Monday, July 14, 2014


The crab is a Hanasaki king crab, otherwise known as a "spiny" king crab, and fishermen in the Bering Strait Region are harvesting it as a commercial product for the first time this year.

– Knom

Yukon king crash a mystery

What makes the closure so frustrating is that researchers don't know why the region's chinook have vanished, or how to bring them back.

– Alaska Dispatch

West Coast salmon fishery reopened

The commercial salmon fishery from the U.S./Canada border to Cape Falcon is reopened from now through Tuesday, with open period landing and possession limits of 35 chinook salmon, and 60 adipose fin-clipped coho salmon south of the Queets River, or 35 chinook salmon and 40 adipose fin-clipped coho salmon from north of the Queets River.

– Chinook Observer

Togiak River escapement lags

It looks like the Ugashik River will eventually get to the lower end of the goal but the fate of the Togiak River is still in doubt.

27 million and counting

The Bristol Bay sockeye catch now stands at almost 27 million fish, or about 10 million more than state biologists expected for the season.

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

Herring abundance's former glory

Southeast Alaska's Pacific herring populations seem to be on the rebound, but even in fisheries regarded as healthy, some contend herring are significantly depleted from historical levels indicated by archaeological records and cultural memory.

– Juneau Empire

Salmon's value to Alaskans

Nearly every Alaskan has a personal stake in the well-being of the resource, which puts the state's commercial industry in a unique place — allocation and management decisions in Alaska aren't just of interest to the industry, but to the people of our state as a whole.

– The Delta Discovery

Wave gliders track PWS acidification

Ocean chemists are calling it "revolutionary technology" as unmanned gliders track how melting glaciers may be intensifying corrosive waters in Prince William Sound.

– Sitnews

Canada focuses on seafood successes

Studying the approaches used in Norway and Iceland to generate maximum returns from cod and other groundfish resources was the primary focus for Keith Hutchings, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, during a recent trip to both countries.

– The Fish Site

Bleak future for Mediterranean fish

The future of Mediterranean fish populations looks bleaker every year, according to a newly published report.

– i24news


Tuesday, July 15, 2014


The world famous underwater camera is again providing the perspective of salmon and other fish in Steep Creek, near the Mendenhall Glacier. Sockeye, in their full spawning colors, arrived a few days ago. 

– Sitnews

Whale dies in boat collision

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 48-foot female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat.

– Juneau Empire

Kenai patrol boat launched

With boat traffic around the mouth of the Kenai River nearing its summer peak, the City of Kenai has obtained a new rescue patrol boat that will prove to be a valuable addition to its arsenal.

– Peninsula Clarion

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday July 13 includes an update from the Togiak District and the latest total run projection from the organization that runs the Port Moller Test Fishery.  They are predicting the run will top 40-million sockeye. 


On board USCG vessel Sycamore

Sycamore's responsibilities include ATON (aids to navigation), maintaining the federal floating and fixed navigation aids in the Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska, Maritime Law Enforcement and Maritime Environmental Protection.

– Cordova Times

Every boat has a story

Behind nearly every boat currently in dry dock at the Port of Ilwaco's boatyard, there is someone anxious to get back on the water. 

– Daily Astorian

Report: Delta smelt near extinction

The minnow-like fish, which lives only in the waters of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, is on the precipice of extinction, says a report Monday from the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance.

– Central Valley Business Times

Adrift buoy redeployed

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is expecting to redeploy by mid-August a buoy that many local commercial and recreational fishermen depend on for specific and up-to-date weather information.

– Times-Standard

Strong opposition to NorCal drilling

The people of Del Norte and their representatives have spoken and the resounding consensus is a firm "no" to drilling in the watershed of the North Fork Smith River.

– Del Norte Triplicate

Opinion: Susitna dam a salmon threat

We know that the downstream impacts on salmon from large dams are just as bad, if not worse, than upstream, as we've seen from drastic salmon losses in the Lower 48.

– Fairbanks News-Miner


Wednesday, July 16, 2014


We now hear that one major Bristol Bay salmon processor, Alaska General Seafoods, is paying a base price of $1.20 per pound plus 15 cents for chilled fish. Other major processors are likely to match

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

B.C. river's water crisis

The Cowichan River is getting so low there's talk of pumping water over the weir at Cowichan Lake just to keep enough water downstream for spawning salmon, industry and a myriad of water users.

– Times-Colonist

Studying the next generation

Kodiak is known worldwide as a fishing hub and in recent years has made a name for itself in the world of academic research. This summer the two are combining as one local grad student takes a closer look at the next generation of fishermen 


Cook Inlet payment order vacated

The Cook Inlet Fisherman's Fund will not have to repay the state Department of Law for costs associated with the lawsuit about 2013 management of Cook Inlet salmon fisheries at this time.

– Peninsula Clarion

Fraser flood threat rising

A massive flood of the Fraser River has the potential to be the most expensive natural disaster in Canada, affecting more than 300,000 people, $50 billion worth of infrastructure and the B.C. economy.

– Vancouver Sun

Slow going on Cook Inlet

In the Southern District, the Port Graham Subdistrict opened July 14 to commercial set gillnetting for the first time this season. Returns haven't been especially high, so that fishery has been closed so far.

– Alaska Public Media

Tuna fleet loses Pacific access

American treaty negotiations with the Pacific Island Nations concluded Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand, with a "No Deal" conclusion, leaving the United States Tuna Fleet without fishing access to the Pacific Ocean in 2015.

– SFGate

Gearing up for WA tuna season

As prices for salmon performed their annual plummet at the beginning of July, many Washington-based commercial fishermen readied their boats for what they hope will be a good tuna season.

– Chinook Observer

Media introduced to Copper River

To know Alaska, you have to go to Alaska and with that in mind, the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association is pleased to announce that they will be hosting their annual media tour. Held from July 15-20, the tour will take place at the height of the Copper River salmon fishery season.

– SFGate

Opinion: Restoring salmon crucial for WA

Our family and friends can come home every day at the end of a hard, honest day's work harvesting the surplus from Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia rather than missing their children grow up while fishing in the rough seas of Alaska.

– The Bellingham Herald


Thursday, July 17, 2014


A scenario that area management biologists were hoping to avoid is playing out between the Kenai king and Kasilof sockeye salmon fisheries this week.

– Peninsula Clarion


Disappointing Bristol Bay price

The base Bristol Bay sockeye price has been set and it's a bit of a disappointment to many commercial fishermen. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.



Counting Copper River fish

These counts are incredibly important to the local commercial fishing fleet because they determine when the commercial season begins for each of the different salmon runs.
– Fishery Nation


Shrimp prices on the rise

Rob Reierson provides an update on the East and West coast shrimp market.

– The Fish Site


Change of plans for Astoria processor

The Commission opted instead to have staff negotiate moving Da Yang's site to the west side of Pier 2, south of its existing seafood processing warehouse and off the newly improved dock its members want to keep open for any oceangoing cargo, including Da Yang's.

– Daily Astorian


CA highway's impacts revisited

In a lawsuit settlement reached last week, Caltrans has agreed to reassess the impacts a highway widening and straightening project on highways 199 and 197 could have on federally protected coho salmon in the Smith River.

– Del Norte Triplicate


Price William Sound's seafood pride

The Prince William Sound sockeye and keta harvest is in full swing right now and the region's independent all-American fishermen are working diligently to harvest and handle it according to the highest standards.

– SFGate


San Diego to open fish market

With a picturesque waterfront already in place, San Diego will soon have its very own open-air fish market reminiscent of other similar markets around the U.S., including Seattle's Pike Place Market.

– 7 San Diego


Lingcod catch increase debated

A recent decision to increase the legal harvest limit of lingcod, a popular West Coast fish species, has sparked debate and some disagreement among fishermen and scientists.

– East Bay Express


Culvert removal opens habitat

Fish rely not only on the 8.6 miles of Soldotna Creek itself, but also the eight major lakes that feed into the creek, which is why an old culvert less than a half mile from the stream's confluence with the Kenai was removed recently.

– Homer Tribune



Friday, July 18, 2014


Saying that even a smaller mine than the proposed Pebble Mine “would have significant, unacceptable impacts to downstream salmon-rearing areas” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Friday announced proposed restrictions that would sharply curtail or halt mining at the site.

– Alaska Dispatch

Harvest cut impacts setnet fishery

The announcement of a catch-and-release fishery for Kenai River king salmon — a severe reduction in harvest opportunity for sport anglers — triggered an equally severe restriction on hours in the East Side Setnet Fishery, one of the two commercial fishing groups in the Cook Inlet tasked with harvesting sockeye, or red salmon.

– Peninsula Clarion

B.C. grounding highlights spill risks

A 750-foot bulk carrier ran aground outside Prince Rupert in British Columbia Monday. It didn’t cause a fuel spill, but critics of a proposed pipeline in the region say it underscores the risks of increasing tanker traffic.


Aleutian herring season’s kick-off

Three purse seiners have been working near North Head, on the northern side of Akutan Island. Just like last year, Westward, Trident, and Peter Pan Seafoods each sent a vessel.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Lauren Rosenthal, reporting for KUCB.

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, it looks like king salmon on the Yukon have returned in slightly better numbers than expected, a form of whale repellant is being tested by fishermen in Southeast, and Ketchikan doubles-down on shellfish production.


Can SE herring be restored?

Though the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says its data don’t support either conclusion, a new program at the Sealaska Heritage Institute intends to restore herring to areas where they proliferated.

– Juneau Empire

Study: Atlantic salmon can handle climate change

Populations of Atlantic salmon have a surprisingly good capacity to adjust to warmer temperatures that are being seen with climate change, a group of scientists at the University of Oslo and University of British Columbia have discovered.

– Fish Information Services

Steady use of Ketchikan’s drive-down float

The City of Ketchikan’s new drive-down float at Bar Harbor has seen steady use since opening on June 17.

– Alaska Journal of Commerce

Fish benefit from groupthink

Researchers found that when 2 fish swim together, they make better decisions than when 2 fish are swimming alone.


Alaska’s volatile revenues

A new study says that Alaska has the most volatile state revenues in the nation, with income fluctuating more than twice as much as that of its nearest rivals — which are often also resource states.

– Alaska Dispatch News


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