The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted unanimously Dec. 13 to amend several alternatives to reduce the chinook and chum salmon bycatch in the eastern Bering Sea pollock fishery.

The council is looking for chum bycatch reductions both by new measures and using existing management aimed at minimizing chinook salmon bycatch.

Americans eat more seafood than just about anyone else. Most of it is imported from abroad. And a lot of it — perhaps 25 percent of wild-caught seafood imports, according to fisheries experts — is illegally caught.

The White House is now drafting recommendations on what to do about that. Fisheries experts say they hope the administration will devote more resources to fight seafood piracy.

A struggle in Alaska over shrinking supplies of halibut is threatening the iconic centerpiece fish in favor of cheaper exports, fast-food fillets and fish sticks.

If expected cuts are made in January, halibut fishing could be over in the Bering Sea west of Alaska, the source of one-sixth of halibut caught in the United States. That catch includes most of the frozen supply that sustains restaurants, food-service companies and retail stores nationwide, such as Costco and Whole Foods.

Seattle seafood company Trident Seafood Corporation has signed a letter of intent to buy the assets of Kodiak's Western Alaska Fisheries. The transaction will be finalized Dec. 31, 2014.

Trident controls harvesting, processing, and marketing. Western Alaska Fisheries assets include a Kodiak processing plant for cod, salmon, and pollock among other species.

The Bering Sea red king crab fleet finished catching 10 million pounds of quota last week — and they’re facing some lackluster prices as the crab goes to market. It could be due to higher catch limits in Alaska and Russia.

NOAA Fisheries is publishing a final rule to implement Steller sea lion protection measures for fisheries in the Aleutian Islands, effective December 26, 2014.

Steller sea lions that primarily occur west of 144 degrees W longitude in Alaska are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Atka mackerel, Pacific cod, and pollock are the primary prey species for Steller sea lions in the Aleutian Islands. Fisheries for these three species also provide a living for fishermen and communities in the Aleutian Islands.

South Korean officials expressed fear of a huge death toll after rescuers Monday failed to find any of the more than 50 fishermen missing after their vessel sank amid high waves in frigid waters of the western Bering Sea.

One Korean crew member was confirmed dead and 52 others remain missing. Eight people made it into a lifeboat, including the one who later died. A nearby fishing vessel rescued them.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to designate much of Alaska’s northern coastline as critical habitat for ringed seals have led the state’s senior U.S. senator to blast the proposal’s “Texas-sized” area.

About 8 years ago, my wife Patty and I were in line at the Home Team Harvest event at the Tacoma Mall to drop off a check when we started talking about how great it would be if United Catcher Boats would participate in an "organization wide" fundraiser for Northwest Harvest, centered around KING 5's Home Team Harvest event.

The Bering Sea red king crab fleet finished catching 10 million pounds of quota last week -- and they're facing some lackluster prices as the crab goes to market. It could be due to higher catch limits in Alaska and Russia.