Monday, November 15, 2010

Salmon farmers: Don’t blame us

The number of sea lice in the natural environment is affected by the salinity of the ocean. There is a genetic difference between sea lice in the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. Wild salmon in BC have a natural ability to shed sea lice once the fish have reached a certain size.

– B. C. Salmon Farmers Association


Are you on the final Exxon pay list?

A federal judge has approved the start of what has been described as the final distribution of money from the Exxon Valdez case.

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

Light crab delay Cal season

The start to the local commercial crabbing season has been delayed over concerns about the readiness of this year's crop.

– Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Price set for Cal crab

Crab fishermen and buyers agreed to a per-pound price of $1.75.

– Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Cal crab abundance looks good

After a cyclical downturn between 2006 and 2009, populations of the tasty crustacean appear to be rebounding, giving hope to fishermen battered by recent cancellations and cutbacks of the salmon fishing season.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Why drill in Alaska Peninsula?

Fourteen oil seeps and four gas seeps are now known to exist between the Iniskin Peninsula and the area around Sand Point toward the southwestern end of the peninsula. Geologists have found at least two outcrops of oil-bearing rocks.

– Petroleum News

Safety zone set for Kodiak rocket launch

The Coast Guard will establish a safety zone in the vicinity of Narrow Cape and Ugak Island due to upcoming operations at the Kodiak Launch Complex in mid November.

– Coast Guard

Forecast for Togiak herring

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecast a potential harvest of 24,805 tons of herring in next spring's Togiak sac roe fishery.

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


Officials object to Columbia hatchery plans

Four counties say a draft federal plan for managing lower Columbia River fish hatcheries is "flawed" and "inadequate."

– The Oregonian


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Delayed Cal crab season begins

The commercial season for Dungeness crab officially opened Monday, but commercial crab fishermen voluntarily decided to delay the start of their season.

– Monterey Herald



Gulf mostly open to fishing

Nearly all US federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico are now open to fishing, in the latest sign of recovery from a huge oil spill.


Lisa disses Sarah

Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn't think Sarah Palin has the leadership qualities to be president, nor the "intellectual curiosity" needed to make good policy.

– Anchorage Daily News

Safety checks for NW crabbers

Thirteenth Coast Guard District personnel will conduct vessel safety spot checks and voluntary dockside exams in various Northwest ports through Nov. 19, and Nov. 22-24, just prior to the opening of the Oregon and Washington state Dungeness crab fishery.
– Coast Guard

Help wanted: Fish commissioner

Newly re-elected Gov. Sean Parnell, you might have heard, is replacing a number of his cabinet members, including his fish and game commissioner.

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

Eating Kodiak fish in Kodiak

A number of parents attended lunch with their children to share the food provided through the Fish to Schools program implemented this year.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror


Eating Norton Sound fish in Anchorage

Now this sounds tasty. A grand opening ceremony for the new Norton Sound Seafood House at the Anchorage airport is set for today.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog: Deckboss
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King crab prices near record

Bering Sea crabbers dropped pots in mid-October with an advance price of $6.25 a pound, compared to $4.76/lb last year. After all the sales are made, the final price could  top the record of  $6.27/lb set in 2002.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in SitNews, Ketchikan
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Other uses for pollock

While pollock is common at sushi joints and grocery stores, it might also be making its way into hospitals in the form of gelatins.

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


Wednesday, November 17, 2010


The largest Pacific Maritime Exposition in recent years opens tomorrow at the Qwest Center in Seattle.

You’ll find Pacific Fishing in our usual space – Booth 622 – just around the corner from the Alaska Pavilion.

Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Although we’ll be at the booth during all hours, these folks have promised to be there specifically at these times on Thursday:
• Columnist Amy Majors: 10 a.m. to noon.
• Editor Don McManman: Noon to 2 p.m.
• Publisher Peter Hurme: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Are you rich?

To get in the doors at Expo, you have two choices:

1) Wait until Thursday and pay $30 at the door.
2) Register today on-line and get in for free.

If you opted for Option 1, we should start charging for Fish Wrap.
If you’re interested in Option 2, here’s what you do:
Go On the right side of the page, you’ll see “Register to Attend.” Click. Don’t wait. The deal ends at midnight Wednesday. After that, you’ll have to pay.

Alaska salmon worth half-billion bucks

A preliminary estimate of Alaska's 2010 commercial salmon harvest shows that 168.6 million salmon were netted, the 11th largest harvest since statehood, generating $533.9 million – the highest price to fishermen since statehood.

– World Fishing

National G. looks a Pebble Mine

All that the American West once was, Alaska still is. Abounding with natural marvels and largely untouched by human ambition, it strikes the newcomer as a land of endless prospect, an impression vividly reinforced from the passenger seat of a low-flying Cessna 180.

– National Geographic

Alaska sport halibut estimate

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has come up with its final estimates for the projected sport halibut harvest this year.

– Anchorage Daily News

Kodiak fleet donates to needy

For the first time, the Kodiak fishing industry has partnered to donate 25,000 meals to the Food Bank of Alaska through SeaShare, a nonprofit organization specializing in seafood donations.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

Feds want acid ocean listings

States with coastal water that is becoming more acidic because of carbon dioxide should list them as impaired under the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Agency said.

– Coos Bay World

SF ready for D. crab

After a brief delay, the first Dungeness crab cakes of the season should be on Bay Area dinner tables by Thursday.

– San Francisco Chronicle

American River salmon up

The numbers of salmon trapped at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery on the American River are about four times of those trapped last fall to date.

– Bay Area Indy Media

Canadian fish protected areas

Fishing is allowed in all but one per cent of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) on Canada's Pacific coast, according to a study conducted by Living Oceans Society and published in Marine Policy this month.



Thursday, November 18, 2010


There’s quite a bit of news today, folks, so we’ll make this brief: Fish Expo begins this morning at 10. In walking through Qwest Center Wednesday, it seemed as if there are quite a few more exhibitors than in the past few years. If you’re attending, be sure to stop by at Pacific Fishing’s Booth 622 and say hello. Also, ask for a coupon for a free appetizer at Pyramid Alehouse.  (The food at Qwest Center is equally inedible and expensive.)

– Don


Study rocks fish science world

The most widely adopted measure for assessing the state of the world's oceans and fisheries led to inaccurate conclusions in nearly half the ecosystems where it was applied according to new analysis by an international team led by a University of Washington fisheries scientist.

– University of Washington

B.C. scientist objects to study

One of B.C.'s most celebrated scientists is taking issue with a new study that suggests humans are not fishing down the food web.

– Vancouver Sun

Renewed support for pollock managers

The Marine Conservation Alliance (MCA), a coalition of harvesters, processors and communities involved in the Alaska groundfish and crab fisheries, renewed its support for scientifically set catch limits.

– Marine Conservation Alliance


Anti-drilling resource

A coalition of commercial fishing, Native, and conservation groups has announced a new website,, to serve as an information center for groups and individuals seeking to keep offshore oil and gas drilling out of Bristol Bay.

– Seward Phoenix Log

California crab bountiful

Local crab should be hitting seafood shops and restaurants by the weekend, touching off what fisherman expect to be a strong Dungeness crab season – and just in time for Thanksgiving.

– San Jose Mercury News

Salmon farming in wilderness

This region is throne to a wealth of wild marine diversity and biomass, a bounty that is augmented (and unseated in the opinion of some) by booming salmon farms.

– Scientific American

Climate change and Bering Sea

At its heart, the Bering Sea Project is an attempt to understand how climate change may affect the region's fisheries, by studying the ecosystem from top to bottom.

– NatureNews

Lisa declares victory

Sen. Lisa Murkowski claimed victory in her historic write-in bid for the U.S. Senate Wednesday night, thanking Alaskans and telling cheering supporters: "I think we can say our miracle is here."

– Anchorage Daily News

MSC for Russian pinks?

The Sakhalin Salmon Initiative Center and the Sakhalin Regional Fisheries Association, which include 11 commercial fishing companies in the Russian Federation, have entered three pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) fisheries, calledunits of certification, into independent, third-party assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council principles and criteria for sustainable fishing.


Friday, November 19, 2010

California D-crab harvest bountiful

The word around the docks this week is that crabbers are set to haul in a record catch this season.

– Santa Rosa Press Democrat


Wash. D-crab to open on time

Heather Reed, coastal marine resources policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said this year's season will open on time south of Klipsan Beach, which is about 14 miles north of the Oregon border.

– Longview (Wash.) Daily News

More restrictions on Yukon king fishery

Alaska fisheries managers are predicting a more restricted commercial salmon fishery on the Yukon River next summer after too few kings crossed the Canadian border into the Yukon territory this year.

– Anchorage Daily News

Interim fish commissioner in Juneau

In a bold move designed to shake up a department that has become divided into what he descried as dueling "kingdoms" of sport and commercial fishing, Parnell named Cora Campbell, 31, as interim Department of Fish and Game commissioner effective Dec. 1.

– Alaska Journal

Oregon protected area comment period

The public will get a chance in December to comment on four proposals for marine reserves and marine protected areas off Cape Arago.
– Coos Bay World

Oil in Gulf food chain

Carbon from oil released by the Deepwater Horizon spill has entered at least three levels of the marine food web in the coastal waters of the far northern Gulf of Mexico.

– Environmental Research Web

Canadian urchin fishermen get grant

The Government of Canada announced a contribution of up to $41,665 to the Pacific Urchin Harvesters Association (PUHA) and West Coast Green Urchin association (WCGUA) to help harvesters market their products in key international markets.

– MarketWire

B.C. lighthouse keepers save lives

Lennard Island would likely sport a plaque listing the names of fishermen killed in 25-foot seas if a nearby lighthouse keeper hadn’t seen the boat in trouble and raced to the rescue.


Alaska Fisheries Report

Pollock may save your liver; Pacific Marine Expo is happening right now, and humpback whales know all the best places to get a meal. All that, plus, miners and fishermen working together?

– KMXT, Kodiak
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Frankenfish process misses consequences

When the Food and Drug Administration announces the fate of the AquAdvantage salmon, the first genetically modified (GM) animal ever considered for commercial consumption, they may have considered only a fraction of their decision’s consequences.


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