Monday, October 29, 2012


It’s official: “No more flights of the Goose. The Goose is done.”

– KUCB, Dutch Harbor

Salmon problem? Blame trawlers

In general most of our local salmon fisheries have been fishing the same way since about 1980, but there has been a substantial increase in one type of fishery. That fishery is our commercial pollock fishery.
– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

‘Soupy’ fish gurry covers highway

A semi-truck carrying a “soupy” load of chopped dead fish waste spilled Friday morning, dumping fish guts and other parts across northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101.

– Daily Astorian

Water spout off Crescent City

“It wasn’t very long and it dissipated just like a real tornado would do. It was cool to watch it on the water. It got really big.”

– Crescent City Triplicate

B.C. salmon report due today

After listening to 160 witnesses, compiling 14,000 pages of transcripts and 2,100 exhibits, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen must deliver his report to the federal government by Monday, although it remains unclear when, or even if, the document will be made public.

– MetroNewsCanada

Tribes oppose gillnet ban

Environmental issues are a major concern for tribes this election in the Pacific Northwest, and in Oregon, the Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission and its four member tribes are opposing a politically compromised ballot measure that would ban non-tribal commercial gillnet fishing in the lower Columbia River.

– Indian Country

Sporties want say in Pebble fight

John Shively, Pebble Limited Partnership’s CEO, brushed off a question about assessing the larger recreational experience anglers are seeking by essentially saying that the experience of sportsmen in Bristol Bay is not worth considering because these are trips taken by rich corporate people to use as a tax write off.

– Fairbanks News Miner

Sitka barge sinks

The Coast Guard is monitoring a 140-foot barge that sank in Sawmill Bay.

– Coast Guard

Tsunami warning withdrawn

A tsunami warning was posted Saturday evening for the outer coast of Southeast Alaska from Cape Decision to the tip of Vancouver Island.

– KTOO, Juneau

B.C. worries over tsunami warning

But the time lapse between the quake and the response by Emergency Management B.C. left some questioning the government’s disaster preparedness.

– Vancouver Sun


Tuesday, October 30, 2012


It’s official: “No more flights of the Goose. The Goose is done.”

– KUCB, Dutch Harbor

Weather satellites going blind

The United States is facing a year or more without crucial satellites that provide invaluable data for predicting storm tracks, a result of years of mismanagement, lack of financing, and delays in launching replacements.

– New York Times

CG inspection rules not for all

The U.S. Coast Guard has recognized that the new federal safety examination requirements for commercial fishing vessels may be inappropriate for small vessels fishing in the CNMI and other Pacific Islands governed by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.

– Saipan Tribune

Urban vs. subsistence fishermen

There is great disparity in the way urban sport hunters and village-based subsistence fishermen are treated.

– Alaska Dispatch

Anti-gillnet bid just the latest

Measure 81 is the latest in a run of angler-sponsored efforts since 1910 to evict commercial fishers from Oregon streams, yet anglers are but one army in this war. Indians, netters, and sportfishers have fought themselves and each other for a very long time.

– High Country News

Water is cleaner

"Today, our rivers are no longer burning. Today we have commercial fisheries on our rivers and they are on the rise. And there's still much to be done to protect our water resources."

– Spokane Spokesman-Review

Cal crab still skinny

North Coast commercial crab fishermen could be in for another late start of the season, based on the first round of crab quality tests.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Coastal villages to share $2 million

The Coastal Villages Region Fund Board of Directors approved an additional $2 million in discretionary funds for its 20 member villages. The additional funding is a "bonus" stemming from better-than-expected financial performance by CVRF in the Bering Sea pollock, crab and cod fisheries.

– Coastal Villages

Washington Columbia restructuring

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will invite public comments on plans to restructure salmon and sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River at a meeting scheduled Nov. 8 and 9 in Olympia.

– Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission

Memorial for Winther

The employees at the Alaska Ship & Drydock facility in Ketchikan gathered for a moment of silence recently in honor of a former Fairbanksan who was a key figure in the building of the modern commercial fishing industry in Alaska.

– Fairbanks News Miner

Bellinghamsters and a coal port

Hundreds of participants waited outside in occasionally heavy rain for an hour or more before the doors opened at 11 a.m.

– Tacoma News Tribune


Wednesday, October 31, 2012


We alone will be prohibited from enjoying Columbia River salmon and other fish caught by non-tribal commercial fishers.

– Statesman Journal, Salem

Highway memorial to honor fish?

Animal activists want a California roadside memorial sign to honor fish killed during a container truck crash.

– The Oregonian

Cohen report today

The report is expected to relay Justice Bruce Cohen's findings and recommendations regarding the causes of decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River.

– Watershed Watch Salmon Society

Catching Chinook: Guilty!

Alaska State Court Judge Bruce Ward ruled against three Alaska Native fishermen who argued they never meant to break the law.

– Alaska Dispatch

Supes against nuke testing

After listening to more than four hours of impassioned pleas from local residents, county supervisors voted to oppose a proposal to conduct high-energy seismic surveys offshore of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

– San Luis Obispo

Anti-Pebble referendum filed

The increasingly value of this extraordinary and unique resource to all citizens of Alaska warrants additional protective measures for the wild salmon in the waters that drain into the waters of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve.

– Renewable Resources Coalition

Fighting sea otters

Sea otters and the Arctic are two focal points for Alaska's top fishing group at both state and federal policy levels.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Quake is B.C. wake-up call

The 7.7 earthquake Saturday near the Queen Charlotte fault zone is a timely reality check.

– Vancouver Sun

Eat fish, not pills

Fish oil supplements taken by millions for their health benefits do not reduce the risk of suffering a stroke.

– Vancouver Sun

Great white attacks

A likely great white shark attack near the North Jetty left a group of surfers scrambling to save a man's life.

– Eureka Times Standard

Anti-hatchery lawsuit

Two wild fish advocacy groups have gone back to federal court in Portland to stop releases of juvenile salmon and steelhead from the Sandy Hatchery.

– The Oregonian


Thursday, November 1, 2012


Top brass from the Army Corps of Engineers traveled to Port Orford to deliver bad news. The corps says it can't afford to dredge the fishing port now or in the foreseeable future; other small ports in the Northwest will face similar cuts.

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

Cohen: No smoking gun

On the evidence provided by 179 witnesses over 138 days of hearings, it concluded there is no smoking gun – no single, simple cause that can be blamed for the consistent dwindling over two decades of a resource into which both Americans and Canadians have poured many millions in management and infrastructure.

– Vancouver Sun

Cohen: Federal law hurting wild salmon

The judge who conducted a two-year inquiry into the health of one of British Columbia's most lucrative fisheries has concluded the federal government's changes to the Fisheries Act have the potential to harm — not help — Fraser River sockeye.

– Vancouver Province

Cohen: No more fish farms

Salmon farm development in the Discovery Islands should be frozen and existing farms should be shut down if they pose any risk to wild stocks.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Worried Peru slashes catch

The anchovy pulled from Peru's Pacific Ocean is sold as fishmeal that feeds pigs in China and farmed salmon in Europe. It's also squeezed into increasingly popular Omega-3 supplements.

– Reuters

Small fish, big opportunity

Species such as menhaden, sardines, and herring — commonly known as forage fish — are the lifeblood of a healthy ocean.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Naked Chileans protest bycatch

"There is a significant difference between the moment of the catch and the landing."

– Santiago Times

Blame loss of sea ice

The strong series of storms that struck south-central Alaska over and over again in September could be directly related to the loss of sea ice in the Arctic.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Social media tsunami alert

Local emergency-service agencies should update their plans to include better use of social media, say some Victoria-area mayors in the wake of this weekend's earthquake.

– Victoria Times Colonist


Friday, November 2, 2012


The massive Togiak herring fishery was the subject of discussion during the ongoing Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting in Dillingham.

– KDIL, Dillingham

New plan for Taku mine

British Columbia environmental officials have approved a new route to the Tulsequah Chief Mine that avoids several traditional Native use areas and eliminates the need for Taku River barging.

– KTOO, Juneau

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the salmon season near Juneau is shorter than it used to be. It's a long time until herring season, but the forecast is out for Togiak. And, trouble between China and Norway could turn into more salmon sales for Alaska.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Nushagak fishery: Play by play

The 2012 sockeye run to the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District was outlined in detail during a two-day fish and game advisory committee.

– KLDG, Dillingham

Climate change affects Alaska

Abundance of salmon in the North Pacific Ocean is the highest it's ever been, but fisheries scientists say there are many unanswered questions about how many fish the ocean can feed, particularly in light of climate change.

– Cordova Times

Salmon vs. dog

Salmon are seen swimming upstream on a road near Seattle. A dog walking along catches one of the fish in its mouth, then moseys along the watery road.

– Vancouver Sun

Cohen Plus 1: Schizophrenia

It also zeroed in on the perverse duality of a government organization on one hand charged with protecting wild salmon and on the other having to promote farmed salmon.


Cohen Plus 1: Fish farmers pleased

Salmon farmers are mostly pleased with this week's Cohen Commission report on the reasons behind the decline of Fraser River sockeye, including recommendations to explore a connection between fish farms and missing fish.

– Vancouver Sun

Southern Ocean baitfish collapse

This summer's anchovy season is down by 68 per cent to 810,000 tons, making this the smallest allowance in 25 years.

– FIS, U.S.

Southern Ocean preserve torpedoed

Proposals to establish marine reserves in two critical areas of the Southern Ocean were stymied by Russia, China, and Ukraine.

– Spiegel, Germany


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