Monday, December 26, 2011
Holiday - No Fishwrap
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
SF SPILL CRIPPLED HERRING
The cargo ship accident that dumped tens of thousands of gallons of thick, tarry ship fuel into San Francisco Bay caused lasting damage to the region’s once-plentiful schools of Pacific herring, the bay’s only commercially fished species.
– Washington Post
Huge Alaska herring year
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game 2012 Sitka sac roe guideline harvest could be the largest on record. It amounts to approximately 82 pounds per Alaskan, millions of pounds larger than 2011.
– Juneau Empire
Cal marine preserve now open
Hotly contested fishing restrictions take effect across Southern California waters on Sunday, when stretches of ocean offshore of La Jolla, Point Loma and elsewhere will be closed to harvest.
– San on San Diego
Feds like halibut catch shares
Federal fishery managers are continuing to support implementation of a halibut catch sharing plan as the best approach to resolving allocation and management issues between the commercial and charter halibut sectors.
– Cordova Times
B.C. braces for tsunami debris
The B.C. government says it will begin working with national and municipal officials this January to prepare for the massive wave of debris heading to Pacific Northwest shores because of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
– Toronto Star
Tsunami debris found in Kodiak
A local beach comber and a renowned oceanographer have found that Kodiak is already receiving some of the earliest arrivals of debris from the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
– KMXT, Kodiak
Pebble stand is ‘hypocrisy’
Recently, the Pacific Seafood Processors Association weighed in on the Pebble project. The hypocrisy of this action motivates me to put pen to paper.
– State Rep. Kyle Johansen, writing in the Anchorage Daily News
Nice Norton salmon catch
Norton Sound is a small fry among Alaska's salmon producing regions. But local fishermen scored big this season.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy writing in his blog: Deckboss
Reality: Seining sisters
Some families open a bakery shop, while others hit the seas for deep-water fishing. TLC's new series Hook, Line & Sisters, premiering Thursday at 9 p.m., follows the unusual lives of the Andersons, a family of fishermen who have only three months to brave the Alaskan wilds for pay day. – Press release
Draft budget good for fishermen
Alaska’s commercial fisheries programs could get a slight boost if the governor’s budget for the next fiscal year gets a nod from legislators.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in SitNews, Ketchikan
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
TSUNAMI DEBRIS MAY BE 'HOT'
According to a recent paper released by Yoichi Shimatsu, the former general editor of Japan Times Weekly, titled "The Death of The Pacific Ocean," there is a literal mountain of hot (radiation), infested debris churning its way towards North America.
– Eureka Times Standard
Oregon crab sparse
After two years of booming Dungeness crab harvests, this could be the year of the bust – or at least it may feel that way.
– The Oregonian
Top Coast Guard videos
The U.S. Coast Guard announced the release of its Top 10 video compilation for 2011, highlighting the year's most compelling cases from the work done every day by America's Coast Guard.
To see the videos:www.d13.uscgnews.com
AK budget good for fisheries
Alaska's commercial fisheries programs could get a slight boost if the governor's budget for the next fiscal year gets a nod from legislators.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in the Homer Tribune
Value of Bristol fisheries: Billions
A newly released report commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund concludes that the value of commercial fisheries that could be adversely affected by offshore oil and gas development in Bristol Bay ranks in billions of dollars.
– Cordova Times
Grants for tribal boats
More than $1.3 million in Environmental Protection Agency grants are going to Indian country in Washington state to upgrade boats with low-emission engines.
– Indian Country Today
Aleutian mountain erupts
An Aleutian volcano that lies on a major international flight path has erupted. Cleveland volcano sent up a 15,000 foot ash cloud early this morning.
– KUCB, Unalaska
St. Paul deal not done
The Clean Water Act settlement between Trident Seafoods and the Environmental Protection agency might not be quite settled.
– KMXT, Kodiak
Eco labels on farmed fish?
The majority of eco-labels awarded to farmed fish fail to deliver the promised environmental benefit, according to results of a study released by researchers at the University of Victoria.
– Times Colonist, Victoria
Alaska Fisheries Report
Coming up this week: Gulf fixed-gear fishermen get a surprise cod opening to end the year, it looks like there'll be another herring fishery this spring in Behm Canal, and how sunlight makes spilled oil especially deadly to fish.
– KMXT, Kodiak
A series of 15 marine surveys in 2011, covering over 2,000 square miles, have uncovered rare species and furthered knowledge of the biodiversity of Scotland's seas, the Scottish Government revealed.
Fraser fish and politics
At the core of the Cohen inquiry is the integrity of government in protecting both wild salmon and the public interest.
– Vancouver Sun