Take a look at Kolstrand’s latest innovation for the purse seine industry. The purse line was traditionally stacked by a crewmember, but innovation has changed the pace of the fishing operation and many fishermen are switching to an auto purse option. Kolstrand delivers an easy alternative to another looking to automate the pursing process.
This years meeting will cover a number of issues, including stellar sea lion protection, catch share issues, and crab allocations. The real heat of the meeting will focus on halibut and the battle between the charter and commercial fishermen. Halibut continues to be a tense issue because the quota has been decreased substantially over the past few years. Check below for links to LIVE audio of the meetings. (here) Read below for more info from Bristol Bay Times. AbundentOceans has some great YouTube content from past meetings. I expect that it will be updated soon.
A long list of crabbing issues, decisions on halibut catch sharing, and groundfish regulations look to dominate a fall meeting of Pacific fisheries overseers.
The 15 members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will gather next week, beginning on Wednesday, to discuss fish issues for the Pacific Northwest.
The meeting is being held at the Anchorage Hilton from Oct. 3-9. For those unable to attend the public meeting, online participation is welcomed via http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/.
After hearing initial reports from state and federal agencies, the council will move on to big-ticket items such as halibut, groundfish, stellar sea lions, vessel replacement issues and crab management.
In the halibut world, the council will make a final decision on the halibut catch sharing plan. If approved, the plan may move five percent of the yearly halibut allocation from commercial fishermen to charter and sport operations. There are a total of five options for Pacific halibut allocation on the table. That decision will be the first of the major issues addressed following reports.
- Tensions simmer among B.C. halibut fishermen (cbc.ca)
- World fish supply declining, but there’s hope for recovery (kansascity.com)
- B.C. fishermen sue Ottawa over lowered halibut haul (theglobeandmail.com)
- “Catch Shares” Save Fish Populations–and the Fishing Industry (scientificamerican.com)
- Alaska editorial: King closures expose double standards on bycatch (juneauempire.com)
First of all, I have to say the announcer in this video is freakin awesome. This should be a motivational video for beleaguered fishermen. Sadly, Tuna fishing is a much different story these days. Tuna once thrived in the ocean. The cost of overfishing can being devasting to a species and even a lifestyle. It’s a bit long, but you will be ready to bite nails in half after you hear this guy for 9 mins. Thanks to Scott Heitman for this incredible video find! After the video, you can read up on the long history of one of the most amazing fish in the sea.
Since the nineteenth century, and indeed since ancient times, tuna fishing has been carried out in many places in the world. These fisheries were local, and generally near coasts. As most species of tunas are highly migratory, these fisheries caught tunas only at certain points in their life cycle, and thus had to be seasonal. They included, in the Atlantic, purse seining for bluefin off Norway, trolling for albacore in the Bay of Biscay, trap fishing in the Straits of Gibraltar and along the North African coast, fishing for bigeye and skipjack near islands and artisanal fishing along the coasts of Africa. Also, fisheries for swordfish have existed for a long time in the northwestern Atlantic and in the Mediterranean.
In the Pacific, there were various artisanal fisheries near islands in tropical waters, troll fisheries for albacore and baitboat fisheries for yellowfin and skipjack off the west coast of the United States of America, baitboat fisheries for skipjack near Japan, and many other fisheries for various tunas along the coasts of Japan. Coastal fisheries using baitboats and small seine nets existed off South America. In the Indian Ocean, fisheries for skipjack existed off Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives, and southern bluefin tuna were the target of longline fishing off Australia.
As a result of increasing demand for tuna for canning, industrial fisheries started during the 1940s and 1950s. In the 1950s, the major fisheries consisted of Japanese longliners and baitboats in the Pacific and United States baitboats off California and along the coasts of Mexico, while other traditional fisheries continued. After the Second World War the Japanese tuna fishery was limited to areas near its coast until 1952, but thereafter the fishery, particularly the longline fishery, expanded its fishing area very rapidly, and in the late 1950s reached the Atlantic Ocean.
Also, in the late 1950s, some European baitboats, based in local ports, started fishing off the African coast.
Spanish and French baitboats and purse seiners started fishing for tunas off tropical West Africa, and were joined by Japanese baitboats. Also, Japanese longliners expanded their fishing area all over the world, still targeting mostly albacore and yellowfin for canning. In the middle of this decade, the Republic of Korea and Taiwan Province of China started large-scale longline fisheries, learning the techniques from Japan, for exporting tuna to the canning industry. At the end of the decade, the Japanese longline industry developed extremely cold storage systems, which established new frozen products for the sashimi market, and consequently started to change their target species from yellowfin and albacore to bluefin and bigeye tunas.
In the Pacific, the US baitboat fishery off Central and South America was almost completely replaced by purse seiners, which developed a new fishing method, called dolphin fishing. Schools of yellowfin tuna associated with dolphins, a phenomenon observed only in the eastern Pacific, were their major target, and speedboats were used to chase the tuna into the net, together with the dolphins.
The purse-seine fishery by European nations in the tropical eastern Atlantic developed quickly, targeting yellowfin and skipjack.
Although the purse-seine fishery in the tropical eastern Pacific also continued to develop, strict regulations aimed at reducing the incidental mortality of dolphins in the fishery in this area led to US vessels changing flags to Central and South American countries, and also some of their effort shifted the central western Pacific, where there is no dolphin fishing.
After the development of super-cold storage, the longline fishery gradually changed its target from yellowfin and albacore for canning to bigeye for sashimi. This shift was first seen among Japanese longliners only, but gradually expanded to the Korean and Taiwanese fleets. In order to catch adult bigeye, which live at much greater depths than yellowfin and albacore tunas, the hooks were set deeper and deeper (so-called “deep longlines”). This change in fishing strategy greatly affected the fishing areas and seasons, and the species compositions of catches, including by-catch species.
- Fishtory | Commercial Fishing Back In The Day (juneautek.com)
- Transforming the tuna industry (greenpeace.org)
- Sorry Charlie: Loving Tuna to Death (ecosalon.com)
- Safeway Announces Sustainable Tuna-Sourcing Policy (triplepundit.com)
- Chicken of the Sea’s Commitment to Sustainabi lity … (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- Bluefin Tuna Sells for Nearly $750,000 in Japan (shoppingblog.com)
- Alaska On The Rocks (wattsupwiththat.com)
- Dutch Harbor Update | Deadliest Catch Ready For 2012 Opener (juneautek.com)
- Pickled King Crab? | Alaska Symphony Of Seafood 2012 (juneautek.com)
- Update | Alaska Snowicane 2011! (juneautek.com)
- Arctic ribbon seal spotted in Seattle (thenewstribune.com)
- Ice stops progress of Alaska fuel convoy (cnn.com)
This massive port is home to over 600 boats, supplies over 10,000 jobs, and contains the majority of the Pacific fishing fleet. Its a world within its self, just nestled across from historic Ballard. The port facilitates nearly every ever fishery from trawlers to trollers. At any time of the year, you could easily wander down and find someone grinding, painting, or mending. This is also a great hub for any hopeful greenhorns who want to make their way to Alaska. The offices for most of the main processors such as Ocean Beauty and Trident are located close by and provide access to many of the factory processing jobs. The added benefit of keeping your boat in fresh water over the winter is a huge draw, but it means you must traverse the Ballard Locks to get back to the sea. Overall, the Fisherman‘s terminal is an icon of America‘s fishing fleet. If your reading this blog, I’m pretty sure you have been there once or twice. If not, it’s worth a stroll.
Sitka Sac Roe Herring
- Alaska Commercial Fishing ViewPoints | F/V Sylvia (juneautek.com)
- Research Paper Final Draft – Commercial Fishing: The Only Cause for the Decline in Returning Salmon? (envirowriters.wordpress.com)
- The End is Near… Southeast Alaska Salmon 2011 (juneautek.wordpress.com)
- Alaska Ponders ISA Outbreak in Wild Salmon Population (juneautek.wordpress.com)
The crews in Seattle have been enjoying a nice stretch of weather with decent fishing and an incredible dock price. This should be the last week of the fishery. In the past, it has gone beyond Thanksgiving, but it is rare that the captains and crews stick around. So, the salmon season of 2011 is officially wrapping up. Thanks to the crew of the F/V Quandary for the great pics.
- Update | Puget Sound Chum Salmon (juneautek.wordpress.com)
- The Hunt for Pacific Salmon Continues in Puget Sound. (juneautek.wordpress.com)
- Eastern Washington steelhead fisheries not limited to the Upper Columbia (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Winter salmon run brings anglers out to the Humptulips | Outdoors notebook (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Commercial salmon fishing season was promising (mercurynews.com)
- Commercial salmon fishing season was promising (mercurynews.com)