Monday, July 9, 2012


We’re approaching the halfway mark of the 2012 salmon season. Here are a few highlights from the action thus far.

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

Chinook off limits to Kenai dippers

Participants in the Kenai River personal-use dipnet fishery will be prohibited from retaining king salmon when the fishery opens Tuesday.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Lobster selling cheap

With a glut of the crustaceans now hitting the market, Maine lobstermen are slashing prices on the delicacy just in time for the summer tourist rush.

– Time

SF salmon selling cheap

There are so many fish coming into San Francisco that the wholesale price has been cut in half.

– ABC 7, San Francisco

Ammonia leak, three treated

Three people were treated for inhalation of ammonia vapors leaking from a Seattle-based fishing vessel as it was docked in Alaska's Dutch Harbor.

– Anchorage Daily News

Dam the Fraser for the money

While the salmon runs to be ruined will cost the province and those who fish a lot of money, that is offset, we're told by industry and government, by the enormous financial gains from the dam itself many, many times over.

– Tyee, British Columbia

New lift in Juneau

The hydraulic boat lift is capable of hoisting vessels up to 45-tons and 65-feet in length out of the water. It arrived at the Auke Bay Commercial Loading Facility on Friday, and is already attracting attention from passersby.

– KTOO, Juneau

Cal planning for tsunami debris

Well before the predicted arrival of debris, a dock wrenched from Japan's coast during last year's tsunami washed up on an Oregon beach last month, highlighting the need for a coordinated response by local and state agencies.

– Eureka Times Standard

Southeast Alaska debris survey

NOAA scientists have completed the Southeast phase of a survey effort, looking for marine debris along Alaska’s coast, including possible debris from last year’s Japanese tsunami.

– KRBD, Ketchikan


Tuesday, July 10, 2012


The managers of the Port Moller Test Fishery have adjusted their forecast for the total run to Bristol Bay up to 32 million sockeye.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Too many kings off Cal coast

Amid one of the best fishing seasons in almost a decade, commercial salmon fisherman on the North Coast are tying up their boats and will stay in port for the next few days in an attempt to drive up prices.

– Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Slow start for SE trollers

This year's summer troll opening in Southeast — by most accounts — got off to a slow start on July first.

– KCAW, Sitka

Worrying about village subsistence

In the Yup'ik language, the word for fish and the word for food are the same.

– Tundra Drums

Fighting Pebble with sockeye

Rich, lush and distinctively deep vermilion in color, sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska, is now in season for about a month.

– New York Times

Drilling ship at Dutch Harbor

One of Shell's drill ships has arrived in Unalaska and the other is expected by the end of the week.

– KUCB, Dutch Harbor

Ammonia vessel vented

The Coast Guard says a hazardous materials team is venting a fishing vessel that's leaking toxic ammonia near Dutch Harbor.

– Anchorage Daily News

Kotzebue season open

The 2012 season opens tonight at Kotzebue, Alaska's farthest north commercial salmon fishery.

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

Soybeans for farmed fish

It takes one to two pounds of wild fish, processed into fishmeal or oil and put into commercial feed, to produce one pound of farmed fish.


Eat your herring

From an environmental perspective, it is better if the herring is used for food for humans.
– TheFishSite


Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Commercial halibut fisherman along the Oregon coast will get a second 10-hour window.

– KPIC, Roseburg, Ore.

Rally for king salmon

About 80 people, mostly professional guides and sport fishermen along with a few commercial fishermen, showed up to address the low number of king salmon returning to the spawning grounds of the Kenai River.


No chum because of kings

The chum and sockeye salmon are running strong in the Lower Kuskokwim River, but state fish managers are reluctant to call a commercial fishery as they normally would.

– Alaska Public

Begich seeks disaster declaration

After visiting with local leaders and fishery managers in Bethel last week, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is asking Alaska Governor, Sean Parnell to declare a fisheries disaster in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

– Alaska Public

First Yukon king to Canada

The first Yukon River king salmon have made it to Canada. Now it's a matter of how many more will show up.

– Fairbanks News Miner

Snow crab gains MSC certification

The Scotian Shelf Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) trap fishery, entered into assessment by the Affiliation of Seafood Producers Association of Nova Scotia, has become the first snow crab fishery in North America to become MSC certified.

– FishNewsEU

Average year on Bristol Bay

The number of fish returning to the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery has fallen sharply in at least one major river, but state officials say that overall Bristol Bay is on track for a close-to-average year.

– Alaska Dispatch

Uncertainty on Fraser

Current run size assessments of Early Stuart sockeye are tracking in the forecast range, however, there is still very high uncertainty in the run estimates since high river flows have delayed the start of lower Fraser River hydro-acoustic assessment programs.

– Pacific Salmon Commission

ASMI: Help wanted

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is looking for a new executive director.

– KTOO, Juneau

No B.C. oil port

A damning report on Enbridge Inc.'s inept handling of the 2010 crude oil spill in Michigan should kill the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

– Vancouver Sun


Thursday, July 12, 2012


Jeremy Botz, Gillnet Area Management Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, predicts the 2012 Prince William Sound sockeye harvest to be 1.52 million fish. As of July 9, 1.2 million sockeye were harvested by the districts' commercial driftnet fishermen.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Beth Poole, writing from Cordova

More bad news for Fraser

The largest Fraser River freshet in 40 years could negatively impact already dismal forecasts of sockeye salmon this season.

– Chilliwack (B.C.) Times

Sports guys catching early albacore

Those with a hankering for albacore tuna will be glad to know that the fish are starting to appear off the southern coast much earlier than expected.

– Seattle Times

Marine preserve said to work

One of the main concerns of recreational and commercial fishers has been the lack of formal proof that no-take zones in marine parks have an effect beyond their borders.

– Herald Sun, Australia

Heartening return at SE hatchery

A Southeast hatchery chum salmon run important to the region's purse seine fleet has had a better start than last year's failed run.
– KFSK, Petersburg

Dutch ammonia leak stopped

An ammonia leak on board the processing vessel Excellence has finally stopped.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Watching for tsunami debris

Marine debris trackers are taking to the air any day to get a better idea of where and what is washing ashore from last year's devastating tsunami in Japan.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in SitNews, Ketchikan

Building Yakima sockeye runs

In its fourth year of a program to reintroduce sockeye salmon to the Yakima River Basin, the Yakama Nation plans to wrap up the process Thursday of collecting thousands of adult fish for release in Lake Cle Elum on the east slope of the Cascades.

– The Daily Astorian

Selling salmon abroad

To that end, ASMI has earmarked about half of its annual budget, some $8.5 million, on a cross section of activities ranging from international trade shows to studying traditional and emerging markets in some 17 countries, and educating wholesale and retail buyers about the value of its responsible fisheries management certification program for Alaska fisheries.

– Cordova Times

Cheap lobster on the market

Not since the 1970s has the price Maine fishermen have been paid for their lobster been so low.

– Bangor (Maine) Daily News


Friday, July 13, 2012


The commercial fishing program, which is a large part of NIOSH’s Alaska Pacific Office, will be eliminated because of cuts in President Barack Obama’s budget.

– Alaska Journal of Commerce

Ferry skipper blamed for dock smash

The Alaska Marine Highway System has concluded that a strong tidal current and a maneuvering error by the captain of the state ferry Matanuska resulted in the May 7th crash with a seafood processing plant in Petersburg. The accident shut down the Ocean Beauty Seafood cannery for this year.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Lotsa Chinook off Northwest Coast

The Chinook salmon are swarming this summer like they haven’t in years.

– Smithsonian magazine

Too few Chinook an Alaska disaster

Alaska's congressional delegation wants the acting U.S. Commerce secretary to declare a federal fisheries disaster for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

– Anchorage Daily News

Charleston yard getting busy

Since 2007, Giddings Boat Works has expanded its seven-strong payroll to 21 employees.

– Coos Bay World

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the long-time boss at ASMI is fixin’ to retire, while officials plan to fix the M/V Excellence,  fishing on the Kusko is on hold, and salmon goes from haute cuisine to haute couture.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Bombs in your backyard

The U.S. Navy has called on Kodiak residents to provide information about possible WWII ordnance left on or around the archipelago.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Copper harms salmon

A research report published in the scientific journal Ecological Applications documents that minute amounts of copper from mining operations can affect salmon in ways that make them subject to death by predators.

– Cordova Times

Suit filed against Shell drilling

Environmental groups are suing the federal government, arguing that Shell Oil does not have an adequate plan to deal with a spill.

– Alaska Public

Juneau doesn’t support fishing

In addition to creating marine safety hazards for small vessels, their actions will jeopardize approximately 21 million dollars of local spending and jobs held by Juneau residents directly engaged in the seafood industry.

– Juneau Empire


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