Monday, July 16, 2012


Reds were still surging into the region's five big rivers and should serve to boost the harvest beyond the forecast of nearly 22 million fish.

– Anchorage Daily News

Oil ship drags anchor in Unalaska

The crew immediately let out more anchor chain to slow the drift and called for a tug assist.

– Coast Guard

Free gillnets … plus coercion

Coastal Villages handed out 100 legal nets a week after the rebellion at the request of the Association of Village Council Presidents, but the nets were far from free.

– Alaska Journal of Commerce

Kenai subsistence closed

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is closing all subsistence fishing for king salmon on the Kenai River.

– Anchorage Daily News

Chinook disaster declaration

Gov. Sean Parnell today urged Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank to declare a fishery disaster for the Chinook salmon fisheries on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers.

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

Blame Bering Sea king bycatch

From 1980 to 1990, our Kenai River king runs were much more predictable than today.

–Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Stop gillnetting kings

That said, if thousands of kings are dying in gillnets, it's tough to sell the idea that people shouldn't be allowed to play with a few of them on their spawning grounds, just for sport.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

California has too many kings

So many salmon are being hooked along the Northern California coast that the price of fresh, wild king salmon is plunging, at least for commercial fishermen who are on strike for a better deal.

– Marin (County) Independent Journal

Petersburg work to Excursion Inlet

Some of the fish that would have been processed in Petersburg will instead be tendered to the company’s plant at Excursion Inlet, 25 miles west of Juneau, off Icy Strait.

– Juneau Empire

Monterey to remember lost fishermen

Fishermen, friends, and families will hold their four annual Fishermens Days fundraiser to help develop a memorial in Monterey, Calif., for those who have been lost as sea.

The event will be 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, in Gilbert’s Red Snapper at 30 Fishermen’s Wharf No. 1, in Monterey.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012


It looks like the base price of the sockeye caught in Bristol Bay this summer will remain unchanged from the dollar a pound that fishermen received last year.
– KDLG, Dillingham

N. Cal salmon prices

Whole fresh salmon sells for just $2.75 to $3.25 a pound wholesale, from the boat to the processor – half the price commercial fishermen got before the San Francisco fleet started loading up with big catches several weeks ago.

– Mercury News, San Jose

Kenai sockeye vs. kings

The Upper Cook Inlet driftnet fleet and setnetters on the east end of the Inlet had 12 hours of commercial fishing on Monday, capitalizing on a strong pulse of sockeye salmon.

– KTUU, Anchorage

Dredging Port Orford

Members of Oregon's congressional delegation are taking up the cause of Port Orford residents by asking the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the city's port facilities.

– KLCC, Eugene

EPA Bristol Bay comment deadline

The deadline to submit comments regarding the draft "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment" is coming up on Monday July 23.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Fish waste kills pelicans

Last year, the center saw more than 50 pelicans which had been "Dumpster diving" in fish waste containers and fed by fishermen.

– Eureka Times Standard

Kuskokwim fishermen to trial

About two dozen Kuskokwim River subsistence fishermen will go to trial in the Bethel Court House after pleading not guilty to fishing with illegal gear.

– Alaska Public Radio

Kodiak humpies showing

Fish and Game officials switched their management scheme from sockeye to pink salmon around Kodiak Island late last week.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Alaska Air ponders Adak

Alaska Airlines is back in the running for Adak's Essential Air Service contract.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Snow crab MSC certified

The Scotian Shelf Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) trap fishery, entered into assessment by the Affiliation of Seafood Producers Association of Nova Scotia, has been awarded Marine Stewardship Council certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery, and snow crab from this fishery is now eligible to display the MSC ecolabel.

– PerishableNews.Com


Wednesday, July 18, 2012


The commercial salmon fleet is back on the water, hooking a bonanza of wild king salmon.

– Marin Independent Journal

Bristol Bay fish keep coming

The sockeye run to Bristol Bay has topped 28 million fish.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Nushagak fishermen wait for pinks

Hundreds of commercial fishermen that might otherwise have quit fishing are hanging around the Nushagak District waiting to move away from sockeye to pinks.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Buck a pound in Bristol Bay

The Alaska Independent Fishermen's Marketing Association reports that Trident Seafoods also is paying $1 a pound for Bristol Bay sockeye.

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

Kenai River closed

With no letup in the dismal return of king salmon to Alaska waters, the state on announced maximum restrictions for its premiere salmon river: Starting Thursday at 12:01 a.m., all fishing for kings on the Kenai River is over.

– Anchorage Daily News

MSC becoming recognized

An independent survey commissioned by the Marine Stewardship Council shows that 30 percent of consumers who buy fish at least once every two months are aware of the MSC ecolabel for sustainable and well managed fisheries – up from 23 per cent in 2010.


Feds stingy with debris money

The federal government is allocating a quarter of a million dollars to Pacific states to deal with debris washing ashore from the Japanese tsunami. Alaska's senators say the amount is astonishingly low, and more needs to be on the way.

– KTOO, Juneau

Drill ship didn't touch bottom

Divers inspected the hull of Shell's drill ship, the Noble Discoverer, and determined that the rig never touched bottom when it dragged anchor on Saturday.

– KUBC, Unalaska

Anti-gillnet measure on ballot

The Oregon secretary of state's office says a proposal to ban the use of nontribal commercial gillnets in the Columbia River has qualified for the Nov. 6 state ballot.

– The Oregonian

Alaska a dangerous place

When it comes to work-related deaths and injuries, Alaska is one of the top five states in the country.

– KTVA, Anchorage


Thursday, July 19, 2012


The Tea Party Patriots became a local political force, eventually paralyzing the high-powered deal by defeating many of the local officials who supported it, including all three Klamath County commissioners, and sending a signal to Congress that it lacks enough grass-roots support.

– New York Times

WANTED: More water in Klamath

Federal authorities want to send some extra water to the lower Klamath River in Northern California to prevent a repeat of a 2002 fish kill that left tens of thousands of salmon dead before they could spawn.

– Modesto Bee

NW natives worry over salmon

Salmon need the glacier-fed streams of the Northwest to survive, but since 1920, the average annual temperature in the region has risen by 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

– PBS NewsHour

Tsunami debris … on line

The Maritime Museum of British Columbia in Victoria is curating an online exhibit of debris from last year's tsunami in Japan.

– KTOO, Juneau

Tsunami radioactivity

Are fish from the Pacific Ocean and Japanese coastal and inland waters safe to eat 16 months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster?

–, Vancouver

Pinks arrive at Kodiak

The Kodiak salmon harvest went over the 2 million mark, with a catch of 203,060 among all species.
– KMXT, Kodiak

Shell missing drilling window

Shell had planned to start drilling in the Arctic, but persistent sea ice and a number of last-minute stumbling blocks have delayed those plans indefinitely.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Shoppers need more catch info

The European Commission requires that whole or filleted fish must be labeled by its commercial name, whether it is farmed or wild, and the area in which it was caught. But it does not require catch method or the specific catch area to be included.

– The Grocer, U.K.

CG halts fishing boat

A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan law enforcement team directed the operator of a commercial fishing vessel to return to port after several safety violations were discovered on board.

– Coast Guard

Tearing down old cannery

The last of the early 20th century salmon canneries on the South-central Alaska road system is being torn down.

– Anchorage Daily News


Friday, July 20, 2012


Bristol Bay's commercial fishermen hauled in another 150,000 sockeye on Wednesday to push the season total harvest to just over 20 million fish.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Black cod fisherman finds 'bomb'

By the time he pulled up the mine, Jimmy Berg had caught as much metal as fish.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Salmon farm disease spreads

A virus linked to the death of farmed salmon has for the first time been found in B.C. fresh-water fish – cutthroat trout in Cultus Lake.

– Vancouver Sun

No fish? Climate change

Climate change is sweeping indigenous villages into the sea in Alaska, flooding the taro fields of Native Hawaiians, and devastating the salmon population from which Indian tribes in Washington state draw their livelihood, tribal leaders testified Thursday at a Senate hearing.

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaskans: Where are the kings?

Alaskans again this summer are wondering: Where are the king salmon?


Anti-gillnet fraud

The initiative will be a huge step backwards. It will not save a single fish.

– Coast River Business Journal

Study says preserve helps

But scientific evidence has emerged that supports what was once just an educated guess.


Piling on Pebble Mine

Recently the project has been featured on Dan Rather's weekly news show, Dan Rather Reports, the New York Times food section, and The Atlantic.

– Huffington Post

Salmon farms open

In a bid to educate the Canadian public about the realities of aquaculture, salmon farmers in the Campbell River region are offering weekly tours of their operations.

– FishNewsEU

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week: We take a sweeping look at the salmon season from one end of the state to the other; the loss of a Haines fisherman recently has prompted his fleet-mates to get as many fishermen outfitted with PFDs as possible, and exactly why copper is bad for baby salmon.

– KMXT, Kodiak

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