Jon Stack off the F/V Jean D enjoys some off time during the record 2011 salmon run. Most of the seining fleet was jam packed into the north end Chatham Strait, so we headed in to Tenakee Springs for one of the early season closures. It was nice to see salmon seiners back in Tenakee Springs for a change.
Quatix combines the most crucial marine features and provides both comprehensive navigation and sailing capabilities while integrating Garmin‘s industry-leading GPS technology and user-friendly interface. Quatix allows mariners the freedom to enjoy the open waters while having the most important boating information on their wrist.
The name says it all! Its only a matter of time before this incredible boat reaches Alaska. Great idea!
There’s almost nothing more luxuriously relaxing than taking a dip in a hot tub, except perhaps taking a slow cruise down a beautiful river.
Now you can combine the best of both world – with a hot tub cruise thanks to an ambitious company in the Netherlands, which created the hybrid machine to provide the ultimate river journey.
The ‘Hot Tub‘, powered by a steam wood-burning stove to heat the water and a propeller engine to keep you sailing merrily down the stream.
via Full steam ahead! The ‘Hot Tub’ boat which can let you lazily cruise down the river in comfort | Mail Online.
If this year is anything like the last few, it’s going to be a big squid season in California. In the past few seasons, squid fishermen have been able to catch their quota in record time. Its been a booming time for squid fishing. With a harvest valued at 73 million dollars in 2010, it remains one of California’s most valuable fisheries. This year is really just getting underway. So far, commercial vessels have taken about 22 percent of the Total Allowable Catch. However, the season was over by Nov. 18th last year. Basically, its time to get in action. Rumors are that a reality TV show is currently filming this seasons harvest, too. Got any ideas what the show might be called? Toss a few ideas on the facebook. The pics are from my squid season in 2010 on the F/V Heavy Duty.
The Fishermen’s Terminal is nestled just below the Ballard Bridge in Seattle. It’s a mini Alaskan fishing world all of its own, surrounded by a vast city. I had a nice stroll the other evening and shot these awesome photos. Enjoy! We will be heading north on Tuesday. Its time to start the season. Follow me @JuneauTek for my mobile updates.
Pacific salmon play a vital part of our worlds ecology. Over 22 different species feed off the bounty of the salmon‘s epic yearly migration. For millions of years, the salmon ruled the pacific ocean and populations flourished thought out the Pacific Rim. Native cultures revered these massive returns as gifts and celebrated each season’s salmon return with art and ceremony. In 1779, Captain James Cook discovered the Columbia River and its salmon bounty while searching for the inside passage. Once the Europeans hit the west coast, large-scale salmon exporting by the Hudson Bay Fishery ramped up. In 1876, the first salmon cannery opened in Astoria and there were 70 more along the coast by the turn of the century.
Salmon production vigorously continued along the coast well in the next century. By the mid 1900’s, it was obvious that the salmon stocks were in serious decline. Mismanagement by the federal government was blamed for most of the problems, then in 1959 Alaska became a state and took control of the fisheries. New management techniques included escapement, which ensured that sufficient numbers of salmon escape capture to ensure the health of future spawning generations. Even with new measures in effect, salmon stocks declined to record lows in 1972. The Limited Entry Act passed in 1973 to regulate the overall number of permits. This system has proved successful in rebuilding the salmon runs to today’s epic standards.
The history of salmon is full of flaws and mistakes, yet the saga of salmon defines the west coast. This majestic fish still dominates Pacific waters and provides the world with one of nature’s greatest proteins. Salmon have survived through all the hardships man has delivered over the years and remains one of natures greatest events. Next time salmon is on your dinner plate, think of the history of a truly amazing fish.
The Juneau Maritime Festival just turned three this past weekend. The event was initially canceled the previous week, yet many locals and tourists turned out for the free salmon! That’s right! Fresh FREE Sockeye salmon courtesy of Alaska Glacier Seafoods. There were also various tours of local marine vessels and native traditional dancing. Overall, it was a big success. Enjoy the pics.
Its that time again in Alaska. Summer is just around the corner. Its actually been a crazy mix of rain and sunshine today. Here’s a pic of the LIVE cam pointing at the docks downtown. The summer cruise season begins today with the arrival of the Carnival Spirit at 2 p.m., kicking off a summer cruise season expected to be solid, if not spectacular. Despite the industry’s travails elsewhere, the cruise industry is expecting to do well in Alaska, cruise officials say. via Cruise ship influx begins today | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper.