Monday, June 2, 2014


Now, a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds this method is also resulting in long-term, far-reaching consequences in the deeper ocean and beyond.
–, Menlo Park, Calif.


Food prices higher

World food prices rose in the first quarter of the year for the first time since their all-time high in August 2012, driven by rising demand in China, drought in the United States and unrest in Ukraine.

– China Post

Poachers, polluters, and politics

Nelson accrued many honors and accolades throughout his 35 years serving and protecting British Columbia's marine creatures from poachers and polluters, both for his approach to the job and his efforts to resolve resource management disputes between the government and First Nations.

– The Tyee, British Columbia

State wants into Pebble case

The group behind the mine, Pebble Limited Partnership, sued last week, alleging EPA had exceeded its authority by initiating a process that could result in development being prohibited or restricted.

– KTOO, Juneau

Bristol Bay Report

This report includes stories about the effort to reauthorize the Magnuson Stevens Act, Silver Bay Seafood's entering the Bristol Bay sockeye fishery, the upcoming Coast Guard safety inspections and the death of veteran commercial fisheries journalist Bob Tkacz.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Obama cuts acidification pollution

The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.

– China Post

Chukchi Sea oil drilling

The agency overseeing oil leasing in federal waters, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, has an aggressive schedule for completing a supplemental environmental impact statement for the lucrative and controversial Chukchi Sea lease sale held six years ago.

– EyeOnTheArctic, Canada

Ethics of eating farm fish

But in reality 50 percent of the world's wild caught fish are fed to other animals, including farmed fish.

– The Guardian, U.K.

Alaska Fisheries Report

The feds have firmed up their position on the Western Steller sea lions, as the first kings hit the Kuskokwim, communities have decided how to divvy up federal disaster funds, and a former Kodiak biologist releases the definitive guide to king crab.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Community –supported seafood

New Hampshire Community Seafood (NHCS) is a cooperative of fishermen and consumers who've joined together to protect the ocean, sustain New Hampshire's fishing industry, and support the local economy.

– New Hampshire Union Leader

Pot farms kill salmon

Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California's coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say — an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows.

– Anchorage Daily News


Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Amy Balcome, an almost naked PETA activist, was drizzled with barbecue sauce on a giant plate in downtown Vancouver Friday, asking people to "Try to Relate to Who is on Your Plate."

– CBC, Vancouver


King forecast disappointing

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says western Alaska fishermen hoping for improved king salmon runs in 2014 will be disappointed again.

– Anchorage Daily News

Calls for seal kill

Simon Porter said that only three out of 150 monkfish from his last catch were fit for sale because seals had been at them.

– (U.K.)

Seal bites man

He sustained a "humongous" bite and went into surgery straight after the attack. 

– Radio New Zealand

Terns gobbling smolt

The largest inland colony of Caspian terns in the West is taking a big bite out of endangered fish runs in the upper Columbia River.

– Daily Astorian

Canada drags heels

Canada has been "dragging its heels" on commitments to create marine protected areas and ranks last on the list of countries with the longest coastlines in terms of the amount of ocean where human activity has been restricted to preserve biodiversity.

– Globe and Mail, Toronto

Sockeye for dipnetters

Good news for dipnetters: A strong, early push of red salmon in the Copper River has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to open the Chitina dipnet fishery ahead of its normal June 10 start while adding BONUS fish to the catch.

– Anchorage Daily News

Aleutian pollock fishing

A 2004 federal law granted the Aleut Corp., landlord on far-flung Adak Island, exclusive and lucrative rights to harvest Aleutians pollock.

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

B.C. oil plan flawed

The 300 scientists from across Canada and around the world say the JRP's recommendation to approve the proposed pipeline from the oil sands in Alberta to the North Coast of B.C. was based on a "flawed analysis of the risks and benefits to B.C.'s environment and society."

– CBC News

Community – supported seafood

New Hampshire Community Seafood (NHCS) is a cooperative of fishermen and consumers who've joined together to protect the ocean, sustain New Hampshire's fishing industry, and support the local economy.

– New Hampshire Union Leader

Greenpeace defeated in Arctic

Greenpeace efforts to stop the northernmost oil prospect in the world failed after a standoff in the Barents Sea ultimately led to removal of the organization's ship Esperanza by the Norwegian coast guard on Friday.
– Barents Observer, Norway


Wednesday, June 4, 2014


The most diverse, complex fishery ever to enter assessment against the MSC standard anywhere in the world today was awarded MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery, following an independent, scientific assessment and significant stakeholder involvement.


Norton Sound crab disagreement

The Council's scientific and statistical committee heard reports on red king crab in the Sound, and "from what we heard … it's a declining abundance."

– KNOM, Nome

Gillnets on the Columbia

Twelve hours of gillnetting is scheduled beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the lower Columbia River.

– Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian

Fishing is dangerous

Like Canada, commercial fishing tops the list of most fatalities, following by mining, road train drivers.

– HC Online, Australia

Selling fish to China

The free trade agreement (FTA) will likely see more European seafood being directed through Iceland to avail of the cheaper trade with China where consumption of all categories of North Atlantic seafood is rising.

– Seafood Source

Fish pirate seized

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau transferred custody of the fishing vessel Yin Yuan, a 191-foot fishing vessel seized 625 miles east of Tokyo, Japan in the North Pacific Ocean, for large-scale high seas drift net fishing, to the China coast guard vessel 2102 on Tuesday in the East China Sea.

– Coast Guard

Japan market disappearing

The government said Wednesday the number of births fell to a record low of 1,029,800 in 2013, causing the population to plunge at its fastest rate yet.

– Japan Times

Port Moller sockeye count

As we do every year, we will be posting Port Moller test fishing data throughout the 2014 testing period, which runs from June 10th to July 10th.

Another Alaskan volcano

Pavlof Volcano is erupting on the Alaska Peninsula, sending a haze of ash out above nearby towns.

– Alaska Public Media

Kodiak salmon openers

Kodiak Commercial Fisheries Management Biologist James Jackson said there will be a series of salmon openers starting at noon.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Southeast earthquake

Haines police reports no calls when it struck, but in Skagway, police dispatcher Willeke Burnham say she received a couple.

– KTOO, Juneau

Wrangell opens new lift

A 98-foot fish-packer out of Ketchikan was the first to be hauled out of the water.

– KTOO, Juneau


Thursday, June 5, 2014


There are rumblings that former Governor and VP candidate Sarah Palin might take on Mark Begich (D-AK) in 2014. Do you think this is a good idea?

– Anchorage Daily News

Greens issue fishing report

The report examines the issues around food web disruption by exploring specific case studies such as Antarctic krill, wild Pacific salmon, forage fish, and others to illustrate the problems and potential solutions.


Magnuson rewrite finds foes

The recreational fishing and boating community is expressing collective disappointment after a saltwater fishing bill in the U.S. House of Representatives failed to address the community's top priorities.


Tuna take higher

First-quarter output of skipjack tuna held ground in the first quarter, showing the only gain in volume amid an overall downturn for the fisheries sector.


Chilian company leaves U.S.

Chilean salmon producer Australis Seafoods said it has sold its entire 50 percent stake in True Salmon Pacific Holding (TSP), a salmonids marketing venture in the U.S.

– Undercurrent News

Labeling of frankenfish

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee last week passed the bipartisan Murkowski-Begich amendment requiring that consumers be advised of what they are buying.

– Capitol City Weekly, Sacramento

Cook Inlet driller bankrupt

Buccaneer, owned by Australia's Buccaneer Energy Ltd., filed for bankruptcy protection Saturday in Texas, where its U.S. operations are headquartered.

– EyeOnTheActic, Canada

Road-ies sue feds

Tribes, local governments, and residents from the King Cove region are suing federal officials for denying them the right to build a road through a wildlife refuge.

– Alaska Public Media

Volcano blows, flights cancelled

Local flights were grounded on the Alaska Peninsula on Wednesday, as Pavlof Volcano continued to erupt.

– Alaska Public Media

Ammonia leaks, fisherman dies

A refrigeration leak aboard a fishing vessel in St. Herman Harbor left one fisherman hospitalized and another dead yesterday.
– KMXT, Kodiak

Nushagak gear restrictions

Commercial fishermen who plan to fish the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District might want to prepare for a possible gear restriction intended to protect returning Nushagak River sockeye.

– KDLG, Dillingham


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