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Monday, May 11, 2009

May, and Copper River salmon, return

Now that we're well into May, I can almost hear the salmon tumbling out of the net and into the boat.
Need more proof we're close to fishing time?

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued its first press release of the year on the Copper River Chinook and sockeye season. – Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his new blog: Deckboss

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Has Alaska killed the cruise-ship goose?

The recent decisions by cruise companies to redeploy ships from Alaska voyages in 2010 will have broad ripple effects in the state's economy, particularly in Southcentral-Interior Alaska regions.

– Juneau Empire

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B.C. sport halibut fishermen protest catch limits

Recreational fishermen gathered near the legislature Friday to protest a system that they say unfairly restricts their halibut catch to one fish per angler a day.


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San Diego tuna fleet rebuilding

Quietly, a local company with generational ties to the once-dominant tuna industry is rebuilding a business. It’s been a slow process. But restaurant by restaurant and one store chain after another,
San Diego’s American Tuna is staking a claim in the market.

– San

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CG extends comment time on NW navigation bar closures

The Coast Guard is re-opening the period for the public to provide written comments on a proposed rule to establish Regulated Navigation Areas along the Oregon and Washington coasts. All comments must be received by the Coast Guard no later than June 30, 2009.

– Coast Guard

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Obama seeks national IFQ management program

The Obama administration is proposing significant new spending on a proposed cap-and-trade regulatory scheme for fisheries -- a major overhaul in fishery management and a bid to halt the decline of wild fish stocks.

New York Times

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Blue whales migrating to Alaska

Scientists have documented the first known migration of blue whales from the coast of California to areas off British Columbia and the Gulf of Alaska since the end of commercial whaling in 1965.

– Science Daily

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Venerable gear retailer celebrates 50th

Redden Marine Supply, a wholesale retail marine supply distributor, is celebrating 50 years in the business and renaming its Alaska locations. All facilities will be known as Redden Marine Supply.

– Bellingham Herald

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Anchorage Coast Guard chief relieved of command

Facing allegations of misconduct, the commander of the Coast Guard's sector in Anchorage was abruptly relieved from duty Monday in a personal visit with the top officer in Alaska, according to Coast Guard officials.

– Anchorage Daily News

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Tote falls on deckhand’s head

A deckhand on the fishing vessel Collier Brothers was injured by a tote full of water and hake landed on his head while the vessel was unloading in Crescent City Harbor.

Crescent City Triplicate

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Administration wants another look at Alaska offshore drilling

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar asked the Department of Justice to seek clarification from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on the scope of its April 17th ruling that Bush administration officials did not conduct sufficient scientific and environmental analysis before scheduling oil and gas lease sales on the Outer Continental Shelf off Alaska.

– Environmental News Service

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Bristol Bay development group elects board members

Here's election results for a couple of seats on the board of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.

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

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New Kodiak boatlift soon to be completed

The Port and Harbor Advisory Board meeting in Fisherman’s Hall included an update by Harbormaster Marty Owen on the boatlift facility at St. Herman Harbor. He said boats may be serviced as early as September.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

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Letter: Fisherman disaster aid won’t help salmon

I am a staunch advocate for a sustainable West Coast salmon fishery, but the allocation of funds to bail out fishermen and associated businesses is misguided. How does giving $53 million to fishermen address the problem of declining fish stocks?

– Patrick Phillips of Arcata, writing to the editor of the Eureka Times-Standard

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fishing begins today on Copper River fish

The Copper River salmon fishery starts at 7 a.m. today with a 12-hour opener. This fishery, as you might have heard, is a celebrated rite of spring and sort of the unofficial kickoff to a new Alaska commercial salmon season each year.

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

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Fishing cut back for Columbia Chinook

Summer steelhead fishing in the Columbia River downstream of Interstate 5 will not open Saturday, placed on hold for possibly as long as a month to prevent incidental catches from the struggling spring Chinook salmon run.

Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian

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Rush to wave power slowing

Two years ago, there was a “gold rush” on the ocean to stake claims for wave energy sites.  Now the spray is settling.  As it clears, fewer heads remain above water.

Energy developers have given up on about a third of the wave projects they proposed along the West Coast.

Oregon Public Broadcasting

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Homer wants deadbeat boats moved

The Homer City Council introduced an ordinance Monday night that would require vessels moored in the city harbor to leave the harbor twice a year or face substantial rate increases.

– Homer Tribune

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Dutch Harbor cops arrest armed guy on fishing boat

A man was arrested for a felony assault with a weapon Monday night after an incident aboard the Lady Gudny at the Spit Dock. First Sgt. Matt Betzen said the Department of Public Safety was contacted around 10 p.m.

Pacific Fishing columnist Anne Hillman, writing for KUCB, Unalaska

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Opinion: Seine boats on the Columbia?

Whether we buy, catch or just marvel at salmon, we need to unite now to save 13 stocks of wild Columbia River salmon and steelhead from extinction. The best, most immediate route to recovery is to minimize our deadly harvest impacts on these wild fish. – Virginia L. Ross is a Portland attorney and wild fish advocate, writing in The Oregonian

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First Copper River fish arrives in Seattle

The fresh Alaska salmon season begins for seafood lovers in Seattle with the arrival of an Alaska Airlines flight with about 20,000 pounds of Copper River salmon.  – Anchorage Daily News

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PWS marine trail idea arrives at impasse

Proponents of a proposed Prince William Sound marine trail held a community meeting in Cordova and heard disapproval of the idea from a majority of those in attendance. – Cordova Times

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Mar-Gun yanked from Aleutian beach

After 10 weeks of work, the F/V Mar-Gun was successfully removed from Staraya Beach on St. George Island Tuesday night. The 112-foot fishing vessel went aground there on March 5th. – Pacific Fishing columnist Anne Hillman, reporting for KUCB, Unalaska

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