Monday, July 1, 2013


The U.S. Coast Guard has released a few more details on the sinking of the salmon tender Lonestar in the Igushik River at Bristol Bay.

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


Adak operator hunt

Last week, the City of Adak and the Adak Community Development Corporation bought $2 million worth of fish processing equipment at auction. Now, they're looking for someone to operate it.



Puget Sound crabbing starts

The Puget Sound summer crab fishing season opens Monday.

– The News Tribune


Shrimp fishing closed in Juneau

Sport and personal use shrimp fisheries in the Juneau area will be closed starting Monday. The commercial shrimp fishery, which opens in October, will also be closed.



Pebble threatens jobs

Salmon fisheries of Bristol Bay support the equivalent of nearly 10,000 full-time jobs and create $1.5 billion in annual economic output.

– American Progress


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, June 29 includes an update on how things are faring for the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery and the latest genetic stock composition estimates.


Bristol Bay sockeye total nears 8 million

Friday's sockeye harvest in Bristol Bay topped 1-million fish to push the season total to over 7.9-million.



Brazil opens Alaska salmon market

A Brazilian supplier is introducing Alaska salmon, cod and pollock into the nation's retail markets, competing with Atlantic cod, Chilean salmon in this beef -eating nation, as a result of marketing efforts by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

– The Cordova Times


House passes doomed drilling bill

The U.S. House passed a bill this morning that aims to increase offshore oil and gas drilling. The bill has no chance in the Senate.



Gillnet policy troubles economy

The impact of the threat to gillnetting on the Columbia River is here. Businesses are hurting.




Tuesday, July 2, 2013


A temporary set gillnet closure was lifted and fishing was open again Monday night along the mouth of the Igushik River near Dillingham, quelling fears that a capsized vessel Sunday morning could leak diesel and other fluids into the Nushagak Bay where salmon fisheries are located.

– Alaska Dispatch

Coast Guard readies for budget cuts

The Coast Guard has started a portfolio review of its capabilities compared to its missions in light of a shrinking budget, said the service's second in command before a June 26 House panel.

– FierceHomelandSecurity

One million-plus sockeye catch

The Kodiak Management Area sockeye salmon harvest jumped the million-fish mark Saturday, with a catch of 28,723.

NorCal dungeness season extended

The commercial dungeness crab season will be extended to Aug. 14 off the coasts of Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced on Monday.

– Times-Standard

Bristol Bay fisheries report

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, June 30 includes details about the capsized tender in the mouth of the Igushik River that has resulted in the closure of the setnet fishery in the Igushik Section of the Nushagak District.

New twist to gillnet restriction challenge

An amended petition that challenges proposed changes to gillnet use on the lower Columbia River was filed Monday in the Oregon Court of Appeals.

– Daily Astorian

200-year-old rockfish

A fisherman in Alaska took home a catch for the ages recently when he reeled in a 40-pound shortraker rockfish that experts believe is at least 200 years old.

– The Sideshow

Fishermen accused of knife attack

Two fishermen are facing multiple assault charges for allegedly beating up and stabbing a coworker at the Grand Aleutian hotel on Thursday.

Violations ground fishing vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard terminated the voyages of five commercial fishing vessels for safety violations this weekend, sending five vessels back to Petersburg.

– Juneau Empire

Kodiak fisherman indicted

A Washington State resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for making false records under federal fish and wildlife laws, and making false material statements to a federal agency.

– Cordova Times


Wednesday, July 3, 2013


The letter said the company will buy only from fisheries "certified sustainable to the MSC standard," or actively working toward certification.

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


Alaska guv takes issue with Walmart

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is taking issue with a decision by Wal-Mart to stop buying Alaska salmon products not certified as sustainable by the London-based Marine Stewardship Council.

– KTOO, Juneau

Brazil Walmart imports Alaskan

This June, Brazilian supplier Noronha Pescados is importing the first Alaska salmon, cod, and pollock to be sold directly to Walmart, Pao de Acucar, Cencosud, and other retail stores in Brazil.

– Anchorage Daily News

Strange fish in Columbia

Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver reported more strange fish were seen in the Columbia River.

– Seattle Times

Rainy, chilly

New numbers from the Bristol Bay fishery have yet to be posted, but here's the weather

Alaska salmon count

Statewide commercial harvests of wild Alaska salmon rose to 20 million fish July 1, the bulk of them red, as the Bristol Bay catch reached a harvest of over 9 million salmon, the bulk of them sockeye.

– Cordova Times

Halibut share plan

The controversy over how to divide halibut resources between charter operators and commercial entities continues this week as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration opened the public comment period for its reworked catch-sharing plan for commercial and guided sport.

– Homer Tribune

Fish farmers boast

The aquaculture division of the Irish Farmers' Association argues that the economic benefits of aquaculture easily outweigh any possible environmental concerns, following the publication of a peer-reviewed scientific paper confirming the lack of evidence of negative impacts on wild salmon stocks from fish farming.

– FishNewsEU

New rules alter Yukon fishing

An unprecedented set of new policies from Alaska's Department of Fish and Game are changing the way Yukon commercial and subsistence fisherman have been fishing their entire lives.

– Alaska Public Media

Fishermen dies in gillnet

A commercial fisherman from Abbotsford was killed off the coast of northern B.C. Tuesday after getting entangled in a gill net.

See ya'

We're taking some time off, so see you on Monday.

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