Monday, September 13, 2010

King crab abundance down

The stock assessment for Alaska's richest shellfish harvest, Bristol Bay red king crab, is out. And it's disappointing.

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

'Deadliest Catch' boat burns

Seattle fire investigators are trying to figure out what started a three alarm fire onboard the 100-foot Arctic Dawn, which was featured in the first seasons of the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch."

– KING, Seattle

Alaska ponders subsistence appeal

The state has a month to consider whether to appeal a decision dismissing charges of fishing in excess of subsistence-use salmon permits against state Sen. Albert Kookesh.

– Anchorage Daily News

Commercial cod fishermen gets probation

A fisherman has been sentenced to four years' probation after pleading guilty to Lacey Act violations.

– Anchorage Daily News

Fraser fishery nearly over

Although the gillnet fishery closed Tuesday on the Fraser River and Friday in Johnstone Strait, troll and seine fleets can continue to catch sockeye for a few more days.

– Vancouver Sun

Putting fish ahead of farmers?

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carley Fiorina on Friday told San Francisco Bay area tea party supporters that Sen. Barbara Boxer is putting endangered species ahead of farmers.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Enviro wants more protection for dogfish

Sharks, including dogfish, cannot cope with heavy commercial fishing. This is because they are slow to mature and reproduce and populations struggle to recover when too many are taken.


Comment on Cook Inlet coalmine

A call is out for public comments on a request to extend exploration permits for what would be Alaska's largest coal mine.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in the Anchorage Daily News

Sickened Alaska fishermen medevaced

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew medevaced a 28-year-old male reportedly suffering from shellfish poisoning aboard the fishing vessel Miss Michelle in Kupreanof Strait 15 miles northwest of Kodiak Saturday at 6:45 a.m.

– Coast Guard press release


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Huge Fraser run no guarantee

Although seeing the rivers run red with salmon once again is cause for celebration, we can't say this signals a reversal of the declines in Fraser River salmon populations that have been occurring over the past two decades.

– Tillsonburg (Canada) News

Fraser run big help to some U.S. Indians

This year's Fraser River sockeye salmon run is shaping up to be a historic one, which is big news for the Swinomish Tribal Community.

– Seattle P-I

Treaty salmon battle remembered

The banks of the Puyallup River are quiet now. But 40 years ago, this was the scene of a violent struggle by Indian people encamped to defend their treaty fishing rights against hundreds of law-enforcement officers, many armed.

– Seattle Times

Warmer sea forces walruses ashore

Tens of thousands of walruses have come ashore in Northwest Alaska because the sea ice they normally rest on has melted.

– Anchorage Daily News

Scientists watch for El Niña

Water experts are closely watching the emergence of the opposite trend – La Niña – a shift that increases the chances of a dry year ahead for much of California.

– Woodland, Calif., Daily Democrat

Shore-based aquaculture in B.C.

Agassiz-based fish farmer Bruce Swift has come a long way from his first foray five years ago trying to sell his tank-raised coho salmon to local restaurants.

– Vancouver Sun

Seminars set for trawl ratz

NOAA has scheduled informational workshops concerning groundfish rationalization on the West Coast. Each workshop will cover the application process, quota shares/pounds account management, observers, catch monitoring, and economic data collection.

For a schedule and more

More habitat to be protected in Oregon

The Bonneville Power Administration plans to spend more than $125 million over 15 years to protect at least 16,880 acres of fish and wildlife habitat in the Willamette Valley.

– The Oregonian


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Alaska longliner kills rare bird

A short-tailed albatross died as a result of being caught on a longline fishing hook in Alaska in what is believed to be the first recorded death of one of the endangered birds by a U.S. commercial fishing vessel since 1998.

– Anchorage Daily News



Globally, fisheries worth $246 billion

Fisheries around the globe generate a whopping $246 billion in annual revenues, according to a new study that for the first time tallies the value of all the indirect industries linked to the lucrative but fragile resource.



Nationally, U.S. fisheries down

Despite unmatched natural assets, America's heavily-regulated fisheries continued to underperform in global competition, with landings down a bit more in 2009, according to the annual report of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

– Gloucester (Mass.) Times


Gillnetting … in Montana?

If fish and wildlife managers decide to use gillnetting as a method of lake trout removal in Flathead Lake, they will undoubtedly look to a project at nearby Swan Lake for guidance.

– Flathead (Mont.) Beacon


Fisherman innocent in cutting seine

A Kodiak jury returned a not guilty verdict in the case of a Kodiak fisherman accused of intentionally cutting the net of another fisherman by running his boat over it.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror


More on Alaska subsistence charge

You might have heard that state Sen. Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, recently won dismissal of a charge that he took an overlimit of subsistence salmon. We now have the written ruling from the judge.

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


Skipper guilty in cod poaching case

Thomas Millman, 73, owner of the fishing vessel Four Daughters, pleaded guilty to four counts of illegally taking fish in closed waters. He was fined $117,000 and sentenced to four years probation.

– KMXT, Kodiak


Fraser run only a blip

Scientists studying a 20-year decline in the Fraser River sockeye run say this year's miraculous abundance of fish is likely a blip and not a sign the fishery's problems are over.

– Vancouver Sun


Loans for greener engines

Applications are being accepted at the Alaska Division of Investments for an expanded program of low-interest loans to help commercial fish harvesters switch out old, inefficient boat engines for new, fuel-saving models.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman



Thursday, September 16, 2010

CG terminates Alaska fishing voyages

A boarding team from the Ketchikan-based Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet terminated the voyage of two commercial fishing vessels for safety violations during a boarding in the Gulf of Alaska Monday, escorting them to King Cove.

– SitNews, Ketchikan



Groups oppose Frankenfish OK

Food & Water Watch and a coalition of consumer, environmental, fishing and animal welfare groups sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insisting that it discontinue its approval process for AquaBounty GE salmon.

– California Progress Report


Juneau fishery biologist honored

Juneau fisheries biologist Bob Piorkowski has been recognized by the American Fisheries Society (AFS) for his early work in "bridging oceanography and marine science with riverine fisheries management."

– Capital City Weekly, Juneau


Canada protecting shark

The gentle ocean giant known as the basking shark — pushed to the edge of extinction — has become the first endangered marine fish species to be granted legal protection under Canada's Species at Risk Act.

– Vancouver Sun


Report: Overfishing can cause hunger

The drop in catch size due to overfishing in the waters of the world's poor nations could feed 20 million malnourished people, according to a new analysis by researchers at the University of British Columbia.

– Vancouver Sun


Arctic icecap continues retreat

A report shows this summer's Arctic sea ice melted to the third-lowest level since satellite monitoring began in 1979, continuing a trend of habitat loss for walrus, polar bears and other ice-dependent marine mammals.

– Anchorage Daily News


Testing Unalaska emergency towing system

Yesterday, the tug boats Gyrfalcon and James Dunlap responded to a distress call from the Shell Oil motor vessel Nanuq. Don't worry, though. It was just a drill.

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


Natives get more time on Fraser sockeye

The First Nations fishery has been given another chance to catch its quota of Fraser River sockeye.

– Vancouver Province


Sharks killing California sea otters

A record number of shark-bitten sea otters were found last month along the state's Central Coast.

– San Francisco Chronicle



Friday, September 17, 2010

More bird trouble for Bering Sea longliners

The cod fleet has taken another endangered short-tailed albatross as bycatch.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy’s blog, Deckboss




West Coast tsunami danger lurks

More than six years after the Indian Ocean tsunami shocked the world with its deadly power, communities along the West Coast of the United States remain ill-prepared for a similar event, concludes a report from the National Academies of Science.

– Seattle Times


Will she or won’t she?

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who narrowly lost the Republican primary to challenger Joe Miller, is expected to announce today whether to wage a write-in campaign in the general election.

– Anchorage Daily News


Politics on The Rock

A Kodiak commercial fisherman jumps into the race for the Alaska Legislature.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror


The latest roundup from Kodiak

Global seafood value, Alaska’s salmon season, Bristol Bay king crab assessment and more.

– The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett, KMXT radio in Kodiak


Caution urged after huge Fraser sockeye run

Despite the largest run in almost 100 years, sockeye are facing threats ranging from climate change to poisons pouring into streams from storm runoff, the Cohen Commission of Inquiry heard this week at a Victoria forum.

– Times Colonist


Will the light stay on in Oregon?

The Umpqua River Lighthouse has buoyed many mariners’ spirits by guiding them through the night. But the U.S. Coast Guard is thinking of switching it off. 

– The World of Coos Bay, Ore.



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