Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | F/V Dancer


This shot was taken on the third opener of the 2012 Sitka Herring season. The boats are charging into town to deliver herring to the local canneries.

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Salmon Fisherman See Lull in Fishing- Petersburg Pilot


 

 

Petersburg fishermen and processors are seeing a lull in fishing after a strong showing north of Petersburg so far in the season.

The run has been so strong thus far that the Alaska Department of Fish & Game upped its projections for pink salmon in Southeast, however a recent downswing in areas around Petersburg south to Ketchikan has processors carefully examining the salmon runs.

So far, big numbers of pink salmon have been harvested in districts 10, 12 and 14, on the north side of Kupreanof Island, west side of Admiralty island and north of Chichagof Island.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, as of July 22-23, 20 million fish had been harvested by the purse seine fleet; 18.2 million of those fish were caught in northern districts.

Since the July 22-23 numbers, seine openings have netted an additional 4.9 million pinks on July 26-27, and 2.7 million pinks on July 31-Aug. 1.

Based on catch rates, in-season predictions by the ADF&G are for 67 million pink salmon, up from the projected 55 million pre-season projection.

Fishermen and processors are hoping that projection comes true, as those fishing in southern Southeast around Ketchikan and Petersburg are seeing a lull, according to Dave Ohmer, plant manager of Trident Seafoods and Randy Lantiegne, fleet manager of Icicle Seafoods.

“Southern pinks dropped off last week,” Ohmer said.

Ohmer said the gap is hard to explain.

via Petersburg Pilot.

Fish Tales of Fortune and Faliure


The salmon season in Southeast Alaska has produced a interesting twist in the last few weeks.  After a record breaking run of early pinks in July, the fish have tapered off to a trickle.  The closures of Area 1 and Area 2 have prompted many fishermen to worry about the rest of the season.   We are currently on the rush north to hope for another big push of fish.  If it doesn’t happen in the next week, the season might have quite a surprise ending.  Good Luck to everyone out there.  Let’s hope the fish are still pouring in.  Eat more salmon!

North to Alaska.


The trip north was super smooth this year.  The weather was a bit bumpy as we crossed Dixon Entrance.  Otherwise, the trip was spectacular.  We had a fair amount of sunshine and no hang ups along the way.  All in all, I would say that it was a successful trip.  Here’s a great video from the trip north last year.  The time lapse turned out great.  I was able to put the final touches on the video from last season, so expect it in the coming days.  Here is a trailer for the upcoming video.  I’m currently heading out to fish now.  Thank you ATT for 3G.

Mending Salmon Nets in Seattle | Time Lapse Video


Salmon seining season starts with plenty of boat preparation.   Nets must be mended, boats must be painted, and engines must be tuned.  The average boat maintenance per season averages around 20,000 dollars, assuming nothing major has gone wrong.   This year, we are primarily  focused on the net.

At 1440 feet, the net is just over a 1/4 of a mile long and about 74 feet at its deepest.   The key to purse seining involves the ability to close or “purse” the bottom of the net.  Once the bottom of the net is closed, its just a matter of hauling the gear in.  The net can take quite a beating over the course of the season.  Dragging it along the bottom and fishing in crazy tides, tends to stretch and distort the overall shape.   The main objective is to mend the holes and square up the top and bottom of the nets.  Here’s a timelapse of the process in action at the Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle.

Sea Urchin Body Is One Big Eye


Scientists had theorized the animals’ spines simulate the light-blocking pigmented cells found in most animals’ eyes. Because light-receptor cells in the retina can soak up light from every direction, pigmented cells work to block light from the back and the sides so animals can “see” what’s in front of them.

Now, however, the scientists have found two distinct groups of bristly, light-receptor cells concentrated at the bases and tips of the purple sea urchin’s 1,400-plus tube feet. These long, suction-tipped tubes, located on the undersides of sea urchin bodies, help the organisms move.

The team suspects that sea urchins use their tube feet as retinas and the rest of their bodies to shield against the extra incoming light, said researcher Maria Ina Arnone, a developmental biologist at Anton Dohrn Zoological Station in Naples, Italy.

Prior studies did find the number and placement of spines on a sea urchin could affect how sharp its vision might be, and this new find “might well be part of the picture,” Arnone added.

via Sea Urchin Body Is One Big Eye.

Sitka Herring 2011 Photo Essay


Possible Hatchery at Baranof Warm Springs


The Department of Fish & Game will take public testimony in Sitka on Tuesday night on a hatchery proposed for Baranof Warm Springs.

Juneau resident Dale Young applied for a permit to build a hatchery in three phases that would have up to 60 million green eggs.

“Green eggs are the initial fertilized stage, so right at the egg take or spawning event, those are called green eggs,” said Sam Rabung, the Hatchery Program Coordinator for Fish & Game. He says only the first phase of the project seems permittable right now. “A combined total of 3 million green eggs only, and nothing implied for future increases.”

Rabung says increases could be allowed but that Young would need to come back to Fish & Game and a study of many years of returning salmon would need to happen.

via KRBD – Public Radio in Ketchikan, Alaska – Local News.