Tag Archives: Alaska Fishing

Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | Egg Toss | Warm Springs 2013

You have to have an egg toss on the 4th of July! Actually, it was the 5th of July. We fished the day before, so the festivities were delayed but not forgotten. After a long day of celebration, we decided to toss around a few eggs. Yeah, it got a little messy, but the photos were priceless! Happy 4th of July to all the fishermen who missed it out there on the blue. Celebrate it when you can. It stills counts!


Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | F/V Anita | Chatham Strait 2013

The F/V Anita got around a nice haul in Chatham Strait this season. The Humpy Highway is about to open all lanes in Southeast Alaska. It should be huge up north this summer. Come on, pink salmon!

Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | Tomahawk Chop

It's not uncommon for purse seine vessels to decorate their skiffs. This is the skiff from the F/V Pacific Bell, which commonly docks in Juneau, Alaska.

Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | F/V Alaskan Rose Money Shot


This is one of my favorite shots from the 2013 Sitka Herring Harvest. Mt. Verstovia is perfectly planted in the scene. Stay tuned for a ton of images from this season's fishery.

Fish Tech | The Fishermen Friendly iPad Navigation App

I doubt that any commercial fishing vessel would rely on simply an ipad to navigate the boat.  However, it looks like the iPad could be useful on the vessel for something else than just streaming video. With AIS, GPS, and Wifi, you can easily turn that tech toy into a piece of hardened marine equipment.  I highly suggest the Lifeproof iPhone or Ipad case before you decide to bring the iDevice to the fishing grounds.  There are a number of different navigation apps for the iPad and iNavX rises to the top with easy chart downloads, AIS compatibility, and easy waypoint execution.  The key here is the ability to download raster charts, the ones that look just like the old paper ones, directly to the iDevice as needed.  The app will recognize your position and recommend charts in that area.  Once the charts are downloaded, you can use the app offline.  There are other apps for marine navigation, such as, Navionics and Navimatics.  These apps sell for much cheaper, but you are stuck with proprietary charts that only work in that program.  iNavX is a whopping 50 bucks on the app store and its a great purchase.  You won’t need any other marine app on your boat, though.  If you are a Mac guy, there is iNavX laptop software for Mac OSX.

Alaska Commercial Fishing Viewpoints | F/V Loki

If traceability is the new trend in the seafood industry, then the F/V Loki and lokifish.com are who you should learning from.  Since 1980, the Loki Fish Company has been a pioneer at direct sales and private marketing techniques in the Northwest.  The vessel primarily focuses on salmon trolling and gillnetting in the waters of southeast Alaska.  Captain Pete Knuston also owns a Puget Sound permit for salmon fishing, which has allowed him the unique opportunity to sell fish directly from the docks at the Fishermen’s Terminal.  If you have ever since the fresh salmon sign as you go over the Ballard bridge, then the Loki Fish Company has done its job.  They have made quite an impression on the internet, too.  Please make sure to click through and see their snazzy website at lokifish.com.  A friend of mine, “East Coast Jack,” had the adventure of a lifetime as a greenhorn aboard the vessel this past summer.  Its nice to see someone with so much experience is still willing to share that knowledge with fresh faces.  Overall, the F/V Loki should be a model for any fishermen.  The Loki Fish Company has it all, family, fish, and a future.   

Fish Tech | Spot II GPS Messenger

This is a great idea for the smaller vessels like skiffs and such that don’t have room for a standard GPS.  I personally will be using it for back country sking so I can track the unknown nether regions of Douglas island.  The SOS feature is the key for any person or vessel in distress and the ability to send texts from nearly anywhere could come in handy, especially in emergencies. The best feature is to simply use it with your laptop.  For only 149.99, it’s a sturdy, waterproof GPS with cool texting bonus features.  The service will cost you another 99 bucks per year, though.  Is is worth it?  I’ve got one of these on my Christmas list, so I’ll have a review soon.  Right, Santa?

2011 West Coast Commercial Fishing Year in Review | Part I

A lot has happened in the world of commercial fishing within the past year. Halibut has dominated the recent headlines with serious implications of a failed fishery. Whereas, commercial salmon fishing has garnered some of the highest prices and catch returns in years. The commercial fishing industry seems to be plagued with more than is fair share of highs and lows. So, hunker down and we will go over some of last years biggest headlines in what some call the “Deadliest Business.”


Salmon dominated the news this year with recent hints of a virus blooming in wild pacific salmon population and a geneticly designed Frankenfish that would solve all of our salmon farming issues. Also record harvests In southeast and Chignik supplied plenty of headlines too. Of course, news of an impending industrial mine in the heart of Alaska‘s sockeye country was met with fierce opposition throughout the year.


Commercial squid fishing in California has seen a huge uptake in value within the last two seasons. In the past, the fishery could take up to six months to catch the quota of 180,000 tons. Last year they were done by Christmas. This year the boys were done by turkey day.

King Crab

Bering Sea King crab quotas were heavily cut this year, but record high prices and a quick season were great for consumers and producers. Southeast Alaskaeven got a chance at king crab this past October. Six years had passed since the last crab opener in the region, so locals were eager to cash in the on record prices.

Dungeness Crab

Dungy Crab soared this past season as Oregon delivered one of its highest valued harvests in years. The crab were selling for more than 2.65 in some regions.

Sitka Sac Roe Herring

Sitka Herring was seriously impacted by the Japanese tsunami this spring. Right before the herring started showing, the tsunami devastated most of the Japanese seafood market, including the buyers. The tragedy resulted in a huge drop in the ex vessel price of herring. In 2010, herring were 410 dollars a ton. This spring we were only able to get 100 dollars a ton.

Up Next

The next segment will include halibut, pollock, and even some dive fisheries.  Feel free to add some suggestions or point me to stories that I may have overlookd