Monday, August 15, 2011


Almost everyone now seems in agreement the plan will cut the 2012 halibut limit for charter anglers to one fish per day.

– Alaska Dispatch

Ill will against charters

What the bumper stickers lack in brevity is more than made up for in animus — "I'd rather see my daughter working in a whorehouse than on a charter boat."

– Alaska Journal of Commerce

Confusion as Cook Inlet fishery ends

Upended regulations, costly logistical nightmares and concern over Kenai River king salmon marred a historic return of sockeye to Cook Inlet this season.

– Alaska Journal of Commerce

Muzzled scientist to testify

No-fishing reserves can restore marine ecosystems better than previously thought and can turn a heavily degraded site into an international model for conservation.


Pebble: Both sides stage ad blitz

The battle over the giant Pebble gold and copper prospect is escalating across Alaska with a blitz of radio and television ads.

– Anchorage Daily News

Whale still in Klamath River

After about seven weeks of swimming in circles under the U.S. Highway 101 bridge, the 45-foot-long gray whale shows no signs of leaving the Klamath River for the ocean.

– Eureka Times Standard

Agreement over Taku River mine

The Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN) and the province of British Columbia have hammered out an agreement that will allow for both Native stewardship of ancestral lands, and responsible economic development in partnership with industry.

– Indian Country

Fraser River sockeye openings

Purse seine test fishing catches of Fraser River sockeye in Johnstone Strait have increased substantially over the past week.

– Pacific Salmon Commission


Tuesday, August 16, 2011


The total allowable catch for golden king crab in the eastern district is set at 3.15 million pounds, with 10 percent of that apportioned to the community development quota groups.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Alexandra Gutierrez, reporting for KUCB, Unalaska


Fraser inquiry turns to salmon farms

The Cohen Commission into the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon stocks will turn its attention to a significant point when hearings resume in Vancouver on topics that surround salmon farming.

– Vancouver Sun

Salmon and jobs

For decades, Southeast Alaska fishermen have followed the evolution of recovery efforts aimed at Columbia and Snake River salmon.

– Juneau Empire

Hope in Fraser runs

A modest increase in the size of sockeye runs returning to the Fraser River and an anticipated boom of pink salmon – which could number 17 million this year – should once again give commercial fishing on the West Coast a much-needed boost.

– Globe and Mail, Toronto

Fraser sockeye take northern route

The diversion rate of Fraser sockeye through Johnstone Strait is currently estimated to be approximately 75 percent.

– Pacific Salmon Commission

Anti-gillnet 'greed gang'

A proposed Oregon ballot measure would effectively end gillnetting on the main stem of the Columbia River. This is an old and weary battle, but with a new spin.

– The Daily Astorian

New NOAA research ship in Newport

And now, the Bell M. Shimada – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's newest fisheries research vessel – calls the port home.

– Albany (Ore.) Democrat Herald

Legislature plans halibut hearing

The House Special Committee on Fisheries is scheduled to meet in Anchorage for an "overview hearing on Pacific halibut management."

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

Tribe cannot sell sockeye

Sto:lo Nation member bands can't legally sell the sockeye salmon they catch in the lower Fraser River this summer.



Wednesday, August 17, 2011


A new poll commissioned by an environmental foundation concludes that Bristol Bay commercial fishermen are overwhelmingly opposed to development of the proposed Pebble mine prospect.

– Anchorage Daily News

Study: Pests hurt salmon more

A recent study suggests that parasites in fish, including threatened species of Oregon coho salmon, may have more profound impacts on fish health than has been assumed, and could be one of the key mechanisms by which habitat and land use changes cause salmon mortality.

– TheFishSite

Klamath whale dies

The female gray whale that drew considerable public attention by staying the greater part of this summer in the lower Klamath River died of natural causes in the early morning of Tuesday, August 16.

– AlterNet

B.C. chum salmon bycatch killed

Thousands of chum salmon that are supposed to be released alive as a conservation measure are being thrown overboard dead or dying in a North Coast commercial fishery, two fisheries conservation organizations have charged.

– Globe and Mail, Toronto

Who's packing your fish?

So, who works in Alaska's processing plants? If you think it's Lower 48 college kids up for a summer salmon adventure, you'd best get with the times.

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

Salmon and … Tang?

In the near future, astronauts could be treated to the delicacy of Alaska wild salmon; even as they orbit high above the ocean the fish came from.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Fish farm foe to stick it out

Biologist Alexandra Morton says she'll continue her fight against open net fish farms to the end, even though she's "exhausted" from her almost 20-year-old campaign.

– Vancouver Sun

Shell criticised for leak

Another leak has been found in the flow line beneath the Gannet Alpha oil platform, 113 miles off Aberdeen, in the wake of claims that oil giant Shell has underplayed the incident.


Essay: Stop arguing about frankenfish

The federal review process for genetically engineered (GE) food animals, now being applied to fast-growing salmon, is tortuously drawn out, scientifically unjustified, and likely to rob society of both environmental and economic benefits, argue researchers at the University of California, Davis.

– TheFishSite


Thursday, August 18, 2011


Only one other time in history has the commercial crab fishery brought in more money over a season.

– KCBY, Coos Bay

Pebble Mine on ballot

A ballot initiative that could sidetrack the giant Pebble mine will be allowed to go before voters in the Lake and Peninsula Borough this October under a ruling Wednesday by the Alaska Supreme Court.

– Anchorage Daily News

Anti-Pebble ad 'ludicrous'

The latest TV campaign by the anti-Pebble group is ludicrous.

– Anchorage Daily News

Bering Sea medevac

The Kodiak-based Coast Guard Cutter SPAR crew medevaced a crew member from the fishing vessel Maverick more than 200 miles to Saint Paul Island Wednesday.

– Alaska Native News

Mafia-style halibut management

This is a story about one of the most powerful families doing business in the 49th state, though most Alaskans do not think of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council as a family.

– Alaska Dispatch

Hatchery key to these sockeye

At the Gulkana Hatchery, a few people working for the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation raise a brood of up to 35 million red salmon each year and release them into the Gulkana River system.

– Capital City Weekly, Juneau

Toxic algae could kill salmon

Toxic algal blooms are a growing problem in the world's oceans and may be responsible for killing salmon on the West Coast.

– Globe and Mail, Toronto

Arctic race for fish

Fish from the Arctic are set to emerge as a huge resource, but also a potential source of friction.

– Financial Times

Salmon not top B.C. seafood

Sure, 15 to 20 years ago, salmon and herring accounted for 90 per cent of the value of B.C.'s commercial fishing industry, but today, other species are more dominant.

– Vancouver Sun



Friday, August 19, 2011


Faced with a sockeye return that ranked among the top five all time and what may end up as the lowest return of Kenai River king salmon ever, ADFG was under even more scrutiny than usual in the most hotly contested fishery in Alaska.

– Alaska Journal of Commerce

Harassment waiver for female observer?

The owner of the FV Princess Karlinna II, a longliner homeported in American Samoa is currently stuck at port, because its owner is asking for a written waiver of liabilities from the National Marine Fisheries in case of possible harassment for taking its selected observer - a female - on board the vessel.

– Samoa News

Unexpectedly large B.C. chum run

The best chum salmon run in years has come to local waters, unexpectedly, and commercial fishermen who didn't expect it netted the waters for four days last week.

– B.C. Local News

Drilling in Alaska roadless area

U.S. Forest Service Alaska Regional Forester Beth Pendleton said mining geotechnical and exploration drilling projects in inventoried roadless areas on Prince of Wales Island and Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska have been approved to go forward.

– SitNews

Businesses like Columbia salmon ruling

Northwest businesses are rallying behind a federal court decision earlier this month affirming wild salmon's right to exist.

– Tacoma News Tribune


Another fisherman medevaced

An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 19-year-old fisherman with reported severe facial injuries from Ouzinkie to Kodiak.

– Coast Guard


Flawed B.C. oil spill plans

A serious flaw in the government's response plans for oil and chemical spills on the West Coast has been highlighted at a federal inquiry investigating the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River.

– Globe and Mail, Toronto

Outside domination of Alaska fisheries

More than 50 years ago, Alaska became a state and broke the domination Outside interests had long held over the salmon of the Alaska Territory.

– Alaska Dispatch

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the Golden King Crab fishery kicks off; charter industry skippers get angry in Homer, and Fish in Space.

– KMXT, Kodiak

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