Monday, October 17, 2011


After seeing the reduction this year over last and seeing what the survey says, it’s a very realistic possibility that we don’t have one next year.

– Pacific Fishing columnist

Alexandra Gutierrez, reporting for KUCB, Unalaska


King crab cannibals

Red king crabs are highly cannibalistic, which is a problem for mass culture and may reduce post-release survival.

– FishNewsEU

Wild Atlantic salmon dying

A salmon summit in France has seen scientists confirming that wild Atlantic salmon are dying at sea in alarming numbers.

– FishNewsEU

Record B.C. sockeye run

An estimated record run of 1.1 million late-run sockeye are destined for the Harrison River system in the upper Fraser Valley.

– Vancouver Sun

Sea lions back before kill panel

Its task: to recommend to kill and remove sea lions feasting on endangered salmon below Bonneville Dam this spring – or not.

– The Oregonian

Bering factory trawler adrift

A Fishing Company of Alaska vessel was adrift in the Bering Sea.

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

Third Nushagak orca found dead

A third killer whale that swam up the Nushagak River has been found dead.

– Anchorage Daily News

Bristol Bay story on the road

It’s thousands of miles away, but supporters of a campaign to stop a controversial mine proposal in Alaska say it would harm more than just the pristine ecosystem where it’s located.

– KPLU, Tacoma

Coast Guard done with pirate ship

An illegal high seas drift net fishing boat that a U.S. senator called a "pirate" ship has been turned over to a federal law enforcement office.

– Anchorage Daily News


Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Wild sockeye salmon from B.C.'s Rivers Inlet have tested positive for a potentially devastating virus that has never been found before in the North Pacific.

– Vancouver Sun


Close vote against Pebble

Lake and Peninsula Borough voters have approved by fewer than 40 votes a ballot initiative meant to sidetrack the massive Pebble mine prospect.

– Anchorage Daily News

Columbia gillnetters after coho

Gillnetters will return to the lower Columbia River on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

– Vancouver Columbian

Big Yellow pictures Bristol Bay

Southwest Alaska and Bristol Bay comprise a relative undisturbed habitat that supports the most productive wild salmon fishery and one of the largest herring fisheries in the history of the world.

– National Geographic

Congressional hearing about Alaska sea lions

"Despite this funding, NOAA still is not able to answer the questions regarding whether the commercial fishing industry is limiting the food available for Steller sea lions."

– Seattle P-I

Hearing testimony

"Scientists, seafood industry representatives, and environmental groups squared off to challenge the basic science and political motives of the National Marine Fisheries Service and their recent decision to shut down several Alaska fisheries, eliminating as many as 750 jobs in Washington State and Alaska."

– Steve Minor, Waterfront Associates, testifying before the House committee concerning Alaska sea lions

Was the hearing impartial?

The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing in Seattle on how "unsubstantiated" federal science on the Steller sea lion is jeopardizing Alaska's fishing industry.

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

Trawler towed to Captain's Bay

After suffering a mechanical failure on Friday, the factory trawler Alaska Victory was successfully towed into Captains Bay this weekend.

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

Fisherman's rescue called heroic

Coast Guard swimmer Christopher Austin dropped into a cold Pacific Northwest bay where a fisherman floated, prone in the violent surf.

– SignOnSanDiego


Wednesday, October 19, 2011



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its joint investigation with the U.S. Coast Guard into the sinking of the commercial fishing vessel Katmai in the Bering Sea on October 21-22, 2008.



Pebble miners to press on

Leaders of the group promoting a massive gold-and-copper prospect near Alaska's Bristol Bay said Tuesday they plan to press on with their work, despite passage of a ballot initiative aimed at stopping the controversial Pebble mine.

– Anchorage Daily News

Kodiak stars in reality show

A new reality show based in Alaska will debut next month. Commanding Officer of Kodiak Air Station Captain Bill Deal said people from the Weather Channel called him earlier this year with the idea for the aptly titled "Coast Guard Alaska."

– KMXT, Kodiak

Doubts about B.C. runs

Goldstream was the site of a gasoline and diesel spill in April. Although the water is now running clear, there are concerns that the fish sense something is wrong.

– Victoria Times Colonist

More humpback whales

U.S. scientists have increased their estimate of the number of endangered humpback whales in the North Pacific in a new analysis of survey data.


Sea lions not your enemy

They want to kill sea lions because this native marine mammal dares to eat a Lilliputian portion of the fish that some fishermen would rather have to themselves.

– The Oregonian

B.C. fish farmers fight sea lions

The largest salmon farming company in B.C. is installing thick netting around its fish farms in an effort to reduce the number of marine mammals killed.

– Vancouver Sun

Canadian snow crab bountiful

The value of snow crab landings for the 2011 fishing season in Newfoundland and Labrador surpassed $250 million, the highest recorded landed value for snow crab in the province since 2004.

– TheFishSite


Thursday, October 20, 2011


More scientists in Washington started talking, and 24 hours later everyone is asking more questions.

– New York Times

Plan to address fish farm disease

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is calling on government scientists to develop a response to a newly discovered virus that could wreck the salmon industry in the Pacific Northwest.

– Anchorage Daily News

Where fish farm disease came from

A policy allowing over 29 million Atlantic salmon eggs to be imported into B.C. since 1985, despite scientific evidence showing ISA could be transmitted via infected eggs, is the antithesis of the precautionary principle.

– Vancouver Sun

W. Alaska salmon diminish

Salmon returns to western Alaska continue to decrease, and that trend is leading to severe restrictions on commercial and subsistence fisheries.

– KTUU, Anchorage

Senators fight frankenfish

Alaska's U.S. Senators filed two separate pieces of legislation in a pincer movement to crush the production of genetically engineered salmon in the U.S.

– Juneau Empire

Studying Alaska octopus

What marine animal can unscrew the lid of a jar, squeeze into a water jug, tear off scientific tags meant to track him and shoot out clouds of ink to mimic its own shape?

– Homer Tribune

Big NW oceanography study

News these days from the Oregon State University seems to have taken its cue from Jules Verne.

– The Oregonian

$5 million, and derelict still aground

A consortium of agencies trying to deal with the problem, and $5 million later, the landing craft and its pieces remain on the harbor floor.

– Homer Tribune


Friday, October 21, 2011


Now an Oregon company, Pacific Seafood, wants to grow 10 million pounds a year of steelhead and Atlantic salmon in cages in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. That would nearly double the farmed fish grown in saltwater in Washington.

– Seattle Times

Ownership of otter pelts

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is pushing legislation that would ease restrictions on the sale of sea otter hides by amending the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. The act restricts the harvest and sale of marine mammals.

– Alaska Dispatch

Great white attack off Oregon

A surfer on Thursday survived the attack of a great white shark that destroyed his surfboard and shattered his nerves.

– Newport News Times

Big donation from Pebble backers

The group promoting a mine project near the headwaters of Bristol Bay donated $150,000 to defeat an initiative aimed at Pebble Mine in the waning days of the election.

– Anchorage Daily News

Some pricey crab

This season, some red king crab could be worth over $30 a pound. That is, if they're wrapped in pink or green string and seem to have some sort of capsule attached to them.

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

Other states want more voice

Now comes another voice urging greater Washington and Oregon representation on the council to balance out Alaska's advantage.

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

Emergency towing for fishing boats

The emergency towing system was developed in order to respond to distress cargo vessels in bad weather, and now a partnership between the state, the Coast Guard, and local governments is trying to figure out how to best use it on fishing vessels.

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


Alaska Fisheries Report

A virus that has devastated fish farms around the world has been found in wild salmon stocks in Canada. We have a wrap up of the seine season in Southeast, and the fur flies over sea lions.

– KMXT, Kodiak

B.C. downplays fish farm disease

The Harper government, which on Thursday described as "inconclusive" tests showing British Columbia wild sockeye salmon have been infected with a potentially devastating virus, isn't taking the matter as seriously as top politicians in the U.S.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Fish farm disease backgrounder

Yesterday, we sent out some background information about the fish farm disease found in wild sockeye in B.C. In that format, some of the links didn't work and the address had to be copied for your browser. Today, we're trying another format.

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