News and Views from the Back Deck
Salmon Confidential is a new film on the government cover up of what is killing BC’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon.
The pristine temperature rainforest of southeast Alaska provide a perfect habitat for all 5 species of wild salmon. Help protect our forests by supporting the Tongass 77 iniative, which seeks to protect vital watersheds throughout southeast Alaska. Learn more at: http://www.americansalmonforest.org.
Welcome to an inside look at gillnetting in southeast Alaska. This video was just posted today, so it's obvious that everyone else has fish on the brain over the past few weeks, too. Stay tuned for LIVE updates from the upcoming salmon season in southeast Alaska.
I'm super stoked to sea the Coral Sea in southeast Alaska again this summer. This was the first boat I worked on, way back in 1998! With the advent of all the super seiners, I really hope this boat just comes out and slays the salmon this summer. I know the boat is fishy. The last time I fished on the boat, we easily caught over 1 million pounds. At today's market prices for pink salmon, that would be a great season. Good luck, to my friend Jay Smerka on running the boat this summer. Slay'em, Jay! I know the boat can do it and I know you can too. Good luck!
Are you tired of huge monitors and wires blocking the view in your tophouse? Marine navigation hardware and software continues to evolve in our fast paced tech world. These days, it’s no longer necessary to have a super expensive computer in the wheelhouse just to run navigation software. The popularity of highly capable tablets now allows the ability to navigate on the cheap! First of all, you need a GPS that is capable of broadcasting the NEMA data to your tablet of choice. The cheapest solution is from Bad-Elf.com, which offers the GPS 2200 for 170 bucks. This device has the ability to connect wirelessly viaBluetooth to your tablet of choice. Luckliy, there’s an app for that! Navigation software is available for both Apple and Android devices. Some popular apps are Navionics, Garmin Bluecharts, and iNavX. Bad-Elf.com has a great breakdown on all the best apps here. This may not be a solution for the larger trawling and crabbing vessels, but this set up is perfect for a smaller vessels crusing thru southeast Alaska. Add in a LIfeProof iPad case and you have a perfect solution to all conditions weatherproofing. Overall, this is the cheapest solution I have seen for mobile marine navigation. Your shopping list:
Apr 23, 2013 – iNavX Marine Navigation. By GPSNavX. View More By This Developer. Open iTunes to buy and download apps.
Sean Dwyer recounts his experiences from the 2013 Opilio crab season in the Bering Sea. The Brenna A is one of the best tenders for AGS out of Ketchikan. Great story and an awesome video. Thanks to PugetSoundBoatWorks in Seattle, you can see more videos on their Youtube Channel.
(CBS Seattle/AP) -- The first planeload of Copper River salmon landed at Sea-Tac Airport Friday morning.
The journey began in Cordova, Alaska and some some of the salmon goes straight to the grills of area chefs competing in the annual Copper River Cook-Off.
This year Master Sgt. Robert Schulman, a 31-year Air Force Reserve chef from the 446th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is joining the competition along with chefs from WildFin American Grill, Anthony's and Seastar.
Hal Rayle narrates an expose' on the plans to build a copper mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. near the heart of the salmon breeding waters. The deepest and most dangerous copper mine in all of North America. The mine will be built by a group of European consortiums with little or no interest in the salmon's welfare.
The salmon season has officially started this year in Alaska! This beautiful fish was caught in Southeast Alaska. Southeast is one of the few major producing salmon regions that harvest all species of salmon.
That’s Right! It’s salmon time in Alaska! Local fishermen will head out in early this morning for a 7 A.M. opener, which marks the start of the 2013 salmon season. The webcam is a view is from the top of My Eyak, overlooking Cordova’s beautiful harbor. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is a bit nasty. Alaska doesn’t want to break free of winter’s icy grip this spring. The local airport reported record lows this morning, too. Regardless of the conditions wild caught salmon will be hitting dinner tables soon. Copper River Reds will be wisked from the tiny port of Cordova and travel across the world within just a few days. Fresh Alaskan salmon will hit stores by Friday. Ever wonder how “Copper River Reds” got so popular? Check out this recent article:
It’s been 30 years since Jon Rowley first persuaded a few salmon fishermen on Alaska’s Copper River that they might be able to do something with their superb fish other than sell it to the cannery. But even he never guessed things would get this crazy.
Today, Copper River salmon is a smash hit. And at the root of this success are a couple of big ideas, one that seems obvious today — getting the best fish and handling them carefully — and one that is still a bit wacky — a race to see which restaurant could serve the first Copper River king salmon of the season
As the Copper River season begins Wednesday, these fish will be one of the few name-dropped on menus. And the first fresh Copper River salmon of the season could fetch as much as $50 a pound.
But 30 years ago, almost none of the fish was even sold fresh. When food marketing guru Jon Rowley offered the fishermen $3.50 a pound, they were overjoyed.
Great work, Brett! Keep up your fight to Stop Pebble Mine. Good luck this year in Bristol Bay, too!
It's hard to believe it's been nearly a decade since I've been to Bristol Bay! In 2004, the price was a only .46 cents for big “panhandle” sockeye salmon. It was a amazing to see “walls” salmon slam into the nets, as we skipped over other gilnets in pursuit a few precious moments at the front of the pack. The season ripped by and I headed south to catch up on southeast Alaska salmon seining gig! I would enjoy the chance to get some updated photos of the fishery. I might have to make a 10 year anniversary return to the wicked waters of the Bristol Bay salmon run.
This is a fun app for the kiddos. I mentionted it because its the free App Of The Day from AppAdvice. Click on the link to download for free. It’s a limited time offer.
Fish play an important role in our subsistence lifestyle – for food and also income. The video showcases some of the types of fish found in Bristol Bay as well as smoked fish, dried fish, salted fish, and smokehouses.
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Commercial fishing in Alaska has defined my life for the past 16 years. When I'm not fishing, I take to the interwebs and try to keep up with all tech things that move so much faster than me.