Thursday, August 27, 2015

NMFS, industry win Steller sea lion case

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the National Marine Fisheries Service and industry in a case in which Oceana and Greenpeace challenged expanded commercial fishing in the Aleutian chain.

Here's the 18-page order.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chignik discontent

Folks at Chignik are unhappy with the management of local salmon fisheries and are petitioning the governor for changes.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Wanna be on the halibut commission?

The National Marine Fisheries Service is extending the nomination period for candidates to fill two U.S. seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Details here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Will this help?

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced plans to buy up to $30 million in "surplus" Alaska canned sockeye salmon, Sen. Lisa Murkowski says.

Details in this press release from the senator's office.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Togiak fishermen seek protection

Update: The Board of Fisheries will meet at 2 p.m. Friday to consider this matter.

Togiak District gillnetters have submitted an emergency petition to the Alaska Board of Fisheries seeking an extension of the district's unique "superexclusive" status.

Togiak is the westernmost of Bristol Bay's five salmon fishing districts, and historically the least productive.

Fishing reportedly hasn't been good this year at Togiak, and the petitioning gillnetters don't want to see fishermen from other districts transferring in to compete for sockeye.

They want the district's superexclusive protection extended by nearly three weeks, to Aug. 15.

No word yet on whether the Board of Fisheries will convene a public meeting to consider the petition.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

50 cents for Bristol Bay fish

Deckboss hears reliably that a major Bristol Bay salmon processor, Alaska General Seafoods, is sending its fishermen home with a base price of 50 cents per pound for their sockeye catches.

That's a huge drop from last year's base price of $1.20 per pound.

Ecopeace

Rival processor groups have reached a deal to end their conflict over Marine Stewardship Council certification of Alaska salmon.