December 27, 2010
In 2010, the Frasier River watershed in Canada had its biggest sockeye salmon run in 97 years. This mammoth run was in direct contrast to the 2009 run which was disastrously low at the end of a 20 year decline. The 2009 run was so significantly poor that the Canadian government formed a commission to investigate possible causes.
Just prior to the Canadian commission beginning the investigation of the paltry 2009 run, commercial fishermen “started hauling in more Fraser River sockeye than any of them had ever seen.” reported by Daniel Jack Chasan of Crosscut.com.
There appears to be two significant factors that contributed to the boom run of 2010. First, in 2008 when the sockeyes were juveniles there were favorable water conditions. Second was the ash fall from the eruption of Alaska’s Kasatochi volcano in 2008. Volcanic eruptions result in an increase in iron in the water which in turn resulted in huge algae blooms that dramatically improved the fish’s food supply. A similar significant salmon run was reported in 1958 after Alaska’s Veniaminof eruption in 1956.
Beyond the natural environmental factors, other factors may be credited to man, including; improved logging practices, resurgence in organic (terra) farming, new protections for upstream habitat, restoration of habitat and restrained commercial fishing catch limits has begun to make a difference in salmon survival. Environmentalists are now optimistic that the huge 2010 sockeye run is a sign of better times ahead.
Salmon runs typically peak every 4 years. With this historical run there has been a turn in interest, both commercially and recreationally in salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest. With the challenges that the boat building and fishing industries have faced in the past several years, this good news is well received; abeit with cautious optimism.
This years extraordinary salmon return has salmon fisheries on the West Coast of the United States ramping back up for a cautious return to commercial and recreational fishing. According to Go2marine, they have seen upswing in demand for Grundens foul weather gear and Dutch Harbor gear. Refurbishing and upgrading fishing boats requires renewed hydraulic equipment, boat parts and marine supplies. Go2marine and Go2hydraulics supports ecofriendly, sustainable fishing.
August 25, 2008
Grundens developed this line of outdoor wear to address the growing requirement for quality and function in other types of protective clothing. This functional, good-looking jacket and parka is made from a 500 denier nylon that is coated on the inside with a waterproof, breathable barrier. The taped seams eliminate water penetration through the stitching. Extremely waterproof to 10,000 mm and breathable rated at 5,000 mvp; this gear will prove to be a favorite choice for comfortable outdoor wear.
This jacket and parka feature an attached three-piece adjustable hood with adjustment for height and concealed draw cords; light weight mesh lining with two internal pockets, snug fitting inner cuff with a handy velcro adjustment on the outer cuff, two exterior handwarmer pockets and an exterior “napoleon” pocket with a water resistant zipper. The outer handwarmer pockets are actually double pockets; the inner pocket has a zipper closure to stash items that need more security and protection, i.e., keys and cell phones. The jacket is waist length and the parka is thigh length.
Both the pant and jacket are available in sizes from XS to 5X. The jacket and parka are available in black or brown, the pant is available in black only. The Weather Boss pant has elastic suspenders that are easily removed, two deep handwarmer pockets with zipper enclosures, and two cargo pockets with velcro enclosures, internal gators on each pant leg for a snug fit around boots and leg zippers for easy entry and exit without having to remove shoes or boots. The pant also features double reinforced knees with pockets that can be filled with the optional Grundéns foam knee pads, which are sold separately. This great work wear is designed for people who want no nonsense, no glitz gear that does exactly what it is designed to do.
Since 1926, Grundéns has produced the very best foulweather protection, constructed with the highest quality materials and workmanship. Grundens products are continually tested in the toughest laboratory known to man – outdoor, by hardworking men and women, often in extreme weather.