Monday, September 3, 2012
Labor Day holiday.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
PEBBLE BATTLE IN LAS VEGAS
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
ICE CAP AT RECORD LOW
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
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
SARDINE FLEET HIRES OWN SCIENTISTS
"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.
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
LANDING CRAFT SINKS IN DUTCH HARBOR
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.