Tuesday, May 28, 2013


The Obama administration must put a stop to this exploitative and misguided scheme.

– Robert Redford in the Los Angeles Times

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God or government?

A hot debate is going on in Alaska over whether the religious rights of Native Alaskans are more important than state salmon fishing rules in light of a recent case in which a judge ruled that the needs of salmon trumps everyone's and anyone's religious rights.

– God Discussion

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Money for hurricane fishermen

Eligible businesses will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to cover uncompensated losses.

– Patch.com

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Fish seeking cooler waters

Fish and other sea life have been heading toward the Earth’s poles for more than three decades.

– Richmond (Virginia) Times Dispatch

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B.C. lice count published

The sea lice count numbers for British Columbia in April show levels in the Okisollo/Hoskyn Channel area continue to be below the threshold for treatment as required by regulation.

– FishNewsEU

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High processing wages

Coastal Villages Seafood will pay $10 an hour for new employees.

– KDLG, Dillingham

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CDQ buys marketer

Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association is buying Cannon Fish Co., a Seattle-based processing and marketing company.

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

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Anti-Pebble ads

Recently the mine has sparked campaigns focused on people in the lower 48 states.

– KDLG, Dillingham

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013


How that "value chain" has paid out in the past few years shows some nice gains for Alaska fishermen and processors.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in SitNews, Ketchikan

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Land fish farms don't work

Government says there have been numerous attempts to farm Atlantic salmon in fully enclosed inland facilities, but they have proven not to be economically, environmentally, or technically viable.

– VOCM, Newfoundland

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Cleaning up Alaska

The Alaska Marine Stewardship Foundation announced that it will be conducting eight marine debris cleanup projects throughout Alaska this season with several of the cleanup projects located in Southeast.

– Sitnews, Ketchikan

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Gillnetters on the Columbia

Gillnetters will be working the lower Columbia River from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday. The estimated catch is 300 adult spring Chinook.

– The (Longview) Daily News

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Tribes oppose coal exports

The tribes took this strong stand, voicing unified opposition against investors and the large transporters and exporters of fossil fuel energy.

– North Country Outlook, Marysville, Wash.

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Mining the Stikine

Environmental groups are trying to raise awareness about plans for new, open-pit mining operations in the Stikine river region of British Columbia.
– KFSK, Petersburg

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Volcano update

Scientists are now able to monitor two remote volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula after equipment came back to life this spring.

– KDLG, Dillingham

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Jet service for Adak

Alaska Airlines was the only company that responded to a recent request from the federal Department of Transportation for bids on the community's Essential Air Service contract, and they've agreed to commit for two years.

– KUBC, Unalaska

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Thursday, May 30, 2013


This year marks the first in which wild-caught red king crab broodstock from Kodiak have been successfully used for larvae rearing.

– Sea Grant

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Saving Kuskokwim kings

"Since about 68 percent of their Chinook salmon are bound for the river systems in Western Alaska, why can't the bycatch – if it numbers 50,000 or even 20,000 – be reduced by 68 percent to allow for salmon to return to the river systems?”

– Alaska Dispatch

More: www.alaskadispatch.com

Seldovia’s wild days

Exhibits call to mind Seldovia’s booming salmon, crab, clam, shrimp, and herring industry offering employment for hundreds of people and drawing fishermen and their families to the area.

– Homer News

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New look at Bristol Bay

Freelance photographer Carl Johnson hopes to raise $20,000 through the crowd-funding site to help tell the story of Bristol Bay through photos.

– KDLG, Dillingham

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Protecting European fish

North Sea stocks of cod, the emblematic fish in the Atlantic EU waters, have declined by roughly 75 percent over three decades and special campaigns to revive the species have long struggled.

– Anchorage Daily News

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New at Sea Grant

Paula Cullenberg will be the new director of Alaska Sea Grant, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, starting in July.

– University of Alaska

More: seagrant.uaf.edu

Grant for gear monitor

Homer-based North Pacific Fisheries Association has received a $147,400 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Fisheries Innovation Fund grant for a two-year project to use electronic monitoring in the pot and longline cod fisheries.

– Homer News

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Inland salmon farming

The floating, open-ocean net pens that produce billions of pounds of artificially colored salmon per year also generate inevitable pollution, disease and parasites.

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

More: opb.org


Thursday, May 30, 2013


We occasionally get calls from Hollywood producers who want to create a new, utterly original reality series. The “original” reality involves – wait for it! – commercial fishing in Alaska. That’s why they call.

The latest producer assistant-type got in touch a couple of days ago. We thought we’d let him make his pitch to you. Let us know (donmcmanman@gmail.com) what happens:

“Skip Film, a TV production company, is looking for boats going after unique types of fish that are challenging to catch and not seen on TV before, crews fishing dangerous, remote grounds and crew members who are authentic but also colorful and fun to watch. If interested, call/text Donovan at 818.438.8290 or email him at djacobs7@socal.rr.com.”

Bringing Chinook home

Researchers say the fish are currently unable to get a fix on their native streams, so they get lost on their way back during the spawning season.

– Field and Stream

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Obama and Pebble

It may be one of the most important environmental decisions the president faces in his second term.

– Washington Post

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Golden king crab plentiful

An experiment by Alaska crabbers and scientists has confirmed that golden king crab stocks around the Aleutian Islands are not only stable, they are thriving.

– TheFishSite

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Dipnetters off Copper River

The first opening for that Alaska food fishery, originally set for June 7-9, has been cancelled for a lack of fish.

– Alaska Dispatch

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Blame the weather

Unusually late breakup on the Copper and recent soaring temperatures are combining to create conditions that fish don’t like.

– Alaska Public Media

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Think of fishing jobs

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider the livelihoods of Southwest Washington fishermen in its decisions on an Alaska mining proposal that opponents say would damage the world’s most productive salmon fishery.

– Longview (Wash.) Daily News

More: tdn.com

Tear down Klamath dams

About 100 supporters of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreements rallied today outside the office of Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Oregon, arguing that getting Klamath River dam removal and $800 million of restoration work through Congress is the best way to end one of the nation's most stubborn water battles.

– The Oregonian

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Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week: Togiak herring wrapped up, cannery workers in Platinum will be making bank this summer, and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is set to make a final decision on Gulf King bycatch. All that, and yes, more fish-smuggling in the news – at least this time it wasn’t in their pants.

– KMXT, Kodiak

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Pebble economic report

The Pebble Limited Partnership has released a new study that seeks to define the potential economic and employment contributions of the proposed Pebble Mine.

– KDLG, Dillingham

More: kdlg.org


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