Monday, July 19, 2010

Sports group aims to kill Columbia gillnetting

The Coastal Conservation Association is a front for a part of the recreational fishing industry that has an oar in the water in the current attempt to kill the Columbia gillnet fleet, by both initiative and legislation, with the intent to gain access to the entire non-tribal harvest of Columbia River salmon.

– Tom Shafer, writing for a blog of The Oregonian

Alaska's experience a warning for gulf

The Gulf of Mexico isn't dead because of BP's oil spill, but fishermen are fearful that a species may disappear from its waters like the Pacific herring did from Alaska's Prince William Sound after the Exxon Valdez disaster.

– Houston Chronicle

Four vessels in distress off Kenai

Four vessels took on water Thursday night, including a 34-foot long commercial fishing boat that capsized 10 miles northwest of Anchor Point.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

One fisherman missing in Norton Sound

Shaktoolik villagers rescued two young men clinging to buoys after their fishing boat sank in Norton Sound on Friday, but another man is missing and presumed dead, troopers say.

– Tacoma News Tribune


Bering Sea 'emptied' of fish

Commercial fishing companies have all but emptied the Bering Sea of fish, which are necessary not only for the ecosystem but also for the success of local businesses.

– Stevie Kimmet, writing in the Salem Statesman Journal


American Seafoods faces fine

American Seafoods International has been cited for 15 alleged “willful and serious violations”relating to its process safety management program at its processing plant in New Bedford, Mass.

– Food Production Daily

Federal wash down permit plan suspended

Fishermen and other boaters can rest easier knowing they won't need a federal permit to hose off their decks.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in the Anchorage Daily News

America's deadliest catch

Forget about those crabs that crawl around on the bottom of the Bering Sea.

It's the shrimp that inhabit the balmy waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

– Anchorage Daily News

Natives, feds to clash over B.C. salmon sales

Local first nations are bracing for a dust-up with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) over the sale of sockeye salmon along roadsides on reserve lands.

– Vancouver Sun


Earthquake in Bering Sea

A series of strong aftershocks in Alaska's Aleutian Islands region Sunday followed a powerful earthquake that shook the remote area, but officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

– Yahoo


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bristol Bay catch down, prices high

It's pretty clear now that this season's catch of Bristol Bay sockeye won't reach the state forecast of 30.5 million fish.

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


Banner year in B.C., so why feds' tactics?

It appears to be a cynical back-door approach by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to put pressure on the First Nations community to stop fishing for sockeye, despite a banner return to the Somass River this year.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Another author explains fisheries

Writer Paul Greenberg has been eating fish caught in local waters since he was a kid growing up in Connecticut. Most of the fish he caught himself — but occasionally, he would visit the fishmonger in his hometown and purchase wild fish, fresh from the sea.


Alaska scallop fishery on

In July a handful of boats drop dredges to scoop up Alaska weathervane scallops in waters stretching from Yakutat to the Bering Sea.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, written in SitNews, Ketchikan

BP and Exxon Valdez: A crude comparison

Like crude oil, scientific comparisons can be slippery. Most adult Americans remember the Exxon Valdez tragedy and rescue workers using dish detergent to clean heavily oiled birds.

– Juneau Empire

Canadian feds plan B.C. fish farms regulations

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans expects to spend upwards of $8 million a year on a new program to manage and police the British Columbia aquaculture industry, the department announced.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Comment on protected area registry

The feds have established a national system of marine protected areas, and has invited state and local governments to nominate areas to the U.S. system. You have until Aug. 5 to comment on the plan.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Voluntary Chinook catch limits

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking Americans fishing in the Yukon River to voluntarily reduce the number of Chinook salmon they catch.




Two distress calls in Alaska

The Coast Guard responded to two separate distress calls after receiving one from a crewmember from the Homer-based 58-foot fishing vessel Polar Star reporting they were taking on water 65-miles west of Kodiak and another from a crewmember aboard the Seward-based 38-foot charter vessel Aurora reporting smoke in their engine room 10 miles southeast of Seward Tuesday morning.

– Coast Guard press release

Biologists hopeful about Fraser sockeye

It's beginning to look as if this season's spawning sockeye salmon returns up the Fraser River will not be a repeat of last year's disaster.

– Vancouver Province

Troller sinks off Columbia River

The Coast Guard rescued a 53-year-old man from a sinking fishing vessel approximately 20 miles west of the Columbia River entrance Tuesday.

– Coast Guard press release

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South African hake at Costco

Lonrho has implemented a comprehensive rollout of one of its sustainable fish product brands – Cape Hake Fillets – into U.S. retail giant Costco.

– Business Financial News Wire

Probe reopens in murder of crab fisherman

Alaska State Troopers are reopening an investigation into the stabbing death of a Maryland man 28 years ago outside a bar in Kodiak.

– Anchorage Daily News

End sockeye impasse in B.C.

Port Alberni is under the microscope again. This time, it's the uncrowned roadside salmon sales capital of the world.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Fairweather surveying Arctic

Responding to a request from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Maritime Pilots, and the commercial shipping industry, NOAA sent one of its premier surveying vessels, NOAA Ship Fairweather, to detect navigational dangers in critical Arctic waters that have not been charted for more than 50 years.

– NOAA press release

Chefs to visit Cordova

Cordova will serve as home base as a group of chefs from the nationally acclaimed Oceanaire Seafood Room tours the region, visits with fishermen processors and managers, and learns about salmon and other seafood harvested from the Copper River and Prince William Sound region.

– Copper River/PWS Marketing Association press release


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lampreys not totally despicable

Long, slimy and with rows of sharp teeth like a tiger shark, lampreys look like something out of a fisherman's worst nightmare.

– Redoubtreporter




News still good for Fraser sockeye

First, the Early Stuart run, which is now well under way, appears significantly better than expected.

– Vancouver Province


Atlantic salmon caught in SE Alaska

An Atlantic salmon that escaped from a British Columbia fish farming operation was caught recently in Southeast Alaska's Sumner Strait, reports Petersburg radio station KFSK.

– Anchorage Daily News


Kodiak processor gets wind power

Island Seafoods plans to tout the plant's connection with sustainable energy on a new label.

– Anchorage Daily News


Cordova thinks shipyard

City Council held a work session to discuss plans for continued expansion of the Cordova boat haul out and the council's vision for development of a full-service shipyard.

– Cordova Times


Feds to study Unalaska eagle complaints

Bald eagles line up like hoodlums along light poles in Unalaska, their heads shrugged into their shoulders, eyes scanning for food. They careen off cliffs, perch on bridges and playground equipment, and tussle over the leftover fish bits in beached nets.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman


Vancouver Aquarium certifies packer

Albacore tuna, sockeye and pink salmon canned by Delta's Raincoast Trading are the first retail products to bear the Ocean Wise sustainability logo.

– Vancouver Sun


Obama approves ocean planning effort

By executive order, President Obama has hit the go button for the creation of a political system for writing ocean and Great Lakes usage plans overseen by a new National Ocean Council.

– Gloucester (Mass.) Times


Food maven tours Alaska

On a tour arranged and paid for by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, I spent last week observing salmon fishing and processing in Anchorage and at remote places 600 miles to the southwest.

– Marion Nestle, writing in her blog for The Atlantic magazine


NOAA ship charting Bering

The Fairweather is spending July and August examining sea floor features, measuring ocean depths and supplying data for updating NOAA's nautical charts spanning 350 square nautical miles in the Bering Straits around Cape Prince of Wales.

– Arctic Sounder



Friday, July 23, 2010

Bristol Bay fishermen get 95 cents

Commercial fishermen in the famed Bristol Bay wild Alaska sockeye salmon fishery were heading home in late July with smiles on their faces, warmed by base prices averaging 95 cents a pound for the 28 million reds netted.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman


Natives interrupt California protected area hearing

North Coast tribal members again forced leaders of a meeting on the controversial Marine Life Protection Act in Fort Bragg to listen to American Indian concerns about infringing on traditional gathering.

– Pacific Fishing correspondent John Driscoll, writing in the Eureka Times-Standard

What was he thinking?

A man accused of ramming two humpback whales in the waters near Craig has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

– Anchorage Daily News

Fleet ready for golden king crab

We're three weeks away from the opening of the Aleutian Islands' commercial golden king crab fishery. The open date is Aug. 15.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Judge blocks Chukchi Sea drilling

A federal judge in Alaska blocked plans for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, ruling that the Interior Department did not adequately consider the proposal's environmental effects.

– Los Angeles Times

Bobby T. ticketed

Alaska Wildlife Troopers have cited Juneau fisherman and lobbyist Robert Thorstensen, Jr. for fishing without a commercial vessel license.

– Alaska Report

Alaska fishing's death rate is lower

A new federal report says safety interventions addressing specific hazards in Alaska have resulted in a significant decline in the commercial fishing fatality rate, but more preventive measures are still needed in high risk fisheries.

– Bristol Bay Times

Prof challenges plankton theory

A new NASA-supported analysis published in the journal Ecology by Michael Behrenfeld, a botany professor at Oregon State University and a leading international expert in using remote sensing technology to examine ocean productivity, challenges a long-standing theory about the growth of phytoplankton in the world's oceans.

– Newport News Times

Gulf seafood prices soar

Handwritten signs inside the Coastal Restaurant here announce the bad news: "Due to the Gulf oil spill, we are unable to offer all-you-can-eat portions of oysters or shrimp."

– USA Today



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