Monday, July 1, 2013
UPDATE ON BRISTOL BAY SINKING
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
LONE STAR UPDATE: BRISTOL BAY FISHING REOPENS
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.
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.
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
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
WALMART SHUNS ALASKA FISH
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
New numbers from the Bristol Bay fishery have yet to be posted, but here's the weather report:accuweather.com
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.
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.