Monday, September 15, 2014


A quirk of nature has handed B.C. commercial fishermen a huge catch of sockeye salmon this summer, while leaving their American counterparts almost empty handed.

– Surrey Leader

Pacific warming draws new species

A giant hotspot in the North Pacific Ocean may help explain why a massive ocean sunfish was spotted in Prince William Sound this month and a skipjack tuna was caught in a gillnet weeks earlier near the mouth of the Copper River, scientists say.

– Alaska Dispatch News

Yukon salmon running strong

The Yukon River is having strong runs of silver and chum salmon this fall, giving a boost to fishermen after another tepid summer for king salmon.

– Juneau Empire

More time to troll in SE Alaska

The Southeast Alaska summer troll fishery is being extended by 10 days. That allows continued fishing through the end of this month.


Fishing district annexation restarts

Earlier this year a judge in Dillingham reversed the annexation and basically ordered the process to start again.

Candidate will debate in Kodiak

The lure of reaching a statewide audience was too much to pass up for US Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan, who will be at the Oct. 1 fisheries debate at Kodiak after all.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, reporting for The Fish Site

Community's fishing economy a mainstay

Wrangell residents fished 259 permits in 2012. These residents brought in 9.9 million pounds that year and 12.9 million in earnings, with 57 percent coming from salmon permits.
– Sitnews

Fisherman's life on the 'last frontier'

The novel is a true-life story that intertwines three of Atcheson's experiences in a 20-year period of commercial fishing in Alaska.

– Peninsula Clarion

Norway, EU urged to increase cod quotas

Fishermen in Shetland are urging the EU and Norway to abandon a controversial cod management plan and increase North Sea quotas to help reduce the dumping of healthy fish at sea.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Halibut prices are back in the nose bleed range, near to or topping $7/lb at major ports.

— Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, reporting for Alaska Fish Radio

Wesley Loy takes helm of Pacific Fishing

A highly regarded Alaska based journalist has been chosen as the new editor of "Pacific Fishing" magazine.


SE Alaska pinks exceed expectations

Biologists predicted a harvest of about 22 million pounds of fish but fishermen were able to catch about 32 million pounds.


Seafood coalition sets policies

The Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), a coalition of major seafood suppliers, brands, supermarkets and restaurants has agreed and published two codes of conduct guiding their environmental labelling and sourcing policies. 


Opinion: Boost Bristol Bay's local participation

A lack of local young people entering the industry coupled with the loss of local access and participation in the fishery is disconcerting for many reasons.

— The Bristol Bay Times

Company defends B.C. spill response

Imperial Metals says it's taking significant steps to stop the discharge of effluent and sediment from the collapse of its Mount Polley Mine from entering Quesnel Lake.

— Vancouver Sun

Unprecedented drying for CA river

The Eel River has gone so dry where the river runs through Fortuna that the water is no longer coming to the surface, something never known to have happened before this close to the ocean on the main stem.

— Times-Standard

Colossal squid offers 'spectacular opportunity'

It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.

— SFGate


Wednesday, September 17, 2014


The Fraser River's sockeye run is being hailed as exceptional by fisheries experts even though there is considerable doubt about how many millions of salmon remain at sea and how many of those fish should be caught.

– The Globe and Mail

Deadline for Pebble comment looms

The EPA's proposed restrictions on development of the Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region are currently open for public comment. However, the deadline to comment is this Friday.

Emergency conditions in lower Klamath

After a deadly parasite was detected in a sample of lower Klamath fish for the first time since 2002's massive fish die-off, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released emergency flows to the Trinity and lower Klamath rivers on Tuesday to prevent further spread.

– Times-Standard

Chinook re-emerge in WA river

The biologist made the discovery during a snorkel survey of the area above the old Glines Canyon Dam site. These fish hadn't been spotted in this area for 102 years.


Mining initiative's process questioned

Questions were raised Tuesday about when the Legislature would have to get involved in authorizing a large-scale mine in the Bristol Bay region if a ballot initiative passes this November.

– Juneau Empire

Recruiting for the seafood industry

People often talk about the graying of the fleet and the need to build future ranks of fishermen. The same applies to Alaska processors who also need recruits to keep those companies working.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, reporting for Alaska Fish Radio

MSC reports outline progress

As a result of increased consumer demand and greater commitment to sustainability by the fishing industry and retailers, the number of MSC-labelled products has more than doubled over the past five years.
– Fish News EU

Fish consumption reduces female hearing loss

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital found that consumption of two or more servings of fish per week was associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women.

– ProHealth


Thursday, September 18, 2014


The new organization wants to ensure that Congress makes protecting fish stocks a priority as it prepares to reauthorize the nation's most important law governing the harvest of seafood in federal waters.


Bering Sea bycatch reduction sought

Two leading Alaska Native tribal organizations on Wednesday petitioned the federal government to dramatically lower the cap on the number of king salmon that Bering Sea commercial fishermen can harvest as bycatch in order to protect the fish.

– Alaska Dispatch News

Fishing vessel explosion at Valdez

The commercial fishing vessel Fireman exploded this evening in the Valdez harbor adjacent to the Best Western hotel, the U.S. Coast Guard reports.

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

Vessel runs aground in Unalaska

A fishing boat from Homer ran aground outside an Unalaska harbor Tuesday night after going the wrong way around a channel marker. 


Alaska chum run falling short

The chum salmon run in Alaska has been poor so far this year, reports Rob Reierson in the 3-Minute Market Insight from Tradex Foods.

– The Fish Site

Klamath fish disease moves upstream

Karuk biologists have found the fish-killing parasite that devastated salmon populations on the lower Klamath river in 2002 is now also on the mid-Klamath River, which has no large reservoir for emergency water releases.

– Times-Standard

EPA, seafood processor reach settlement

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said Sept. 17 they have settled with the Alaska seafood processor Unisea Inc. for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act Risk Management Program.

– Cordova Times

WA river's chum on rebound

Since 2004, biologists and volunteers have been working to restore an extinct population of summer chum salmon on the Tahuya River, which drains into southern Hood Canal southwest of Belfair. Now it's time to find out whether Hood Canal summer chum can survive on their own in the Tahuya.

– SFGate

WA festival celebrates salmon

The festival returns Saturday to the area behind the Harbor History Museum, showcasing a new culvert at Donkey Creek that helps the flow of salmon upstream.



Friday, September 19, 2014


Large, commercial vessels illegally stripping the sea of fish are driving some desperate local fisherman to become pirates who in turn harass merchant fleets so they can feed their families.

– NBC News

Warmer water could affect Alaska fisheries

Usually fish use an invisible thermal barrier the waters usually maintain to know where they should swim.  But when the currents shift, as they are now, fish that aren't normally seen in Alaska are swimming north.


Bering Sea ecosystem plan in progress

The plan will likely codify, in some way, ecosystem considerations into the council's management approach, but how to do so is still under discussion.

– Alaska Journal of Commerce

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, as usual, someone changes their mind just after the AFR is put to bed, a veteran Alaska business journalist is now at the helm of Pacific Fishing Magazine, Southeast pinks returned a little stronger than expected, and The Russian Situation, all coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report.


Columbia River sockeye, chinook surge

More than 600,000 sockeye salmon have leapt Bonneville Dam's fish ladders on the lower Columbia River – most heading to the Okanagan River in north central Washington.  And scientists continue to expect a huge fall Chinook run as well, perhaps equaling last year's 1.27 million record.

– The Oregonian

Fish consumption lawsuit dismissed

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit related to how much fish people eat in Washington — and thus, how much toxic pollution they consume.

– SFGate

Kotzebue chum's raging comeback

In an industry full of booms and busts, the Kotzebue commercial chum salmon fishery is exploding.

– Alaska Dispatch News

Report details marine mishaps

A new report was released last week that contains a summary and the probable cause of 21 marine accidents. The national Transportation Safety Board is hoping the report will be an eye opener.


Petersburg drive down dock nearly done

Construction of the $9.4 million drive down dock in Petersburg will continue through the end of the year. The public dock will allow everyone an alternative way to reach their boats.


Fisheries complaints rejected

The Alaska Public Offices Commission received and rejected 14 complaints regarding lobbying at Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries meetings.

– Peninsula Clarion

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