Monday, July 21, 2014


The Crescent City Harbor District will hold a public hearing today on the final budget for fiscal year 2014–2015, which shows the harbor operating more than $580,000 in the red.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Blue red crab

A rare blue-colored red king crab was part of a fisherman's catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska.

– Kitsap Sun

Farm fish in warm water

Populations of Atlantic salmon have a surprisingly good capacity to adjust to warmer temperatures resulting from climate change, according to scientists at UBC and the University of Oslo. The finding adds to recent UBC-supported research on heat tolerance of Pacific salmon.

– Underwater Times

Seaplane pilot misses whale

But when the pilot saw the footage, he said he hadn't even seen the whale and was instead reacting to the people yelling at him from the shore.

– Underwater Times

Boat rams shark

The boat is badly damaged but the fishermen are OK, while it remains unclear how the whale shark fared.

– Underwater Times

Russians' king crab legacy

The legacy of the king crab, which Soviet Union scientists introduced to the area during the 1960s, shows how even just detecting that a species is an ecological problem can take a long time.
– Barents Observer

Rabies in Southeast

The two prior cases of confirmed rabies in bats in Alaska were in 1993 and 2006, both in Southeast.

– Alaska Public Media

Bristol Bay report

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 18 includes details of the 404 C determination rolled out on Friday by the EPA and reaction to the $1.20 base price for sockeye caught this season in Bristol Bay.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Bristol Bay numbers

The estimated total run of sockeye into Bristol Bay waters stood just under 39 million fish, well beyond the Department of Fish and Game preseason forecast of 26.5 million.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman

Bonanza on Fraser

B.C. gets its largest sockeye run in almost 100 years, but the ability to handle so much fish hasn't kept up.

– CBC, Vancouver


Tuesday, July 22, 2014


An "adult" dinner cruise complete with exotic dancers was shut down over the weekend after authorities were alerted that there were potentially too many people aboard the vessel.

– Alaska Dispatch

Japan boosts export markets

Businesses operating at Japan's largest fish market are increasingly trying to boost exports, sensing demand overseas for such fare as octopus, abalone, and stonefish sold with the renowned Tsukiji brand.

– Japan Times

Chinese food toxins

A toxic food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc. and others, as well as products of McDonald's Corp. as far away as Japan.

– Japan Times

Cal counties seek state money

Thirty six California counties say the Department of Fish and Wildlife owes them millions of dollars and the department is not denying it. One county has even sent the department a bill.

– Cal Cap Radio, Sacramento

Huge school of baitfish

There was quite a sight off the coast of La Jolla, California, yesterday: What looked like a giant dark ink stain, or an oil spill, moving and pulsing like it was alive — because it was.

– Cal Cap Radio

British fishing deaths at record low

Fatalities in the UK fishing industry were at an all-time low in 2013, according to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch's (MAIB) annual report, which was published today.

– FishNewsEU

Alaska fisheries numbers

ADF&G publishes harvest numbers on a regular basis.

– ADFG Alaska

Seeking Alaska bats

The two researchers aren't trying to spot cranes or herons. They're looking for bats.

– Alaska public media

Sampling Alaska waters

Pesticides and higher levels of mercury were among the findings.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Fighting Inlet salmon war

The Peregrine is a commercial fishing boat owned by longtime Inlet driftnetter Wally Page.

– Alaska Dispatch, Anchorage


Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Kuskokwim River villagers say they accepted early summer fishing restrictions that cost them a chance at treasured king salmon in order to boost the struggling run. But they are outraged over state-approved commercial openings over the past week, before upriver villagers have caught enough fish to store for winter.

– Alaska Dispatch News

B.C. pinks pressuring sockeye

Evidence mounts that the phenomenal and persistent abundance of pink salmon is putting real pressure on other Pacific salmon and even sea birds that share the same food resources.

– Vancouver Sun

Herring season's sunset

There's still fish in the water, but seiners are done harvesting herring in the Aleutian Islands.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Lauren Rosenthal, reporting for KUCB

'Unrestricted consumption' list expands

Alaska has expanded its fish testing data and released new fish consumption guidelines.  The new guidelines increase the number of fish species on the "unrestricted consumption" list. 


Are whales hindering herring?

While whales are not to blame for the decline of herring in places like Lynn Canal and Prince William Sound, they may be keeping depleted stocks down.

– Juneau Empire

The good fish

It turns out the wild salmon of Bristol Bay are one of the five least toxic fish to eat around the globe and thankfully will stay that way, thanks to the Obama administration. But what are the other four?

– KSPR 33

Pebble suit demands heads-up

The group behind the proposed Pebble Mine wants notification of any further action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would affect the project. The request is part of a lawsuit by the Pebble Limited Partnership and Alaska Peninsula Corp.

– Peninsula Clarion

CG handles vessel flooding, emergencies

Coast Guard crewmembers assisted the six-person crew of a fishing vessel taking on water near Ketchikan Friday morning and conducted two medevacs in Southeast Alaska Sunday.

– Sitnews

Eating the right fish

Fishermen can harvest more fish from healthy salmon runs, while affording greater protection to threatened runs in BC, if consumers eat more salmon from "stock-selective" fisheries.

– Fish Information Site

Mitigating impacts on the Columbia

Development of the Columbia River for power, commerce and agriculture has drastically impacted and reduced salmon habitat. But the fish have been taking thousands of acres back, much of it paid for by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

– Daily Astorian


Thursday, July 24, 2014


A shared goal of both plans is to remove these species from federal and state lists of endangered and threatened species. The recovery plan provides a detailed road map for how to reach that goal. 

– CDFW press release

Togiak vessels seized

Last week the Alaska State Troopers served 4 search warrants in Togiak that resulted in the seizure of 4 driftnet vessels that the Troopers allege fished illegally from 1 to 2 miles outside of the Togiak District.


Bluefin tuna ban considered

The Fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) is opening a formal rulemaking process to determine whether it should add Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) to its list of fish species that must be released immediately if caught.

Kuskokwim residents, managers to collaborate

In a meeting that stretched four and a half hours Wednesday, a Kuskokwim River salmon advisory group agreed to set aside proposals to declare "no confidence" in Alaska's subsistence and commercial fishing managers and instead work within the system.

– Alaska Dispatch News

Court allows vote on setnet ban

Voters could be asked to decide whether to ban setnets in certain parts of Alaska under a court decision made Wednesday.

– Peninsula Clarion

$10K fine for SoCal violations

A Southern California man was given a stiff fine this week for a series of commercial fishing violations in Los Angeles County.


Divergent chum conditions

With chum salmon surging through much of Western Alaska, commercial openings are having dramatically different effects – from a price spike in Kotzebue, to frustration along the Upper Yukon.

– Knom

Yukon's 'season of hope'

In Part 2 of "Season of Hope," photographer Jacob Curtis and reporter Rhonda McBride head out on the Yukon River to see how the dipnets have made a difference.


Ocean wind farms teem with fish

When rooted in the ocean floor, a wind farm can become a sort of artificial reef, a home for invertebrate animals. These animals attract predators, which in turn attract species higher up the food chain.

– Christian Science Monitor

'Oceansphere' fish farm under construction

Hawaii Oceanic Technology Inc. expects to begin construction of its first Oceansphere, a deep-water open ocean fish farm off the North Kohala coast of Hawaii Island, by the end of this year, said a company release.



Friday, July 25, 2014


It's "odd," "disturbing," and keeping Pacific Grove residents up at night.

– Marin Independent Journal, California

Coast Guard Pelican medevac

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced a 31-year-old man with a head injury from Pelican, Alaska, Thursday.

– Coast Guard

Salmon prices holding

The best deals were at box stores like Costco Wholesale, in Anchorage, where fillets of neatly packaged Copper River reds were $9.95 a pound.

– Cordova Times

28 million in Bristol Bay

Commercial salmon harvests have topped 28 million fish in Bristol Bay and 23 million fish in Prince William Sound.

– Cordova Times

Mixed bag in SE

Commercial salmon gillnet fishing around Petersburg and Wrangell has been somewhat of a mixed bag in the early season with some strong runs of sockeye and coho boosting catches.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Stikine salmon airlift

Fishery managers in Canada this summer are moving salmon by helicopter around a landslide that's partially blocked a major tributary of the Stikine River across the border from Southeast Alaska.

– KFSK,Petersburg

Total Alaska count

Here's how the ADFG sees things.

– ADFG Alaska

Arrested after Togiak fishing

Alaska Wildlife Troopers say they seized six commercial drift gillnet boats recently after they were spotted fishing well outside the Togiak salmon district of Bristol Bay.

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

Quakes in Southeast

Two quakes occurred in the same location early Friday in southeast Alaska, and the U. S. Geological Survey reports weak or light shaking was felt around Juneau, about 100 miles to the east.
– Juneau Empire

Coast Guard off Oregon

A Newport-based Coast Guard crew came to the aid of a commercial fishing vessel that was taking on water about 10 miles north of the Yaquina Bay bar.

– Daily Astorian

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