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Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | Boat Ruins Craig, Alaska



This is my new favorite beach in Craig, Alaska.  I call it ShipWreck Beach!  The story behind the boat is that it was a fixer- up project gone bad.  The boat was intentionally dry docked and neglected over the years until you see what we have here.  I would greatly appreciate some extra info about  the boat if anyone in Craig has an idea.  It would be awesome to have a bonfire right in the middle of this thing and get some great night pics.


Dutch Harbor Update | The Future Of The Deadliest Catch

Photo May 30, 3 21 50 PM

As the blue and red king crab season comes to a conclusion on season 9 of the Deadliest Catch, many questions arise about the future of the younger generation of crab harvesters.  Jake Anderson is leaving the nest of the F/V Northwestern for the decks of the F/V Kiska Sea in hopes of running the vessel on his own someday.  Discovery confirms that the Kiska Sea will be a new boat on the Deadliest Catch this season for snow crab season.  Details of the Captain and Crew can be found here.   Scott Hillstrand also wants to find a place in the captain’s chair.  As for the Harris brothers, the Cornelia Marie is back in the hands of the family.  Jake and Josh were able to buy the commanding shares of the boat this spring.  However, the boat has been dormant since the last blue crab endeavor nearly two seasons ago, so there will be a ton of work to get the boat in ship shape again.  It appears the future of the Deadliest Catch is a bright and full of young ambitious faces.




Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | F/V Invictus

This was taken during the Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery in 2011. It’s actually one of my favorite poems of all time. I have seen a few boats with this name over the years, but most have been yachts. This is the only fishing boat I’ve ever seen with this name. Here’s the poem, in case your not familiar with it.


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

Alaska Salmon | Copper River Reds Begins Today.

The salmon season is officially underway.  On Thursday, nearly 450 boats will pack into the mouth of the Copper River to harvest one of Alaska‘s most famous brands.  Traditionally, the brand has been a real success story for marketers in the seafood industry.  “Copper River Reds” could fetch as much as $30 a pound in the first few weeks.  As the rest of Alaska gears up and increases production,  the price will fall over the coming weeks.  However, many people are willing to pay top dollar to get their hands on the first salmon of the season.  @TedLandKTUU will be tweeting and reporting live from the fishery.  As I’m composing this post, I can see numerous boats heading out of the Cordova harbor on their way to the fishing grounds.  It should be a crazy day tomorrow.   Good luck to all the captains and crews involved.  It looks like its going to be a beautiful day of fishing.

The 2012 season will kick off on Thursday, May 17th with the first Copper River King and Sockeye salmon arriving at restaurants and markets for the weekend. “Copper River Salmon comes from an untouched environment that keeps producing the finest salmon in the world,” says Brian Rutzer, who has been fishing the Copper River for twenty years onboard his 32’ boat, the Controller Bay. For Brian, like the 540 other members of the fleet, fishing is a way of life that harvests one of nature’s healthiest wild foods and feeds a hunger for adventure, independence and vast open spaces.

Copper River King, the largest and most sought after of all Pacific salmon species, run through the end of June. Sockeye, which makes up the heart of the Copper River commercial salmon harvest, run through the end of July., The naturally high oil content, brilliant color, and firm texture make Copper River salmon perfect for preparations and pairings that let its succulent flavor shine through.

Like all seafood from Alaska, Copper River salmon are always wild, natural and sustainable. Following stronger than anticipated King and Sockeye harvests in 2011, this year’s Copper River forecast is for a harvest of 20,000 Kings and 1.43 million Sockeye.

The biggest question often asked by Copper River salmon fans is, ‘where can I find it near me?’. Now, with the new Copper River Salmon Locator App, finding Copper River Salmon at restaurants and markets has never been easier. Consumers, restaurants and retailers can also add locations carrying Copper River Salmon to the App database http://www.findcopperriver.org or with Jessyka at jessyka(at)copperrivermarketing(dot)org.

via Copper River Salmon: More to Love, Easier to Find – seattlepi.com.

Fish Tech | Furuno Navnet TZTouch

The advent of the iPad is changing the face of boat gadgetry forever. Furuno steps up to the challenge with the NavNet TZTouch. With its multitouch interface and built in wireless capabilities, NavNet has the ability to incorporate numerous devices.  Basically, one unit can display every piece of boat tech you can throw at it.  AIS, Radar, Sirius Weather, autopilot, GPS, and even a fish finder are all supported in a sleek touch screen interface.  The unit also sports a rotory knob for navigation on nautical days at sea. Don’t forget to bring your iPhone or iPad, either. Specialized IOS apps provide wireless access to all of the TZTouch features, as well.  So far, it sounds like a must have boat device, right?  Well, it’s pretty pricey.  How about 6,000 bucks?  At this price point, it will remain in the yacht world for now, but the NavNet is the future and sooner than later, we will see this tech in the commercial fishing industry.  Make sure to check out the video to see the device in action.


Sitka Herring Update | AFDG News Releases

I’m seeing a tons of search requests for herring news.  So, here are the latest updates from Fish and Game.  The quota is predicted to be massive in Sitka this year, at 29,008 tons.   Behm Canal will be having a herring fishery this spring as well.  Up to as many as 48 boats have the option to participate, yet it hardly ever draws large numbers.  Togiak will also be having a healthy fishery this season.  So, what kind of demand would it take to get a decent price this year?   Its seems that the high volume of herring might affect the overall price.  After last season it, would be nice to actually get paid a reasonable price.  In the past the commercial fishery was as high as $2,000 a ton.  Last season, we fished for $100 a ton.  The Canadian fishery starts fish in the spring, so that should be a decent price index for the Alaskan fisheries.  Here is a slideshow from the 2011 season and some .pdfs.

Salmon Seining Hits Primetime!

It appears that Alaska salmon seining is about to hit primetime. TLC is continuing the Alaska reality TV trend with a program called Hook, Line, and Sisters. This will be the first time that salmon seining is showcased in a series. Long before the TLC gig, the Anderson clan made quite a few waves in the Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery. In 2010, the F/V Shady Lady was involved in one of the biggest collisions in the history of the fishery. Here’s some footage from the smash and crash in 2010. Stay tuned in  up to the 30 second mark to see the bow to bow collision.

Now here is a video of the girls and there reaction to the rammin and jammin.

Looks like some serious damage. The cool part is that they got the set. This seems like a rough day on the water, huh? Well, it gets even crazier. At some point during the unload, the boat begins to roll over.

What a day? Luckily, the boat was tied to the tender and they were able to right the vessel once the herring was pumped out. So, that was the Shady Lady. Now, the boat is known as the Memry Anne. This year is Sitka, they got rammed again. Check here for Carnage In Sitka. I can’t help but wonder if they are targets or terrors. I guess the new show will fill in all the details. For more from Sierra and the Anderson clan check out her YouTube page at Sierragale85. Personally, it appears that Sierra has some pretty good video production skills herself. Check out TheRealAlaska to keep up with all their past and future projects.

I made a video of all the action that first opener in 2010. Enjoy. I can’t wait for Sitka.

4th Opener in Sitka

It was fast and furious today in Sitka. Most of the boats were packed in behind Sheep Island for a crazy shootout. The opener was just under two hours. I’m making a guess of about the volume but I’m going to say about 4000 tons. Quite a few tenders were still waiting, so it might not be that huge of an opener. So, it’s going to be one more opener in good ole Sitka by the Sea.

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