Monday, May 14, 2012

Where is AMERICA'S 'ultimate fishing town?'

Several Alaska towns are vying for the title of 'Ultimate Fishing Town' which comes with a $25,000 check for local fishing projects.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, reporting for SitNews, Ketchikan.

128-foot fishing vessel ablaze

The Coast Guard, Camano Island, Wash., and Whidbey Island, Wash., Fire Depts. have responded to a boat fire on an anchored 128-foot fishing vessel located in Penn Cove off Whidbey Island, Sunday. The Coast Guard received a report at 11:45 p.m., Saturday, from Island County Dispatch stating the vessel Deep Sea was completely engulfed in flames.

– Coast Guard

First wave of tsunami debris hits Alaska beaches

Soccer lighter wind-driven items are now appearing along Alaska's coastlines. The worst is yet to come.

– Bristol Bay Times

MSC app successful

The Marine Stewardship Council's sustainable seafood finder mobile app has passed 500 downloads, less than a month after its official launch.


Rebuilding Columbia butterfly boat

In 1900, there were more than 2,500 of the double-ended gillnet boats fishing the lower waters of the Columbia River.

– The Oregonian

New MSC master plan

The MSC's new strategic plan is focused on maintaining and increasing the value proposition of the MSC program for existing certified fisheries and commercial partners who are predominantly in Europe, North America, and Australia/New Zealand.

– TheFishSite

Canadian company in MSC deal

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and High Liner Foods, Canada's leading supplier of seafood, announced a groundbreaking partnership that includes a commitment by High Liner to source all wild-caught seafood from MSC certified fisheries by 2013 and display the MSC ecolabel on all certified wild-caught products supplied by High Liner Foods in Canada.


The fish ticket that got away

Glacier Seafoods fails to submit fish ticket, suffers the consequences.

– The Juneau Empire

Is California's protection for forage fish the strongest in the world?

Extremist groups claim overfishing is occurring, but editorial says fishermen have long recognized that a sustainable fishery was good for people and fish.

– North County Times

Could wild fish make up 13 to 15 percent of the animal protein produced on the entire planet by 2050?

Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless says that if we managed the world's oceans better, wild seafood could be a major protein source for our world's ever-growing population.

– Earth Island Journal

Economic value of B.C. commercial fishery dwindling in rural coastal communities

Once an economic driver, the commercial fishery is of little net economic value to the province, editorial says.

– The Globe and Mail

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant Will Promote Kodiak's Small Boat Jig Fishery

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council received a sizable grant last week to help Kodiak jig fishermen get better prices for their Pacific cod and rockfish catches.



Tuesday, May 15, 2012


The Bonneville Dam count was 110,514 through Sunday and biologists gave a range of the final run at between 192,000 and 217,000 at the river mouth, with 202,000 being their current estimate.

– The Oregonian

Togiak herring fishery begins

The largest herring fishery in Alaska opened last night.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Don’t count on Fraser fishing

Commercial fishermen shouldn't count on putting a net in the Fraser River this summer.

– Maple Ridge News

Blazing derelict sinks

The Deep Sea is discharging approximately one to two gallons of diesel fuel per minute. A boom deployment vessel and an oil recovery vessel are working to contain the leak. In addition, a Ballard Diving and Salvage dive team is siphoning diesel from the vessel's fuel tanks.

– Coast Guard

More fisheries declared healthy

A record number of fisheries were declared rebuilt to healthy levels in 2011, bringing the number of rebuilt U.S. marine fish populations in the last 11 years to 27.

Salmon ranching and wild fish

The billions of hatchery raised salmon that have been released in the wild can harm wild salmon through competition for food and habitat.

– Summit County Citizens Voice, Colorado

Another fish jetliner

Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute unveiled the world's largest king salmon.

– Market Watch

Price help for cod jiggers

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council received a sizable grant to help Kodiak jig fishermen get better prices for their Pacific cod and rockfish catches.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Longer snow crab season

It’s already been a long snow crab season, but it’s about to be longer.

– KUCB, Unalaska


Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Its Dixon Bay farm north of Tofino tested positive for Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis.

Virus killing sea lions

A relatively rare virus in Alaska is being looked at as the cause to an unusually high number of premature births among Steller sea lions around Kodiak Island.

– KMXT, Kodiak

California sea lion killing continues

Animal-rights and environmental groups asked a federal judge to stop the killing of California sea lions that commercial fishermen, Native American tribes, and sportsmen say have been gobbling endangered salmon.

– Wall Street Journal

Pebble permitting to cost $107 mil

A Canada-based mining company eyeing development of a huge copper and gold deposit near one of the world's premier salmon fisheries said that $107 million has been allocated to prepare the mine for permitting later this year.

– Juneau Empire

Copper River opens on Thursday

Upscale seafood markets and restaurants in Alaska and around the country are getting ready to go wild to buy up and cook wild Copper River red and king salmon in a tasty rite of spring.

– Alaska Dispatch

Salmon 'ranching' eyed

The studies provide new evidence that fast-growing hatchery fish compete with wild fish for food and habitat in the ocean as well as in the rivers where they return to spawn and even raises questions about whether the ocean can supply enough food to support future increases in hatchery fish while still sustaining wild salmon.
– Science 2.0

Suit filed for Cook Inlet belugas

A lawsuit challenging petroleum exploration in Alaska's Cook Inlet was filed Tuesday by four groups, including an Alaska Native village, that claim seismic testing will harm endangered beluga whales.


Fisherman gets $75,000 fine

He was convicted of several violations including fishing in an illegal area, being in possession of undersize Dungeness crab, and catching and retaining flounder without a license.

– MarketWire

More trash in the ocean

An increase in plastic debris floating in a zone between Hawaii and California is changing the environment of at least one marine critter, scientists reported.

– Seattle Times

Lisa wary of tsunami debris

Sen. Murkowski wrote a letter to Dr. Lubchenco, pointing out that already Alaska is experiencing much higher than typical levels of debris throughout the Prince William Sound area.

– Alaska Native News


Thursday, May 17, 2012


The Alaska Copper River commercial salmon season opened this morning. Wind was from the southeast at 2 mph. Visibility was 8 miles. There were scattered clouds. The forecast called for 50 degrees.

Invasive snakehead in B.C.

It's a toothy, nasty-looking creature, with a torpedo-shaped body, small head and a big mouth.

– Globe and Mail

End halibut bycatch

I hope Alaskans from all walks of life will call or send in a short note by letter or email to push our resource managers to finally take this baby step to control the killing of unwanted halibut during the course of another fishery.

– Juneau Empire

Make halibut panel more open

A consulting firm has recommended sweeping changes centered on improving transparency and increasing stakeholder participation after completing a performance review of the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

– Homer News

GOP against fish management

Add fish and oceans to the long list of environmental issues that House Republicans do not much care about.

– New York Times

GOP: 'Victory for fishermen'

This is a small victory for recreational and commercial fishermen, and coastal communities."

– The Star

Good forests = good fisheries

In the 1960s, areas like Prince of Wales Island were heavily logged in clear-cuts.


Pebble doesn't meet goal

While many of Alaska's mining projects have met Hammond's basic standards, the proposed Pebble Mine has not.

– Anchorage Daily News

Kodiak leaves herring in water

A late start to the Kodiak sac roe fishery will leave about a thousand tons unharvested.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Measure would fund harbor projects

In June, Ketchikan City voters will decide whether to approve $5 million in bonds to fund harbor projects.

– KRBD, Ketchikan

New hatchery in Southeast?

The Department of Fish and Game is considering whether to issue a permit for a new Southeast Alaska hatchery to produce Chinook and coho salmon.

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


Friday, May 18, 2012


A B.C. fish farm where a virus deadly to Atlantic salmon was detected has been quarantined, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Thursday, as officials scramble to contain the highly infectious disease.

– Vancouver Sun

Death in Togiak fleet

Alaska State Troopers say a 43-year-old Washington state man died Thursday on board a commercial fishing vessel anchored 10 miles off Togiak.

– The Republic

First fish away!

Alaska Copper River salmon have begun their long journey from the ocean to dinner plates across the country


Rich guy fights against you

Norman L. Brenden, once the chief financial officer for a large Salem-based chain of senior living homes, has kicked in another $150,000 for a proposed ballot measure aimed at banning non-Indian gillnetting on the Columbia River.

– The Oregonian

Togiak fishery hampered

The largest herring fishery in Alaska has been hampered the last few days by weather and unripe fish.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Another herring disappointment

It looks like the sac roe herring fishery in Seymour Canal was just not to be this year.

– KFSK, Petersburg


Beware of Canada oil port

Twenty-three years after the Exxon Valdez spilled more than half a million barrels of oil into Prince William Sound, another threat looms over Alaska's remote and beautiful coastline — in the form of heavy oil exports from Canada to China.

– Seattle Times

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the Togiak sac roe herring fishery happened all of a sudden this week; NOAA Fisheries issues its report on the status of U.S. Fisheries, close encounters of the cetacean kind, and jig fishermen get some marketing help.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Map of watery reserves

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a new map of all 1,700 marine protected areas in the country.

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

Tsunami buoy traced home

A spherical buoy found on the coast of Middleton Island in the Gulf of Alaska after apparently being swept away in the March 2011 tsunami was one of several used for the sign of a restaurant in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, 5,000 km away.

– Japan Times

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