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Summary for June 8, 2009 - June 12, 2009:

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hake trawl fishery close to sustainability certification

The B.C. commercial hake trawl fishery could be days away from securing the Marine Stewardship Council’s first sustainability certification for a fish stock on Canada's Pacific coast.

Certification by the council, an arms-length body based in London, England, is an important economic tool because it assures the marketplace that B.C. hake is sustainably caught.

— Vancouver Sun

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Opilio TACs could be slashed

Opilio crab TACs might be drastically lowered this year - from 58.6 million pounds last season to as low as 9.4 million pounds. This is the recommendation of the crab plan team, which advises the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game on setting the total allowable catches for the crab fisheries.

— KUCB News, Unalaska

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Condit Dam removal plan moves ahead

State environmental regulators raised no serious concerns about mercury-laden sediment causing long-term problems when PacifiCorp removes Condit Dam from the White Salmon River.

The new assessment could clear the way for the Portland-based utility to remove the 125-foot-tall dam as soon as October 2010, restoring as much as 32 miles of upstream river and tributary habitat for salmon and steelhead blocked by the concrete edifice since 1913.

— The Columbian

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Movie outlines bad fisheries management

The End of the Line looks to be the biggest environmental film since An Inconvenient Truth.

Taking the role of Al Gore in explaining a problem that is well known to scientists but has yet to hit the mainstream, Charles Clover, a former Daily Telegraph journalist, outlines the threat to the oceans. 

The Telegraph, U.K.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Boat found aground near Sitka, dead man at wheel

The Coast Guard today responded to a grounded fishing vessel with deceased captain on board about 67 miles southeast of Sitka.

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka launched a MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter after Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center received a call from the fishing vessel C'est La Vie reporting Allman Joy, a 36-foot fishing vessel from Port Angeles, Wash., hard aground and the captain unresponsive near Gedney Harbor at 7:51 a.m.

— Wesley Loy, Deck Boss

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Klamath Dam removal plan delayed

The landmark deal to tear down four dams on the Klamath River has hit a small snag.

Ethan Lindsey reports the regional agreement to share water and resources has been delayed. -- Oregon Public Broadcasting

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World Fishing Exhibition to be held Sept. 16-19 in Spain

The world's largest and most influential commercial fishing and aquaculture event, the World Fishing Exhibition (WFE), will take place Sept. 16-19, 2009.

Held only once every six years in Vigo, Spain – which is the biggest fresh and frozen fish landing port in Europe – WFE is more than an international showcase of the latest technology of the fisheries and aquaculture industries; it creates a platform for the sector to come together to discuss the future of the commercial fishing and aquaculture industries

— Nova News Now

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How to create oral history of fishing towns

A new handbook published online by NOAA Fisheries Service gives teachers, community groups, and the public a detailed roadmap of how to design and conduct oral history projects that celebrate the people, history and culture of our nation's coastal fishing communities.

The handbook includes sections on how to start projects, build community partnerships and integrate projects into existing curricula, among other topics.

– NOAA news release

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California Sea Grant researchers find mercury in groundwater flows

For the first time, scientists detect a highly toxic form of mercury in groundwater flows at two coastal sites in California.

The UC Santa Cruz researchers who led the NOAA California Sea Grant-funded project believe these flows represent a significant and previously overlooked source of mercury in the nearshore marine environment.

— California Sea Grant press release

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

NOAA chief promotes catch shares

National oceans and fishing administrator Jane Lubchenco yesterday promoted "catch shares," the commodification of wild stock into negotiable rights, as the key to healthy future fisheries.

The topic and system of fishery management is at the top of the working agenda — at different stages of implementation and for different reasons — in both New England and Alaska.

-- The Gloucester Daily Times

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Commercial fisherman hooks F-15 missile in Florida

A commercial fisherman unveiled a curious catch when he returned from an expedition through the Gulf of Mexico this week: A corroded missile that had been fired from an F-15 fighter jet.

Seattle Times

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International demand for BC farmed salmon growing, but locals
prefer wild

BC.'s farmed salmon industry can't keep up with the growing demand for its product, particularly in the U.S., and it's not expected to meet the need anytime soon, but local demand is another matter.

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Experts weigh in on how consumers choose their seafood

It’s been more than 20 years since conservationists pushed tuna fleets to stop using fishing methods that killed tens of thousands of dolphins a year. Since then, choices for seafood-eating consumers have become more complex and confusing.

The New York Times

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Coast Guard saves Alaska boat from sinking

A Coast Guard cutter from Port Angeles prevented a fishing vessel from sinking Wednesday night in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where it was taking on water.

The Coast Guard says a rescue team controlled the flooding on the 57-foot vessel and the cutter towed it to Port Townsend for repairs.

The vessel Zealot, based in Ketchikan, Alaska, had three people on board. There were no injuries. – Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News

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Alaska whale boom means more entanglement problems

With the Pacific population of humpback whales growing at seven percent annually, mariners can expect more encounters with the giant mammals.

Capital City Weekly

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Copper River sport fish limit cut

A lagging Copper River king salmon run has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to cut the annual sport fish limit on that river in half, to two fish at least 20 inches long.

– Anchorage Daily News

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The man behind the Pebble Mine opposition campaign

For years, a wealthy Alaska businessman who funded opposition to the proposed Pebble mine has shunned the spotlight.

– Anchorage Daily News

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Dead man aboard beached troller identified

Troopers believe Frederick Washburn, who was found dead yesterday on his beached fishing vessel Allman Joy, had been out trolling alone for salmon, Ipsen said.

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

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Rats exterminated on Rat Island

There are no signs of rats on Rat Island. That news follows an eradication effort last year that involved poisoning the rats in hopes of returning many types of species of birds to the island in Alaska's Aleutian Chain.

– Juneau Empire

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Pollock B season rolling

Pollock B season started Wednesday in the Bering Sea, and the fleet has more than 472,000 metric tons left to catch.

Pacific Fishing columnist Anne Hillman, reporting from Unalaska.



Letter: Effects of fish farms spreading

There is more and more evidence of harm being done to wild fish by ever-expanding fish farms.
It has been shown Fraser River sockeye are affected, but this government ignores scientific data and approves new farms on salmon migration routes and allowing current farms to increase operations.

– Charlie Bland writing to North Island Gazette, Port Hardy, B.C.

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Editorial: Cal should slow marine area schedule

It's unfortunate that state regulators seem unwilling to budge on the approaching establishment of Marine Protected Areas off our coast, a move that could severely restrict where fishing is allowed in our local waters despite a dearth of real science.

Eureka Times-Standard

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Dead man aboard beached troller identified

Troopers believe Frederick Washburn, who was found dead yesterday on his beached fishing vessel Allman Joy, had been out trolling alone for salmon, Ipsen said.

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

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