Monday, May 16, 2011


When Southeast Alaska commercial fisherman Jay Skordahl prepares to lay down a 2-mile line of baited fish hooks, he keeps an eye out for 40-ton pests.

– Anchorage Daily News

Columbia sea lions under the gun

NOAA gave permission Friday for Oregon and Washington to resume removing or killing California sea lions at Bonneville Dam six months after a federal appeals court struck down a similar permit.

– The Oregonian

Alaska Legislature calls it quits

Saturday's abrupt end to the special legislative session has almost certainly doomed Alaska's coastal management program.

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Fisheries Report

Togiak herring opened, but the fish were just a little too green for fishermen's tastes. Icicle will have a floating processor in Norton Sound for herring this year. And, is an electronic observer in your future?

– KMXT, Kodiak (Scroll down.)

Alaskans bounced from beluga panel

Can Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists do impartial work on a team mandated to come up with a recovery plan for the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale? Apparently not without representing the state's interest or positions, said James Balsiger, the regional administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

– Homer Tribune

Commercial Puget crabbers lose in court

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee rejected the Puget Sound Commercial Crab Association's request for a temporary restraining order that would have reverted our more conservative season regulations to 2010 late this afternoon (May 13). Judge McPhee rejected the Association's challenge that the Fish and Wildlife Commission acted in a capricious and arbitrary manner in setting the new Puget Sound crab allocation ratios last October.

– Seattle Times

Smaller mesh on the Yukon

Like most commercial and subsistence fishermen on the Yukon River, Eagle resident Mike Sager will take advantage of a net exchange program meant to ease the impact of a new regulation requiring fishermen to use smaller gillnets.

– Fairbanks News Miner

More:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Net swap is next best hope to save Yukon king salmon

Natives lose in B.C. court

B.C.'s highest court has rejected an appeal by three First Nation members involved in a fishing dispute going back more than a decade.

– Canadian Press


Tuesday, May 17, 2011


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Alaska Pacific Regional Office announces the release of a new safety training and awareness video, Man Overboard: Prevention and Recovery. The new training video is designed to help prevent work-related deaths from drowning in commercial fishing.



B.C. politician fishing fine

Already in hot water over his controversial remarks about sexual orientation, designated B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins was fined $200 in Surrey Provincial Court for taking part in an illegal fishery.

– Globe and Mail, Toronto

California waits for salmon

"The big hype we heard early about the salmon season this year being good so far hasn't happened."

– Monterey County (Calif.) Herald

NOAA expose televised tonight

After a six-month investigation, Dan Rather Reports will broadcast an in-depth look at the U.S. commercial fishery tonight.

– FishUpdate.Com

Salmon in Vietnam

Vietnam proves to be a promising market for seafood from Chile, particularly for salmon and trout.


Alaska Air to stay independent

Alaska Airlines CEO Bill Ayer pilots a rarity in the airline industry – a carrier that has made it through a turbulent decade without filing for bankruptcy or merging with another airline.

– Anchorage Daily News

Portland Coast Guard open house

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland will host an open house for the public Saturday. The event will give members of the community a chance to learn about the missions of the Coast Guard through demonstrations and interactive displays including boat tours, damage control demonstrations, safety displays.

– Coast Guard

New weather buoys off Alaska coast

A new set of buoys in Alaska waters will help scientists understand how climate change may be affecting the pH level of northern seas. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) researchers placed the first buoy last month.

– Green Car Congress

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011


The U.S. Commerce Secretary ordered $650,000 in unjust fines returned to Northeast fishermen, while the nation's oceans chief apologized to the group and said restoring the money marks a turning point in their tense relationship.

– Wall Street Journal

B.C. fishery tied to the mob?

It has long been suspected in B.C. that the aboriginal fishery is a cover for operations, with possible organized crime links, that trade in salmon the way others trade in drugs.

– Globe and Mail, Toronto

Arctic fishing ban urged

A leading North American environmental group stepped up its push for an international moratorium on commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean.

– Vancouver Sun

Sporties against Pebble Mine

If you fish and have not heard of Pebble, you may have been under a rock.

– Fly Rod & Reel magazine

Interview with new Alaska fish commish

Formerly Gov. Sean Parnell's fisheries adviser Cora Campbell was appointed acting commissioner in December. She also dealt with wildlife, environmental conservation, natural resources, Arctic issues and climate change.

– Arctic Sounder

Trapped sea lions not on death list

The Oregon Fish & Wildlife began trapping sea lions below Bonneville Dam, but none of the four which climbed into cages were on a list of animals eligible to be euthanized.

– The Oregonian

Alaska oil fields called unique

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar also agreed with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, that oil and gas development in Alaska is unique, and said at a hearing in front of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that they'll be working to better coordinate the federal permitting process in Alaskan Arctic.

– Anchorage Daily News

First Copper River fish in Seattle

The first planeload of fresh Copper River salmon from Alaska arrived at Sea-Tac Airport where chefs were waiting eagerly.

– Anchorage Daily News

Copper River Flats sinking averted

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to Cordova and two good Samaritan vessels rescued a 32-foot fishing vessel – Divalu – taking on water 22 miles south of Cordova.

– Coast Guard


Thursday, May 19, 2011


Rivers and tributaries of Bristol Bay, home of the world's largest run of wild sockeye salmon, have been added to the list of America's most endangered rivers, in a report issued by the group America Rivers.

– Seward Phoenix Log

Managers: B.C. Natives 'out of control'

Aboriginal fisheries on the lower Fraser River are "out of control" and vast amounts of salmon supposed to go strictly for food, social and ceremonial purposes are instead sold on the black market.

– Surrey (B.C.) Leader

Court: B.C. Natives may sell fish

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld the right of aboriginal groups to take part in the commercial fishery and sell what they catch, except for a specialized commercial clam fishery.

– Canadian Press

Alaska trawl surveys begin

Alaska Fisheries Science Center has just launched its biennial comprehensive survey in the Gulf of Alaska, during which National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers will help determine the next catch rates.

– Juneau Empire

Editorial: Time for NOAA criminal probe

The fishermen and other waterfront business owners have been criminally victimized by a wing of their own government. And "sorry" isn't going to cut it, even while NOAA throws money at the problem to boot. Let a full criminal investigation begin. It's long overdue.

– A front page editorial in the Gloucester (Mass.) Times

Bodies retrieved from Cook Inlet

The U.S. Coast Guard found the bodies of two missing clam diggers near a beach on the west side of Cook Inlet, raising the death toll to five after a commercial clamming skiff disappeared.

– Anchorage Daily News

New B.C. salmon farm proposed

A major new salmon farm is being proposed for Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve in British Columbia.

– FishNewsEU

After disasters, Japan recession

Japan's economy shrank in the first quarter, veering back into recession as factory production and consumer spending wilted in the aftermath of March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

– The Coos Bay World

Fisherman retains port seat

Port of Astoria Commissioner Bill Hunsinger retained his seat in Tuesday's election.

– The Daily Astorian


Friday, May 20, 2011


The Environmental Protection Agency continues to post the monitoring data on radionuclides in air, precipitation, milk and drinking water. The good news is there's no news.

– The Oregonian


No price bump for squid

When the squid season began April 1, local fishermen held back in hopes of pressuring processors to bump the price of calamari from $500 to $600 per ton.

– Montery County (Calif.) Weekly

Copper River starting strong

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says the Copper River salmon catch is off to a strong start.

– Anchorage Daily News


Vessel burns in Kodiak

The fishing vessel Family Pride was damaged by fire and smoke in Fuller's Boatyard when welding work on the outside of the vessel spread fire to an inside berthing area and up the wheelhouse.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

Alaska Fisheries Report

Seattle Mariner's baseball legend Jay Buhner is thrilled that Copper River salmon is open, fishy haiku, and fish tales on stage this weekend in Juneau.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Dragger dings ocean observatory

A wayward fishing trawler has knocked out a key section of the $100-million Neptune Canada observatory on the sea floor off Vancouver Island.

– Victoria Times Colonist


Invasive zebra mussel in Oregon

The Medford Mail Tribune reports a state boat inspection crew found the first non-native zebra mussels at a checkpoint near Ashland.

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

Memorial fund founded for clamdiggers

The Pacific Seafood Group has created a memorial fund account to assist the families of the deceased clam diggers in Alaska.

– Pacific Seafood

Quake hurts Japan aquaculture

Japan's aquaculture industry suffered over JP¥100 billion ($1.22 billion U.S.) in damage – roughly a quarter of its 2009 annual output – resulting from the devastation of the March 11 magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami.

– FishNewsEU

Alaska local coastal program ends

The state's politicians couldn't manage to come up with an agreement to keep the Coastal Zone Management Program going.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Alexandra Gutierrez, reporting for KUCB, Unalaska

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