Monday, October 22, 2012


Major fast-food player KFC takes its sustainable development commitment to a higher level by obtaining MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification.


More competition = better price

And what accounts for this huge rise in prices?

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

Lights! Camera! Action!!!

The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery opened with a larger quota, Hollywood on board again, and an increasing presence of Alaska Natives and Alaska-owned boats.

– Pacific Fishing contributor Jim Paulin writing in the Dutch Harbor Fisherman

New leader at UFA

Julianne Curry was selected as United Fishermen of Alaska's new executive director.

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

Mystery of disappearing Chinook

Scientists will discuss such topics as ocean survival of Chinook, genetic stock identification, salmon bycatch in commercial fisheries, and the potential role of hatcheries to supplement Chinook stocks.

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

SE looks for forest income

Largely due to declining timber volume offered for sale by the U.S. Forest Service, the Southeast Alaska timber industry has nearly collapsed.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Iron dump for financial gain?

The iron dumped off the coast of Haida Gwaii was primarily a bid to sell carbon credits — not a scientific experiment, according to a marine conservation society working on B.C.'s Pacific coast.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Columbia gillnet talks

Agitated netters feel cornered by Gov. John Kitzhaber's edict to his Fish and Wildlife Commission to phase non-tribal commercial gill-nets off the mainstem of the lower Columbia River by 2016.

– The Oregonian


Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Several seafood processors that operate in Alaska are looking at a fundamental shift in their business model next fishing season.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Trawling is like 'plowing'

It is hard to grasp just how industrialized commercial fishing has become.

– New York Times

Salmon run coming later

Auke Creek salmon are running earlier and for fewer days than 40 years ago, according to decades of research.

– KTOO, Juneau

Russian crab to depress price

Illegal fishing in Russian waters could negatively impact crab prices this year.

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

Big brother and his fish

A jellyfish is actually a surveillance robot, powered by the atoms around it.
– Vancouver Sun

Tsunami-resistant harbor

In addition to the tsunami-resistant inner boat basin currently under construction, Crescent City Harbor will soon feature a promenade, a half-mile section of California Coastal Trail and other public access improvements.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Foodies and sustainable fish

The sustainable seafood movement faces constant challenges as it balances the interests of fish sellers, fish catchers, environmental advocates and consumers.

– Seattle Times

Community supported fisheries

Can community-supported seafood markets and restaurants do the same thing for small-scale commercial fishermen that the slow food/locavore movement has done for small-scale farming?

– Field and Stream


Wednesday, October 24, 2012


"What a mess. And what an inhumane process."

– Daily Astorian

Skagway search called off

The Coast Guard suspended its search for a 62-year-old Haines fisherman who went overboard Tuesday afternoon near Skagway.


Cucumber diver medevaced

The unidentified 24-year-old was suffering from shortness of breath and was in and out of consciousness when he was lifted from the fishing vessel Patricia Kay.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Boots are OK, says Xtratuf

Earlier this year fishermen started noticing a decrease in quality and an increase in failure of the boot.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Chinook panel looks for clues

State researchers looking for answers to Alaska's diminishing king salmon returns were urged to take a look at the critical days after smolt leave fresh water and to closely examine how humans may affect salmon in marine waters.

– Anchorage Daily News

Petersburg moorage could rise

The city's harbor master says the department needs to make up a budget shortfall and come up with additional funds for replacing North Harbor.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Pelican gets new ferry dock

All 83 of Pelican's residents can now come and go by way of ferry, thanks to a brand new Alaska Marine Highway dock.

– Juneau Empire

Iron fertilizing at worst spot

Of all the vast area covered by the Pacific Ocean, the coastal waters off Haida Gwaii are one of the worst spots to conduct an iron fertilization experiment.

– Vancouver Sun

The unthinkable: Sea lions

Lots of things eat herring, but some things eat way more herring than everything else.

– Huffington Post


Thursday, October 25, 2012


Samples of albacore tuna caught off the West Coast of the United States show minute traces of radiation that can be traced to the Fukushima reactor disaster.

– Daily Astorian

N. Cal crab a bit light

The crab were a little lighter than what they were hoping for.
– Eureka Times Standard

Fishing causes shark attacks?

Some scientists say better management of the commercial fishing industry has led to a substantial increase in the white shark population.

– Christian Science Monitor

Eating (fish) locally

It's National Farm to School Month, and a high school in Sitka is celebrating by serving locally grown food to its students.

– KCAW, Sitka

Chum on Puget Sound

The prime time for seeing chum salmon spawning in South Sound streams is fast approaching with state fisheries managers predicting runs ranging from average to robust.

– The Olympian

PWS herring weak

Another season, another herring shutdown in Prince William Sound.

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

Changes on the Columbia

Washington and Oregon are overhauling the structure of commercial fishing in the lower Columbia, the making biggest change in decades.

– Vancouver Columbian

Voters could still ban gillnets

It's about getting more fish for sportfishers who share the same fishing grounds and have to split the total catch with commercial gill netters.

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

Community grant deadline

The Community Advisory Board of American Seafoods Co., one of the nation's largest seafood harvesters and processors, is now accepting applications for its Alaska community grant program. The deadline to submit applications is Nov. 12.

– American Seafoods


Friday, October 26, 2012


The crew of the F/V Northwestern is under investigation by the state and they may have unintentionally ratted themselves out on camera.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Expect Carlson checks soon

The refund administrator is expected to start sending out checks soon, perhaps within a week.

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

Another shot against Pebble

An initiative application with the state of Alaska seeks to amend state statutes to require legislative approval for development of large-scale metallic sulfide mines within the Bristol Bay Fisheries Refuge.

– Cordova Times

No natural gas in Warrenton

The ruling paves the way for the county to make final a decision against zoning for the line to feed Oregon LNG's proposed terminal at Warrenton.

– Bend Bulletin

Blasting for oil

Imagine dynamite exploding in your living room every 10 seconds for days, weeks or even months on end. It would drive you mad and possibly make you deaf or sick – at the very least, ready to find a new home.

– USA Today

Ocean experiment to spawn others

A small British Columbia First Nation making waves around the world with a controversial experiment in the Pacific Ocean is on the front lines of climate change, even critics admit.

– Vancouver Province

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week: There are more questions than answers at the state's Chinook Salmon Symposium this week, the fate of foreign cannery workers is still up in the air, and Senator Begich issues a challenge to the makers of Xtratufs.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Deadly legacy of fish fraud

It also poses a health threat to people who are allergic to certain kinds of fish.

– Huffington Post

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