Monday, July 2, 2012


The special agent in charge of federal fish cops in the Northwest has been removed from her position while internal government investigators pore over documents from her Seattle office.

– Seattle Times

Cleaner trawl fishing

These observers, largely paid by the federal government, are required to be aboard West Coast bottom-trawl boats whenever they drop nets — part of a radical overhaul of a troubled commercial-harvest system long plagued by overfishing and waste.

– Seattle Times

Mine again polluting Taku

Chieftain Metals has announced it will temporarily cease water treatment at its Tulsequah Chief Mine while it secures funds.
– Juneau Empire

Fisherman back from near-death

Two Unalaska-based Alaska State troopers brought a Bristol Bay fisherman back to life after a near-drowning.

— KUCB, Unalaska

Here's money, go fish

Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. this year offered local commercial salmon fishermen advances of up to $5,000 to pay for nets, insurance, fuel and so forth.

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

Dangers of tsunami debris

Commercial fisherman Mark Schneider said he watched a refrigerator float past his boat, Sea Princess, while he and his crew were salmon fishing near Newport.

– The Oregonian

Oregon preserves carry fines

Under current law, if the offense is determined to be a Class A misdemeanor, the maximum fine is $6,250 and the maximum sentence is one year in jail.

– Siuslaw News

Sport salmon figuring

Our valuable king salmon according to a state study are worth about $800 to $1,000 per sport caught salmon to our economy.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Fishermen still dying in Canada

A decade after five people were killed when the Cap Rouge II capsized at the mouth of the Fraser River, the average annual number of commercial fishing fatalities has not changed.

– Vancouver Sun


Bristol Bay report

Here is the report for July


Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Heavy ice in the Bering Sea this winter carried away a mountain of crab gear.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Strong Copper River sockeye run

Salmon harvests in the Copper River District swelled to 1,348,000 fish for the week ended June 29, with the state's preliminary harvest report showing a sockeye catch well above and Chinook catch way below average.

– Cordova Times

Japanese skiff found in Metlakatla

A Japanese fishing skiff, thought to be debris from the March 2011 tsunami there, has washed up on an Annette Island beach, near Metlakatla in Southeast.

– Alaska Public

Otters protect kelp

By feeding on sea urchins, otters stabilize the kelp forests.

– KCAW, Sitka

Alaskan wannabe back in court

Alaska State Troopers say they're hauling Negus back into court for making another false claim of residency in order to obtain a subsistence salmon permit.
– Alaska Dispatch

Ravenous bears

Here in the Alaska bush, as we see more and more signs of grizzly bears, all that quaintness vanishes and what you come to realize is that a grizzly bear is not omnivorous per se, but rather absolutely, desperately ravenous all the time.

– New York Times

Oil port could be disaster

Ottawa's support of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project could have dire consequences for Nanaimo's environment.


ADFG Blue Sheet

Here's a compilation of salmon catches in

Gillnet ban headed for ballot

A measure that would ban using gillnets on the Columbia River and Oregon's other inland waters appears to be headed to the November ballot after supporters submitted another 45,000 signatures to the secretary of state Monday.

– Oregonian

See ya!

Ma and Pa Wrap, plus all the little Wrappettes, plan to celebrate the nation's birth on Wednesday by doing very little. We'll be back in the harness on Thursday.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Holiday. No FishWrap today.


Thursday, July 5, 2012


The federal government last week went to unusual lengths to assure America that mermaids do not exist.

– Vancouver Sun

Million-fish days in Bristol Bay

Tuesday was the second day in a row that Bristol Bay's commercial fishermen hauled in over 1 million sockeye salmon.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Juneau search suspended

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a fisherman who fell overboard near Juneau.

– Anchorage Daily News

One missing near Newport

Coast Guard crews in a boat and a helicopter pulled three people from the Pacific Ocean near Newport. They could not find a fourth crew member and think that he drowned.

– KATU, Portland

Dungeness season in Alaska

It looks like a pretty average year for commercial Dungeness crabbing in Southeast.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Man dies in Akutan

A worker at Trident Seafoods' fish processing plant in Akutan died early Wednesday.

– Anchorage Daily News

Report sees sockeye decline

The number of adult sockeye salmon produced per spawner has been decreasing over the last decade or more along the western coast of North America, from Washington state up through British Columbia and southeast Alaska.

– Science Daily

Alaska Chinook mystery

King salmon across the state of Alaska is in depletion as a whole.

– Peninsula Clarion

Fishing is a 'ponzi scheme'

"Industrial fishing has never been sustainable, it's always been using the capital, not the interest."

– National Geographic

Alaska crabber group merges

An organization formed to push for Bering Sea crab rationalization has decided to cease operations this summer and merge with a larger umbrella group of crab fishermen.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Greenpeace vessel in Unalaska

The Greenpeace vessel Esperanza has arrived in Unalaska.

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


Friday, July 6, 2012


On Tuesday, July 10th, Dan Rather Reports will air the first live broadcast from the remote town of King Salmon, which is on the Naknek River at the edge of Bristol Bay. More than 60 percent of the nation's seafood comes from Alaska, and Bristol Bay is ground zero for the fight to save the wild salmon.

– Breathless press release

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Trouble brewing on Cook Inlet

Kenai sport fishing is restricted from catching kings, but commercial fishing is open to catching reds, leaving many sport fishermen worried about the number of king salmon down the road.


No extension on EPA report

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it won't extend the 60-day public comment period on the agency's draft assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed, a study of the environmental impact the controversial Pebble Mine, or other projects could have on the important fishing area.

– Fairbanks News Miner

Fisherman feared drown

The man, now identified as the owner of the vessel, 63-year-old Richard Boyce was attempting to free fishing gear that had fouled the vessel's propeller when he tripped and went over the side.

– Alaska Native News

Port Simpson plant re-opens

A couple million dollars worth of renovations and improvements have been made to the village's processing plant, which is now hoping to fill the void in groundfish processing capacity left by the closure of the MacMillan fish plant in Prince Rupert.

– The Northern View

Seiner salmon certification begins

The MSC received notice of a signed contract between the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association (PSVOA) and Intertek Moody Marine (IMM), the certification body that will conduct an independent assessment of the entire Alaska salmon fishery against the MSC standard.

– FishNewsEU

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week: How ObamaCare may help independent fishing families; processing fish and creating jobs in Kake; and sharing fish on the Yukon. All that, and the Dungy season in Southeast got off to a better start this summer than last.
– KMXT, Kodiak

Kodiak catches 1 million salmon

As the calendar flipped to July, the Kodiak area salmon harvest went over 1 million fish.

– KXMT, Kodiak

Naknek-Kvichak hottest area

The most consistent fishing time this season has been in the Naknek-Kvichak District, and it doesn't appear that will change anytime soon.

– KLDG, Dillingham

New airstrip on Kodiak island

The government program that grounded a landing craft on a Kodiak island will next year bring a new airstrip to Old Harbor.

– Anchorage Daily News

Columbia River treaty revisited

Regulators are considering changes to the Columbia River Treaty with Canada to account for environmental concerns that weren't addressed a half-century ago.

– The Oregonian


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