Gulf of Alaska Cod could soon lose its blue certified sustainable label, which has proven to be an incentive for consumers to purchase the fish. The reason’s got nothing to do with fishermen—blame it on climate change. Warming waters are depleting stocks and deplete stocks puts the fishery at risk.
Also this week, the heart wrenching story of the sinking of the Fishing Vessel Scandies Rose. We hear from one of the survivors how the boat sank, how he escaped, and how hard it was to watch his fellow crewmembers not get out of the boat before it sank like a pencil, perpendicular to the surface with the bow straight up in the air.
A warning. This story is not for the faint of heart, and may be especially disturbing to those of you who have gone down on a boat, or have lost someone on a fishing vessel.
We had help from Hope McKenney at KUCB in Unalaska. Kavitha George with Alaska’s Energy Desk. And Laine Welch from Alaska Fish Radio.
A big thank you to all you listeners of the Alaska Fisheries Report and to all the radio stations that air our program. For your fishermen, please keep safety at the top of your priorities.