Monday, October 31, 2011


An adult coho salmon supplied by salmon advocates to a prominent laboratory showed signs of carrying the disease. That fish was reported to have been found in a tributary of the Fraser River, a critical salmon run for fishermen in Canada and the United States.

– New York Times

Editorial: A shadow on salmon

Facing pollution, predators, dams, drought, climate change and relentless fishing, the last thing Pacific salmon need is yet another threat to their very existence.

– The Oregonian

What is B.C. doing about disease?

While fishermen are alarmed to learn about the discovery of a European virus in wild British Columbia salmon, the news comes as no great surprise.

– Vancouver Sun

Worries about Cherry Point herring

Concern for survival of a once-great herring stock has halted industrial schemes at Cherry Point before. Will it happen again, with the proposed coal-shipping terminal?

–, Seattle

Weak Alaska pink year in 2012

The projected harvest of 17 million pink salmon would be far below the recent 10-year average of 40 million.

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

Better air service to Unalaska

On the heels of a month of flight delays and cancellations, Alaska Airlines temporarily suspended the program that guarantees locals a seat on flights in and out of Unalaska. Now it’s back.

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

Pacific Seafood anti-trust argument

Attorneys for the nation’s largest seafood company did their best to convince a federal judge that the antitrust lawsuit filed against Clackamas fish buyer Frank Dulcich’s Pacific Seafood Group doesn’t merit class action status.

– Eugene Register Guard

Killer whales have taste for Chinook

Huge Chinook salmon are the most prized catch on the Pacific coast for fishermen on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, but they may soon have to share the bounty if a scientific panel links Chinook and the survival of endangered southern resident killer whales.

– CTV, Canada

Perfect Storm 20 years old

Roberta Tyne Smith, now 60, recalls hearing the phone ring 20 years ago this weekend — at 5 p.m. on Halloween in 1991.

– Goucester Times

Council seeks millions for observers

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is asking the Obama administration to provide $3.8 million to launch an expanded fisheries observer program.

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


Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Puget Sound does not need another giant fish farm to produce Atlantic salmon as the region nurtures the return of wild salmon and worries about a nascent salmon virus.

– Seattle Times

SE red king crab open

It's a fairly big deal, as this will be the first opener in six years for this fishery. The quota is a modest 201,000 pounds.

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

Worry over new disease report

Wild-salmon advocates fear that tests showing a serious virus in one Fraser River coho and two wild sockeye salmon mean the European strain of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) could be spreading through B.C.'s wild-salmon runs.

– Vancouver Sun

Fish farmers counsel patience

B.C. Salmon Farmers Association spokeswoman Mary Ellen Walling said the positive laboratory tests at the Atlantic Veterinary College have yet to be confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Pesticide near salmon streams banned

A federal judge upheld new rules designed to protect West Coast salmon and steelhead from three widely used farm pesticides.

– The Oregonian

High court won't hear irrigator's plea

The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by Central California farmers who claimed the federal government lacks constitutional authority to protect the imperiled delta smelt by limiting north-to-south water shipments.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Forecasting pink salmon

Pink salmon returns are notoriously difficult to forecast because their 2-year life history cycle only involves one ocean winter and precludes the use of younger returning age classes to predict cohort abundance.

– Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Grocer promises sustainable fish

As part of a series of moves aimed at seafood sustainability, Kroger Co. announced it is committed to sourcing 100 percent of the top 20 wild-caught species from fisheries that are Marine Stewardship Council-certified, in MSC full assessment, or engaged in a World Wildlife Fund fishery improvement project by the year 2015.

– Supermarket News

Learn about acidification

Ocean acidification is making life difficult for shell-forming creatures like bivalves and krill. Are the fish that eat them next? Three ways to find out next week: Tune in to KUOW's Weekday with Steve Scher show at 10 a.m. on Nov. 8. Attend Dissolving Before Our Eyes: The Acidification of Our Oceans, and Why It Matters To All Of U at Town Hall Seattle, Nov. 8th. Attend the Washington Sea Grant Symposium on Ocean Acidification Nov. 9th at the University of

Another Alaska refrigeration workshop

MAP and Integrated Marine Systems will bring their popular training workshop to Kodiak Nov. 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the UAF Fisheries Industrial Technology Center across the bridge on Near Island. The cost of the workshop is $200, and includes a refrigeration manual. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 22, and space is limited. To register, please visit For questions, contact Julie Matweyou, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program in Kodiak, or 907-486-1514 or toll-free at 888-788-6333.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011


A new discussion paper from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership challenges the salmon aquaculture sector to be more proactive in publicly disclosing information about environmental impacts and to create a model for industry-wide best practice.

– FishNewsEU

Tour fish pirate boat

You can take a video tour of Bangun Perkasa, the pirate fishing vessel seized by the U.S. Coast Guard in September. The video shows a pan of the vessel exterior, and cuts to video of the freezer area, where you can see blocks of frozen squid as well as shark carcasses that have been headed, gutted, finned, and tailed. To view the video, The password is "bangunperkasa."

Alaska coast program I

Back in February, the Parnell administration told a judge that Cook Inlet beluga whales didn't need the protection of the federal Endangered Species Act because the state was perfectly capable of protecting them itself, in part because of the Alaska Coastal Management Program.

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaska coast program II

The state's foremost organization of Alaska Natives has stepped forward at its recent annual convention to support a ballot initiative to form a coastal management program.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

Investigating NOAA enforcement

The Commerce Department's inspector general is turning a critical eye again to the federal government's regulation of commercial fishing, based on complaints emanating from industry and a request by Massachusetts' congressmen.

– Gloucester Times

Alaska fishermen share stories

Alaska's fishermen might tell a good yarn at seaside bars and cafes, but some might think their literary talents end there.

– Fairbanks News Miner

Frankenfish eggs worry enviros

Environmentalists are alarmed that a U.S.-based company with a plant in Prince Edward Island plans to sell its genetically modified salmon eggs to any approved fish farmer if the company gets U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.


Guessing Kenai R. escapement

As many as 51,900 late-run Kenai River king salmon may have made it to the spawning grounds in 2011. Or it could have been as few as 16,100.

– Alaska Journal of Commerce


Thursday, November 3, 2011


We see from this report that a Chinook salmon and a chum salmon also tested positive.

– Alexandra Morton

U.S. tests of diseased salmon

Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Mark Begich (D-AK) sent a letter to key Senate appropriators calling for the federal government to independently test samples of a recently detected salmon virus, rather than relying on Canadian scientists.

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

Is one halibut worth $2,000?

A question for the Homer Chamber of Commerce to think about when voting on issues pertaining to commercial fishing vs. charter fishing.

– Homer News

Columbia sturgeon dwindle

The sturgeon population in the lower Columbia River continues to dwindle, and state officials have started talks on how to tweak back sport-fishing seasons for 2012.

– Longview (Wash.) Columbian

Alaska fishermen:
Restore coastal management

The United Fishermen of Alaska has offered its support for restoration of a Coastal Management program for the state, but stopped short of endorsing the initiative process in which local communities hope to force the creation of a new program.

– Juneau Empire

Enviros want sardine limits

Environmentalists are again hoping federal regulators place new limits on one of Monterey Bay's top fisheries: sardines.

– Santa Cruz Sentinel

Chum in Puget Sound

It's November, which means chum salmon are returning to South Puget Sound streams to spawn.

– Seattle Times

Protecting baitfish

West Coast fishery managers are considering adding dozens of forage fish species, including smelt, croakers, silversides and shad, to the list of fish protected from harvesting.

– Seattle Weekly

Salmon return to befouled B.C. river

The nailbiting wait for fish to arrive in the Goldstream River ended this week with the arrival of 9,000 spawning chum salmon.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Crew tells of fire at sea

When a building catches fire, the situation is scary enough. The stakes are even higher on a boat, where there's nowhere to go and no one to fight the fire but the people on board.

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


Friday, November 4, 2011


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency document goes on to say the positive ISAV detection is not confirmed and is "suspect" because of "chain of custody" issues.

– B.C.LocalNews

Disease found in four wild species

A lethal virus that could pose a new threat to British Columbia's prized Pacific salmon has now been detected in four wild species, prompting fears about its effect on the multi-billion-dollar fishery.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Disease should be no surprise

While fishermen are alarmed to learn about the discovery of a European virus in wild British Columbia salmon, the news comes as no great surprise. Infectious salmon anemia (ISA) has erupted in every country that farms salmon. Why would anyone think Canada is immune?

– Victoria Times Colonist

Fish farmer lays off Canadians

Marine Harvest recently announced a reduction of 60 people in its B.C. aquaculture operations in response to a jump in a global supply that has depressed the price of farm-raised Atlantic salmon.

– North Island Gazette, British Columbia

More money for observers

NOAA Associate Administrator for Fisheries Eric Schwaab provided welcome testimony at a meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Acknowledging the difficulty that many West Coast trawl fishermen face in absorbing new costs associated with 100 percent observer coverage, Schwaab's remarks indicated a commitment on the part of NOAA to help fishermen as they approach their second season under catch shares.

– West Coast Trawlers' Network

Pebble mine foes blasted

An ordinance that could halt development of the Pebble gold and copper mine stems from "unconstitutional efforts of narrow self- interests" seeking to restrict development, a mining company official said.

– Anchorage Daily News

Fish fraud with hake in Spain

Scientists from the Marine Genetic Resources Group (Rexenmar) at the University of Vigo found that about 6 per cent of products made with hake that are sold in supermarkets are usually different as to quality – lower in general – from the one indicated on their labels.


Cal water wars: Farmers fight

California's long-running water wars typically pit farmers against environmentalists, but this time the state's growers are facing off against each other about plans to build a massive water system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week on the Alaska Fisheries Report: The Senate passes a spending bill that includes a call for a rapid response to the salmon virus; the governor touts Alaska seafood in England; and Senator Mark Begich scares his colleagues on Halloween. Also, the drama of firefighting on the high seas.

– KMXT, Kodiak

A real smart skipper

Cusick forcibly assaulted, sexually harassed, impeded, interfered with, and intimidated a female federal at-sea monitor who was working on the vessel Sea Farmer II out of Gloucester.

– Gloucester (Mass.) Times

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