Monday, September 17, 2012


A federal biological opinion to restrict multi-million dollar commercial mackerel and cod fisheries in the western Aleutian Islands to protect sea lions and their habitat has been challenged by a panel of independent reviewers.

– Cordova Times

EDITORIAL: No on gillnet ban

Let this circus end. Measure 81, cleverly titled "Protect Our Salmon Act," should be defeated in November.

– The Oregonian

Halibut price sinks

For halibut, in a reversal of trend and fortune, prices have dropped by 70 cents a pound in recent weeks.

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

Cal salmon an 'improvement'

It didn't live up to eye-popping preseason forecasts, but the 2012 salmon season represented a marked improvement for embattled California fishermen.

– San Jose Mercury News

Shell delays Arctic plans

Shell is abandoning its plans to drill for oil in Arctic waters this summer, after it became clear this weekend that a critical oil spill vessel would not be ready in time.

– FuelFix

An infected drill rig?

A Chinese heavy-lift vessel brought the Endeavour jack-up drill rig to Kachemak Bay from Singapore, but it appears the rig itself might have carried its own unique and unwanted cargo.

– KBBI, Homer

CDQ conflict

Deckboss predicted conflict among the six companies operating under Alaska's Community Development Quota program.

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

End of Crescent City era

The old ice plant at 270 U.S. Highway 101 near Ocean World has been demolished by Hector and Eileen Brown, who own the neighboring Ocean View Inn.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Good grades for trawl ratz

Data compiled by NOAA's Fisheries Service strongly suggest that West Coast trawl fishermen are becoming more confident about a new fishery management system put in place early last year, and both they and the fish stocks they target are benefiting.


Sea otters reduce carbon?

A new study is adding another dimension to the sea otter debate. The research shows the marine mammals help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a major contributor to climate change.

– KTOO, Juneau


Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Since no one knows when king salmon stocks might rebound it would be appropriate for Fish and Game managers and politicians to consider ways for setnetters to harvest sockeye salmon without impacting king salmon.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Probing Alaska Chinook failure

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game answers questions here regarding poor Chinook salmon returns to certain parts of the state.

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

Tribe now opposes Taku mine

The Taku River Tlingit First Nations this month withdrew support for all government approval for the Tulsequah Chief Mine.

– Juneau Empire

Natives against Alaska drilling

The prospect of offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic has prompted vocal opposition from many environmental groups and now some Alaska Native Tribal organizations have joined the fight.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Destroy dams, grow salmon

A small dam on a productive salmon stream near Sooke will be bulldozed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada next year despite fears that this could wipe out the coho run.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Moving toward Columbia gillnet ban

Oregon is moving ahead with a proposed phase-out of commercial gillnetting along the Columbia River.


Sporties hitting lot of Columbia jacks

Fishing guides and anglers alike said jacks appeared early this year and, at times, dominated their catches in the estuary.

– The Oregonian

Columbia gillnet opener

Three nights of gillnetting in the Columbia River between Woodland and Beacon Rock were approved Monday by Washington and Oregon officials.

– The Columbian

Ah-arrrr! Pirate day tomorrow

Wednesday, Sept. 19, is the 10th anniversary of a silly holiday. Talk Like a Pirate Day started as a joke between two friends, but in 2002, syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry turned it into a national, and eventually an international, phenomenon.

– KRBD, Ketchikan


Wednesday, September 19, 2012


The U.S. seafood catch reached a 17-year high in 2011, with all regions of the country showing increases in both the volume and value of their harvests.

– Seattle Times

Fishery disasters all over

Fishery disaster determinations have been issued in the Northeast, Alaska, and in Mississippi.

– World Fishing

This dam helps salmon

A small dam on a productive salmon stream near Sooke will be bulldozed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada next year despite fears that this could wipe out the coho run.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Weak Chinook run threatens villages

The drop has devastated commerce and tourism, but the most dramatic effect has been on subsistence villages where fishermen eat what they catch.


Mustang recalls life vests

We are notifying the public of an urgent advisory for specific hydrostatic inflatable PFDs manufactured during April and May of 2012.

– Mustang

No SE red king crab season

After opening in 2011 to end a five-year shutdown, the Southeast Alaska commercial red king crab fishery will remain closed this year due to weak stocks.

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

Bristol Bay in New Seasons

For the sixth consecutive year, grocery chain New Seasons Market is bringing Bristol Bay aockeye and commercial fishermen into its Oregon stores.

– Fishermen for Bristol Bay

Cal aquaculture measure

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill by Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro to boost California's aquaculture industry.

– Eureka Times Standard

New Gig Harbor pier

The Gig Harbor commercial fishing fleet, once the largest on the West Coast, continues the tradition today with approximately 40 active vessels.

– Gig Harbor Patch

Norwegian bait fish shrink

The results have been published in the current issue of the journal Marine Biology Research, and find that, during 2000-2009 there was a downward trend in zooplankton biomass, meaning less food for all fish.

– FishNewsEU


Thursday, September 20, 2012


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just issued its fisheries report card for 2011, and Alaska is on the honor roll.

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


Japan needs live eels

Imports of live eels soared more than sixfold from a year earlier during the year through July to nearly 40 tons, due apparently to an acute scarcity of Japanese eels, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday.

– Japan Times


Sea ice begins winter

The National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado announced that the sea ice is starting to freeze up again in the Arctic Ocean.

– Alaska Public


Natives push Bristol Bay protections

Leaders from the Bristol Bay Native Corporation are in Washington, D.C., pushing members of Congress to support the forthcoming EPA watershed assessment and to increase protections for the salmon fishery in Bristol Bay.

– Alaska Public


Land review could limit Pebble

The state's natural resources department will have to justify its rationale for how it designated land use in the Bristol Bay region nearly a decade ago, a process that could have ramifications for the proposed Pebble Mine.

– Juneau Empire


Acidification study funded

As scientists continue to research ways in which the oceans are changing – and what these changes mean for fish populations – three new research projects will receive funding to examine the effects of ocean acidification on fisheries, and the coastal economies that depend upon them.



Bill would limit Cal crab transfers

When high-capacity vessels cruised to Crescent City packed to the brim with hundreds of crab traps, North Coast fishermen cried foul that the emergency transfer clause was being abused.

– Triplicate, Crescent City


Action to protect halibut quota

The Alaska Halibut Catch Share Plan will be considered at the fall North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting. There is a possibility that 5 percent of the annual allocation of halibut will be shifted from commercial fishing to charter boat and recreational fishing.

The Halibut Coalition is seeking consumer support to prevent any further reallocation of halibut to the charter sector. By commenting now, consumers can help protect their access to halibut.

If individual consumers or restaurants want to comment on the upcoming North Pacific Fishery Management Council decision, they should contact the Halibut Coalition at for talking points. By commenting now, consumers can help protect their access to halibut. Comments should be submitted by Sept. 25.

More: CSP Alternatives and Halibut CSP Review


Friday, September 21, 2012


Tuna's share of the fish market has declined steadily over the past 25 years, however, and salmon could reclaim the title of America's favorite fish in the next decade or two.

– Slate

Cal salmon catch

As of Aug. 31, close to 300,000 salmon were taken off the California coast by both the sport and commercial salmon fishing fleets.


Creating the perfect (farm) salmon

Scottish scientists are homing in on the elusive genes that could create the perfect salmon and revolutionize aquaculture.


Alaska bulls eye for tsunami debris

A literature study by researchers suggests Alaska could see the greatest mass of debris from last year's tsunami in Japan.

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Chinook symposium

The goal is to discuss gaps in knowledge of Chinook salmon abundance and productivity, and seek input on a targeted list of research priorities to fill these gaps.

– Juneau Empire

Seeking WWII sub off Oregon

A patrol boat had made contact with at least one enemy submarine off the Oregon coast, but was out of depth charges.

 – The Oregonian

Cummins reorganizes

Diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. has reorganized its Commercial Marine Business around five customer-focused market segments: commercial transport; offshore oil and gas; passenger transport; government/defense; and special use (fishing).

– Marine Log

Pebble would relieve poverty

That's because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is about to lock some of America's poorest communities into a permanent economic depression as a favor to national environmental groups.

– The Hill

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the king escapement on the Kusko might not have met expectations, we get an update on fish prices around the state, and more detail on those upcoming mandatory boat exams.

– KMXT, Kodiak

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