Here’s another great ad campaign from a fishery outside Alaska. Make sure to visit the ThisFish YouTube channel for other informative videos about Canadian fisheries.
Via YouTube: Fish harvesters encircle a large wall of netting around schools of salmon and pull the bottom of the netting closed, like a drawstring purse, to capture the fish. The so-called “purse” seine net is set from fishing vessels with the assistance of a small skiff.
Fish harvesters use a skiff to hold the large wall of netting in a steady position as the fishing vessel pulls the netting around a school of salmon. Once encircled, a hydraulic winch is used to pull the “purse line” to close the bottom of the net, catching the salmon and preventing their escape. A powerful drum then reels in the net close to the boat where the salmon are scooped out of the net live and unwanted species are released. Because of their effectiveness at catching salmon, seine fishery openings tend to be relatively short, allowing fish harvesters only hours or a few days to net their catch.
Salmon Confidential is a new film on the government cover up of what is killing BC’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon.
NANAIMO – The fast and furious herring season is coming to a screeching halt. Fishboat crews have already reached the gillnet herring quota. Boats have pulled in 6,300 tonnes of herring off the coast of Vancouver Island. Now only seine nets are hitting the water and looking to pull in the final loads of the season.
Crew of the Viking Sunrise are dumping their load in French Creek and heading back out. The fish industry is at its finest right now in French Creek. “You know I can’t see it going past Sunday. If they are catching it now, we should be all wrapped up by tomorrow,” says the French Creek Seafood’s manager Tammy Moilliet. Gillnet herring ended last night but seine fishing will continue for a few more days.
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Canadian fisherman are currently on the water for this season’s herring harvest in the Straits of Georgia. Here are a few updates from the local Canadian news sources.
On Tuesday alone, 1,800 tonnes were caught in the area between Comox Bar and Sandy Island.
The pre-season forecast for this year was 150,000 tonnes – a fraction of which is eligible for harvesting – which Spence said is considered “very healthy.” In-season estimates by the DFO seem to align with the forecast estimate, she added.
Pacific Herring are considered a keystone species for the area, Spence said, and are a source of food for predators such as salmon and sea lions.
The oily fish have also been a staple in B.C.’s fishing industry for the past 100 years, with roe herring accounting for 85 per cent of wholesale value of herring exports, most of which goes to the Japanese market.
Although the total export values were worth over $25 million in 2006, that figure declined to below $20 million in 2009, due to a variety of factors. Those include a flagging Japanese economy, declining stocks and competition from the Alaskan fisheries.
via Herring spawn sends fishers out into the Strait | Local News | Comox Valley Echo, Courtenay, BC.
via High hopes for new herring season | CTV Vancouver Island.
Its meeting time again for the IPHC. This season fishermen face yet another year of cuts and setbacks. Tune in for all the details. Click Here for the official site. The audio is also re-streamed here for your convenience. Tweet your comments to #IPHC, while listening live.
The 2012 salmon season is here! Many people consider “Copper River Reds” the first salmon the season, but southeast fishermen get a chance to start today.! The Taku and the Stikine are open for a one day King salmon gilnett fishery. Southeast trollers also get a chance at the early kings this year too. Good luck to all! Let’s hope the season starts with a bang! Enjoy the youtube pick of last year’s gilnett season in southeast. I kinda like the disco beats in the video, too!
Commercial Gillnetters and trollers in the Petersburg and Wrangell area will be targeting king salmon in the marine waters near the Stikine River starting early next week. The District 8 king season was closed for the previous three years because the Stikine runs were not big enough. This year, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is projecting nearly 41 thousand large kings will return, which is enough for a commercial harvest.
Area management biologist Troy Thynes says, ” “Now in terms of this forecast, it’s probably, over the long term, about an average size king salmon run for the Stikine River. In short term, its actually under average because we’ve had some very large returns in the early 2000’s……What we’ve seen here is this forecast, compared to past years, is is above the last three years pre-season forecast and pretty similar to the 2007 and 2008 forecast.”
The Stikine River king salmon run is shared between Alaska and Canada under the Pacific Salmon Treaty. Based on the pre-season forecast, Alaska is allowed a total catch of just under 59 hundred kings including commercial and sport landings. Canada’s share is about 68 hundred fish.
Alaska’s target could change later this month when the state comes up with an in-season forecast based on actual returns to the river
via Stikine,Taku Fisheries start up this month | KFSK.
The “Superbowl Of Seining” is here again. This year the quota is biggest it ever been at almost 30,000 tons. Sadly, the price may the biggest mystery of this fishery. Last year, prices plummeted after the japanese tsunami. Most canneries ended up paying between $100 and $150 a ton. This year the price is expected to be a bit better and the word on the docks sounds like its going to be about $250 a ton. However, no real numbers have been solidly confirmed by the processors. The weather has been miraculous the past fews with plenty of blue skies and greatly welcomed sunshine. The herring seem to respond to the nice sunny water by coming up from the depths and preparing to spawn. So the conditions are perfect, but the herring still haven’t started coming up to the surface. Most estimates are that the fishery is still 5 days away. However, predicting the herring has proved to be complicated in the past. Basically, the fleet is on stand down until test fishing produces herring with mature roe. Hurry up and wait! Just part of being a fishermen, I guess… Stay tuned for the latest updates of the fishery. It is going to be a crazy year!
Herring have started to spawn off the coast of Vancouver Island and the commercial fishing fleets are currently harvesting the cherished roe. Many doubts exist in the fishery since last year’s devastating tsunami in Japan. The natural disaster lead to a limited fishery in Canada last year and very low ex vessel herring prices in the Alaskan fisheries. The Canadian fisheries should give a good impression of what kind of prices to expect this year in Sitka. Enjoy the video, which sums up the situation in the canadian fishery.