The Puget Sound sockeye returns were supposed to be spectacular this season. Due to abnormally warm water temperatures, most of the Frasier River sockeye never made it to U.S. waters. Eventhough, the salmon didn't pour into Point Roberts or the Salmon Banks, it was still an awesome experience to fish in such historic waters. I can't wait for the next big push of salmon that pour into Puget Sound! We will get them next time…
“The ocean is so acidic that it is dissolving the shells of our baby oysters,” says Diani Taylor of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington. She and her cousin Brittany are fifth-generation oyster farmers, and are grappling with ocean waters that are more acidic and corrosive than their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers knew.
This “ocean acidification” is one planetary response to humans’ burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide that is absorbed by the oceans. According to the National Climate Assessment, oceans currently absorb about a quarter of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere, leading to ocean acidification that will alter marine ecosystems in dramatic yet uncertain ways.
To learn more about ocean acidification, go tohttp://www.NCA2014.globalchange.gov
This is a quick edit I made with Pinnacle Studio Smartmovie. Most of the footage is from Puget Sound when we fished outside Orcas Island. It was a truly beautiful summer in Southeast Alaska, but I really enjoyed the time we spent in the San Juan Islands in September. The weather was flawlessly beautiful and warm. For the first time in years, I got to brail salmon! It was alot more work than I remembered. I guess it had something to do with the huge run of pink salmon pushing through the sound. What an incredible summer…
Sit back and watch as a couple of gillnetters realize they are setting on the mother lode of Chum Salmon in Totten Inlet. Their gillnet is lovingly referred to as the “Wall Of Death,” as the salmon continue to pound the cork line. Many Washington fishermen have put away their nets for the season, but a few areas remain open and captains and crew are on anchor this eve hoping for one more push of salmon to come through Puget Sound. Good luck, guys.
Deckloads during fall fishing? Apparently so! It seems that this year's fall chum salmon run in Puget Sound is off to a great start. While not everyone is getting boat loads of salmon, there are enough chum loads to be impressed. In the past, fall fishing in the sound can be rather slow. However, this year there are quite a few happy salmon fishermen who get a little extra icing on the cake after a banner summer in Alaska. Currently, fishermen are allowed to harvest two days a week until November 24th. These chum are cherished for their roe, which is known as Ikura in the Japanese markets. To get a perspective on the value of the roe, a 500 gram container easily sells for $100 dollars.
Hear from salmon advocates in Washington State about the work being done to bring salmon back from the brink of extinction.The video focuses on the why salmon are important to the Washington State, the work being done here, and the returns on our investments in salmon recovery.
Port Townsend has a rich maritime history and is considered a U.S. National Landmark because of the Victorian housing boom that occurred in the late 19th century. Located on the northern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, the town was expected to be the largest port on the west coast. Hence the name, City of Dreams. Unfortunately the great railroad expansion of the west coast avoided Port Townsend and the Great Depression pushed the town into an even greater slump. Over the years, the picturesque town attracted many artists and has developed a unique culture all its own.
Recently, the town has become a thriving tourist attraction and a popular maritime harbor. The Wooden Boat Festival highlights the regions rich history of boat building and nautical art. Also, the presence of a TraveLift BFM, which can lift even the largest vessels, brings many of Alaska‘s fleet to its dry docks every preseason. So, next time you are in the Puget Sound region, consider visiting the City Of Dreams. You might even be lucky enough to show up during the Strange Brewfest!
The Fishermen’s Terminal is nestled just below the Ballard Bridge in Seattle. It’s a mini Alaskan fishing world all of its own, surrounded by a vast city. I had a nice stroll the other evening and shot these awesome photos. Enjoy! We will be heading north on Tuesday. Its time to start the season. Follow me @JuneauTek for my mobile updates.