Monday, May 24, 2010

Letter: Don't buy SE Alaska Dungeness crab

Please do not participate in the sale or purchase of Dungeness Crab caught by commercial fisherman during the summer in Southeast Alaska.

– Lloyd Gossman, writing to SitNews, Ketchikan.

Forget Europe markets, switch back to Japan

Whether it's fish or timber, oil or minerals, people around the world are aggressively selling into the same markets as Alaska. And for seafood, world currencies  –  which play a big role in sales – are topsy-turvy from one year ago.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in the Anchorage Daily News

Another prognostication of fishery’s end

The UN's top environment official has echoed warnings that commercial fishing could be destroyed within 50 years.



Charleston Memorial Day to honor the fleet

Memorial Day activities in Charleston will include the annual blessing of the fleet and memorial service. The service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31, at the Charleston Fisherman's Memorial Garden, near the Charleston Marina boat launch.

– Coos Bay World


Coast Guard: Togiak mariner rescued

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew conducted a medevac of a 24-year-old crewman from the 338-foot tender Alaska Packer in Togiak Bay 300 miles northwest of Kodiak Friday.
– Coast Guard press release


Coast Guard: Imperiled Oregon fishing boat

The Coast Guard assisted a fishing vessel taking on water approximately 10 miles west of Depoe Bay, Ore., Saturday.

– Coast Guard press release


Coast Guard: Alaska boat voyage terminated

The Coast Guard Cutter Hickory terminated the voyage of the 43-foot Homer-based commercial fishing vessel Ambition due to safety issues following a boarding nine miles off of Sand Point Thursday.

– Coast Guard press release


Coast Guard: Columbia River grounding

The Coast Guard responded to a 648-foot container ship aground in the Columbia River near Kalama, Wash., Sunday.

– Coast Guard press release



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Exchange rates vital in selling our seafood

Alaska seafood competes in a tough global market, and currency values in other countries play a big role in customer sales.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, reporting in FishFactor


Salmon doomed because of B.C. ‘cowardice’

At least as important as the science is the complete lack of political will to tackle head-on the continuing decline of B.C.'s iconic fish species.

– John Fryer, writing in the Vancouver Sun

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Krill abound off California

Krill, a small shrimp-like crustacean and one of the linchpins in the marine food chain, are back in vast swarms off the Bay Area coast. It was their disappearance four years ago that led scientists to predict a collapse of salmon, which then was compounded by losses of juvenile fish at water pumps.

– San Francisco Chronicle


Cookbooks mirror Northwest fisheries

“We ate stewed clams and clam chowders and all manner of oysters: creamed oysters on toast, oysters in a chafing dish, pan-roasted oysters, broiled oysters on toast, oyster soups, oyster omelets and a rice-and-tomato-based concoction dubbed ‘a substantial oyster dish.’”

– Seattle Times


Fisheries disaster proclaimed in Gulf

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Monday declared a fishery disaster in the Gulf of Mexico because of the economic impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on fisheries in the region.



Lawyers arrive with the oil

Southeast Louisiana's mostly grounded, commercial fishermen say they've been approached by lawyers since the BP oil spill but some of them are reluctant to participate in lawsuits so early in the disaster.

– The Louisiana Weekly


Governments aren’t policing high-seas fishing

As the United Nations meets to discuss the state of high seas fisheries management, two independent, peer-reviewed studies reveal that ineffective international management is undermining the future of high seas fisheries, fish populations and the health of marine ecosystems.

– PR NewsWire


Help wanted

Pacific Fishing columnist Anne Hillman in Unalaska has been promoted to manage the public radio and television stations there. That means she won’t have time to file monthly columns for Pacific Fishing.

So, we’re looking for a new columnist to report about Dutch Harbor.

If you know of someone who might be interested, send an e-mail to



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

‘Deadliest Catch’ skipper wants to dance

Captain Sig Hansen of "Deadliest Catch" fame aims to take his sea legs to another TV reality show: “Dancing with the Stars.”

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in Fish Factor


Report: Coho should stay on threatened list

Oregon coastal coho salmon remain at moderate risk of extinction from the continued decline of habitat in the rivers where it begins and ends its life, and should stay on the threatened species list, federal biologists said Tuesday.

– Business Week


Salmon net pens to be moved in Puget Sound

Net pens used for rearing Atlantic salmon near Fort Ward on Bainbridge Island will be relocated across Rich Passage to Clam Bay near Manchester.

– Klitsap Sun


Fishermen say oil makes them sick

Some Louisiana fishermen affected by the massive oil spill in the Gulf — including some hired by BP to help in the cleanup — are reporting cases of debilitating headaches, burning eyes and nausea, and some industry and public officials are pointing the finger at chemical dispersants as the cause.

– Fox News


Ocean trash: Oyster farm rope

Season after season, one of the many kinds of plastic trash that beach cleaners find is short lengths of three-strand yellow polypropylene rope. In a typical beach clean-up day, people will pick up thousands of pieces, most less than 18 inches long.

– Chinook Observer


Ocean trash: California toilets

Over 300 discarded toilets, along with other unusual garbage, have been discovered at a reef off California's Malibu coast that is populated by fish, lobsters and sea urchins.



Togiak winding down after better harvest

The big Togiak herring sac roe fishery is all but done for 2010.

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


Hake plant to open in B.C.

A local fish-processing plant will open this year despite rumours stating otherwise, says Ucluelet’s mayor.

– WestCoaster


California farmers win one in court

Central California farmers won more water for their parched fields Tuesday when a federal judge temporarily loosened pumping limits meant to protect native salmon.

– San Francisco Chronicle


Thursday, May 27, 2010

More Exxon Valdez money in pipeline

As followers of this blog know, lawyers for plaintiffs in the epic Exxon Valdez oil spill case have been laboriously paying out the winnings since late 2008.

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


Shell smoothes worries about Alaska drilling

Shell Oil, hoping to put distance between the oil gushing from a BP rig into the Gulf of Mexico and its own pending Arctic project, sent a top executive and engineer to Capitol Hill this week to convince decision-makers that the company still be allowed to drill exploratory wells off Alaska's northern coast.

– Anchorage Daily News

What about B.C. oil plan?

Even as the world watches the Gulf of Mexico with growing horror, the Canadian government is pursuing a major oil pipeline/supertanker project that puts us at risk of our own made-in-B.C. disaster.

– MP Nathan Cullen, writing in the Victoria Times Colonist

Kodiak disagrees with fish rep focus

The Kodiak City Council doesn’t agree with how the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) representative has been used by the Kodiak Island Borough. – Kodiak Daily Mirror

– San Francisco Chronicle

Is farmed fish organic?

A couple of years back, there was an effort by our state congressional delegation to secure "organic" classification for wild Alaskan salmon. This effort was unsuccessful, largely due to the argument that wild salmon feed out in the waters and their food cannot be controlled or monitored.

– Izetta Chambers, Bristol Bay MAP agent, writing in the Bristol Bay Times

Salmon prices heading higher

Reports coming out of Japan say sales prices for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon are likely to start at around 600 yen per kilo in Japan, compared to about 575 yen last year. In dollars and pounds, that equals just over $3 per pound at wholesale, up from $2.88 a pound in 2009. The current price of Bristol Bay sockeye in Japan is $3.36 a pound for 4-6 pounders.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, reporting on Fish Radio


Friday, May 28, 2010

Fishing is fine – in Alaska

There was a time when California's coastline bristled with fishing boats hauling up salmon and other fish by the millions, filling processing plants that employed thousands of people who turned the slippery captives into canned tasties.

– San Francisco Chronicle


Alaska delegation blasts drilling moratorium

Alaska's congressional delegation on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama's decision to delay offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, saying the move will cause more delays and could have big economic consequences.

– Juneau Empire


Shell vows to stay in Alaska

Shell Oil said it has no plans to leave Alaska, despite the Obama administration's decision Thursday to postpone until at least next year the company's exploratory drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

– Anchorage Daily News

Editorial: Help Oregon coho now

After falling far down the list of public priorities, the prospective return of fisherman/governor John Kitzhaber gives fresh impetus to the Oregon coastal coho restoration.

– The Daily Astorian

Judge’s rule endangers Sacramento salmon

West Coast fishermen, shut out of fishing for the past two years altogether and granted a 2010 commercial fishery so tiny that most will simply sit it out, fear that a Tuesday night ruling by Fresno-based judge Oliver Wanger could be a serious disaster for the Sacramento River’s fall-run chinook (‘king’) salmon resource.

– Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations press release

See you on Tuesday
We’ll be observing the long Memorial Day weekend. Fish Wrap will next appear on Tuesday, June 1.
Have a peaceful holiday.


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