Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day holiday.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Harvesting overfished fish

The fact is that we can harvest a certain fraction of a fish population that has been overfished, if we allow for the natural processes of birth and growth to replace what we take from the ocean and to rebuild the stock.

– Ray Hilborn, writing in New York Times

EPA hasn't overreached

The agency came in response to a mayday from Alaska Native tribes, a regional Native corporation, commercial fishermen, and a boatload of other Alaskans from across the state.

– Anchorage Daily News

Deadly Dungeness fishery

People in the fishing industry have a higher chance dying on the job than any other industry tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

– Tillamook Headlight-Herald

No good news on Yukon River

Yukon River king salmon fishermen hoping for a change from last year’s dismal returns are getting bad news.

– Juneau Empire

Nice price on Copper River

The price for reds ranged from $2.10 to $2.25 a pound, with one processor offering more.

– Alaska Dispatch

Saving four people

The Coast Guard rescued four people from an 18-foot skiff 23 miles northwest of Port Heiden.

– Coast Guard

Saving five people

The Coast Guard rescued five crewmembers from the 55-foot fishing tender St. Joseph 52 miles southeast of Cordova Friday night.

– Coast Guard

Togiak fishery partly finished

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game shut down one part of the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery Monday night.

– KDLA, Dillingham

Gag rule about salmon farm diseases

The objective is to stifle loose talk about possible epidemics.

– Victoria Times Colonist

More about salmon farm disease

A deadly fish virus has been detected in Washington state waters for the first time, forcing a fish farm to kill its entire stock of Atlantic salmon.

– Seattle Times

B.C.’s anti-net pen crusader

Alexandra Morton, bane of North America's salmon farms, runs a hand over tired eyes and awaits a confrontation.

– Seattle Times


Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Four years ago, Rat Island's namesake rodents were eradicated. Now, the name is being done away with as well.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Acidification happening now

After years of suspicion, this was the smoking gun demonstrating that acidification has real damaging effects on commercial fisheries and that they are happening not 100 years from now but as we speak.

– Vancouver Sun

Testify about Pebble on Thursday

We hope to see you at the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Public Hearing in Seattle this Thursday. This is the only hearing regarding the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment in the lower-48, ergo, it is crucial that you attend and express your views regarding the potential impacts on the Bay's salmon fishery from Pebble and other large-scale mineral development projects. Please participate in the public process and speak for Bristol Bay.

– Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay

More on Pebble

The project is also a bad financial investment.

– Huffington Post

Foes emerge to Canadian fisheries plan

Four former federal fisheries ministers and B.C. aboriginal leaders are adding their voices to a groundswell of opposition to proposed Fisheries Act amendments and dissatisfaction with a lack of consultation with First Nations and other interest groups.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Toxin found in Cal fish

New findings from the first statewide study of contaminants in fish caught off the California coast show that methylmercury, a toxin that damages the nervous system of humans, was found in high concentrations in more than a third of the locations that researchers sampled.

– Eureka Times Standard

CG rescues three

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people from an overturned fishing vessel near Winchester Bay.

– Coos Bay World

Global glut of farmed salmon

Figures released by The Scottish Salmon Co. show that the prices fetched by salmon harvested in the first quarter of the year have been adversely affected by high levels of global production.

– FishNewsEU

Reduce halibut bycatch

However, the state of the halibut stocks in the Gulf of Alaska has been waving a big red flag in our faces.

– Juneau Empire

Guv signs loan fund increase

The bill hopes to increase Alaskan participation in Alaskan fisheries by enabling a larger number of state residents to purchase limited entry commercial fishing permits.

– Alaska Native News


Thursday, May 31, 2012


Something never before seen in human history has occurred at the end of each Arctic summer for the past five years: open water in up to 40 percent of the international portion of the central Arctic Ocean.

– Calgary Herald

Building on 'salmon sanctuaries'

Perhaps no region is more threatened than the trans-boundary watersheds of northwest British Columbia and Southeast Alaska.

– Vancouver Sun

A lot of salmon waiting

This summer's ocean salmon fishing season could be a memorable one.

– Tacoma News Tribune

Oregon fishermen against Pebble

"They put that mine in and it's going to be the worst thing for Bristol Bay."

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

Testify today against Pebble

Washington fishermen who oppose a proposed mine in Alaska are having their say at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing Thursday in Seattle.

– KING 5

Canadians not pleased with Yukon run

Fisheries biologists in Alaska are predicting another dismal king salmon run on the Yukon River.


You're competing with old Soviets

This experiment with biodiversity has had a string of economic, environmental and social effects on the fishing communities of the Barents Sea.

– Moscow Times

Prof wants some info

If you have ever fished commercially out of Kodiak, there's a chance you may have already gotten a University of Alaska survey in the mail – or soon will.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Frustration over Klamath deal

Frustrated that a deal to remove a string of hydroelectric dams from the Klamath River in Northern California has stalled, the Hoopa Tribe has petitioned federal authorities to restart the bureaucratic process in hopes it will get the dams out of the river more quickly.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Trading fish for crack

A former deliveryman for a Northern California seafood company is facing two-and-a-half years in prison for exchanging a load of fish for crack cocaine and abandoning his employer's truck.

– San Francisco Chronicle


Friday, June 1, 2012


Four bills, including a gag law on animal disease outbreaks, didn't make the cut Thursday and were pushed off to an unknown future.

– Victoria Times Colonist


New fishmeal plant for Naknek

The Planning Commission for the Bristol Bay Borough held a public meeting about a proposal put forward by Trident Seafood's to build a large fishmeal plant in Naknek.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Keep killing Columbia sea lions

A federal judge has rejected a request to halt the killing of California sea lions that eat protected salmon at Oregon's Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.

– Daily Astorian

No need for Pebble Mine

"We have managed just fine for the past 10,000 years without them," said Christina Salmon, a native of the Bristol Bay region, who said the proposed mine threatened her way of life.

– Seattle Times

Minister defends new fisheries act

The four former federal fisheries ministers from B.C. who wrote a joint letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper condemning changes to the Fisheries Act don't appear to have read the legislation, Environment Minister Peter Kent said Thursday.

– Vancouver Sun

Hatchery lease by processor halted

A seafood company won't lease the state-owned Puyallup Trout Hatchery on Clarks Creek – at least not anytime soon.

– Bellingham Herald

Final flight over Togiak herring

On Thursday morning, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game flew their final survey flight of the Togiak herring fishery for this season.

– KDLG, Dillingham

SE Chinook weak

Chinook salmon runs to the Stikine and Taku rivers are coming in well below forecast.

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

Acidification smoking gun

After years of suspicion, this was the smoking gun demonstrating that acidification has real damaging effects on commercial fisheries and that they are happening not 100 years from now but as we speak.

– Vancouver Sun

Newsletter says goodbye

"All good things must come to an end and that time has come for Seafood Trend. I am closing down the newsletter. The last issue, dated May 28, is the final one for Seafood Trend."

– Former Pacific Fishing editor Ken Talley announcing that he is retiring and will end his market-reporting newsletter, Seafood Trend.

Big move against halibut bycatch

More than 1,500 commercial fishermen, sport fishermen, subsistence harvesters, Alaskan residents, families and other halibut stakeholders are calling for action to reduce waste of halibut as bycatch.

– Alaska Marine Conservation Council

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, outlook, outlook, outlook, recap. Also, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is headed towards Kodiak, and a Fairbanks professor wants to know what fishermen think of their careers and community.

– KMXT, Kodiak


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