Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day holiday.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Dining at RM Seafood, a Las Vegas restaurant in the Mandalay Bay hotel, offers a peek into the fierce battle over whether the federal government should allow a massive gold and copper mine to be constructed in Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed.

– Washington Post

Ranched fish overwhelm wild stream

A three year study by the state Department of Fish and Game released in 2010, revealed a much more wide-spread phenomena, with up to 98 percent of hatchery fish in wild-stock streams.
– Cordova Times

Yukon chum strong

After a disastrous Chinook salmon run, the chum salmon seem to be coming back strong.


Scope of Cook Inlet disaster

The 2012 catch was 5 percent of 2011's catch.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Testing wave power

One of the first test-buoy generators, launched with great fanfare, promptly sank. It was not a good start.

– Boston Globe

Kodiak search suspended

The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing crewman from the 58-foot fishing vessel Advantage near Kodiak Island Friday night at 8:40 p.m.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Moonie leader had fishing ties

The Unification Church owns the International Seafoods of Alaska processing plant and fishing.

– Anchorage Daily News

Dead zone off Oregon Coast

During upwelling, which is associated with strong north/northwest winds, the water is driven up, replacing surface waters and creating what scientists call a dead zone.

– The Oregonian

Cal fleet offered $1.2 million

According to PG&E, an offer has been presented in the amount of $1.2 million for lost catches for the months of November through December for both this year and the next. However, fishermen say there's a snag in those negotiations.

– KSBY, San Luis Obispo


Wednesday, September 5, 2012


According to scientists from NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo., the amount is the smallest size ever observed in the three decades since consistent satellite observations of the polar cap began.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Bristol Bay important for Oregon

As such, it is critical to the over 500 Oregon commercial fishermen, pilots, operators, and sport fishing guides travel to Bristol Bay each summer for work.

– Blue Oregon

Resilient salmon

What happens when a 100-year flood seemingly wipes out the salmon population in an Alaska stream?

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

Big storm hits Alaska

An unusually strong wind storm is affecting a huge swath of South-central Alaska. The storm stretches from Adak in the south and west to Big Delta in the eastern Interior.

– Alaska Public

Russian volcano affects flights

Two flights to Unalaska were cancelled after a Russian volcano sent a 40,000-foot ash plume into the sky.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Russian sockeye certified

The Ozernaya River sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) fishery located in the Russian Far East, on the southwest coast of the Kamchatka peninsula, was certified following an independent assessment.


E. Coast dogfish certified

The United States east coast North Atlantic fishery for spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias), assessed as six separate units of certification, has been awarded MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery.

– The Fish Site

Report mushy halibut

As cases of mushy halibut syndrome continue to pop up in South-central Alaska, fish authorities have issued a request for fishermen to report cases of the condition when spotted.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman

Copper River fish fat

Copper River salmon – particularly its king and sockeye salmon – gets its reputation from high fat content.

– Sacramento Bee


Thursday, September 6, 2012


"What happened was, the industry in the Northwest felt that the current surveys being done (in California) weren't adequately representing the biomass on our area of the coast."

– Daily Astorian

Columbia gillnet foes flip

Three of the six groups backing a November ballot measure to remove gillnets from the lower Columbia River are now urging a no vote, saying an alternate proposal from Gov. John Kitzhaber is a better option.

– The Oregonian

New airline to Atka

Grant Aviation's new flight service to Atka and Nikolski got off to a smooth start.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Fisheries to pay price for coral

In the decades to come, a potentially endangered species may have a significant impact on Alaska's fisheries.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Trawling like plowing

Bottom trawling by fishermen, long believed to harm marine life, may be even more damaging than previously thought, affecting the seabed as seriously as intensive plowing of farmland erodes the soil.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Seattle hurts halibut reputation

Given the high retail between $19 and $20 per pound, the consumers deserve better.

– Alaska Dispatch

E. Salmon farms foul seabeds

Levels of seabed pollution at almost two-thirds of Scottish marine salmon farms are either "unsatisfactory" or "borderline," and that the two main culprits were two companies most lauded for their environmental stewardship.

– FishNewsEU

Astoria fish fest this weekend

The Commercial Fishermen's Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9, at the Hammond Marina, near Astoria. For fishermen, there will be the usual contests of fishermanly skills, plus an opportunity to learn more about new Coast Guard regulations that are coming in the next few months. For consumers, there's a chance to get closer to the water with river tours, which will even allow participants to heave out a crab pot.


Friday, September 7, 2012


Small fuel spill, will try to refloat today.


Tuna fishing app for your iPad

App collects data, educates.

– Pacific News Center

Feds' Steller sea lion BiOp questioned by experts

Biological Opinion found that commercial fishing jeopardized endangered Steller sea lions in the Aleutian chain.

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

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, Southeast Dungies finish up a few pounds less than last year. Could endangered coral become a stumbling block to fishing in the future? And the problem with other critters eating or displacing targeted fisheries.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Update on West Coast trawl ratz

There have been some notable changes in the IFQ fishery, during the first half of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011.

– West Coast Trawlers' Network

Columbia River salmon and steelhead returns

Counts below average.

– Seattle Times

Central Coast coho recovery plan

Now endangered, coho once swam in more than a dozen rivers between San Francisco and Aptos.

– Mercury News

Tribes oppose gillnet ban measure

Tribes say measure does little to rebuild salmon populations.



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