Monday, August 8, 2011


Greed has trumped conservation on the Kenai River, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association charged as the return of prized, late-run king salmon was projected to fall below spawning needs and commercial fishermen in Cook Inlet again put their nets in the water.

– Craig Medred, reporting in Alaska Dispatch



Murkowski flubs chance to do right

If he'd told her he had backed a truck up to Costco and stolen $100,000 worth of fish, might the senator have found that a cause for firing?

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaska waits for fish

Alaska's commercial salmon catch now exceeds 103 million fish. We'll need 100 million more to hit the state's preseason forecast of 203 million.

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

What happened to the fish?

Petersburg fishermen and processors are seeing a lull in fishing after a strong showing north of Petersburg so far in the season.

– Petersburg Pilot

New way to call for help

Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced the commercial availability of a new voice distress service on FleetBroadband.

– Inmarsat

Homer and halibut

Visitors to Homer are welcomed by a sign at the top of Baycrest Hill proclaiming Homer the "halibut fishing capital of the world."

– The Republic

Sporties face cuts in halibut take

A proposed catch share plan for the Gulf of Alaska halibut fishery would include significant reductions in harvest allocations and bag limits for the charter sector, but those operators won't find much sympathy from commercial fishermen who have seen their quota reduced by as much as 79 percent in the last five years.

– Alaska Dispatch

Invaders infest Sacramento Delta

Lean out of a boat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin grab a handful of plants or a net full of fish, and you'll haul in a bunch of stuff that doesn't belong there.

– Sacramento Bee


Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Less than 48 hours after directing Cook Inlet commercial fishermen to hammer the tail-end of a strong run of sockeye salmon to the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has ordered an end to the fishing season for commercial set netters because of fears about the returns of late-run king salmon to the same river.

– Alaska Dispatch


Judge dismisses trawl challenge

A United States District Court judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA) to halt the West Coast groundfish trawl catch share program. Judge Charles R. Breyer found in favor of the federal defendants' request for summary judgment, an outcome supported by West Coast trawl organizations and the Environmental Defense Fund.

– West Coast Trawlers Network

Gillnetters on Fraser stocks

The Fraser River Panel met Monday, August 8 to receive an update on the migration of the Fraser sockeye and review the status of migration conditions in the Fraser River watershed.

– Pacific Salmon Commission

Senator: Get good Columbia R. plan

Federal agencies should expect no fix from Congress, and get to work designing a long-term recovery plan for Columbia-Snake River salmon that will pass muster with an exacting federal judge in Portland, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said.

– Seattle P-I

B.C. pinks now green

Pink salmon from B.C. have received the "green" label after being certified for sustainable management.

– Vancouver Sun


Fear in Emmonak

The Alaska Dispatch reported that the Alaska Fish and Game announced that it was closing its Emmonak office. The reason given was not economic, it was . . . fear.

– The Examiner

Harnessing tides for electricity

Joshua Myers has been busy putting electrodes on the heads of juvenile salmon, trying to determine how the fish will react to the simulated sound of giant steel and fiberglass turbines, which soon could be submerged in Washington state's Puget Sound.

– Miami Herald

That mysterious goo? Eggs.

Scientists have identified an orange-colored gunk that appeared along the shore of a remote Alaska village as millions of microscopic eggs filled with fatty droplets.

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaska salmon a top seller

Fishing occurs far away from where the catches end up, namely, retail counters and restaurants, and it is fun to get a feel for how Alaska's seafood is faring.

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


Wednesday, August 10, 2011


On the deck of his trawler, Steve Arnold took out his Droid Incredible and photographed the best of that day's catch of fluke. He e-mailed the photograph to a number of chefs and sent them a note saying what he had hauled in, what he would be fishing for in the coming days, and when he could deliver his catch that afternoon. The chefs fired back requests for squid, fluke, striped bass and a dozen or so other species.

– New York Times


Not certified? Distributor won't sell it

First went the Chilean sea bass. Then the sharks and bluefin tuna. Now, Western Canada's largest seafood distributor says it is committed to removing several more groups of seafood worth $250,000 in annual sales from its product list because they are not certified as being harvested sustainably.

– Vancouver Sun

Halibut, black cod get recertified

The U.S. North Pacific halibut and the U.S. North Pacific sablefish fisheries that operate in territorial waters off the coast of Alaska, Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska have earned re-certification to the MSC standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.


All gear types on Fraser fish

The panel approved an increase in the run size-estimate for Harrison River sockeye from the forecast of 372,000 fish, to 640,000 fish. Assessments of Late-run sockeye abundance are ongoing.

– Pacific Salmon Commission

Chum helps Yukon R. fishermen

A strong run of fall chum salmon in the Yukon River is helping make up for a weak king salmon run.

– Fairbanks News Miner

Tear down dams

Almost 1,200 businesses, most of them from the Pacific Northwest, have sent an open letter to President Obama saying it's time for a new approach to helping salmon and steelhead — up to and including possible removal of dams.

– Eugene Register Guard

Crescent City Harbor handles fishermen

Despite tsunami damage, the Crescent City Harbor is accommodating fishermen this summer, the harbormaster.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Frankenfish firm pushing back

The company that wants to produce genetically modified salmon is pushing back against its critics.

– KRBD, Ketchikan


Thursday, August 11, 2011


Between 1.5 and seven million sockeye salmon are expected to return to the Fraser River this year, with commercial fisherman getting their first crack at the river on Thursday.

– The Province, Vancouver

Cold spring means a cold river

An unseasonably cold spring and summer could mean a better than expected return on sockeye salmon in the Fraser River.

– CTV, Canada

Fuglvog to plead today

A former fisheries aide to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, is expected to appear Thursday in federal court in Anchorage to plead guilty to charges that he falsified fishing records.

– Anchorage Daily News

NOAA gets top cop

Bruce Buckson, a nationally recognized leader with 29 years experience in natural resource conservation law enforcement, has been named the new director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement.


Maine pink shrimp fishery tightens

One of New England's last open-access commercial fisheries could be closed to new participants as regulators look at new ways to manage the region's shrimp fishery, a restriction that some fishermen fear would harm their ability to make ends meet in the winter.

– Boston Globe

Alaskan Ben Stevens off legal hook

Ben Stevens has been told he's off the hook in the rapidly fading Alaska political corruption investigation, according to people with knowledge of the case.

– Anchorage Daily News

No gold dredging in Cal

The current moratorium on suction dredging in California's rivers and streams was extended another five years when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that prohibits the controversial gold mining technique through June 2016.

– Eureka Times Standard

Tracking salmon to your plate

If you've ever wondered where the salmon on your plate came from – other than the promise from your local fishmonger that it's from B.C. waters – Thrifty Foods may have the answer.

– Victoria Times Colonist


Friday, August 13, 2011


Arne Fuglvog, who was Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's top fisheries adviser, pleaded guilty Thursday to breaking commercial fishing law and also indicated he could be feeding information to prosecutors in an attempt to lighten his sentence.

– Anchorage Daily News


Halibut charters decry Arne

A former leader of the politically powerful Petersburg Vessel Owners Association, Fuglvog was on the council when it began plotting ways to freeze the catch of halibut by charter boats and anglers.

– Alaska Dispatch

Feds comment on Arne case

The U.S. attorney's office issued this press release on Arne Fuglvog's court appearance today.

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

Muzzled scientist to testify

Miller is a top-level Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientist. Her recent findings on what's causing the decline of B.C. salmon stocks was allegedly muzzled by the Prime Minister's Office. But she will talk at the Cohen Commission. And a fellow aquaculture expert can't wait to hear her.


Alaska Fisheries Report

The makers of Frankenfish push back against their detractors; changes are afoot at the University of Alaska's Fisheries Technology Center, and which gear group whines the most.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Bellingham boat sinks

A family narrowly escaped disaster early Thursday when a commercial fishing boat started sinking into Squalicum Harbor while they were asleep inside.

– Bellingham Herald

B.C. fishermen decry Native rights

As commercial fishermen filled their nets with Fraser River sockeye salmon Thursday afternoon, some called for more chances to fish, like their First Nations counterparts.

– CTV, Canada

Oregon's reserve process

Biologists and members of the fishing community are engaged in a second season of fact finding for pilot marine reserve sites on the Oregon Coast.

– Bandon (Ore.) Western World

A scorecard from Laine

Pink salmon catches are setting records in Southeast Alaska, nearly all in the northern regions, where nearly 30 million have been landed so far. At this pace, the Southeast forecast of 55 million humpies will be easily reached. In all, the state predicts a catch of 133 million pink salmon this summer – a 25 percent increase from last year – but with slow going at prime producers of Kodiak and Prince William Sound, that might be a stretch. Dock prices at major ports are roughly 41 cents a pound, or about $1.50 per pink. … Upper Cook Inlet's sockeye salmon catch has topped 5 million so far, the best in 10 years. … Good numbers of chums are being caught in the Yukon River and Norton Sound is seeing its best chum catches since 1988. Also setting salmon records this year – Russia where the total wild harvest has topped 305,000 tons of mostly pink and chum salmon. That competition is likely to put a downward press on Alaska salmon roe prices.

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