Tuesday, July 5, 2011


All of the major sockeye salmon rivers in the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District have met or are approaching the lower end of their escapement goals. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.



Tsunami debris heading here

Millions of tons of debris that washed into the ocean during Japan's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in March – everything from furniture to roofs to pieces of cars – are now moving steadily toward the United States and raising concerns about a potential environmental headache.

– San Jose Mercury News


Fisherman loses arm in winch

Carl was shrimping with his son off the coast of Georgetown when his left arm got stuck in his shrimping boat winch. The powerful machine that pulls in shrimping boat nets, tore his arm off from his body.

– Australia Broadcasting Corp.


Rescue off Newport

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people that had abandoned ship approximately seven miles northwest of Newport, Ore., Monday. The 29-foot Sea Star called out a mayday at 6 p.m. reporting that the vessel was taking on water.

– Coast Guard


Coast Guard suspends Alaska search

The Coast Guard suspends the search for a fisherman who fell overboard off a 24-foot fishing vessel near Goodnews Bay, 97 miles south of Bethel, Monday at 4:45 p.m.

A coordinated search for the missing fisherman covering more than 130 square miles was conducted by a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, an Alaska State Trooper airplane crew and 10 good Samaritan fishing vessels.

– Coast Guard


Bristol Bay fisherman medevaced

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 56-year-old fisherman reportedly suffering from a severely broken forearm aboard the 32-foot fishing vessel Miss Maria 14 miles west of Naknek.

– Coast Guard


More fishermen cited on Bristol Bay

Alaska State Wildlife Troopers during the past week reported citing 27 individuals for commercial and sport fishing violations and operating power boats without valid Alaska boat registration as required.

– Bristol Bay Times


Oil spill: ConocoPhillips

China's State Oceanic Administration said Tuesday it is investigating ConocoPhillips' role in a recent oil spill and still assessing possible damage to the environment.

– Seattle Times


Oil spill: Exxon Mobil

The initial cleanup along the oil-fouled Yellowstone River could be tested as rising waters make it harder for Exxon Mobil Corp. to get to areas damaged by the crude spilled from a company pipeline.

– Anchorage Daily News

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Halibut schooner video

Tordenskjold, Boat of the Century, a salute to the old halibut schooners that still work today, premieres statewide on 360 North TV on Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Alaska Public Television. It will be followed on Westward into the Twenty-First Century at 9 p.m., 11 p.m., and midnight. The documentary returns to APB on Sunday at 7 p.m., again followed by Westward at 8 p.m.

More about the vessels:www.johnsabella.com

Natives, DFO reach agreement

Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations have signed a commercial sales agreement for Somass River sockeye for the first time in 10 years.

– Victoria Times Colonist


Wednesday, July 6, 2011


All of the major sockeye rivers in the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District are now within their escapement goal ranges and at least one river is in danger of over-escaping.

– KDLG, Dillingham


How much salmon do Natives need?

Aboriginal fisheries were under the Cohen Commission's microscope, with parties at the public inquiry debating just how much fish first nations need.

– Globe and Mail, Toronto


Leatherback turtle protection OK'd

The Obama administration agreed Tuesday to protect an area of Pacific coastal waters by November as critical habitat for the endangered leatherback sea turtle, settling a lawsuit by conservation groups.

– San Francisco Chronicle


Leatherback protection vs. wave power

Waters outside the Golden Gate would be protected to provide a safe haven for the world's heaviest reptiles under a plan that could jeopardize nascent efforts to develop ocean-based renewable energy plants.

– The Bay Citizen, San Francisco


Bill supports NOAA in Ketchikan

U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill that would help ensure the long term presence of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Ketchikan.

– SitNews, Ketchikan


Missing Platinum fishermen

On 7/4/11 at about 0915 hours, Alaska State Troopers in Bethel were notified that Gilbert Kilbuck, 37, of Platinum, was missing from a boating accident.

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

More:deckboss.blogspot.com (Scroll down)

A look at Alaska fish budgets

Gov. Sean Parnell last signed the fiscal 2012 capital budget, which totals more than $2.7 billion. Deckboss took a look and found quite a few items of interest to the fishing industry.

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

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Pelican struggles for prosperity

The Chichagof Island city of Pelican has long prided itself on being "closest to the fish." Its placement in Lisianski Inlet made it an ideal spot for fishermen to drop off their catch and quickly head back out to the fishing grounds.



Wireless arrives in Kodiak harbors

Kodiak's harbors are set to receive wireless Internet this summer. Coastline Computers of Alaska is the local company installing the new service for mariners.

– KMXT, Kodiak

More:www.kmxt.org (Scroll down)

Cal logging threatens salmon

Clear-cut logging in a watershed southeast of Redding could be undermining a $128 million effort to restore Battle Creek for salmon and steelhead runs.

– Redding Record Searchlight


Cal reserve in effect on Oct. 1

The state Fish and Game Commission voted cdfgnews.wordpress.com 4-1 to set Oct. 1 the effective date for increased marine protections in Southern California.

– Laguna Beach Independent



Thursday, July 7, 2011


New research suggests that clipping off the small, fleshy fin between the dorsal fin and tail might hurt fish's ability to swim in turbulent water.

– The Oregonian


Bristol Bay update

Here's your Bristol Bay update:kdlg.org

Coast Guard rescues four

Authorities say four people have been rescued after their fishing boat capsized off the Alaska's coast.

– Anchorage Daily News


No coastal program hurts Alaskans

The demise of our Alaska Coastal Management Program should awaken every Alaskan.

– Juneau Empire


Kodiak lake enrichment funded

The Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association will receive $720,000 from the state capital budget to begin nutrient enrichment projects in Karluk, Frazer, and Spiridon Lakes.

– KXMT, Kodiak

More:www.kmxt.org (Scroll down)

Fighting spilled oil

In an effort to bring top quality, more eco-friendly shellfish to market, particularly in light of economic losses from the recent oil spill disaster, Louisiana's shrimp industry have begun testing a sulphite-free liquid enzyme treatment to prevent melanosis, or black spot, in harvested shellfish.

– FishNewsEU.com


Cruise ships vs. Alaska fishing memorial

The Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial board has stated its position on moving the memorial: Don't build the cruise ship docks in front of the memorial, or, if the docks must be built there, relocate the memorial to Marine Park.

– Juneau Empire


Marine organisms dying quickly

Not only are we already experiencing severe declines in many species to the point of commercial extinction in some cases, and an unparalleled rate of regional extinctions of habitat types (mangroves and seagrass meadows), but we now face losing marine species and entire marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, within a single generation.

– Natural Resources Defense Council


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