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B.C. OBJECTS TO OBSERVERS
The DFO is requiring a new monitoring regime aboard salmon fishing vessels that includes the purchase of a $300 log book to record bycatch and the spotting of whales, turtles, and birds, as well as having to hire an on-board monitor service provider to track the vessel's activities.
– Prince Rupert Northern View
Cal salmon record price
“If you get into them, you catch pretty well. But right now there’s not a lot of fish in the bay.”
– Monterey County Weekly
Runaway rig hearing begins
The man who was in charge of the Shell drilling rig Kulluk when it went aground New Year’s Eve testified at a Coast Guard hearing that he had never done a winter tow in Alaska, but he thought they were prepared for the weather ahead when they left Dutch Harbor to cross the Gulf of Alaska.
– Alaska Public Media
Why small packers flourish
A woman involved in the seafood processing industry is trying to shed some light on why one area of Bristol Bay has a thriving small seafood processing industry while another area has no small processors at all.
– KDLG, Dillingham
Native fishermen guilty
A Bethel judge has ruled against some of nearly two dozen Yup’ik Eskimo fishermen cited for illegally fishing king salmon in the Kuskokwim River during a poor run last year.
– Juneau Empire
Togiak herring closed
The cumulative Togiak sac roe herring purse seine harvest has reached 20,256 tons, representing 96.3 percent of the quota, and the fishery has been closed for the remainder of the 2013 season, state fisheries officials said.
– Cordova Times
It's hovering near 102 yen per dollar — more than 20 per cent weaker relative to the dollar and the euro than it was six months ago.
– Vancouver Sun
Cross-border crab fight
A Tsawwassen First Nation fisherman caught with $4,000 worth of Dungeness crab about 700 meters south of the Point Roberts border has found himself embroiled in a court case that could have broad implications for First Nations fishing rights.
– South Delta (B.C.) Leader
Copper River re-opener
Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists say the next commercial opening of the Copper River District for wild salmon harvests is anticipated to be on Monday, May 27.
– Cordova Times
Washington state’s fish bill
The bill requires all fresh, frozen or processed fish and shellfish to be labeled by its common name as defined by the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.
– Wall Street Journal