Monday, September 29, 2014


Bering Sea crab scientists and stakeholder met last week to discuss the outlook for Alaska's biggest crab fisheries that open October 15th. The take away was that the stocks of red king crab, bairdi Tanners and snow crab all showed big increases in mature size classes, based on data from the annual summer surveys.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in Sitnews

Second hydropower project proposed

The proposal for a massive hydroelectric project on the Susitna River is moving forward. The project has generated a lot of opposition in Talkeetna, the closest community to the dam site. Now a private company is proposing a second, smaller hydro project on the Talkeetna River.

– Alaska Public Media

State official in Kodiak on mining initiative

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell met with representatives from around the state in Kodiak this month to discuss ballot proposal four, which would prohibit mining projects if harmful to wild salmon in fisheries reserves.

Kodiak weighs in on bycatch management

Kodiak's governing bodies are gearing up for the upcoming North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting next month. Last night both the City Council and Borough Assembly met separately and discussed a proposed letter to the fishery council that addresses bycatch management for the Gulf of Alaska trawl fleet.

OR nearshore fisheries meetings set

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will discuss the commercial black and blue rockfish and nearshore fisheries at three public meetings in Brookings, Port Orford and Pacific City in late September and early October.

– The

Gillnet opener in progress

Commercial fishing for salmon continues for some gillnetters. The State Department of Fish and Game called another opening for Sunday through Thursday for Districts 6 and 8.


CA river helped by rain

The Eel River received a small boost following record rainfall this past week, with higher flows expected to continue due to rains in Mendocino County.

– Times-Standard

Salmon fest includes sampling demo

The somewhat gruesome, but intriguing end of the journey for spring-run salmon was in full view Saturday.

– ChicoER News

Profiting from fish parts

Prices for dried heads, bones and the liver of the fish were said to be approaching the price of fillets taken from cod and there were 'huge opportunities' in other industries for so-called fish by-products.

– World Fishing & Aquaculture


Tuesday, September 30, 2014


AB 504, authored by Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata, extends the prohibition of spawning or cultivating so-called "transgenic salmonids" in the Pacific Ocean to all waters of the state. The hatchery production and stocking of such fish is also prohibited.

– Press Democrat

USDA completes pink purchase

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently completed a major purchase of canned pink salmon, spending a total of $12.8 million.

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

Pebble suit against EPA deferred

An Alaska District Court judge dismissed a case Friday brought by the Pebble Limited Partnership and State of Alaska against the Environmental Protection Agency for exercising its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act for a public review of a plan to protect some of the world's greatest salmon runs, in Alaska's Bristol Bay.

– Sitnews

Input on SW fishing economy sought

Federal fisheries researchers are getting ready to start a new effort to model the economic impact of the state and federal fisheries in Southwest Alaska. However, they can't do it without your help. 


Kuskokwim spawning goals eyed

Biologists who study Kuskokwim River salmon and key people who rely on the fish are immersing themselves in science and policy in advance of the state's planned 2016 adoption of new escapement -- or spawning -- goals for kings in the river.

– Alaska Dispatch News

CG hovercraft in rescue off B.C. coast

Acting Sub. Lt. Ron MacDougall said a call came in at about 8 p.m. that a 30-foot gillnet fishing vessel was sinking.

– Times Colonist

Maine cod crashes

Regulators say the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf is estimated at only 3 to 4 percent of its target level.

– SFGate

'Seafood champions' finalists named

Seaweb established the award to honor those in the seafood industry whose past and/or present contributions demonstrate a commitment to innovation that leads to change.

– Fish Information and Services

There's power in fish bones

Researchers in Japan are using fish bones discarded from processing plants to generate electricity.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014


An extensive coho salmon recovery strategy released Tuesday by the NOAA Fisheries Service names marijuana cultivation in Humboldt County and the surrounding region as a threat to the dwindling species.

– Times-Standard

B.C. salmon killed by algae

Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) is estimating a loss of up to 280,000 fish of an average weight of 4.1 kilograms due to a harmful plankton bloom at Marsh Bay near Port Hardy, BC.
– Fish Information and Services

It's National Seafood Month

October is National Seafood Month – a distinction proclaimed by Congress more than a quarter century ago to recognize one of our nation's oldest industries.

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

13,000-pound bycatch donation

Wednesday, about 15 pallets of frozen halibut will be winging their way north from Kodiak, to be distributed to communities around Kotzebue.


GOP candidate vies for fishermen's support

The Republican, Dan Sullivan, got 45 minutes Friday morning to make his pitch to the United Fishermen of Alaska's board of directors in a dimly lit hotel conference room in Anchorage -- a pitch that at best would draw just a few votes away from his opponent, incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, whom the group had endorsed months earlier.

– Alaska Dispatch News

Changes proposed for Columbia River gillnet plan

Ideally, local commercial fishermen hoped the governor would have abandoned his plans to phase out gillnets, which are used to catch a large amount of fish at one time.

– Chinook Observer

NMFS questions Susitna dam studies

A federal fisheries agency has raised concerns about the accuracy of some studies being conducted for a massive proposed dam in south-central Alaska.

– Peninsula Clarion

Sitka celebrates Xtratufs

Here in Sitka, we marked the end of the visitor season with the 20th Annual Running of the Boots – Sitka's answer to the "Running of the Bulls" in Spain.


Parents, children saved in B.C. rescue

Desperate father Scott Brown clung to a sinking boat in the darkness while holding fast to a three-year-old child, urgently keeping tabs on the Canadian Coast Guard with a hand-held radio.

– Times Colonist

Homer Harbor safer with new ramp

Homer saw safety improvements in ongoing efforts to enhance the Homer Harbor with the replacement of Ramp 3 on Thursday.

– Homer Tribune


Thursday, October 2, 2014


Total sales of aquaculture products in 2013 was $1.37 billion, an increase of 26 per cent from 2005, according to the latest figures in the 2013 Census of Aquaculture.

– The Fish Site

CA high court sides with salmon

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed California regulators to order farmers along the Russian River to reduce cold-weather water sprays that have helped preserve their crops while killing thousands of endangered salmon.

– SFGate

Bristol Bay Forever poised for Nov. vote

The final public hearing on the Bristol Bay Forever Initiative will be held Thursday in Dillingham. The initiative will be in front of Alaska voters next month in the form of Ballot Measure 4. 


Challenger challenged in fisheries debate

A sharp, wide-ranging debate on Alaska fisheries Wednesday evening saw organizers and Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich put Republican challenger Dan Sullivan on the defensive over his pro-development record, with Sullivan delivering some targeted shots of his own to keep Begich from getting too comfortable.

– Alaska Dispatch News

Congressman, challenger in heated fisheries debate

In a fiery debut, a young Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Don Young asked voters at a fisheries debate in Kodiak to oust the congressman from his long-held seat, saying Young has lost his clout because of a past ethical violation and is no longer effective.

– Alaska Dispatch News

Legal basis of Klamath water releases questioned

U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill in Fresno wrote in his ruling Wednesday that the next time the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation wants to release Trinity Reservoir water for Klamath River salmon, it needs to cite a better legal authority.

– Times-Standard

Drilling in CA watershed snubbed

California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommended denial because "the Smith River is one of two watersheds in California described as 'irreplaceable' with respect to salmonid population resiliency and biodiversity."  

– Del Norte Triplicate

Tidelands lease approved

City council voted to lease about three acres of tidelands near the Carl E. Moses Boat Harbor to the Ounalashka Corporation Tuesday night, over some concerns about the impacts of future developments.


Emergency measures for NE cod

The National Marine Fisheries Service expects to implement emergency measures in November aimed at stemming cod fish decline in the Gulf of Maine.

– SFGate


Friday, October 3, 2014


This season, the trawl fleet wrapped up a full month early thanks to an abundance of mature pollock.


No spill in Cook Inlet rig fire

The platform holds 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel, but none had been spilled, according to the Unified Command that was established to respond to the incident.

– Alaska Public Media

2014 one of CA's driest years

California officials are urging residents and businesses to keep conserving water as the state ends another extremely dry "water year" with no guarantee the coming year will be any wetter.

– Press Democrat

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the pollock abundance is up in the Bering Sea, dive fisheries are starting up in Southeast, and the feds are looking for your help in determining the economic value of fisheries in Southwest.


No word on boat sinking's cause

There has been no word on what caused the Monday night sinking of a gillnetter, an incident that touched off the dramatic rescue of a mother, father and their five children.

– Times Colonist

CG tows fishing boat to safety

The U.S. Coast Guard towed a fishing boat to shore that was under distress off of San Francisco's Ocean Beach on Monday evening.

– The San Francisco Appeal

Listen to Kodiak fisheries debates

Kodiak hosted a series of Congressional Fisheries Debates at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium on October 1.

Feds address NE cod crash

With the federal government now drawing up emergency measures to address a cod disaster in waters from Maine to Rhode Island, the New England Fishery Management Council approved two plans in the hope that one of them would provide a longer term solution to the problem.

– Cape Cod Times

Plastic debris may affect fish hormones

The testes of this adult male fish exposed to plastic marine debris has rather abnormal germ cell proliferation. We are unsure whether these abnormal germ cells will lead to intersex or reproductive impairment, but the abnormality of these gonads and the similarity to female germ cells is cause for concern.

– Deep Sea News

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