The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has declared the Fraser River sockeye salmon run a “fishery disaster” for nine tribes and non-tribal fishers in Washington state.
The Fraser River empties out near Vancouver, British Columbia. The sockeye salmon from that river are a key resource for the state and tribal fishing industries in Washington.
The Fraser River sockeye salmon runs are worth more than $4 million each year, and they’ve been in decline for 30 years. The fishery was closed altogether in 2013.
Fisheries managers blame the decline on poor ocean conditions, warm river temperatures and habitat decline, among other things.
Tuesday's disaster declaration empowers Congress to allocate money for fishermen and fishing communities that are affected by the crash.
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West Coast crab fest this weekend
The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, held in Port Angeles, Wash., is the annual celebration of the region’s diverse seafood bounty, the maritime and cultural traditions and the coastal environment.
The festival’s featured crustacean, the Dungeness crab, was named after the village of Dungeness, Wash., and this is the 14th year that the festival has been hosted nearby.
The festival feats 14 restaurants, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, a chowder cook-off, the Grab-a-Crab Derby, local wine and beer, craft and merchant vendors, live music, and many more events.
Oct. 9 -11
Red Lion Hotel and Port Angeles City Pier
122 N. Lincoln Street
Port Angeles, WA 98262
For a full schedule of events, check out the festival website.
Fishermen’s Fall Festival set for this weekend
The 27th annual Fishermen’s Fall Festival will be held this Saturday, Oct. 3, in Seattle. This festival celebrates the return of the North Pacific commercial fishing fleet to Fishermen’s Terminal.
This all-volunteer event aims to increase the public’s knowledge of the fishing industry and raise money for the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation, which helps pay for safety training, grief counseling and scholarships for fishermen and their families.
Annual highlights at the festival include oyster slurping and salmon fillet contests, a salmon barbecue, and exotic reptile show and survival suit races.
Admission is free and activities take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a full schedule of events and more information, visit the festival’s website.
Eric Haynes’ Cod Cakes
What’s on your list for summer reading? Well, let me suggest “A Mariner’s Miscellany” by Peter Spectre. It’s a collection of all things relevant and irrelevant concerning the sea, the whimsical and the serious; it’s about boats, ships, anchors, knots and ballast, the lore, poetry and language of the ocean and those who have traveled it.
Spectre has written several marine related books and did the yearly “Mariner’s Book of Days,” a nautical desk diary and calendar. He was also editor at International Marine, Wooden Boat and currently Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. Those years spent writing about boats and correcting author’s notions of boats and the sea have endowed him with an eclectic mix of nautical knowledge.
For instance, does anybody know what “dogs running before their master” means? It’s a heavy swell in advance of a hurricane. That’s in the chapter “The Language of the Sea.”
In the same chapter is a listing of the “Different kinds of dead.”
Included is “dead horse” — a cash advance for wages to be earned, and “dead marine” — an empty beer bottle.
In the chapter “Bread is the staff of life; rum is life itself” is a recipe for Serpent’s Breath (a note says it’s enough for the entire crew):
1 bottle dark rum
1 bottle light rum
1 bottle Cognac
7 cups tea
3 cups lemon juice
1 ½ cups sugar
Stir the sugar and the lemon juice into the tea, then add the hard stuff. Allow the ingredients to meld for two hours — if you can wait that long.
If you are dumb enough to be at the wheel after sharing in that concoction, it won’t be long before you’re aground. But Spectre’s book tells you how to handle that situation in the chapter “Time and tide wait for no man.”
“If you should run aground on a falling tide and can’t get her off, climb over the side and scrub the bottom while you wait for the tide to return. Your friends will think you went aground on purpose.”
In the book’s 289 pages there’s a whole lot more, some of which you might know, most of which you never heard of. Check it out.
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