Thursday, December 27, 2012
CAL DUNGENESS DELAYED AGAIN
The opening date of the commercial Dungeness crab season north of Sonoma County will be delayed two more weeks, resulting in Jan. 15 kickoff.
– Mendocino County Press Democrat
Complaint over trawl bycatch
The Boat Company said they have serious concerns about the level of discard (bycatch) that results from the deployment of non-selective trawl gear in federal fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska.
– SitNews Ketchikan
State explores channel for gillnets
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to take a hard look at Cathlamet Channel in Wahkiakum County for a new Columbia River commercial fishing site.
– Vancouver (Wash.) Columbian
Gillnetters foresee destruction
Commercial fishermen in Washington and Oregon say a proposal to ban gillnets from the main stem of the lower Columbia River would destroy their livelihood, while supporters say the plan would protect endangered salmon.
– Yakima Herald
Snow sinks Homer boats
Alaska environmental regulators are responding to two fishing boats that sank south of Homer, possibly weighed down after heavy snow.
– Anchorage Daily News
Cal braces for tsunami debris
To prepare, state coastal regulators have launched a cleanup project to document possible tsunami items that churn ashore.
– Commercial Appeal, Memphis
Senator denounces seal decision
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski responded with alarm at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's decision to categorize ringed seals and bearded seals as "threatened," based on conjecture that forecasts conditions nearly a century away from now.
– SitNews, Ketchikan
Senator denounces frankinsalmon
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans and Fisheries, blasted the Dec. 21 announcement by the Food and Drug Administration on its draft report finding that genetically engineered salmon holds "no significant impact" on the environment or public health.
– SitNews, Ketchikan
Fishing observers closer
Here's a news release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game about the impending expansion of the federal fisheries observer program.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, reporting on his blog: Deckboss
A motel in Akutan
The prices are similar to Unalaska rates, at $165 per night for a room, and $65 for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
– Pacific Fishing magazine contributor Jim Paulin, writing in the Dutch Harbor Fisherman
We'll take Friday off and won't return again until Wednesday, Jan. 2. Have a safe and peaceful beginning of the new year.