Each season, with the same regularity as the swallows returning to Capistrano, the trampers arrive back in Western Alaska to haul away the sea’s mother lode. Kind of a sea gypsy, a tramper is a ship that wanders around the oceans of the world, without a schedule, searching for and collecting goods until her holds are full. Trampers are small compared to other deep-sea ships, averaging around 500 feet in length. While there is no argument that fish are valuable, they are not economic equals to oil or some of the other high-volume bulk commodities shipped over the globe.

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Just before dawn on Feb. 22, 1901, Capt. Frederick Jordan was fighting heavy fog as he steered the SS City of Rio de Janeiro steamship toward Golden Gate Strait in the San Francisco Bay. Experience prompted him to drop anchor the night before and wait out the weather. But that morning, he resumed course to San Francisco’s port — and the 345-foot steamer struck sharp rocks near Fort Point, at the strait’s southern end.

A Pond Inlet, Nunavut, hunter is recovering at home after his snowmobile fell through thin ice, plunging him into frigid water and forcing him to walk five hours back to town in wet clothes in below-freezing temperatures.

Laimiki Pewatualuk was hunting several kilometres from Pond Inlet last Wednesday when thin ice beneath him suddenly gave way, submerging the hunter and his snowmobile in the water below.

"I brought all the necessary emergency supplies, such as a SPOT [GPS tracking] device and a flashlight," Pewatualuk said in Inuktitut. "My CB radio went down with the snowmobile."

They bear an uncanny resemblance to a two-liter bottle of orange soda with a short antenna, and researchers are asking commercial and recreational fishermen, as well as coastal residents, visitors and beachcombers, to keep a weather eye out for them.

Illicit fishing goes on every day at an industrial scale. But large commercial fishers are about to get a new set of overseers: conservationists—and soon the general public—armed with space-based reconnaissance of the global fleet.

There's a 58 percent chance that Alaska could experience an El Niño winter but Southeast will see the biggest difference.

Alaska is definitely seeing some strange weather. Super typhoon Nuri warmed up parts of Alaska while forcing cold winds to really hit the Midwest. There’s a chance that Alaska could see another bout of warm winter weather. KDLG’s Thea Card reports.

A great piece of writing from Fairbanks. How come we never heard of Ned Rozell before now? -Ed.

When Mario Gandolfo went for a walk along the Pacific Ocean shoreline in Nome, Alaska on Nov. 4, he was looking for sea glass. But he found something quite different: A World War II military dog tag washed into his hand.

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is hosting its annual Alaska Fishing Families Photo Contest this fall. ASMI is inviting all photographers to enter photos that share the uniqueness of Alaska’s fisheries.

Recreational fishermen prize large trophy fish. Commercial fishing gear targets big fish. After all, larger fish feed the egos of humans as well as their bellies.

A new compilation of research from around the world now shows that big, old, fat, fertile, female fish – known as BOFFFFs to scientists – are essential for ensuring that fishery stocks remain sustainable.

Read more at http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113262692/saving-big-old-fat-ferti...

A woman from Togiak is facing drug charges for allegedly smoking oxycodone at the Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham. Last Thursday afternoon the Dillingham Police Department was asked to investigate a report that a pregnant woman and another woman, who had just given birth, were smoking oxycodone in the delivery/OB room at the Kanakanak Hospital.

Video from a Russian fishing vessel that unwittingly picked up a grumpy passenger.

Back in 1985, a lone lionfish was first spotted off the Florida coast, possibly dumped into the ocean by a dissatisfied aquarium owner. At the time, it seemed harmless enough: a colorful fish native to Indonesia that had somehow made its way over here.

No one could have imagined the disaster that would follow.

The total number of pink salmon cans that were packed in Petersburg this summer was 4,883,627.

That’s the combined total from the two local fish plants Petersburg Fisheries Incorporated and Ocean Beauty Seafoods. The numbers came along with the announcement of the winners of the local guessing game, Canned Salmon Classic. The 2014 winner is Melva Randrup in first place and Deya Edgell in second place. Randrup was off by only 7,084 cans and Edgell was off by 15,748 cans.

For their guesses, Randrup wins $2,000 and Edgell $1,000.

Garnering comparisons to Star Trek's starship Enterprise, the SeaOrbiter is the brainchild of French architect Jacques Rougerie. Set to begin construction this spring, the 190-foot-tall semisubmersible vessel will be the culmination of nearly 30 years of Rougerie's research and development.

A U.S. Airways flight from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, was delayed after a shipment of crabs escaped in the plane’s cargo area, an airline spokesman told ABC News.

Flight 890 was scheduled to leave LaGuardia Airport at 6:59 p.m. Thursday, but instead left at 7:25 p.m. because of “some seafood cargo problems,” the spokesman said.

Passengers tweeted about the situation, writing that crew members were forced to round up the crabs.

A gathering of some 35,000 walruses has been spotted in Northwest Alaska, near Point Lay.

“It’s a good-sized aggregation, definitely,” ecologist Chadwick Jay, leader of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Pacific walrus research program, told Alaska Dispatch News. He noted that a similar collection of walruses was observed there in 2011. And in 2013 as well, scientists documented 10,000 walruses coming onshore in the area.

Catalonia-based Savia Natura has just launched an unusual snack made of cod and salmon skin, which is catching visitors’ attention at Seafood Expo Southern Europe in Barcelona this week.

Developed in partnership with Alicante-based processor Salazones Pertusa, the snack is gluten-free and presented as an ‘all natural’ premium product.

Something odd is happening in Northern Pacific waters: They're heating up. In fact, it hasn't been this warm in parts of the Gulf of Alaska for this long since researchers began tracking surface water temperatures in the 1980s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The warming began last year in the Gulf of Alaska and has since been dubbed "The Blob" by Nick Bond, of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean. Temperatures have been as high as about 5 degrees Fahrenheit (3 Celsius) above average.

Recently, a team from the Nautilus Live expedition piloting a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) happened upon one of the most fascinating-looking lifeforms in the world: a rare, purple siphonophore roving through the ocean’s depths. Even the experienced deep sea explorers, well-acquainted with the marine animals, had a hard time accepting that what they were seeing was really real.

It’s been well publicized that the sea ice over the Arctic Ocean has receded at an accelerated pace in recent years, and that this has brought an exponential increase in maritime traffic to a region where only the hardiest ships and seamen once ventured. Less discussed is how woefully underprepared the United States is for the multiple challenges now converging on our Arctic coastline. So if we ever needed a book exploring the history of American sovereignty over our Arctic waters and the importance of solidifying it, now would be the time.

Researchers are hoping to better understand fish distributions by recording the sounds they make.
Many fish make identifiable sounds, and it offers potential for research and management. The most recent sound discovered – fish farts! According to ScienceShot, a service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a team from the University of South Florida picked up the barely audible, cricket-like noises using a robot called a glider that sampled ocean sounds in Tampa Bay.

A small highway in Thailand was covered in fish, when a fish hauler lost his load and oof, I can smell it from here.

In 2002, photographer Corey Arnold left behind a poor economy in San Francisco and headed up to Alaska to try his luck at his longtime passion of fishing.
Arnold, who had worked summers during college on a salmon boat in Alaska, signed on to the f/v Rollo, a crabbing boat that fishes in the dangerous Bering Sea.

Three anglers recently completed a rare and perhaps unprecedented feat by each landing an opah on the same day aboard a San Diego-based boat fishing in Mexican waters.

Opah, also referred to as moonfish, are rarely caught by recreational fishermen, and for three people to catch one of these beautifully colored fish on the same day is considered extraordinary.

In the pre-industrial past salmon used to swim happily upriver to their spawning grounds, unhindered by nothing more than a few grizzly bears and an occasionally voracious beaver.

Now, in this age of hyproelectric dams and environmental damage, it can be trickier.

Well thanks to Whooshh Innovations, their struggles may be over. Whooshh has come up with a literal fish cannon, which enables salmon to swim into a tube and be shot more than 500 feet into the air, before landing safely in the water upstream.