Monday, December 20, 2010

NOAA chief says no job loss with ratz

NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco issued a ringing defense of her, and now the nation's, catch share system, telling one of her and her policy's fiercest critics that catch shares are "merely a tool," not an outcome, and are thus "not the cause" of lost fishing industry jobs.

- Gloucester Times


Astoria wharf inferno suspicious

Officials in Astoria say firefighters believe the overnight fire at the waterfront site of a longtime salmon and tuna cannery had a suspicious origin.

– Seattle Times

Petersburg eyes drive-down dock

Fishermen and others said a drive-down dock would help the local economy by allowing tradesmen to work on boats from a dockside van or truck workshop.

– Petersburg Pilot

Alaska lodge owner guilty of poaching

An Anchorage District Court jury found a Wasilla lodge owner guilty of 23 misdemeanor wildlife and fishing violations.

– Anchorage Daily News

B.C. commercial halibut quota ‘whacky’

A whacky policy governing halibut allocation between the commercial and recreational fisheries could cost coastal communities millions of dollars in 2011.

– Courier-Islander, B.C.

Kodiak fish center ‘reviewed’

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is reviewing the future of its Kodiak campus, the Fisheries Industrial Technology Center.

– Kodiak Times Mirror

Tanker ban needed to protect B.C. coast

Once loaded with oil, they would navigate through the labyrinth of narrow waterways on B.C.'s north coast in hot pursuit of Asian markets. They would pass commercial fishing fleets, sport-fishing boats, eco-tourism operators, wildlife researchers, coastal First Nations traditional harvesters, tug boat operations, cruise ships, water taxis and B.C. Ferries.

– Victoria Times Colonist

Crew rescued from Petersburg vessel

A Sitka-based Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued five people from the sinking 34-foot fishing vessel Sandy M near Whitney Island north of Petersburg.

 – Coast Guard

Wild coho running in Marin creek

One of the last runs of wild coho salmon in California has surged into the Lagunitas Creek watershed in western Marin County, bringing renewed hope to fisheries experts, watershed managers and those who have devoted their lives to salmon procreation.

– San Francisco Chronicle


Fish farmers eye bluefin tuna

In spite of all of its unwieldy and feral characteristics, aquaculture scientists have just announced an important step toward converting the Atlantic bluefin, in rapid decline in the wild, into a farm animal.

– New York Times


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pebble Mine is wrong

While I have worked with or for mining interests as a participant, air taxi operator, and in public service all of my adult life, learning about the Pebble prospect has stretched my comfort zone. I cannot support this mine in this place.

– Rick Halford, former state Senate president, writing in the Anchorage Daily News

Seattle crab mogul back in Russian prison

United States citizen Arkadi Gontmakher was found innocent by a unanimous jury panel on all articles of charges in Russia, but inexplicably rearrested before he could leave the courtroom.

– PRNewsWire

Tiny Scottish island forbids fish farms

Islanders rejected the idea by eight votes to seven in a secret ballot, largely because of the environmental impact of the plan.

– The Herald, Scotland

Hotel chain requires sustainable fish

Marriott International has launched a sustainable seafood program called "Future Fish," making it the first, large global hotel chain to adopt such a policy.

– USA Today

Alaska looks for new fish commish

The Alaska Board of Fisheries and Game – a joint board – is holding a meeting to develop a list of candidates for the position of Department of Fish and Game commissioner.

– Anchorage Daily News

Cutback in trawl halibut take?

As the Pacific Halibut Commission prepares to make drastic cuts in the total allowable catch in Alaska waters, there's been some debate over whether to adjust the limit of halibut taken as bycatch by the trawl fleet.

– KMXT, Kodiak

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Mayday call released

The Coast Guard has released its recording of the captain of the fishing vessel Sandy M stating that his vessel was taking on water Dec. 18.

– Coast Guard Sector Juneau

Alaska has help for clean diesel

The state of Alaska is offering low-interest loans to commercial fishing vessel owners who want to upgrade to a more fuel-efficient engine. Administered by the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, the loans are already being made, with the first applicant receiving $36,000 for a new engine in a 42-foot salmon seiner.

– Diesel Progress

Fisheries group honors Kaare Ness

At its 58th annual holiday party on December 11th, the Northwest Fisheries Association paid special tribute to Kaare Ness, “the gentle fisherman” and cofounder of North America’s largest vertically integrated seafood harvesting and processing company – Trident Seafoods – with the presentation of NWFA’s 2010 Person of the Year award at the Grand Hyatt Seattle.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Clean diesel subsidy bill passes

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) now just needs President Obama’s signature for the bipartisan legislation to be reauthorized for five more years as the U.S. House of Representatives approved DERA by a voice vote.

– Diesel Technology Forum


Critics say ADFG politicized

"It is a very sad state of affairs," said former state biologist John Schoen. "As alumni of an organization I was once very proud of, Fish and Game is, more and more over the past years, being managed under a political ideology, not science."

– Alaska Dispatch

Alaska to challenge polar bear protection

Alaska said it would challenge an Obama administration decision to designate offshore sea ice and other areas as critical habitat for the polar bear, ramping up a policy fight over waters that are important to both wildlife and the oil industry.

– Wall Street Journal

Nominees for Alaska fish commish

The joint boards of fisheries and game voted unanimously to send two names to Gov. Sean Parnell to consider for fish and game commissioner: Cora Campbell and Ron Somerville.

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

Gulf of Alaska Chinook bycatch

Efforts to reduce Chinook salmon bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska are moving forward following this month's meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

– KMXT, Kodiak
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Crescent City boat sinks

A commercial fishing boat sank in the Crescent City Harbor on Sunday and was brought back to the surface late Monday afternoon.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Protesting B.C. fishermen fined

More than 40 commercial fishermen have been fined $200 each for illegally fishing to protest unequal rules governing aboriginal fisheries in 2001 and 2002, but some say they won't pay and would rather go to jail.

– B.C. Local News

Fight brews over counting fish

There is no argument the industry's massive growth has vastly affected ocean ecosystems, but the extent to which this disruption has depleted and continues to deplete the sea's biodiversity has become source of a heated debate within the world of marine fisheries science.

– Scientific American

Last minute gifts

The Coast Guard recommends safety gifts and stocking stuffer ideas for the Holiday season


Thursday, December 23, 2010

What’s killing California salmon

California's salmon runs were once a mighty economic engine as well as a natural wonder, feeding the state and the nation and supporting hundreds of thousands of working people. But in the past five years, they have been devastated.

– Zeke Grader, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman's Associations, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle


Salmon bycatch in Gulf pollock fishery

Regulatory measures to reduce Chinook salmon bycatch by Gulf of Alaska pollock trawlers were advanced for expedited analysis at the December meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

– Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Official: Cora Campbell fish commish

Cora Campbell named Gov. Sean Parnell is appointing adviser Cora Campbell to head the state Fish and Game Department.

– Anchorage Daily News

Crescent City boat sinks a second time

A commercial crab boat that was lifted by float bags Monday after sinking in Crescent City Harbor’s B dock on Sunday has sunk again.

– Crescent City Triplicate

Study: Marine reserves work

Scientists now have hard evidence for something they have long believed — that establishing no-fishing zones in the ocean will help replenish fish populations far away that have been over-harvested.

– The Oregonian

NPR discovers trawl ratz

Decades of over-fishing and lawsuits have plagued the fishing industry on the West Coast, so starting in January, fishermen in California, Oregon and Washington will be working under a new system.

– National Public Radio

Otter protection needs more study

After a year-long legal fight with two environmental groups, the federal government recently came to an agreement surrounding the future protection of the threatened California sea otter. If you believe the rhetoric coming from the plaintiff groups, they scored a major victory.

– Salinas Californian

See top 2010 CG rescue videos

The U.S. Coast Guard released its top 11 video compilation for 2010, highlighting the year's most compelling cases from the work done every day by America's Coast Guard.

– Coast Guard and on YouTube

And finally …

The folks at Fish Wrap wish you a peaceful Christmas. We’ll see you next week.

Don McManman
Wesley Loy
Michel Drouin
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