Monday, December 27, 2010

Countdown to trawl ratz

Trawl fishermen facing quota system that goes into effect Jan. 1.

– Newport News Times



Chuitna coal mine requires huge dock

Exporting coal from the mine, about 45 miles southwest of Anchorage, would require building a massive dock for ocean-going cargo ships on the west side of Cook Inlet.

– Anchorage Daily News

Progress on Adak?

We could see two interesting developments soon with respect to the seafood industry in the Aleutian Islands.

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

New study: Fish farm lice hurt wild salmon

Just a week after a report was released clearing sea lice in the collapse of the pink salmon run in 2002, an environmental group is pointing to a new report that it says shows fish farms make the sea lice problem worse.

– CTV, Canada

B.C. fishermen should simply pay their fines

Commercial fishermen who fished illegally to protest the rules governing separate aboriginal fisheries should pay their fines and move on.

– South Delta (B.C.) Leader

Cal river salmon best since ‘40s

The number of salmon seen in parts of the Eel River this year have dwarfed that in any other year since the 1940s.

– Pacific Fishing columnist John Driscoll, reporting for the Eureka Times-Standard

Ocean generators may hurt salmon navigation

As the search for green energy turns to the oceans, there are concerns tidal and wave generators and the cables that bring their electricity to shore could interfere with the internal compasses of everything from salmon, sharks and sea turtles to lobsters and crabs.

– Tri-City Herald

Alaska Fisheries Report

There’s a higher allocation for sablefish next year, a lot of talk about bycatch, and the governor had two applicants for fish and game commissioner – guess which one he chose.

– KMT, Kodiak
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Fight against B.C. oil port

Oil interests, including Enbridge and its political supporters, are promoting a West Coast oil pipeline and supertanker port to get a couple of dollars more for each barrel of oil sands crude and to push back against growing U.S. restrictions on dirty oil.

– Vancouver Sun

D-crab certification opens marketing doors

The state will enjoy the distinction as the only certified crab fishery in the U.S., at least for now.

– Coos Bay World


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

SE Otters Booming

Aerial surveys of otters in the southern Panhandle this past summer show a 13 percent annual growth rate for the reintroduced mammals and researchers say otter numbers there have doubled since the last survey was completed seven years ago.

– KSTK, Wrangell

Editorial: Catch shares make sense

A new system goes into effect Jan. 1 for managing commercial trawl fishing for 90 species of groundfish in federal waters off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. The central idea of this system — to set catch limits by boat rather than for the fleet as a whole — makes good sense.

– Seattle Times

No fishing on Taku, Stikine runs

There again won't be a commercial king salmon gillnetting season for the Stikine and Taku rivers next May.

– Alaska Dispatch

BP didn’t learn from Exxon Valdez

Today, everyone concerned claims to have learned great lessons from this environmental tragedy. However, the handling of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico gives no such evidence.

– Ken Green, who worked in the oil industry as a geological field technician, drilling fluids engineer and pipeline inspection technician, writing in the Anchorage Daily News

Natives oppose Alaska fish commish

Newly appointed Alaska Department of Fish & Game Commissioner Cora Campbell has weathered many stormy seas, … so this week's press release by the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp rejecting her experience came as a shock.

– Juneau Empire

Scotland folds under fire from fish farmers

Pollution and health checks on hundreds of fish farms have been suspended and kept secret after the Scottish Government was threatened with legal action by the £350 million salmon farming industry.

– Herald, Scotland

Dam improvements on Columbia

Improvements at all eight federal Snake and lower Columbia River dams boosted the safe migration of juvenile salmon and steelhead last year, a federal study says.

– Seattle Times

Navy training may harm killer whales

Environmentalists fear for the safety of the whales as the U.S. Navy prepares to expand its operations in its Northwest Training Range Complex, which stretches from the coastline of Washington state to Northern California.

– The Province, Vancouver


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Advice: Kill more Sealions

A group advising the federal government says a program to remove or kill sea lions that eat imperiled salmon near Bonneville Dam hasn't been as effective at saving the fish.

– The Oregonian


Fish adviser cautioned Todd Palin

Cora Campbell, then Cora Crome, wisely warned that inviting in floating processors in an effort to keep salmon prices high in a fishery in which the Palins were working could raise ethics problems for the governor.

– Alaska Dispatch

N. Cal river sees high salmon returns

State wildlife officials say a threatened species of salmon has completed its fall run to a Mendocino County dam in record numbers.

– San Jose Mercury News

Kodiak looks toward salmon enhancement

An ambitious new plan for the next 20 years of hatchery and stocking programs in the Kodiak area strives to double the number of salmon available through supplementary runs.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

Protecting California otters

The creation of this enormous "no otter" zone resulted from a 1987 compromise between the federal government and commercial fishing interests opposed to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's attempt to reduce the species' risk of extinction by attempting to create a second population of 200-plus otters at San Nicolas Island through "translocation" of animals from the existing central coast population.

– The

AK fish commish defends herself

Cora Campbell, the new 31-year-old commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, is promising "outreach" to the Native community after the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp objected to the appointment of "someone so young and inexperienced."

– Anchorage Daily News

Another view of marine reserves

One thing seems certain: No little patch off Cape Arago, no matter how good it might be for the local ecosystem, will do anything about garbage washing up on beaches, industrial poisons in the food chain, or any other monster in the environmental closet.

– George von Dassow, writing in the Coos Bay World

Salmon education for kids to be cut

Every year, 40,000 schoolchildren in the state are introduced to the life of salmon through the Salmon in the Classroom program. But beginning in January, the program is ending.

– Seattle Times


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Messing with a B.C. Lake

Residents of one of B.C.'s smallest towns are lining up to save the province's biggest natural lake from a proposed hydro scheme by Yukon Energy Corp.

– Vancouver Sun


More doubts about young fish commish

Kodiak’s legislators say they have some doubts about Gov. Sean Parnell’s choice to lead the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, but their doubt falls short of outright opposition.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

B.C. fishery not ‘race-based’

A recent Globe and Mail column echoed the complaint of the white commercial fishermen about the unfairness of the “race-based” fishery on B.C.'s Fraser River.

Harry Swain, a former federal deputy minister of Industry Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, writing in The Globe and Mail, Toronto

Subsistence board to eye Yukon Chinook

The battle over Yukon River king salmon seems ready to rage at next month's Federal Subsistence Board meeting, as riverside communities fight for their share of the dwindling run.

– Tundra Drums, Alaska

Next year marks beginning of CG rules

Kodiak fishermen can look forward to new regulations after the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 was signed into law this fall.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

Legislation ends race for Alaska cod

The Bering Sea cod longliner catcher/processor fleet no longer has to race for fish after Congress passed the Longline Catcher Processor Subsector Single Fishery Cooperative Act, which authorizes the secretary of commerce to approve a cooperative for longline cod catcher processors in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.

– Homer News

Grates keeps pink shrimp fishing clean

The key to the pink shrimp fishery’s successful eco-exploits involves harvesting with trawl nets containing a Bycatch Reduction Device (BRD) known as the Oregon Grate – a “fish sorter” placed in the net to separate the shrimp from other fish and prevent excessive incidental capture of other species, such as hake and rockfish.

– Newport News Times

We’re outta here

Mr. and Mrs. Wrap – and all the MiniWraps – hope you have a peaceful and prosperous New Year. See you on Monday, Jan. 3.

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