Monday, November 12, 2012


The state is forecasting an excellent harvest of 54 million pink salmon next year in Southeast Alaska.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog: Deckboss (scroll down)

Red king crab harvest

Season approaches record-breaking numbers.

– Alaska Dispatch

Changing Bristol Bay's dual permit system

Nushagak advisory committee rejects proposals 36, 37 and 38.


Coast Guard looks, doesn't find oil spill

Oiled birds lead to search for oil spill along the Bering Sea island coast and surrounding waters.

– Anchorage Daily News

More Bristol Bay sockeye?

State biologists are recommending somewhat higher sockeye salmon escapement goals for most river systems around Bristol Bay.

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

Design student creates light-up exits for fish nets

Smaller fish get help out.


Hurricane Sandy leaves Jamaican waters filled with fish

Fishermen challenged by lack of cold storage, other factors.

– Jamaica Gleaner


Tuesday, November 13, 2012


State biologists are recommending somewhat higher sockeye salmon escapement goals for most river systems around Bristol Bay.

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

Salmon future: Bleak

Wild Pacific Northwest salmon face a bleak future, boasting but a tiny fraction of their historical population size, according to collaboration between salmon biologists and conservation advocates.

– KTOO, Juneau

Coast D-crab price may climb

They're as big and as healthy as ever. But there may be fewer of them, and no one knows what they'll cost.

– San Francisco Chronicle

SE pink forecast strong

Fish and Game is estimating a commercial catch of 54 million pinks next year, falling in the "excellent" category for fishery managers.

– KFSK, Petersburg

Columbia: Natural gas

The National Park Service has expressed concerns about a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal at the mouth of the Columbia River.

– Salem Statesman Journal

Columbia: Coal

They want to know how the entire region would be affected if all the coal export terminals are built.

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

Aleutian volcano shoots ash

The alert level for a remote volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands has been raised after a small ash cloud was detected.

– KTOO, Juneau

A look at Alaska elections

Here are a couple of observations from last week's general election.

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

Fishermen unite for dredging

Currently, enough sand has built up in the port that boats can move in and out of the bay only at high tide.

– Coos Bay World

King crab price still high

Even though the price is down substantially from last year's record of $10 per pound, this year's red king harvest may fetch the second-highest price ever with the help of larger crab.

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


Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Alaska's Commerce commissioner says the disaster from poor king salmon returns was worse than first estimated.

– KTOO, Juneau

UFOs are squid boats

If you didn't already know it, those unidentified floating objects that have dotted the horizon with bright floodlights on some recent nights are commercial fishing vessels that use the lights to lure squid to the surface.

– Orange County Register

Villages battle over CDQ allocation

What's been called a civil war over a federal fishing program meant to help struggling Alaska Native villages has reached a new level of bitterness, with one of the wealthiest entities blasting the head of another.

– Alaska Dispatch

Sac roe herring in fresh water

The bounty of fish mark the height of the lake herring season on Lake Superior, where for about six weeks every October and November, thousands of the silvery fish, also called cisco, are pulled from the icy waters. 

– Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune

Alaska frets over B.C. mines

Pollution from the Tulsequah Chief mine has flowed for 50 years and continues today, as successive owners of the property try and fail to restart the mine. 

– The Tyee, British Columbia

Subsistence trial postponed

Trials have been postponed for Alaska Native fishermen charged with illegal fishing during a poor summer salmon run.

– Juneau Empire

Pondering salmon-eating birds

The federal Army Corps of Engineers is holding public meetings this week in Portland and Astoria to discuss what to do about double-crested cormorants eating protected salmon in the Columbia River estuary.

– Daily Astorian

Amendments to Klamath deal

Passionate public comment was the order of the day at Tuesday's meeting of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, where people voiced their opinions about amendments to the Klamath River restoration agreement.

– Eureka Times Standard

N. Cal red tide

Shellfish gathered from Del Norte County coasts this fall have been found to contain the highest  level ever detected here of a dangerous toxin produced by red algal blooms, often called red tide.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Large shark on road

The mystery of how the thresher shark showed up on the Wishkah Road may be a little closer to being solved.

– KXRO, Aberdeen


Thursday, November 15, 2012


Tests at points in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington show the crab meat-to-shell ratio is too low to begin harvesting at the usual starting date of Dec. 1.

– The Oregonian

Central Cal d-crab season begins

The scene was chaotic Wednesday morning at Pillar Point Harbor north of Half Moon Bay as fishermen piled their boats with crab traps and raced to drop them in the ocean ahead of Thursday's season opener.

– Oakland Tribune

Central Cal crab few

Pillar Point Harbor is already rife with scuttlebutt of sport fishermen pulling up half-empty pots and choice crabbing spots already depleted of stock. – Half Moon Bay Review

Closing Togiak sac roe fishery until 2016 opposed

Panel votes for Togiak opening Members of the Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee at first favored, but ultimately voted 11-3 in opposition to closing the multi-million dollar Togiak sac roe fishery until 2016.

– Cordova Times

Otters to be allowed to expand

“It would allow sea otters to reclaim their historic range.”

– Santa Barbara Independent

Bigger Akutan harbor

Over the last two years, Knik Construction has converted what was once a flat stretch of tundra at the end of Akutan Bay into a full-size boat harbor.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Ketchikan shipyard hiring

Ketchikan’s shipyard has added about 20 jobs since February, with employees earning an average annual salary of $55,000.

– KRBD, Ketchikan

Pollution worries in sinking

Five crewmembers from the Polar Wind were rescued after the tug and the barge it was towing went aground.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Alaska boosts outsider free

The state is bumping up the surcharge nonresidents must pay for commercial fishing permits.

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

Crab groups merge

Two major advocates for the commercial crab industry plan to complete a merger Dec. 31, with the Alaska Crab Coalition closing its doors to merge with the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers.

– Cordova Times


Friday, November 16, 2012


Decent weather this fall has helped divers harvesting sea cucumbers and geoduck clams from the sea floor in Southeast Alaska.

– KFSK, Petersburg


Sentence for Freddie Joe Hankins

Bad-boy commercial fisherman Freddie Joe Hankins won't have to wear an ankle bracelet, but he will be electronically monitored when fishing off Alaska for the next several years.

– Alaska Dispatch

Habitat, habitat, habitat

In a two-day symposium in Anchorage in late October, scientists pondered as potential research priorities studies ranging from stock assessments to climate change, with a goal of strengthening low Chinook salmon runs around the state.

– Margaret Bauman, writing in the Cordova Times

No nuke seismic study

Many people on the central coast have been toasting to victory of the Coastal Commissions denial to PG&E's advanced seismic testing.

– KCOY, San Luis Obispo

Fine for ammonia spill

It's been four months since an ammonia spill on a processing vessel shut down parts of Unalaska.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Alaska Fisheries Report

Setnetting on Cook Inlet this year – worse than you thought, as is the king salmon disaster. And, the future could be just as bleak. All that, but a ray of sunshine from Southeast.
– KMXT, Kodiak

Timing may stop fish farm lice

A University of Alberta-led research team had discovered that by changing the timing of sea lice treatments, both captive and wild salmon can be spared from devastating sea lice infestations.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Crescent City harbor stalled

Dock installation in Crescent City Harbor once again had an unexpected hiccup when the custom-built drill bit designed to install pilings experienced a "massive failure" last week.

– Crescent City Triplicate

DYI dredging

Federal officials have told a small Oregon port that it won't be dredged anytime soon, so fishermen are planning to make their own channel through sand that's now deep enough to keep them from coming in or going out except at high tide.

– Coos Bay World

Cal crab brings $3 a pound

Fishermen and buyers agreed to an opening wholesale price of $3 per pound of crab, up from $2.25 last year.

– Mercury News, San Jose

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