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Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | Eddie Hayes | Dungeness Crab 2013


 

Eddie Hayes continues to deliver intense footage from the dungeness crab seasons along the West Coast.  Stylish edits and breathtaking footage define his labor of love with the sea.  On this piece, Eddie takes more of a documentary approach to the grueling crab season.  Tune in to see how Eddie’s voyage transpires on the F/V Aleutian Isle.

 

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Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | F/V Pacific Belle | Harris Harbor


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Winter time in the harbor can be a lonely place for fishermen.  I snapped a few shots this season as boats prepared for the Southeast Brown King Crab Fishery.  So far, the fishery has been a bit slow, but fishermen were lucky enough to have a great stretch of sunny weather.  The ex vessel price for crab is about 10 bucks a pound and the average crab is about 10 pounds, so every crab is like a hundred dollar bill.

 

Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | “The Last Frontier” McDonald’s Pollock


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The wild Alaskan Pollock that Kenny catches in the Bering Sea, is the fish in the Filet-O-Fish.

 

Fish Tech | The Fishermen Friendly iPad Navigation App


I doubt that any commercial fishing vessel would rely on simply an ipad to navigate the boat.  However, it looks like the iPad could be useful on the vessel for something else than just streaming video. With AIS, GPS, and Wifi, you can easily turn that tech toy into a piece of hardened marine equipment.  I highly suggest the Lifeproof iPhone or Ipad case before you decide to bring the iDevice to the fishing grounds.  There are a number of different navigation apps for the iPad and iNavX rises to the top with easy chart downloads, AIS compatibility, and easy waypoint execution.  The key here is the ability to download raster charts, the ones that look just like the old paper ones, directly to the iDevice as needed.  The app will recognize your position and recommend charts in that area.  Once the charts are downloaded, you can use the app offline.  There are other apps for marine navigation, such as, Navionics and Navimatics.  These apps sell for much cheaper, but you are stuck with proprietary charts that only work in that program.  iNavX is a whopping 50 bucks on the app store and its a great purchase.  You won’t need any other marine app on your boat, though.  If you are a Mac guy, there is iNavX laptop software for Mac OSX.

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.   

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.

Live Dutch Harbor Webcams | The Countdown to King Crab


King crab season drops in less than 24 hours.  The weather looks like it will be a nice start for the fishermen.  This year is likely to garner the highest price ever for the limited catch.  Good luck out there.

Via: http://www.coastaltransportation.com/dutch-harbor