Tag Archives: salmon

Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | F/V Madre Dolorosa


The Alaskan salmon season is quickly approaching as boats prepare for the huge flood of pinks this year. The Madre Is looking good this year in Bellingham. I've always loved the name of the vessel. Loosely translated, it comes out to be the Mother Of All Destruction. At least, that's what I've heard over the years. Google translate pulls up “Sorowful Mother.” Either way it's a great name for a boat. Good luck to all the fishermen traveling north this season.

 

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Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | Summer Seining Drone EyeCandy


 

Salmon Seining from Joshua Jarvis on Vimeo.

Dude! This video just nails it in everywhere! It's great to see familiar faces and boats among those amazing backdrops of southeast Alaska. This is exactly what the www.fishfilmfest.com is all about! The interviews are a nice touch to the overall package and the video makes me proud to be a fishermen. Way to go, Jarvis! #eatmoresalmon

 

Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | NOAA Status Of The Stocks 2014


 

Alaska Reality Wars | Selling Out Our High Seas And Distant Shores.


The vast expanse of the last frontier is quickly becoming the king of prime time television entertainment. There is another gold rush in Alaska and its attacking our screens with the ferocity of a Kodiak brown bear. There are over twenty reality TV shows currently airing on numerous cable networks that have some affiliation with Alaska. It’s easy to assume that Alaska is just plain awesome, right? Who wouldn’t want to film in the vast expanse of America’s most remote and majestic state? Perhaps, this all goes back to our favorite famous Alaskan. No one else has enticed and disappointed America with their Alaskan charm more than Sarah Palin. During her political stint in 2008, Palin instituted an Alaska film incentive program that could give up to 200 million bucks a year to prospective production companies that met the proper requirements. Lucky for us, her daughter, Britol Palin, received 360,000 dollars for her short lived reality show, which received some of the worse ratings ever. (Second, of course, to Hook, Line, And Sisters! Just Kidding.) Over 40 Alaskan reality shows have come and gone over the years, even Sarah had her own fleeting reality moments on TLC in the fall of 2010. A few of the older shows, like the Deadliest Catch, have managed to keep their integrity and expand their fan base. It fact, it’s constantly the most popular show on Discovery Channel. Newer reality shows, like Alaskan Bush People, are angering Alaskans with their lack of local knowledge and the sensational approach to even the most mundane situations. With the possibility of the Alaskan film incentives being discounted due to budget cuts, is this a reprieve for weathered Alaskan fishermen? Don’t count on it. Another 13 shows are listed to be in currently in production according to IMDB.

This “selling out” of our high seas and distant shores hits closer to home than I ever realized it could. Over the past months, I have been in negotiation with an unnamed reality production crew, which was interested in the Commercial Fishing Film Festival. Unfortunately, I can’t really mention too many details about the “proposed” reality show due to legal mumbo jumbo. Initially, I drank the “Hollywood Kool-Aid” and was profoundly inspired by the possibilities of this new found partnership. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had pretty much signed away any creative rights for “our” future project. Luckily, with a little back pedaling and stalling, I was able to back away from the deal. I instantly realized the unique quality of The Commercial Fishing Film Festival is in its raw independent nature. These are real fishermen, capturing real moments, with their own personal twist on their reality. Most of all, these voices and visions aren’t being stifled by some producer who knows absolutely nothing about Alaska or fishermen. If you are as disgusted of fake reality shows, tune into www.fishfilmfest.com for hundreds of commercial fishing videos uploaded by from various fishermen around the world.

It’s easy to understand the appeal of these “reality” shows. Adventure, discovery, and exploration are really at the heart of the American dream. Sadly, these ideals are being packaged by Hollywood and mass produced for prime time television at the cost of true Alaskans. Edge Of Alaska, really? Let’s hope that the redneck roundup of ridiculous reality shows finds a new land to tarnish. In the meantime… Have you seen the latest episode of Alaskan Bush People?

Check into our new FlipBoard magazine for the latest updates and articles on Alaska’s Reality Wars.  Just click on the image to jump to Flipboard.

 

Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | Grateful For Salmon


 

Maggie Bursch shares an amazing video diary of her first year running a boat in Bristol Bay. Come along and share her adventure as she and her crew try to conquer wild salmon and fierce competition in one of Alaska's most popular fisheries.

 

Internet ByCatch | Salmon Cannon Goes Viral


The news of the salmon cannon hit the internets earlier this summer, but the recent video from the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver pushes the cannon into the world of viral videos.  Check out this hilarious clip and continue to read the following article from NPR on the origin and intentions of the device.

Ever since rivers have been dammed, destroying the migration routes of salmon, humans have worked to create ways to help the fish return to their spawning grounds. We’ve built ladders and elevators; we’ve carried them by hand and transported them in trucks. Even helicopters have been used to fly fish upstream.But all of those methods are expensive and none of them are efficient.Enter the salmon cannon.

via The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel : The Salt : NPR.

Salmon Surpasses Tuna For First Time To Become Second Most Consumed Fish In The US | Undercurrent News


The record salmon landings in Alaska in 2013, combined with the huge production of pink salmon, have pushed salmon past tuna as the second most consumed seafood in the United States, after shrimp.Imports of farmed salmon in all forms increased from 590 million to 620 million lbs, which is only 5%, meaning that it was Alaska salmon that drove the increased consumption.   Incidentally, this year, salmon imports year to date are up 8% meaning that this strong consumer usage of salmon is continuing.NFI has released their overall calculation of per capita consumption based on NOAA’S Fisheries of the US report for 2013, released this week. Overall in 2013, seafood consumption was remarkably stable, edging upward to 14.5 lbs of edible weight per person, from 14.4 lbs. in 2012. This change is statistically insignificant.

via Salmon surpasses tuna for first time to become second most consumed fish in the US | Undercurrent News.

Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | F/V Lady Liv 2014


 

Two Words. Plunger Cam! Folks, we may have just reached the pinnacle in commercial fishing entertainment. I'm actually kinda surprised that it's taken this long to see a Plunger Cam, but I like it. Dayton Wagner delivers some really cool steady shots and some unique perspectives in this edit. Look for this video and many others in our upcoming Commercial Fishing Film Fest. Our sister site, http://www.fishfilmfest.com hosts thousands of hours of multiple fisheries. In November we will be annoucing details on the upcoming festival.