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Second Gulf of Alaska Salmon Expedition <br>Returns with New Data
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Second Gulf of Alaska Salmon Expedition
Returns with New Data

A second Gulf of Alaska expedition effort of the International Year of the Salmon and Pacific Salmon Foundation has concluded, with new data gathered toward a goal of providing an early measure of the numbers of salmon that will return to North American rivers. Expedition leaders announced in late April that the international team of researchers reached Victoria Harbor, British Columbia, on April 7. The expedition came in the wake of a voyage last year aboard the Russian research vessel the R/V Professor Kaganovskiy that engaged in similar studies in the Gulf of Alaska. During the second expedition, there were 51 stations spread over the southern Gulf of Alaska, each about eight hours apart. Researchers conducted extensive oceanographic measurements and a trawl net fished at the surf...
Pandemic Prompts Boost in SeaShare Donations
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Pandemic Prompts Boost in SeaShare Donations

SeaShare’s effort to provide high quality portions of seafood to food banks nationwide has moved into high gear in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has left millions of Americans unemployed and struggling to put food on their tables. The Seattle-based nonprofit, with a growing number of several hundred partners and donors, is able to turn every dollar donated into eight servings of seafood for those in need. In early April E & E Foods donated 110,000 pounds of nutritious wild Alaska smelt to SeaShare, which helped coordinate the first delivery of 30,000 pounds, or 120,000 servings to the Food Bank of Alaska, with three more similarly sized donations scheduled to address the growing needs in communities hit economically by the COVID-19 virus. Transportation lo...
COVID-19 Prompts Copper River Seafoods <br>to Find New Markets
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COVID-19 Prompts Copper River Seafoods
to Find New Markets

When the novel coronavirus pandemic forced Anchorage area restaurants to close their doors, Copper River Seafoods scrambled quickly into retail mode, selling frozen portioned inventory at bargain prices to people suddenly facing food insecurity. “Due to restaurants shutting their doors, the local wholesale market demand dropped almost overnight,” said Jim Kostka, marketing director for Copper River Seafoods. With the market shifting rapidly, Kostka quickly devised a plan that would move frozen portioned inventory while helping a lot of people who had suddenly lost their jobs. “Since CRS had inventory that was destined to the local restaurants, we cut prices to respond to the local demand and give back to our community,” he said. His plan began to take shape when the first three...
Gearing Up
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Gearing Up

By Norris Comer A letter from a deckhand of the F/V Carmalee, a salmon tender working Chignik Lagoon, Alaska. Note: Roy was a suspender wearing, volunteer firefighter and avid angler of the Lake Minnetonka area of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the author’s non-blood related uncle who took him fishing back in the day. Roy passed away in 2004. Dear Uncle Roy, I sit on my porch watching the sunrise and think; are the fish biting on Lake Minnetonka? Of course, when I think about the lake, I think of you. As they say in Minnesota, how the heck are ya? At the time of this writing, the Alaskan commercial fishing season is gearing up. I don’t know if you heard through the family grapevine, but I got a job this summer as a deckhand on a salmon tender way out there in Chignik. The F/...
Bristol Bay: More Than Ready
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Bristol Bay: More Than Ready

By Allan Haig-Brown In late April of 2020, the Bristol Bay sockeye gillnet season was being eyed with much trepidation. Covid-19 had much of the US in lock down to one degree or another. The challenges of bringing hundreds of cannery workers and fishermen to Bristol Bay in time for the month of June sockeye-opener was being discussed in detail. In late April there were reports that some fishermen had decided not to risk the expense of getting their boats ready for the season. One fisherman who had no such hesitation, was Olin Green whose company, OG Ventures, had just taken delivery of his brand-new boat. And what a boat it is! The aluminum welding was done by Velocity Marine & Fabrication in Sedro-Wooley, Washington and finishing was done by Rozema Boat Works of Mt. Vernon, Wash...
Vessel Profile: Daddy O
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Vessel Profile: Daddy O

By Peter Marsh The Maritime Fabrications company was established 40 years ago by “Maritime Ed” Oczkewicz (pronounced Ozkaweez) and has been supplying its popular brand of deck gear to fishermen on the Northwest Coast and Alaska ever since. Although the company name has become synonymous with its successful gillnet equipment, there is far more to the business: more than half the space in their factory in La Conner, Washington is devoted to boat building and repairs, with a full fiberglass molding set up and the aluminum fabrication shop, which also produces parts for the deck machinery. Ed began fishing in Alaska in the 1980’s, but his interest in hull shape and construction really began with the purchase of the tooling for his first gillnetter – a 32-foot fiberglass Westbrook boat – ...
Moving Boats by Truck
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Moving Boats by Truck

By Ray Williams Until 1938 the fishermen who lived in Cordova would travel from Cordova to Williamsport (formerly Iliamna Bay) via boat. From there, they would hike the 15 miles to Iliamna Lake where they would launch their sailboat, which they had left the previous fall. They would travel via sail or by rowing, down Iliamna Lake to the Kvichak River. They traveled the river to its mouth and then on to the various towns of Bristol Bay. In the fall the cycle was reversed, but a powered barge would tow them up the Kvichak River to Iliamna Lake, or at least part way. In 1938 the Cordova fishermen approached my father, Carl Williams, asking if he would be able and willing to transport their boats over the portage road to and from Iliamna Lake. This request started a business, Iliamna Tra...
Dreamboat
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Dreamboat

By John Platt Hurwitz and  Irene Marie Hurwitz Every boat we’ve had was special to us, but our second boat, the Zachary M, was one of our favorites. The Zachary was special because it enabled us to imagine what we could do. A little narrow in the beam but strong and sturdy as she cut through the water, she handled the weather, caught plenty of fish, and in time allowed us to dream big. We started looking for a bigger boat. Frequently a tuna boat would pull into Noyo to unload or refuel on the way up the coast, and we would catch of glimpse of what could be. Then one day, that bigger boat pulled into the Noyo River harbor. This one had a “FOR SALE” sign in the window. It was the mid-70s. For flat-out living the dream; this was Irene’s dream boat. It had a double bed surrounded with...
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EU Fishing Industry Seeks to Secure Fish Supply

The Association of National Organizations of Fishing Enterprises in the European Union (Europêche) has presented to European authorities a list of critical measures that must be taken to mitigate the current operational, commercial, and safety problems the sector has been experiencing due to the protective measures taken against the spread of COVID-19. The primary concern of the association is the continuity of fishing activities and food supply to EU citizens. Measures are also needed for those vessels forced to cease operations. In a position paper sent to EU decision-makers the association notes severe operational problems such as port and equipment supply restrictions, logistical difficulties, and soaring freight prices on shipments of fish. The association also notes the collaps...
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P-Cod GOA Certification

Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska were earmarked to lose certification from the Marine Stewardship Council on April 5, but remained certified as sustainable under the Alaska Seafood Management Institute’s Responsible fisheries Management program. MRAG Americas Inc., an independent auditing and certification body for the MSC standard, said the suspension was based on a recent review of new information regarding stock assessment in the Gulf of Alaska provided by NOAA fisheries. According to MRAG Americas, “this suspension is not due to overfishing or a lack of a responsible management response, rather, the depressed stocks of Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska below B20 percent limit is climate driven and caused by the Gulf of Alaska marine heat wave.” GOA Pacific cod stocks have dec...