Monday, December 12, 2011


An independent British Columbia researcher is accusing the Canadian government of covering up years of positive tests for the potentially deadly Infectious Salmon Anemia virus.

– Juneau Empire


Lower TAC for Bering pollock

After plenty of back and forth between regulators, industry representatives, biologists, and fishermen, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has capped the amount of pollock that fisherman can catch in the Bering Sea next year at 1.2 million metric tons.

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

SF herring progressing

It's been about a month since the relatively small-scale season for fresh herring – only 10 permits to catch the fish were issued – opened.

– San Francisco Weekly

Frankenfish debate

Biotechnologist Alison Van Eenennaam and environmental scientist Anne Kapuscinski discuss the food safety and environmental concerns associated with transgenic fish.


Pebble opposition broadens

Opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska’s famed Bristol Bay region continues to mount, with some major seafood processors now wading into the anti-Pebble waters.

– National Resources Defense Council

TAC for Gulf of Alaska groundfish

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has set the 2012 total allowable catch (TAC) for Gulf of Alaska groundfish.

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

Canadian DFO braces for layoffs

About 400 Fisheries and Oceans employees across Canada are to receive letters from managers informing them their jobs will be affected as the department rolls out reductions from last year’s strategic review.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Stikine kings bounce back

Looks like Southeast Alaska commercial fishermen next spring will get a crack at those gorgeous Stikine River king salmon.

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

Blame big boats for crab strike failure

The price strike by Bay Area crab fishermen against seafood distributors broke this season along a historic fracture: the competing interests of local fishermen and larger boats from Northern California, Oregon and Washington that swoop to our coast and scoop up Dungeness crab every year.
– San Jose Mercury News

Tribe and hatchery supplementation

The tribe's hatchery "supplementation" strategy – steering much-maligned hatchery fish to wild spawning grounds – is highly controversial. But it has driven up fall chinook returns decimated by dams and habitat destruction.

– The Oregonian


Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Last week, most of the Oregon Coast got the go-ahead for a commercial Dungeness crab season to start on Dec. 15. Now they have a price agreement in place as well.

–KCBY, Coos Bay

Can divers, otters coexist?

Sea otters are cleaning out valuable commercial fisheries in Southeast Alaska, and they have been at it for decades.

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

Copper River dip-netters limited

Dip-netters at Chitina next season will still be limited to one king salmon — assuming there are enough to go around — and they will still be classified as personal-use, not subsistence, fishermen. The dip netting season on the Copper River at Chitina will start later next year.

– Fairbanks News Miner

Big springer run seen on Columbia

A very strong run of 314,200 spring chinook — the Northwest's premier salmon — is forecast to enter the Columbia River in 2012 headed for upstream of Bonneville Dam.

– Vancouver Columbian

Canada salmon health rules inadequate

Canada's fish health regulations are not stringent enough to prevent viruses from being imported to West Coast fish farms on Atlantic salmon eggs, says a former high-level provincial government fisheries biologist.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Canada can't take fish for granted

The availability of future Canadian fish stocks cannot be taken for granted, and parliamentarians must ask themselves some tough questions about the sustainability of the country's fisheries, says a new report from Canada's environmental watchdog.

– Vancouver Sun

Fishermen may influence pollock rules

After salmon, pollock is Alaska's most profitable fishery. It's certainly the state's most productive one, with fishermen harvesting a couple billion pounds of the fish annually.

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

Status of ribbon seal

NOAA's Fisheries Service is announcing the initiation of a new status review of the ribbon seal to determine whether the species warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.


Status of ribbon seal

NOAA's Fisheries Service is announcing the initiation of a new status review of the ribbon seal to determine whether the species warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.


Status of ringed, bearded seals

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is extending by up to six months the final decisions on listing four subspecies of ringed seals and two distinct population segments of bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).



Wednesday, December 14, 2011


A conservation group has sued federal West Coast fisheries managers, claiming they are letting fishermen harvest too many sardines and other small fish, while leaving too few in the ocean for salmon, whales and sea lions.

– Seattle Times

Anti-gillnet measure to be renamed

A recent decision by the Oregon Supreme Court sent a title for an upcoming ballot initiative back toAttorney General John Kroger's office to be renamed.

– Oregon Capitol News

Wandering black cod fisherman

A commercial fisherman from Oregon may believe that fish don't comply with imaginary boundary lines, but because designated boundaries are part of the nation's federal regulatory process for fisherman, 46-year-old Freddie Lee Hankins has found himself in hot water with the Feds.

– Alaska Dispatch

Public radio tries to explain chums

But there's a green-and-purple oddball that tends to be more popular with biologists than fishermen.

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

Anti-pirate fishing bill introduced

A bill introduced in Congress would prevent pirate fishing vessels from entering U.S. ports to offload their illegally caught seafood. This pirate fishing is often called illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.


Fisherman search suspended

The search for a missing fisherman near Coos Bay's North Jetty has been suspended by the Coast Guard.

– KCBY, Coos Bay

Another Pebble Mine

The Pebble Mine is the most talked about and controversial proposed mining project in Southwest Alaska but it's not the only project being looked at. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.

– KDLG, Dillingham

Oregon groundfish seasons

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission set the 2012 groundfish seasons at its meeting in Portland.

– Coos Bay World

Stop cod fishing off New England?

Federal regulators are considering the unthinkable in New England: severely restricting — maybe even shutting down — cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine, from north of Cape Cod clear up to Canada.

– New York Times

Quick golden king crab season

It was a quick season for the six boats that fished Eastern Aleutian golden king crab this year.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Canadian biologist in the fray

A lot of people were glad to see Bob Hooton retire.

– Globe and Mail, Toronto


Thursday, December 15, 2011


Recently the anti-Pebble group has elevated its allegations of criminal wrongdoing.

– Anchorage Daily News

Cordova derelict floated

Coast Guard personnel oversaw the successful relocation of the landing craft Sound Developer from the Cordova small boat harbor to the Ocean Dock Yard.

– Coast Guard

Good conditions for D. crab opener

Blue skies, calm seas and an unprecedented opening price per pound of $2.30 made for a bright start this week to the 2011-2012 Dungeness crab season.

– The Oregonian

Charleston fisherman mourned

Friends and family of a well-known Charleston fisherman missing at sea since Monday say they feel a mix of shock and grief.

– Coos Bay World

Halibut charter bag limits unchanged

Homer and other Southcentral charter captains got some breathing room for 2012, with no changes in bag limits.

– Homer News

Sporties demand money

Four Northwest sport-fishing groups say Washington's governor's office is using $1.5 million in recreational dollars to subsidize commercial fishing in the state's 2011-13 supplemental budget.

– Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian

Good forecast for upper Cook Inlet

Upper Cook Inlet is expecting another better-than-average salmon season in 2012, according to the forecast released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

– Homer News

Quota owners may be forced to crab

Owners who no longer have vessels that fish for crab still own crab shares.  They lease those shares to active boats in exchange for part of the profits.

– KUCB, Unalaska

Good news for Sacramento salmon

Salmon have flooded into state and federal fish hatcheries in the past month.

– San Francisco Chronicle


Friday, December 16, 2011


Department of Fisheries biologists have told a federal inquiry that fish samples, dating back more than two decades have tested positive for a potentially lethal wild sockeye fish virus — but that fact wasn't publicly reported.


Tested positive for 25 years!

B.C. sockeye salmon have tested positive in a Fisheries and Oceans Canada lab for pieces of a virus known to kill Atlantic salmon, the Cohen Commission was told Thursday. It has been present in B.C. for at least 25 years, the inquiry heard.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Read the disease memo

A 2009 memo from Fisheries and Oceans Canada entered into evidence at Canada's federal Cohen Inquiry into the collapse of Fraser River Sockeye Thursday reveals that salmon at the AquaBounty facility in Prince Edward Island have tested positive for the Infectious Salmon Anaemia ISA virus.

– Living Oceans Society

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World market flush with pollock

Both the United States and Russia raised their caps, and the result is that more 6 billion pounds of the fish are expected to be harvested by the end of the year.

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

Good Sam at tragic sinking

The Patty AJ just happened to be about a quarter-mile from the fishing vessel Randi when disaster struck.

– Coos Bay World

End to Prince William Sound conflict?

Cordova District Fishermen United is proposing to resolve conflict issues between the commercial fishermen and charter boat operators on a voluntary basis, rather than possible mandatory closures in certain areas, says CDFU President Jerry McCune.

– Cordova Times

Following marine reserve fish

Now, scientists are trying to use the area to study the life cycle and patterns of fish, to try and get a better sense of how they live their lives.

– Public Radio International

Befouled atmosphere and fish

In a new article published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers from Stony Brook University demonstrate that "the fish are OK" belief ignores an important knowledge gap – the possible effects of CO2 during the early development of fish eggs and larvae.

– Environmental Protection

Huge herring forecast for 2012

An early number outlining how much herring the commercial seine fleet can catch is nearly 10,000 tons over last year's amount.

– KCAW, Sitka

Kodiak Coasties back on the air

The Weather Channel has picked up two more seasons of the Al Roker-produced reality series Coast Guard Alaska.

– New York Daily News

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