Monday, October 27, 2014


Russian fish masquerading as Alaskan, when tensions between Moscow and Washington keep escalating, has politicians and others furious.
– National Journal

SE Alaska vulnerable to B.C. mines

Canada operates under different permitting and environmental rules than the U.S. and currently, no safeguards are in place to protect Alaska waters and fisheries from chemical and heavy-metal contaminants leaching from the B.C. mines.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in the Alaska Dispatch News

Fall storm to hit B.C. coast

Batten down the hatches. Storm, heavy rainfall and high winds are expected in Greater Victoria late Monday and Tuesday as the remains of hurricane Ana move toward the B.C. coast.

– Times Colonist

Storm slams Port Orford

The first big storm of the season sledge-hammered the port at Port Orford on Saturday as high winds drove heavy waves crashing over the dock, destroying small buildings and forcing a temporary evacuation.

– The Worldlink

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the Coast Guard gets busy as soon as the crab season begins, we hear how one CDQ group is doing, and maybe limitless power for False Pass to process fish and light up the town.


Columbia River hatchery in record-setting trend

The fish are raised to be caught by anglers just downstream in the Hanford Reach and lower in the Columbia and up the Pacific Coast to Alaskan waters, where the fish are a significant part of the commercial catch.

– Tri-City Herald

Study: CA dam's a problem

A study released this month by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences listed Trinity Reservoir as one of 181 California dams whose current outflows could negatively affect native fish species if unchanged.

– Times Standard

MSA revamp looms

Fishing industry representatives say efforts to protect threatened fish stocks have come at the expense of local fishermen and their families and neighbors. Given the improving health of these populations, the next version of the law needs to recognize that more fish means more fishing, they say.

– Florida Today


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Prices are rising for black cod and halibut and there are big changes ahead for EU labelling laws as more information will now be required for better transparency

– The Fish Site

Crabs help find 'ghost pots'

Divers began research by attaching acoustic tags to the crab which then led them to find the hazards of ghost pots.

– Alaska Fish Radio

Mislabeling probe yields surprising results

The US Food and Drug Administration has released the results of a two year investigation into seafood labeling. The investigation has found that 85 per cent of seafood tested was properly labeled, demonstrating that the problem of mislabeling is not as widespread as first thought.

– The Fish Site

NOAA head vows focus on climate change, acidification

The changing climate and chemistry of our oceans is definitely on radar screens of federal planet watchers. That's the assurance of Kathryn Sullivan, new director of the National Oceanic, Atmospheric Administration.

– Alaska Fish Radio

FDA tool aids labeling enforcement

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a new online learning module designed to help groups including "state regulators ensure the proper labeling of seafood products offered for sale in the U.S. marketplace."

– Fish Information and Services

State, feds plan second year of Susitna studies

A proposed hydro project on the Susitna River is the impetus for substantial fisheries research, but state and federal interests have disagreed on components of the first year of work.

– Peninsula Clarion

West Coast Salmon Summit

With salmon populations being reduced because they have to compete with other plants and animal species for water in streams, a greater emphasis was placed on how climate change has exacerbated the problem.

– The Worldlink

Sea star epidemic hits Sitka

Researchers had hoped Alaska might be spared the epidemic — until scientists working with the Sitka Sound Science Center detected the first mass die-off in the state.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Fishermen in Southeast Alaska hauled in the most salmon of any other region again this summer – narrowly edging Prince William Sound by just 404 thousand fish.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, reporting for Alaska Fish Radio

OR air station closure delayed

The agency's Newport air station had been scheduled to close Nov. 30 due to budget cuts. Crabbing season is scheduled to start the next day.

– SFGate


Seiners make political picks

The Southeast Alaska Seiners Association is supporting the re-election bids of U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Gov. Sean Parnell, a Republican.

– Pacific Fishing Editor Wesley Loy, from his blog: Deckboss


Derelict barge drifts in the arctic

An unmanned barge remained adrift in waters north of Alaska's Arctic Slope on Monday, carrying roughly 950 gallons of fuel and floating farther from shore, thwarting some recovery options, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

– Alaska Dispatch News


Coho comeback for B.C. watershed

The numbers are anecdotal, but reports of lively jacks — smaller male salmon that mature and spawn a year earlier than the typical three-year cycle — are common, said Colquitz River steward Dorothy Chambers.

– Times Colonist


Cordova fishermen's group backs Begich

Cordova District Fishermen United has endorsed Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, for re-election to the U.S. Senate, citing his advocacy for fisheries as chairmanship on the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries and Coast Guard.

– Cordova Times


Willapa Bay salmon management revisited

Nearly nine months after a settlement agreement ended a lawsuit against the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife over its management of commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor, the department is beginning to work on a policy for Willapa Bay.

– Chinook Observer


Crabber fined for dumping mink carcasses

State environmental regulators have fined a commercial crab boat captain for dumping at least 2,500 pounds of rotted, skinned mink carcasses into the Port of Brookings Harbor marina earlier this year.

– Statesman Journal


CA hatchery opens fish ladder

About 10:40 a.m. on Nov. 3, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will open the fish ladder at Nimbus Hatchery on American River. This allows fall-run Chinook salmon migrating upstream from the Pacific Ocean to enter the hatchery, and it also provide an excellent viewing opportunity for the public.

– Sacramento Bee



Thursday, October 30, 2014


The annual Fisheries of the United States 2013 report states that while national fish and shellfish totals remained about the same, total landings of wild salmon was up 68 percent from 2012.



Alaska leads in U.S. landings

Dutch Harbor topped the list for the 17th year running with 753 million pounds of fish crossing the docks last year, valued at nearly $200 million. The Aleutian Islands region ranked second for landings; Kodiak ranked third for both seafood landings and value.

– Alaska Fish Radio


Astoria is West Coast's top port

A report from NOAA Fisheries Service shows Astoria, Oregon, topped West Coast ports in pounds of fish landed last year.

– SFGate

Report: Illegal crabbing threatens Bering ecosystem

The magnitude of illegal crab fishing has put at risk the entire Bering Sea marine ecosystem shared by Russia and Alaska fishermen, who legally catch nearly 200 million pounds of crab annually, the WWF report said.

– Cordova Times

Alaska fisherman became 'aviation legend'

In addition to being a Bush pilot in Western Alaska for over 30 years, Albert Ball worked as a trapper and commercial fisherman for 82 years. His fishing operation at Ekuk now includes family members from four generations.

– Alaska Dispatch News

Online electrical systems course geared to fishermen

The University of Alaska Southeast is offering an online, self-paced course in marine electrical systems for fishermen who want to be able to work on their own boats and know when to call the pros.

– Homer News

Reports details impacts to major CA estuary

With most of the Delta's marshes gone, scientists have few places to look to as models for habitat restoration.


Medical wastewater contaminating CA ports

I-131 is not naturally occurring, and could harm fish and other marine animals if it is absorbed in large amounts. 



Friday, October 31, 2014


Once again it's Halloween. Kodiak's fisherman shared some of their real life scary experiences with Fish Radio.

– Alaska Fish Radio

Sitka advances transient float project

Sitka is moving ahead with plans to replace the transient float at Thomsen Harbor.


Candidates weigh in on B.C. mines

Canadian mines that could pollute Alaska waters are a big concern in Southeast these days. That begs the question: Where do those running for House and Senate stand on the issue?


Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, there's a new king in the crab world – at least this season; the Togiak herring forecast is looking good for next year, and discussing a Bristol Bay permit buy-back. 


DNA study reveals shrimp mislabeling

Confirming suspicions among many consumers, the ocean watch group Oceana on Thursday revealed that one of every three shrimp consumed in America is a poseur.

– Alaska Dispatch News

Harbor commissioner pleads guilty to poaching, perjury

Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Commissioner Aaron Lance Newman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to three misdemeanor poaching and perjury charges and was sentenced to three years probation, during which time he will be banned from recreational hunting and fishing anywhere in the United States.

– Times Standard

Port Orford damages at $1 million

Damages from the storm that hammered the port at Port Orford on Saturday are beginning to be calculated, with estimates already in the $1 million range.

– The Worldlink

UK drowning linked to fish overload

A man who drowned when a fishing boat sank lost his life because excessive numbers of fish in the vessel's hold destabilised it, an inquest heard.




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