Monday, September 12, 2011


A new survey of rockfish on the Alaskan Peninsula has found a greater number than expected, possibly leading to bigger hauls for fishermen.

– Anchorage Daily News

Seismic ship leaves Dutch

A research vessel operated by the National Science Foundation has left Unalaska to do seismic work in the Chukchi Sea.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Changes in Juneau docks

Docks and Harbors managers have several large projects and harbor rebuilds that have been in the works for years, and since last year the department has gained ground in most of the projects.

– Juneau Empire

Congress members against frankenfish

Members of Congress are pushing to stop the Food and Drug Administration from approving genetically engineered salmon, saying not enough is known about a fish they say could harm fishery businesses in coastal states.

– Miami Herald

Kenai poets

When commercial fishing is slow, or Rich King just has a spare moment during a slow day on the water, he reads his poems to other fisherman over the marine radio.

– Peninsula Clarion


Oregon albatross death

The death of an endangered albatross hooked by a fishing boat off Oregon has federal biologists and fisheries managers looking at requiring West Coast fishing boats to take extra steps to avoid killing sea birds.

– San Jose Mercury News

Sen. Cantwell to oppose Pebble

In a high-stakes battle that pits gold and copper against fish, members of Congress are scrapping over a plan to build one of the world's largest open pit mines in southwest Alaska.

– Kansas City Star

Lice-eating fish

Marine Harvest and Scottish Sea Farms are each investing £450,000 over the next three years to develop and grow wrasse – a fish which cleans other fish of parasites and has been shown to help control sea lice in farmed salmon.

– FishNewsEU


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Politicians scrapping over Pebble

In a high-stakes battle that pits gold and copper against fish, members of Congress are scrapping over a plan to build one of the world's largest open pit mines in southwest Alaska.

– Anchorage Daily News

Fraser sockeye stronger

An estimated 4.5 million sockeye salmon are returning to the Fraser River system this summer and the run size has fishery managers cautiously optimistic about the survival of the iconic fish.

– B.C. Local News

Fraser pinks still coming

At the meeting Monday, the panel adopted a pink salmon run size of 17,500,000 fish.

– Pacific Salmon Commission

What’s an ocean worth?

A unique study, released on Monday from a Sydney think tank, has been the first to assess the actual financial worth of the environmental treasure beneath Australia's oceans.

– Peoples Daily Online, China

Seafood money in Alaska

Millions more dollars are being pumped into Alaska communities and state coffers by the seafood industry.

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

More tugs in Dutch?

Each year, thousands of ships travel through the Aleutians on the Great Circle route, and that number only continues to increase.

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

Temp docks in Crescent City

The plan for temporary docks in the Crescent City Harbor is changing as a result of upcoming dredging.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Moving ahead against sea lions

Lethal removal of California sea lions and Endangered Species Act-listed salmon and steelhead at Bonneville Dam has been a political hot potato since it began, and this year in particular as it was allowed, then disallowed.

– The Oregonian

Murkowski helps lead ocean caucus

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she will be co-chairwoman of a new bipartisan caucus focused on oceans.

– San Jose Mercury News

Salmon farmers want big expansion

One of Scotland’s leading salmon farming companies is aiming to spend more than £50 million over the next five years to nearly double its operation – but it will have to overcome strong community opposition in some areas if it is to succeed.

– The Herald, Scotland


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

B.C. dogfish certified

The British Columbia spiny dogfish (Squalus suckleyi) fishery has received Marine Stewardship Council certification as a sustainable fishery.

– Anchorage Daily News

Low tech fishing for pinks

Reef netting is about as low-tech as it gets: four guys on two barges with a net strung between them.

– Seattle Times

SF salt flat to wetland

With the crunch of a bulldozer Tuesday afternoon, the oldest salt flat in the Bay Area became the region's newest wetland.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Fishing festival in Seattle

As part of the 23rd annual Fishermen’s Fall Festival in Seattle, skippers and cast mates of the Discovery Channel program “Deadliest Catch" will again join other veteran Bering Sea crabbers to serve up crab melt griddles for festival goers.

– Bering Sea Crabbers

Fishing festival in Astoria

The Commercial Fishermen's Festival brings together commercial fishermen and the public for a weekend of finny fun Sept. 17 and 18.

– Coast Weekend

Less fish for farmed salmon

A 22 month trial with Atlantic salmon in a commercial scale farm in Norway has demonstrated the practicality of using feed with low levels of marine protein.

– FishNewsEU

Sockeye in B.C.’s Okanagan

Since 2004, the Okanagan Nation Alliance fisheries department has been working with governments, utilities and other agencies on both sides of the international boundary to restore fish passage for salmon up the Columbia system into the Okanagan, past McIntyre Dam and Okanagan Falls and ultimately into Okanagan Lake.

– BCLocalNews

Sea lion scientists fined

A science consortium has agreed to a civil penalty of $9,000 for intruding into Alaska waters that were declared off-limits to protect endangered Steller sea lions.

– Anchorage Daily News

Oregon wants bigger N. Pacific voice

Here's a resolution signed yesterday by the mayor of Newport, Ore., supporting the addition of two more Oregon seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which regulates federal fisheries off Alaska.

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

Fraser fisherman lost

A man who was swept away while fishing in the Fraser River near Chilliwack still hasn't been found.

– Vancouver Sun


Friday, September 16, 2011

Fish farmers shooting sea lions

Shootings and accidental drownings at fish farms were made public for the first time this month by Fisheries and Oceans, and critics are shocked by the number of marine mammals legally killed at farm sites in the first three months of the year.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Driving away cormorants

The number of cormorant nests in Michigan has been decreasing since population reduction actions were implemented in 2004. That's according to information released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

– WNEM, Saginaw

Update on halibut cuts

Fisheries Management Specialist Rachel Baker of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gave the Juneau Chamber of Commerce an update of the proposed halibut catch sharing program.

– Juneau Empire

Jellyfish replacing real fish

Over-fished commercial stocks of plankton-eating fish have been replaced in several locations by jellyfish species.


WalMart boycott over catch shares

The decision of the Walton Family Foundation to invest $36,341,561 in Environmental Defense Fund and other nonprofits helping the Obama administration re-engineer U.S. fisheries though catch share programs has produced a nascent campaign to boycott Wal-Mart stores.

– Gloucester (Mass.) Times

West Coast catch shares

A new system of managing groundfish on the West Coast is bringing fishermen and environmentalists together. The system is called "catch shares."

– Pacific Fishing correspondent Cassandra Marie Profita, reporting for Oregon Public Broadcasting

Fish Tech Center threatened

Now, the program, a joint effort between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the United Stated Department of Agriculture, is threatened by federal budget cuts.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Sporties complain about halibut

Yes, it is time once again for sport fishermen to pay for the shortages in our Alaska fisheries.

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Fisheries Report

The 27th annual Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium is happening right now in Anchorage; a joint fisheries consultant is being considered by Kodiak's two governments, and how to upgrade your 32-footer.

– KMXT, Kodiak

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