Monday, November 8, 2010

Focus on Pebble Mine

On Sunday, the Anchorage Daily News published a package of stories focusing on the proposed Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay watershed. Below is one link. Click, and it’ll take you to one article. To see other articles in the package, look immediately to the right of the headline.


Catch shares OK – in theory

The catch-share idea has a lot of support in theory. Fishermen have grown increasingly frustrated by regulations that have made fishing more difficult and less profitable.

– Former Pacific Fishing columnist Cassandra Marie Profita for Oregon Public Radio

Tillamook Bar still a killer

The Tillamook Bay bar is notoriously deadly with at least 17 lives lost in the past seven years.

– The Oregonian

Observers now on 40+ foot boats

After more than a decade of discussion and dickering, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved sweeping changes to its observer program at its October meeting to now include all vessels longer than 40 feet.

– Anchorage Daily News

Thoughts about Alaska’s election

While we wait for state officials to tally all those write-in and absentee ballots from Alaska's oddball U.S. Senate race, here are a few election notes you might have missed.

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

Selling albacore

Albacore advocates are on a mission to hook grocery shoppers on fresh tuna, and they're luring at least one major retailer.

– Coos Bay World

Keeping jobs on the coast

Once the economic mainstay of both the commercial and recreational fishing industries from California to Washington, salmon have been decimated by decades of habitat destruction, dams, and water diversions.

– Lee Crockett and Zeke Grader, writing in The Oregonian

Mining meeting hears from fishermen

For the first time, the Alaska Miners Association decided to make fisheries the theme of its week-long annual meeting.

– Anchorage Daily News

Jerry Brown’s stance on protected areas?

Governor-elect Jerry Brown has not made any public comments to date about what direction his administration will take regarding the implementation and enforcement of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process.

– Indymedia

Gray whales diminishing again

Sixteen years after the gray whale was taken off the endangered species list, the California Gray Whale Coalition says their numbers are dwindling again and is leading a campaign to protect the marine mammals further declines.

– San Jose Mercury News


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Eat fish, save a rainforest

If we stopped fishing, we would need to convert a lot of rainforest to agricultural production to cover the 82 million tons of fish landed in 2006 alone.

– Grist

Salmon: Biggest paycheck in 18 years

At a time when many workers are suffering, the state's commercial salmon fishermen have a lot to celebrate: collectively, they got their biggest paycheck in 18 years – $533.9 million, according to the state's preliminary estimates.

– Anchorage Daily News

Anglers angered by pollock fleet bycatch

Some sport fishermen are seething after a report last month showed more than 59,000 king salmon in the Gulf of Alaska were taken by pollock boats and other commercial fishermen this year.

– Anchorage Daily News

Enviros want study of frankenfish scheme

Twelve executive officers of some of the nation’s largest environmental organizations requested that the Food and Drug Administration conduct a thorough environmental impact statement before deciding whether to approve the first ever genetically engineered animal for food.

– SitNews, Ketchikan

War on sea squirt

State officials say an invasive species of sea squirt has been found in Sitka’s Whiting Harbor.

– KFSK, Petersburg

No cops with fish tax

I read with complete dismay that the City Council raided the Raw Fish Tax to fund two police officers.

– Tom Fisher writing to SitNews, Ketchikan

Chile drag fishery ailing

Over-exploitation of jack mackerel, the main commercial species of fish caught in Chile, has caused the decline of the Pacific ocean species and a crisis in the fishing industry. Scientists recommend halving the catch in 2011.


Hawaii OKs deep sea aquaculture

The Board of Land and Natural Resources of the State of Hawaii has granted an application from Hawaii Oceanic Technology for a 35 year lease on the company’s 247 acre deep open ocean aquaculture site, permitted by the same board in October 2009.


Alaska honors biologists who died on duty

Gov. Sean Parnell and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd dedicated a memorial plaque in honor of department employees who lost their lives studying, protecting and managing Alaska's fish and game resources.

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


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Big hike in pollock stocks

The National Marine Fisheries Service has posted its draft assessment of the eastern Bering Sea pollock stock, and it indicates we could see a big increase in the commercial catch limit for 2011.

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


Bycatch report was wrong

Yesterday, we linked to an Anchorage Daily News report that, it turns out, was wrong. The article said that Chinook salmon, taken as bycatch by the Aleutian pollock fleet, had to be dumped dead back into the water. The article mentioned the waste involved, plus insisted that no parts of the fish could be used for scientific study. But Fish Wrap’s team of ace reporters did some nosing around Tuesday afternoon and discovered:

  1. Salmon taken as bycatch by the pollock fleet are retained and donated to SeaShare, a charity that helps feed needy Americans. It’s a program that has been ongoing since 1994.

  2. Samples of salmon for scientific study are taken by onboard observers.

Oddly, the newspaper didn’t correct such errors. However, in today’s edition, it had this to say: “A story on Page B-1 Tuesday about the Gulf of Alaska king salmon bycatch incorrectly identified Kip Thome as author of the blog Tholepin. He is not.”

Feds charge subsistence abuse

U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents say hundreds of pounds of subsistence caught salmon are being sold illegally by subsistence users, but residents disagree.

– KTUU, Anchorage

Fish bank deal to help seafood business

The Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank (CFAB) recently announced details of a partnership agreement it had signed with the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which is sure to pave the way for businesses throughout Alaska to improve their export sales.

– Star Global Tribune

Device may have saved Edmund Fitzgerald

Thirty-five years ago the carrier Edmund Fitzgerald sank in one of the worst storms recorded on Lake Superior. Now, a device will be tested that would warn ships about rogue waves.


Tainted smoked salmon recalled

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has requested the recall of a batch of smoked salmon from a Fairbanks producer after it found a shipment contaminated with a pathogen.

– Anchorage Daily News

Truce in Adak war?

The dispute between Adak Seafood and its reluctant landlord, Aleut Enterprise, appears to be sailing toward resolution.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog: Deckboss
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Fisherman medevaced in Bering Sea

Coast Guard Air Station MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew deployed in Cold Bay diverted from a training flight near Dutch Harbor to medevaced a 26-year-old male who reportedly suffered head injuries aboard the 58-foot fishing vessel Cape Reliant 55 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday.

– Coast Guard

Pacific Fishing contributor opens business

LeBlanc Government Relations has been launched in Washington, D.C., by Justin LeBlanc, who occasionally contributes to Pacific Fishing magazine.  LGR provides federal government relations services to firms and organizations from the Pacific Northwest, particularly Washington state, and in the following public policy arenas: commercial fisheries and marine affairs, life sciences, and municipal issues.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

California D. crab good for opener

The local Dungeness crab season, which officially starts Monday, looks to be quite excellent. Certainly better than recent years.

– San Francisco Chronicle



Some NE fishermen profit from quota

A small but influential association of Cape Cod commercial fishermen, granted access to a disputed, oversized portion of the harvest when the New England groundfishery was converted to a catch shares system last year, has been leasing out much of its allocation for profit, according to a market report posted by the government.

– Gloucester (Mass.) Times


Australia fishermen worry over Pew group

The Pew Environment Group in the U.S. has been working with anglers to campaign for a ban on commercial long-lining in the Gulf of Mexico.

– Fishing World, Australia


China to farm Chinook salmon

The tank will then be stocked with Chinook salmon from Canadian ova, marking the first time that this type of Pacific salmon will be grown in closed containment in Chinese waters.

– MarketWire


Lisa keeping her lead in recount

The Lisa Murkowski wristbands seem to have worked, as early numbers Wednesday from the Election Division teams counting write-in ballots for her U.S. Senate seat show excellent spelling by Murkowski supporters.

– Juneau Empire

More: www.juneauempire.coml

Kodiak gillnetting on agenda

Among the topics that will be hashed out at the Board of Fisheries meeting that starts in Homer on Monday are proposals to open up areas of the outer coast of the Kenai Peninsula, the Barren Islands, and Resurrection Bay to drift gillnetting for salmon.

– Homer News


Crescent City sees water spout

A possible water spout was spotted off of Pebble Beach Drive on Sunday evening.
A water spout is basically a small tornado over the ocean.
– Crescent City Triplicate


Navy restricted in NW Coast training

The U.S. Navy must shut down sonar use if marine mammals are spotted near training exercises and take other precautions when using the sound-wave technology or explosives off the Northwest coast, NOAA's Fisheries Service said.

– Coos Bay World


Panel: Kill more Columbia sea lions

Oregon and Washington should kill more California sea lions at Bonneville Dam next year to test whether the states' 3-year-old controversial "lethal-take" program can actually meet its goal of reducing sea lion consumption of wild salmon, a key task force concluded Wednesday.

– The Oregonian



Friday, November 12, 2010

Oregon moving on marine reserves

Oregon's efforts to establish a string of fishing-free marine reserves off its biologically rich coast surged forward this week, though not without resistance from fishermen and crabbers who worry that expanded reserves will hurt business.

– The Oregonian


Read the Bristol Bay 2011 forecast

It looks like another banner year for Bristol Bay in 2011. Forecasts predict a total run of 46.28 million sockeye, with the biggest component heading for the Kvickak-Naknek system. If all goes as predicted – a rarity for Bristol Bay – there should be a total catch of 27.74, similar to this year's harvest.


More:Bristol Bay in 2011

Euro panel cuts cod catch by half

The European Commission has adopted its fishing opportunities proposal for 2011 setting levels of total allowable catch (TAC) and fishing effort for the Atlantic, the North Sea, and international waters regulated by a Regional Fisheries Management Organization.


U of W ends salmon run program

After 60 years in operation, the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) is discontinuing its research salmon run program. Budget cuts and new directions in fisheries research motivated the decision to phase out the tradition over the next four years.

– University of Washington Daily

Sarah's Alaska

Sarah Palin may be able to see Russia from her house. Come Sunday, you'll be able to get an extended look at her from your living room.

– USA Today


Alaska Fisheries Report

Fishermen get a half-billion-dollar payday for this summer's salmon catch; the Bering Sea pollock assessment may lead to a 50 percent increase in next year's total allowable catch; and, we meet the new spokesman for ASMI.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Higher commercial fishing fees

With a possible budget shortfall of up to $20 million on the horizon, the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife may be forced to make even more reductions in staff, facilities, and fisheries in the next year.

– The Peninsula Daily News

Sales of subsistence salmon

An undercover investigation has found that many Yukon River subsistence fishermen sell smoked salmon strips.

– Juneau Empire

Sea lice spreading farther

Sea lice from fish farms appear to have spread to wild salmon in a much wider area of coastal B.C. than previously believed, a newly published study concludes.

– Victoria Times Colonist

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