Internet ByCatch | Bizarre Alaskan Trout Devours Nearly 20 Shrews


If fish had competitive eating championships, a small rainbow trout in Alaska might hold a record in the “shrew” category.

Researchers recently opened up a rainbow trout in Alaska’s Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, and were surprised to find the fish had eaten nearly 20 shrews, a mouse-size mammal.

To make matters stranger, the fish was relatively small, measuring only 19 inches (48 centimeters) long, said Mark Lisac, a fish biologist at Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

That’s ” an awful lot for one fish to put down,” Lisac told LiveScience. That said, rainbows and related fish species have been known to eat shrews and other small mammals, including rodents, and many species of freshwater fish are opportunistic feeders that will chow down on a wide variety of prey, he said.

via Small Trout Devours Nearly 20 Shrews | LiveScience.

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PhotoWalk | Juneau Harbor And UAS Diesel Tech Center


Last Saturday, I was lucky enough to enjoy some of our amazing sunny weather we have had recently in Juneau.  Initially, I was headed down to the UAS Tech Center to check out the free marine diesel seminar, but I decided to capitalize on some great lighting in harbor too.   So, here is a really weird photowalk of boats, harbors, and all things diesel.  Enjoy!

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Alaska Commercial Fishing Viewpoints | F/V Isis | Ketchikan Power Trollers


 Trollers generate some of the healthiest and freshest salmon in Southeast Alaska.  Pound for pound, it is the highest quality salmon the consumer can enjoy. The smaller vessel operations allow for great private marketing opportunities and the fishery is even open during the winter, which brings the opportunity of the cherished white King salmon.  Next time your thinking of fresh salmon in the winter, just realize that it’s possible in Southeast Alaska.  Rory and Marion Bifoss troll in the waters of southeast alaska near Ketchikan.  Check out the view from their office..

PhotoWalk | Juneau Glacier Jan 2012


Its been clear and cold in Gastineau Channel the past few days.  Even though, the temperatures are bone-chillingly cold, Juneau locals are excited to get out and absorb their rare dose of wintertime vitamin D.  The entire lake in front of the glacier froze over, allowing for awesome pics of glacier ice.  At times, it felt like an alien world out there.  Its always hard to shake the idea that the ice could break at any given moment.  Still the photos were worth it.  I’m loving the new Sony Nex.

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Alaska Commercial Fishing Viewpoints | F/V Loki


If traceability is the new trend in the seafood industry, then the F/V Loki and lokifish.com are who you should learning from.  Since 1980, the Loki Fish Company has been a pioneer at direct sales and private marketing techniques in the Northwest.  The vessel primarily focuses on salmon trolling and gillnetting in the waters of southeast Alaska.  Captain Pete Knuston also owns a Puget Sound permit for salmon fishing, which has allowed him the unique opportunity to sell fish directly from the docks at the Fishermen’s Terminal.  If you have ever since the fresh salmon sign as you go over the Ballard bridge, then the Loki Fish Company has done its job.  They have made quite an impression on the internet, too.  Please make sure to click through and see their snazzy website at lokifish.com.  A friend of mine, “East Coast Jack,” had the adventure of a lifetime as a greenhorn aboard the vessel this past summer.  Its nice to see someone with so much experience is still willing to share that knowledge with fresh faces.  Overall, the F/V Loki should be a model for any fishermen.  The Loki Fish Company has it all, family, fish, and a future.   

Tekoma | Eaglecrest, AK


Tekoma translates into “snow capped peaks” from the traditional Navajo.  You might be more familiar with the modern version, which is tacoma.  Basically, these posts will be about various different ski resorts that I visit over the winter. I have a ski trip planned for after the new year, so stay tuned.
Lets start with Eaglecrest, which is truly a hidden treasure of southeast Alaska.  Located on Douglas Island, just across from downtown Juneau, the resort offers a great escape to the long winters in southeast.  Its not the typical tourist infused corporate monster than some ski resorts have devolved into.  It’s actually a municipality of the city and runs much like a public pool.  While it lacks in corporate flash, the community element is the driving force.  Everyone knows everyone and no one is telling where the powder stash is.  Next time you find yourself in Juneau, check it out.  During the summer, it has an awesome zip line too.

2011 West Coast Commercial Fishing Year in Review | Part I


A lot has happened in the world of commercial fishing within the past year. Halibut has dominated the recent headlines with serious implications of a failed fishery. Whereas, commercial salmon fishing has garnered some of the highest prices and catch returns in years. The commercial fishing industry seems to be plagued with more than is fair share of highs and lows. So, hunker down and we will go over some of last years biggest headlines in what some call the “Deadliest Business.”

Salmon

Salmon dominated the news this year with recent hints of a virus blooming in wild pacific salmon population and a geneticly designed Frankenfish that would solve all of our salmon farming issues. Also record harvests In southeast and Chignik supplied plenty of headlines too. Of course, news of an impending industrial mine in the heart of Alaska‘s sockeye country was met with fierce opposition throughout the year.
http://juneautek.com/2011/07/17/a-parade-of-pink-salmon-in-southeast-alaska/
http://juneautek.com/2011/11/01/capitalcityweekly-com-southeast-alaskas-online-newspaper/
http://juneautek.com/2011/10/24/alaska-ponders-isa-outbreak-in-wild-salmon-population/

Squid

Commercial squid fishing in California has seen a huge uptake in value within the last two seasons. In the past, the fishery could take up to six months to catch the quota of 180,000 tons. Last year they were done by Christmas. This year the boys were done by turkey day.

King Crab

Bering Sea King crab quotas were heavily cut this year, but record high prices and a quick season were great for consumers and producers. Southeast Alaskaeven got a chance at king crab this past October. Six years had passed since the last crab opener in the region, so locals were eager to cash in the on record prices.

Dungeness Crab

Dungy Crab soared this past season as Oregon delivered one of its highest valued harvests in years. The crab were selling for more than 2.65 in some regions.
http://juneautek.com/2011/01/02/oregon-crab-season-2010/

Sitka Sac Roe Herring

Sitka Herring was seriously impacted by the Japanese tsunami this spring. Right before the herring started showing, the tsunami devastated most of the Japanese seafood market, including the buyers. The tragedy resulted in a huge drop in the ex vessel price of herring. In 2010, herring were 410 dollars a ton. This spring we were only able to get 100 dollars a ton.

Up Next

The next segment will include halibut, pollock, and even some dive fisheries.  Feel free to add some suggestions or point me to stories that I may have overlookd

King Crab Starts in Southeast Alaska Today.


Once again, fishermen will get the chance to harvest King crab in southeast Alaska.  The outlook for the fishery is great.  King crab are likely to sell for over 12$ lb.  The morning weather is supposed to be starting with heavy winds and the lows may drop down into the snow zone on the first evening.  All in all, it sounds like its going to be a great short fishery.  Here is a pic from a local Juneau boat, the F/V Star of the Sea.