Monday, October 1, 2012


After prolonged frustration with the current system, a solution appeared to be on the horizon when the North Pacific Fishery Management Council took action to restructure the observer program two years ago.

– Anchorage Daily News

Pot cod dismal in Bering Sea

"It was pretty bad. I've never given up on a cod season before, and I've given up on this one."

– Bristol Bay Times

Japan debris targets in Alaska

The region from Yakutat to Gore Point off the Kenai Peninsula will likely see the heaviest debris piles, but Southeast Alaska and other areas will see chunks of junk as well.

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

Search ends off LaPush

Coast Guard rescue crews have called off the search for a commercial fisherman who went missing after the fishing vessel he was on sank off the coast of LaPush.

– Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles

Nuke plant tests worry fishermen

A state study found the project is likely to have "unavoidable adverse effects" on marine life and the environment.

– Commercial Appeal

Acidification worries fishermen

Worries about the changing chemical balance of the ocean and its impact on the fish has made an arcane scientific buzzword common parlance here, along with the phrase "corrosive waters."

– Washington Post

Hatchery killing salmon

These fish are not being bred to make more salmon, as has been standard practice for decades, but instead are being donated to area food banks.

Early Bristol Bay catch value

The preliminary ex-vessel value of the salmon harvest this past season in Bristol Bay is $121.1 million dollars. However, a leading fisheries economist says that's just the beginning and the value will go up.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Alaska flooding hurts salmon?

It will be years before we know how -- or even if -- the recent flooding and high waters will affect Alaska's salmon.

– Anchorage Daily News

Research vessel becomes catcher processor

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Wash., has brokered the sale of the U.S. flag research vessel, Cape Flattery from Anchorage based Tanadgusix Corporation (TDX), an Alaska native village corporation, to U.S. Seafoods, a fishing and marketing company based in Seattle operating off the coast of Alaska.

– Marine Log


Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Five people have been indicted on charges of embezzling almost a half-million dollars from the Trident Seafoods plant in Kodiak.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Beating up halibut management

With another round in Alaska's halibut war shaping up between commercial fishermen and charter-boat operators, the staff of the National Marine Fisheries Service has written a 333 page indictment of what is wrong with management of the big flatfish in the North Pacific.

– Alaska Dispatch

No on gillnet ban

With recreational sport-fishing advocates backing away from their initiative to ban gill nets, with Gov. John Kitzhaber asking the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to consider moving gill-netters off of the Columbia River's main stem and into shallow side areas and with tribes that hold treaty fishing rights solidly in opposition, Oregon voters should cast a confident vote against Measure 81 in the Nov. 6 election.

– Register Guard, Eugene

Website traces fish back to fisherman

Developers of a small Canadian website that has allowed consumers to trace hundreds of thousands of fish back to those who caught them are gearing up for a global presence.

– CTV News

Coos Bay jetty danger

The North Jetty in Charleston is facing some problems that can affect navigation and recreation on the South Coast.

– KCBY, Coos Bay

Frankenfish in FDA logjam

The process for getting government approval to sell food derived from genetically engineered animals appears to be a hopeless logjam.

– LA Times

B.C. says no to Skeena mine

The B.C. government has rejected plans for a copper and gold mine in the province's northwest, saying the project could endanger salmon in the Skeena River.
– Victoria Times Colonist

New vessels with fuel cells

The government plans to spend about $332,000 to look into integrating hydrogen fuel cell technology into the new ships, which would be constructed at the Seaspan Marine Corp. shipyard in Vancouver.

– Vancouver Sun

Community supported fishing

In November, they will begin delivering individual packages of fresh seafood to the Astoria Co-op every Friday for customers who sign up for weekly deliveries.

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

Processors name executive

Glenn Reed, President of the Pacific Seafood Processors Association, announced today thatCaptain John V. O'Shea has joined PSPA as Vice President-Alaska.




Wednesday, October 3, 2012


The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has begun announcing Bering Sea crab quotas for the upcoming season, and the early news isn't good.

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

Russia to boost salmon farming

Russian Sea, Russia's largest fish producer and processor, is planning a significant increase in volumes of fish hatchery in Russia in the coming years.


Grants boost B.C. salmon farming

Nanaimo could become a center for aquaculture technology after a local company received federal and provincial grants worth $532,500 to put toward a $1.2 million trout farming operation.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Bellingham couple save fisherman

Commercial fishing has been a life-long pursuit for Joel Brady-Power and Tele Aadsen, and the Bellingham couple knows just how dangerous the sea can be.

– KOMO, Seattle

Cal lobster season begins

It's a little sweeter and denser than the New England lobster. Judge for yourself when the California spiny lobster commercial season begins.

– UTSanDiego

Dump Pebble, save money

Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll has been in the news recently – and the news for the company isn't good. Amid reports of shareholder unrest, Carroll has pledged to cut $1.5 billion from the group's 2012 capital expenditures.

– Huffington Post

Pebble panels criticized

Supporters say the panels will legitimize the science. Critics say that the panels, paid for by the Pebble Partnership, cannot be objective.

– Alaska Public

Taku mine faces hurdles

Rivers Without Borders believes the Tulsequah Chief project still faces considerable financial, technical, and political obstacles, including unresolved acid mine pollution, violations of agreements, and at least one permit, no feasibility study, no major commitments from investors, no First Nation approval, and increasing concerns in Alaska.

– R&D Magazine

SE economy looking up

For the first time in about two decades, the annual Southeast "By The Numbers" report from Juneau-based research firm Sheinberg Associates gave a somewhat rosy picture of the region's economy.

– KRBD, Juneau

Sporties worry over Cal name change

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation replacing "Game" with "Wildlife," in a nod to environmentalists and animal-rights activists. Sporting groups fear the legislation signals a change in the department's traditional focus.

– The Reporter, Vacaville


Thursday, October 4, 2012


Three weeks after supporters of a ballot measure to curb gillnetting on the Columbia River suspended their campaign, the politicking continues around the combustible fishing issue.

– The Oregonian

Asleep on doomed vessel

"Some time early this morning I woke up you know to go to the bathroom. There was a light outside the boat. I woke the captain up and told him, you know, I thought it was the Coast Guard out there checking on us. Maybe want to do a safety boarding or something."

– Sequim (Wash.) Gazette

New cutter in Alaska

The 110-foot Island Class patrol boat, Chandeleur , which can accommodate a crew of 18 personnel, was moved from Miami, Fla., to Alaska to help support the regional response capabilities of the service in Southeast Alaska.

– Coast Guard

Aussie trawlers fight off sharks

Local commercial fishermen are fighting a losing battle at sea with sharks stealing their catch on a regular basis.

– Gympie Times

Red king crab quota about same

This season's Bristol Bay red king crab quota is 7.85 million pounds, the Department of Fish and Game just announced. That's a hair above last season's quota of 7.83 million pounds.

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

Tracing fish back to fisherman

Developers of a small Canadian website that has allowed consumers to trace hundreds of thousands of fish back to those who caught them are gearing up for a global presence.

– Vancouver Sun

Fish to shrink

Warmer and less-oxygenated waters could see many fish species reduce in size by up to 20 percent over the next few decades.

– Science A Go Go

Top chef disses Pebble

I believe that we are facing one of the most critical environmental debates of our times– the decision whether to let Pebble Mine open in the Bristol Bay, Alaska, watershed or to preserve one of the last great remaining salmon fisheries on earth.

– Seattle chef Tom Douglas

Chefs like chum

A salmon tasting session at the Chefs Collaborative National Summit may have helped dethrone the king in certain restaurant kitchens.

– Seattle Weekly


Friday, October 5, 2012


Stretching nearly 129 feet, the fish-themed Boeing 737-800 is the most intricately painted commercial aircraft in the world and celebrates the partnership of Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

– Press release

Alaska Fisheries Report

From KMXT in Kodiak, and with help from public radio station reporters across the state, this is the Alaska Fisheries Report. I'm Jay Barrett. Coming up this week, we get a summer troll wrap up from Southeast and a gillnet wrap up from Bristol Bay.

– KMXT, Kodiak

We're pulling for Ivar

The names of colorful seafood chain founder Ivar Haglund and the orca Tokitae are among the seven possibilities under consideration for two new Washington state ferries.

– Daily Astorian

No money to count Cal fish

A state-of-the-art sonar fish counting station on the Smith River was supposed to start its third season Monday. Instead, the sonars will be dry, sitting in storage after the project lost funding for the season.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Swimming pool kills salmon

The workers followed a hose back to a home in a nearby upscale development where the residents were pumping out their swimming pool, sending the chlorinated water gushing into the storm sewer.

– Vancouver Sun

Killing off salmon in N. Ireland

Salmon in Northern Irish rivers have plummeted to near extinction levels and could now be past the point of no return.

– Belfast Telegraph

Furman leaves crab commish

The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission announced the retirement of long time Executive Director Nick Furman effective Oct. 1. Furman stepped down from the industry-funded organization after 22 years at the helm. ODCC staff member Hugh Link has been appointed to the position of Interim Administrator while the search for Furman's replacement continues.

– Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission


New nuke seismic plan

PG&E is modifying its proposal for its controversial seismic studies.

– KSBY, San Luis Obispo


For our Canadian friends, have a peaceful Thanksgiving on Monday.


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