships, small boats, and hydrographic services contractors will be surveying more than 2,000 square nautical miles in US coastal waters this year.

– World Fishing News

Slavery in seafood biz

What those colorful fillets don't reveal, however, are the human rights abuses that currently mar the global seafood trade.


Halibut prices, catch increases

Pacific halibut prices are up by more than a dollar over this time last year.

– TradEx

Arctic shipping

The world's largest shipping and offshore classification society says the Arctic Council has a key role in ensuring shipping is safe in the North.

– EyeOnTheArctic, Canada

Whale tangles with net

Unfortunately, a prediction made by Monterey Bay whale experts earlier this week came true.

– KSBW, California

Salmon attract Columbia sea lions

A host of spawning spring Chinook salmon arriving at the lower Columbia River's Bonneville Dam has coincided with a rush of sea lions eager for a feast.

– The Dalles Chronicle

Interviewing Pebble chief

Pebble CEO Tom Collier sat down with KDLG's Dave Bendinger to talk about Pebble's response to the EPA, recent challenges, and the outlook for the future.

– KDLG, Dillingham


Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Commercial fishermen participating in the ongoing Togiak sac-roe herring fishery still have a lot of fish to catch if they are going to approach this year's quota.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Obama warns of climate

Flooded rail lines. Bigger, more frequent droughts. A rash of wildfires.


Natives ban non-Native boats

The Stz'uminus (Chemainus) First Nation has pledged to prohibit boat traffic in a large chunk of coastal Cowichan waters.

– Cowichan News, B.C.

Billy Frank dies

Billy Frank Jr., a tribal fisherman who led the "fish wars" that restored fishing rights and helped preserve a way of life for American Indians in the Northwest four decades ago, died Monday at 83.

– ABC News

Cod stocks vary

The North East Arctic cod stock is currently booming and provides much of the cod consumed in the UK, while the Northwest Atlantic cod fishery which collapsed 20 years ago has not yet recovered, and several other cod stocks remain at historically low levels.
– The Conversation, Australia

Raising salmon in farms

A British Columbia First Nation is using a workshop this week in St. Andrews to explain how it is growing Atlantic salmon without the fish ever seeing the ocean.

– CBC, B.C.

Cal mine oozing death

Six Rivers National Forest is inviting the public to comment on the recently completed Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EECA) of the cleanup of Mammoth Mine and Hardscrabble Mine, both of which have been designated as Superfund sites by the Environmental Protection Agency.

– Crescent City Triplicate

No tsunami threat

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in the Japanese capital Tokyo early Monday, slightly injuring 17 people, but officials stressed there was no risk of a tsunami.

– The China Post

China hungers for cucumbers

While the Banana Islanders have no use for sea cucumbers, in China they are prized for their medicinal properties and as a natural aphrodisiac.

– Daily Times, Pakistan

Oil companies get tax break

Public documents show Gov. Sean Parnell's administration worked out a deal with Alaska's major oil producers that allows the companies to withhold tens of millions of dollars in property taxes.

– Alaska Public Media


Wednesday, May 7, 2014


A report by the National Climate Assessment lists concerns for the Northeast because of climate change including more days over 90 degrees, increased cases of Lyme disease and West Nile virus, changes to commercial fishing areas and coastal erosion.

– Minneapolis Star Tribune

Climate change affects Alaska fish

An update on the impact of climate change released May 6 by the Obama Administration, confirms that climate change is affecting us now, and very significantly in Alaska's marine fisheries.

– Margaret Bowman, reporting in the Cordova Times

Bristol Bay decision probed

The EPA's Inspector General's Office announced it would launch an investigation into the agency's actions surrounding the study of the Bristol Bay watershed, and the steps taken towards issuing a preemptive veto of the Pebble Mine.
– KDLG, Dillingham

Shipping Dungeness to China

The crab variety has become hugely popular in high-end Shanghai restaurants, leading most crab buyers in Vancouver to ship to China rather than sell locally.

– CBC, Vancouver, BC

Yukon River closed to all

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced they are closing the river to king sportfishing effective May 12 and have plans to close the subsistence fisheries as the fish arrive in each district.

– Anchorage Daily News

Cal retail salmon: $25 a pound

Markets across San Francisco are generally selling California king, or chinook, for about $25 a pound for filets — a stiff price to pay but one that could fall as the novelty of the local catch wears off and more fish arrive.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Waiting for Columbia fish

The preseason forecast called for a return of 227,000 Chinook bound for the areas above Bonneville Dam.
– Lewiston Tribune

BC tribe bans boats

Frustrated with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans' "mismanagement" and failure to recognize mandated aboriginal fishing rights, the Stz'uminus First Nation has vowed to ban boat traffic from a wide swath of water off the east coast of Vancouver Island.

– Cowichan Valley Citizen

Crabber pleads innocent for entanglements

A commercial crabber said nothing can be done to prevent another humpback whale from being caught in crab pot lines like the two that became entangled last week and were found near the Monterey Bay.

– KSBW, Monterey, California

Cod MSC certified

Russia's Barents Sea cod and haddock fisheries have achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification – succesfully completing a joint bid that began in March 2013.
– Fish News EU


Thursday, May 8, 2014


A poor commercial catch and steady demand from Asia are pushing prices for local Dungeness crab so high that some shops no longer carry them.

– Vancouver Sun

No agreement for N. Cal. salmon

At Half Moon Bay's Pillar Point Harbor, there's currently no price agreement for the few fish that are being landed. As a consequence, very few salmon are making their way to markets and restaurants.

– U.S. Campaign

Highest roe count in Togiak history

The fish harvested by the gillnet fleet was 11.86-percent. That's the highest percentage recorded so far in the fishery, which is in its second week.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Fed grant for Maine fishermen

The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration has provided a $500,000 grant to Coastal Enterprises Inc. to replenish a revolving loan fund that provides greater access to capital for Maine's commercial fishermen and fishing-dependent businesses.

– Portland Press Herald

Fed grant for NJ wind towers

A company that wants to build New Jersey's first offshore wind turbines is hoping that a $47 million federal grant will persuade state regulators to reconsider its recent rejection of the project.


Confusion over Atlantic cod

Conflicting reports on the state of cod stocks range from misinterpretation of the science — such as the Telegraph's story that there were only 100 adult cod left in the North Sea (the correct figure was around 21 million) — to misunderstanding over the state of cod stocks in different territorial waters.


Untangling Westport whale

The nearly three-hour rescue occurred several miles from Westport Harbor, with support of a Coast Guard crew in a 47-foot lifeboat.

– The Olympian

Polar traffic shipping forecast

A recent government report suggests less ice may not mean more ships.

– Alaska Public Media

B.C. Native blockade proposed

A Vancouver Island First Nation is threatening to blockade a large section of the Strait of Georgia because of a major dispute with Fisheries and Oceans over the lucrative geoduck harvest.

– CBC B.C.

Salmon farms on 60 minutes

It is anticipated that this Sunday's 60 Minutes (CBS) episode will be on salmon farming. Check and local listings on Friday to confirm episode content and air times.

– Save our Salmon, Canada


Friday, May 9, 2014


The Department of Fish and Game just announced the Copper River salmon fishery will open for the season at 7 a.m. next Thursday.

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

Not enough halibut

Mezirow addressed a crowded room at a Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon and explained a new feature of charter regulations that allows charter operators to purchase additional catch from commercial operators.

– Seward PhoenixLog

Now, some good news!

It's worth highlighting a country that has actually done a lot to curtail overfishing and rebuild its fisheries in the past decade: the United States.

– Vox

Alaska candidates won't debate fish

A fisheries debate has been called off for lack of participation among U.S. Senate candidates.

– Anchorage Daily News

Fishermen's terminal anniversary

Built in 1914, Fishermen's Terminal is the largest West Coast commercial moorage facility and the only major fresh-water commercial port on the West Coast, according to the Port of Seattle.
– Puget Sound Business Journal

Judge: No extra setnet time

Demands for more salmon in the setnets of commercial fishermen working the east side of Cook Inlet have been thrown back into the shark tank of Alaska fisheries politics by an Anchorage Superior Court judge.

– EyeonTheArctic, Canada

Niners approve sea lion protection

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling that keeps in place fishing closures and restrictions in the Western Aleutian Islands meant to protect and rebuild declining populations of Steller sea lions in Western Alaska.

– EyeonTheArcitc, Canada

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, they is still herring quota available in Togiak Bay, the Southeast winter troll season set a record, and there could be more strife out on the Y-K Delta this year.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Togiak slow

That's still well short of the available quota of 278,000 tons.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Fuzzy math: subsistence

Urban Alaska hunters and anglers often seem unable to grasp that subsistence is a touchstone for Alaska Natives, especially older Natives, watching the younger generation teased into the American melting pot by the attractions of TV and the Internet.

–, Canada



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