Monday, November 21, 2011

Dungeness still iffy

While San Francisco Bay Area fishermen wait for price negotiations to be settled, North Coast fishermen are still waiting to see if they'll be allowed to put pots in the water on Dec. 15.

– Eureka Times Standard

Observers on halibut boats

Coming soon to a small halibut boat near you: fishery observers.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in SitNews, Ketchikan

Klamath comment deadline

The deadline for comments on the Klamath dams removal project's environmental impact report has been extended to Dec. 30.

– Eureka Times Standard

Stacking the deck in Alaska

I was at the Board of Fisheries meeting at which the Chitina Subdistrict’s classification was reversed from “subsistence" to “personal use." The outstanding fact that drove this decision was the stacking of the board with commercial fishermen.

– Fairbanks News Miner

Blowing up fish pirates

New legislation would allow the Coast Guard to blow up vessels seized for illegal fishing.

– Anchorage Daily News

Alaska salmon and MSC

Work has begun to determine whether Alaska's salmon fishery deserves Marine Stewardship Council certification for a third time.

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

Chukchi drilling sale flawed

A 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast remains legally flawed and should be cancelled.

– Juneau Empire

Stretching species law too far

The endangered species law is being used to gain control over landscapes and seascapes rather than to protect species, according to the Alaska wildlife official who works on state responses to federal species listings.

– Anchorage Daily News


Tuesday, November 22, 2011


What Americans call pest, Koreans call best. So it is with hagfish, one of the main exports of Top Blue Marine, a fish exportation business and fish market opening soon in Crescent City.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Central California Dungeness

In ports from Monterey to Mendocino, stacks of crab pots sit dry on the docks among quiet commercial boats, still tied up a week after the official Nov. 15 opening of the Dungeness crab season.

– Monterey Herald

Northern California Dungeness

While San Francisco Bay Area fishermen wait for price negotiations to be settled, North Coast fishermen are still waiting to see if they'll be allowed to put pots in the water on Dec. 15.

– Eureka Times Standard

Oregon Dungeness

The U.S. Coast Guard's plan to conduct dockside safety checks of Dungeness crab vessels, known as Operation Safe Crab, will be temporarily postponed due to the delay in the start date of the crab season in Oregon and Washington states, and a low number of fisherman on the docks.

– Coos Bay World

Salmon disease labs probed

The federal government has launched an investigation after two labs got different results on whether infectious salmon anemia was present in two fish from British Columbia.


Cook Inlet catch helps many

The Cook Inlet commercial fishery is coming off an above-average year for harvest of sockeye salmon, but commercial fishermen are not the only ones who benefitted from the big run.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Inlet's beluga whales endangered

Alaska's Cook Inlet beluga whales were correctly listed as endangered, a federal judge ruled, rejecting a state lawsuit that claimed the listing will hurt economic development.

– CBS News

New video system cuts trawl bycatch

Commercial fishermen who use trawl nets are now looking at how underwater camera systems can help them catch the fish they want and avoid all the others.

– Pacific Fishing correspondent Cassandra Marie Profita writing for Ecotrope in Portland

Kodiak now top halibut harbor

The final day of the 2011 commercial halibut fishery was on Friday, and the season ended with Kodiak overtaking Homer as the top port for halibut landings in the state. It's virtually the first time that's happened since the Individual Fishery Quota, or IFQ, management system was put in place in the mid 1990s.

– KSKA, Homer

Feds reject NW salmon plan

An offer to try something new and different is on the table for restoring endangered salmon.

– Public News Service


Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Kodiak-based commercial fishermen by far brought home the largest amount of money among fishing community in the state – more even than the whole of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Crabbers hold out for $2.50

The Northern California tradition of fresh Dungeness crab on Thanksgiving may be off the table as fishermen and seafood processers remain locked in a dispute over prices.

– San Jose Mercury News

Fish farmers sequence salmon genes

The International Cooperation to Sequence the Atlantic Salmon has awarded the Phase II contract for next-generation sequencing and analysis of the Atlantic salmon genome to the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland.

– Market Watch

Japan buys more salmon farms

Mitsubishi Corporation will accelerate expansion of its salmon (including trout) farming business through the acquisition of Salmones Humboldt S.A. through its subsidiary company, Southern Cross Seafoods S.A.

– Mitsubishi press release

Protect salmon, kill striped bass

California's fish and game regulators are considering a proposal that would triple the limit and reduce size restrictions on striped bass in the rivers that feed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as part of an effort to reduce the numbers of the voracious nonnative fish and protect threatened salmon runs.

– Redding Record Searchlight

Alaska coalmine foes sue

Two groups opposed to a proposed coal mine across Cook Inlet from Anchorage said state officials have ignored an application for water rights that could protect salmon in the area.

– Anchorage Daily News

Cheap money for fishermen

The Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank (CFAB) will be lowering its lending interest rate by 2 percent on existing and new loans effective Jan. 1, 2012.

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

They use dogs in fish mercury research

Researchers in Alaska studied dogs to learn how the buildup of mercury in fish curbs the power of antioxidants.

– Toronto Sun

Fuglvog sentencing pushed back

The sentencing for a former fisheries aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been pushed back again.

– Anchorage Daily News

See you Monday

Mr. and Mrs. Fish Wrap, and all the little Wrappets, plan to be thankful for four days straight. We'll see you on Monday.


Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25

Thanksgiving Holiday.

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