Monday, June 18, 2012


A new computer model developed in Switzerland shows that the pH of the ocean waters off the west coast of the U.S. will fall over the next four decades faster than previously thought.


Oregon’s anti-gillnet vote

This law, in my opinion, will drive these fishermen out of business because of the added costs they will endure.

– The Oregonian

Bringing gillnets to Idaho

The Nez Perce Tribe in northern Idaho has approved a commercial fishing season allowing gillnets on the Clearwater River for spring Chinook.

– Missoulian

No Chinook for subsistence

In most years by this time, those racks and smokehouses are filling up with king or chinook salmon, the main staple of the subsistence diet in Southwest Alaska.

– KTUU, Anchorage

More debris arrives

A marine-band radio, several life jackets and a battery made a long sea journey with a Japanese fishing boat that washed ashore at Cape Disappointment State Park.

– Seattle Times

The making of an observer

My journey began when I saw an ad for “observers” to collect fisheries data for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

– University of Alaska

By the numbers

Bristol Bay report:
Port Moller report:

Five fishermen rescued

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued five fishermen forced to abandon their sinking vessel west of Kodiak.

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

Crescent City abalone war

“You're looking at close to $400,000 worth of abalone that died because of the lack of dredging.”

– Crescent City Triplicate


Tuesday, June 19, 2012


A few weeks back, we reported that Canadian fishermen were planning a blockade of U.S. boats heading north through B.C. waters. The blockade was to demonstrate disapproval of a U.S. decision to forbid Canadian fishermen from fishing for albacore in U.S. waters this year. Here's the latest from our source:

"I think things cooled off a bit as guys have to prepare for fishing. By the time things got sort of organized, it was too late. If talks are unsuccessful, they are mentioning a fall blockade at Seymour Narrows."

Gillnet ban is a resource grab

Urban/sport-fishing efforts to kill gillnetting are coming to resemble a traveling medicine show, with claims by proponents that are as unreliable as those made by old-fashioned tent-dwelling hucksters.

– Daily Astorian

Tender intentionally grounded

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez is monitoring the 49-foot fishing tender Raidawn after it was intentionally grounded in Main Bay.

– Coast Guard

State plans for tsunami debris

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire announced a state plan to address tsunami debris that reaches the state's coast from Japan but stressed that federal help is needed.

– Anchorage Daily News

Farewell to the Goose

The Grumman Goose has served the region for the better half of a century, and it's the last World War II-era seaplane still in scheduled commercial use in Alaska.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Alexandra Gutierrez, reporting for KUCB, Unalaska

Polar race to riches

As the rapidly melting ice unlocks commercial opportunities in shipping, tourism and oil and gas extraction, the world's largest economies are jockeying for control of the region.


Buoys to measure acid levels

Thanks to a nearly $3 million show of support from the state, high tech buoys will soon be measuring ocean acidity levels year 'round, and Alaska fishermen will play an important role in the research.

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

Rules for Oregon preserves

Oregon's departments of fish and wildlife and state lands have proposed administrative rules for new marine reserve sites at Cape Perpetua, Cascade Head, and Cape Falcon, limiting fishing and setting out other restrictions.

– The Oregonian

New UFA officers

The United Fishermen of Alaska, the statewide umbrella association representing 37 commercial fishing associations, announces the reelection of Arni Thomson, executive director of the Alaska Crab Coalition to his third one-year term as president, Bruce Wallace to his second term as vice president, and new Secretary-Treasurer Kathy Hansen, executive director of Southeast Alaska Fishermen's Alliance – UFA.

More:UFA Board Changes


Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Boy, do things sound awful on the Kenai River in terms of Chinook salmon returns.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, reporting on his blog: Deckboss (scroll down)

Oregon crab price dives

The price of crab dropped dramatically in Charleston last week after several live-buyers who export crab to China suddenly left the Bay Area.

– Coos Bay World

Easier to kill sea lions

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it easier for Northwest states and tribes to kill California sea lions that eat salmon and other fish, including fish not listed under the Endangered Species Act.

– The Oregonian

Bristol Bay fishermen drop cards

This week marks the more-official start of the season: when all Bristol Bay commercial fishers must "drop their cards."


Sporty says you're killing resource

Despite monumental technology advancements, the returns of commercial fishing continue to diminish.


Sporties are truth challenged

Urban/sport-fishing efforts to kill gillnetting are coming to resemble a traveling medicine show, with claims by proponents that are as unreliable as those made by old-fashioned tent-dwelling hucksters.

– Chinook (Wash.) Observer

Sporties avoid bag limit

The captain of the boat said the angler's catch was legal because, he said, after limits have been reached by the passengers, it is permissible for them to keep fishing and catch the crews' limit of fish.

– Redding, Calif., Record Searchlight

A dogfish 'plague'

A shark species described as "rabbits of the sea" are having an unwelcome population boom in Taranaki waters.

– Stuff, New Zealand

Tribe trains for post-fishing jobs

In October 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded the first part of a National Emergency Grant, approximately $3.4 million, to the Lummi Nation to help the 300 tribal fishermen affected by fishing industry layoffs in Bellingham.

– Indian Country Today

Cal commission votes for otters

The California Coastal Commission unanimously decided to give the green light to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's plans to end the failed sea otter translocation program — which was designed to transfer otters who swam south of Point Conception to San Nicolas Island — and extend protections for the threatened species to the entire Southern California coast.

– Santa Barbara Independent


Thursday, June 21, 2012


The Humane Society of the United States has put up a $2,500 reward in hopes it will lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for shooting sea lions on the Oregon and Washington coasts.

– The Oregonian

Sea lion incidental catch

It had a flasher in its mouth and fishing line down its throat, with a hook through its esophagus.

– KCAW, Sitka

Fisherman success in farm bill

A bipartisan amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill that would help commercial fishermen obtain disaster relief loans has passed the full Senate.


Alaska Chinook returns worse

Initial king salmon returns were expected to be bad in Alaska this year, but it looks like those runs might be even worse than first thought.

– Alaska Dispatch

Ignoring tsunami debris

This country's record on preparing for natural disasters and subsequent relief efforts hasn't exactly been stellar. Just ask the folks in New Orleans.

– Daily Olympian

No radioactive tsunami debris

Plenty of nasty stuff will undoubtedly wash up on Northwest beaches as waves of tsunami debris roll ashore over the coming months, but government officials and independent experts agree radioactive material is not likely to be a concern.

– Seattle Times

Bristol Bay: 50,000 sockeye

The total commercial harvest of sockeye in Bristol Bay so far this season is less than 50,000 sockeye.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Building new Crescent City harbor

Upon completion, the harbor will have 50-year protection, meaning it will be able to withstand the strongest tsunami that has a 2 percent chance of occurring in any given year (i.e. once every 50 years).

– Crescent City Triplicate

New England fleet gets observers

New England fishing regulators moved to determine whether herring trawlers, with their massive nets and stunning efficiency, are wiping out Atlantic herring and doing lasting damaging to other struggling northeastern species.

– Seattle Times


Friday, June 22, 2012


The Kenai River closes to king salmon anglers Friday, and with commercial fishing set to begin Monday, tension is building over who's bearing the burden of king salmon conservation.

– Alaska Dispatch

Europe's tariff on cold water shrimp

United States senators from the West Coast have again asked the European Union to remove its tariff on cold water shrimp caught on the Oregon coast.

– Coos Bay World

Protest fishing over king salmon

Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seized 21 nets and more than 1,000 pounds of salmon along the Kuskokwim River yesterday. They also handed out 33 citations to fishermen protesting the subsistence King salmon closures.

– Alaska Public Radio

Slapped over sustainability claim

France's advertising authority ruled that the French supermarket giant Intermarché must pull all advertisements that claim its deep-sea fish are sustainably caught.

– Fish Update

Australian preserve stuns fishermen

Australian commercial and recreational fishermen are complaining, too.

– New York Times

Alaska plankton changes theories

A discovery of large blooms of plankton under sea ice off the coast of Alaska is forcing scientists to re-think their theories about the food web of the Arctic Ocean.

– Alaska Public Radio

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week: the Norton Sound red king quota is up, a dog who wouldn't abandon ship as it was going down near Kodiak was rescued by a Good Samaritan, and the struggle to subsist on salmon.

– KXMT, Kodiak

Oil to change Bering Sea

Oil and gas development is the Arctic is on track to happen this summer, but what does that mean in the long-term for Unalaska and the Port of Dutch Harbor?

– KUCB, Unalaska

Science and Canadian fish law change

Three scientists from B.C. have used an internationally prestigious journal to launch an attack against changes to the federal Fisheries Act currently before the Senate.

– Vancouver Sun

Fishing part of farm bill

Two amendments that would provide relief to the commercial fishing … are part of the Agriculture Reform Food and Jobs Act of 2012.

– South Coast Today

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