19 percent cut recommended for halibut fishery

The scientific staff of the International Pacific Halibut Commission today made recommendations on catch limits for the 2012 season.

The commission itself will consider the recommendations at its Jan. 24-27 annual meeting in Anchorage.

Here are the numbers, expressed in millions of pounds.

Regulatory area2011 catch limits2012 staff advice% change

Courtroom showdown coming in Steller case

Deckboss is sure you've not forgotten that the state as well as a big segment of the Alaska fishing industry are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service.

At issue are commercial fishing restrictions NMFS put into place this year along the Aleutian chain to protect the endangered Steller sea lion.

The state and the industry argue the restrictions are unnecessary, and don't reflect sound science.

Each side has filed reams of paper arguments in the case.

Now opposing lawyers are preparing to duel in person before federal Judge Timothy Burgess of Anchorage. According to this order from the judge, oral argument will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 21.

This hearing could be crucial in deciding a case in which fish harvests worth millions of dollars are at stake — not to mention the credibility of NMFS and the well-being of the Stellers.

Oh, just some stuff of pepper spray cop spraying..oh just everything.

Okay, so if you're on facebook at all you are already tired of the casually pepper spraying cop..but I thought I would do a blog with all my faves to get it out of my system! Here are some good ones and a few weird ones John made to harass me with! What that cop did was just disgusting and I am glad some humor came out of it..I wonder what he thinks when he sees these? His wife..kids..He is famous for being a dick and being made fun of everywhere you turn..Skits about Tony Bologna abound too on youtube and TV. Craziness.
Having a good month..our new LP of Drunken Barrel House is up on ebay and selling well. Street date for Amazon and RedEye is December 6th. Got a nice check from them last week and I kind of went nuts on etsy and bought crazy things. Got a part time job babysitting my niece starting next week..began recording our new album Take A Look At That Baby today and will begin taking french classes at the French Alliance January 9th. I simply have to learn some French before going there in June for two months or I will assume everyone is talking about me. Dammit!

PSPA weighs in on Pebble

The Pacific Seafood Processors Association has updated its stance on the proposed Pebble copper and gold mine in Southwest Alaska.

PSPA now concludes that "the level of risk posed by the Pebble mine is simply too high."

Read the organization's two-page statement here.

Deckboss snagged the statement off the website of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, which also opposes the mine.

Vinyl of our Drunken Barrel House Blues is now out!

Hey folks - We finally have our 2009 release Drunken Barrel House Blues available on LP!!!! The art by Robert Crumb looks fantastic on a 12". The vinyl is Blue Splatter Wax!!!!! I am so excited about this-they are selling like mad on ebay-if you don't see one to buy i will be relisting throught the day when i can!
New LP from Eden & John's East River String Band released December 6th 2011 from the 2009 CD featuring special guests Pat Conte on fiddle, Dom Flemons on guitar, quills & vocals and Eli Smith on banjo.
Cover by Robert Crumb.
On Blue Splatter Wax!!!!
Here is the link to John's ebay where we are personally selling it before the "strett date" of December 6th!

News of interest

This just in from the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank:

Nov. 22, 2011

The Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank (CFAB) will be lowering its lending interest rate by 2 percent on existing and new loans effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Lela Klingert, CFAB chief executive, made the announcement at CFAB's annual meeting on Nov. 18.

CFAB is a private, member-owned cooperative providing financing to Alaskan-owned commercial fishing, tourism and resource businesses since 1980.

At the same meeting, incumbent board member Roseleen "Snooks" Moore was re-elected to a new three-year term.

Quote of The Day

"When I say “I love you,” its not because I want you or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, and how you try. I’ve seen your kindness and your strength. I’ve seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what and who you are."

More from Begich on halibut catch sharing plan

Here's an interesting letter from Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, to Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is one of England's many historic and treasured locations. It is, in fact, still a palace that is accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. 

This is the entrance gate to the Palace.

This palace is also the birthplace of the famous Winston Churchill who was born on November 30, 1847. He spent most of his life here at the palace and felt a great love for this place up till the day he passed. 

This is our HUE 2011 group in front of the Palace.

The Palace was a gift from Queen Anne to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough right after his victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. It is quite the site to see I might add. It is one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen. Given, it is a Palace. 

A great view of where you can have lunch at the Palace.

Blenheim Palace has one of the most unique interior designs I have ever seen. It is extremely well kept and not to mention well reserved over the hundreds of years. But don't let the inside be the Palace be the only thing to draw you in. Take time to enjoy the scenery outside. Acres and acres of greenery and well groomed gardens. It is a sight to see for sure. 

This is myself, Ashley and Gracie in the Gardens.

I would definitely recommend Blenheim Palace to anyone who wants a good slice of history and wants to stay and enjoy your morning or afternoon. There is tons to do and the world famous city of Oxford is only 20 minutes down the road. But check it out for yourself! You won't be disappointed! 

The back view of the Palace.


~Candice Meadows~

Fuglvog's fate will wait a bit longer

Arne Fuglvog won't be sentenced until after the holidays.

Fuglvog, you'll recall, is the former fisheries aide to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

He pled guilty in August to a federal fisheries violation, and was to be sentenced on Dec. 7.

Fuglvog, through his attorney, last week asked to delay sentencing, and Judge H. Russel Holland has reset the matter for 8 a.m. Feb. 7.

A plea agreement calls for Fuglvog to draw 10 months in prison.

John's Old Time Radio show-Occupy Old Time Music!

Hello hello comrades! You pinko commies! Despite the raid on Liberty Park the OWS protest is still going strong..John does an old time music podcast..we are hoping when he gets more than a dozen of them put together including a few with Crumb as the special guest it will be picked up on WFMU or NPR even..or somewhere! It's a great show..
Here is a link to the Songs of the Great Depression Occupy one which includes a short interview with me along with some great old pics from the 30's..and of course some amazing old songs. Funny how things change yet stay the same..eastriverstringband.com has a link to all of John's podcasts..here is the link to the protest one: John's Podcast.

Some video of the march over the Brooklyn Bridge last night..

Well, since the Mayor raided Liberty Park and brought in an LRAD(WTF!?) I have been down at the new post Liberty Park a lot...taping videos and seeing what is going to happen next. The march last night was HUGE though the media is saying a "few thousand" people were there trashing stuff and it was bad. Nope. There were over 30,000 people there and it was peaceful and fun. No problems with cops at all and cars were honking and raising fists to show their solidarity with the movement. They somehow set up a projection on a building that kept changing messages which was pretty neat..Here are a mess load of videos from last night..

Here we go again

Work has begun to determine whether Alaska's salmon fishery deserves Marine Stewardship Council certification for a third time. Read about it here.

Feds throw wrench into seine permit buyback plan

Deckboss trusts you recall our recent posting of the proposed plan for a buyback of salmon seine permits in Southeast Alaska. The plan listed the names of seiners who had submitted acceptable bids in a reverse auction, and the bid amounts.

Well, now the National Marine Fisheries Service has rejected the plan, saying the auction was premature. Here's the letter from NMFS.

The organizers, I'm told, are seriously annoyed with this setback.

"Built on Seven Hills"

A coach ride and several uncomfortable naps later,
we arrived in Edinburgh, our last stop in Scotland. 

And just a little tip-
it's pronounced EH-din-bur-uh.

Once you get the hang of it, it's really quite fun to say!
Go ahead, say it. I know you want to. 

Despite the terrible rain and piercing wind on the first day we visited,
it's safe to say I fell in love with this city!
Since it's said to have been "built on Seven Hills,"
a postcard view is accessible from just about anywhere in this historic city. 

Just a few of my favorite places...

The beautiful Edinburgh Castle, which happens to be built on a hill, is charming and historic,
and offers a spectacular view looking out over the city.

If you're as excited about the Royal Family as I am, then you'd enjoy visiting Holyroodhouse
the Queen's Scottish residence. 

While you're there, take a walk through her beautiful garden.

If you're up for an adventure, hike Arthur's Seat, the highest hill in Edinburgh.
 I was a bit deceived when I first agreed to take this trek to the top...

...But I have to say, the view at the top is breathtaking- literally.

It really is worth all the huffing and sweating to see this magnificent view of the city.

Just be prepared for wind so strong you can't even speak without spit flying out of your mouth. 

Don't say I didn't warn you!

After you work up an appetite from all that hiking, head over to The Elephant House.

Harry Potter fans, anyone?
Well, J.K. Rowling began her famous series of books at this very restaurant.
Whether you're a huge Harry Potter fan or not, 
it's still really cool to see. 

And plus the food is delicious and very affordable, 
so you have no reason not to go! 

I'd love to hear any other suggestions for next time i'm in Edinburgh!


Windsor Castle


Windsor is a cute town just west of London. 
The easiest way to get there is by train. 
If you are traveling from London the best route is to start off at Paddington Train Station 
then make the connection to Windsor at Slough. 
In total the trip out to Windsor should take less then an hour. 

I suggest spending the whole day there. 
Trust me- you wont get bored!!

Windsor is mainly known for the location for one of the castles owned by the Queen
 but that isn't all there is here. 

There are a lot cute shops and great places to eat.
 A great place to eat that has amazing prices and food that taste fantastic
 is a Greek restaurant, that has become one of my personal favorites,
 called Latino Taverna. 

If  you are not looking for a big meal 
there are a few cute little tea houses that shouldn't disappoint.

Windsor Castle it by far one of the best and most famous castles in England. 

It has been a chief residence for British sovereigns since Henry I in the 12th century. 

The castle is split into three parts; the Lower Ward, the Middle Ward, and the Upper Ward. 

The Lower Ward is where St. Georges Chapel is located, 
the Middle Ward is where you will find the famous round tower, 
and the Upper Ward is where the state rooms are located. 

There are so many awesome things to see in this castle and the grounds are beautiful. 
On a nice day this is the place to be!

Another thing that is very ingrained into the castle's history is the Oder of the Garter.
 It is the highest order of chivalry, or knighthood, existing in England.    

St. George's Chapel is full of so many important people in British history.
 For example Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour among many others.

If you are in London for a vacation or you live here 
and just need to escape the city I would suggest Windsor. 

You cant go wrong. 

Trust me it is worth your time and money!!

Ashley Fincher

What Sleeps At Westminster

Westminster Abbey is one of the most "must see" sites by tourist when visiting London. 

Not only is it popular due to its grand structure and beautiful architecture
 it is now the place of the recent wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Westminster Abbey is a church that is a part of the Anglican denomination
 that studies and learns from the Bible just like other Christians from all over the world. 

One of the neat things about going to a service at this particular church
 is the fact that they will never turn you away. 

They are willing to open their doors to any and everyone at no charge, of course. 

My personal favorite thing about experiencing a service at this particular church 
is that you really get to experience a piece of British culture. 

Another neat thing about Westminster is all of the people buried and remembered inside the church. 

There are at this moment in time, 3,300 people buried inside the church building. 

Many of those whom are buried here are royals, artists and many others 
who have shaped the country into what it is today. 

This is also the place where funeral services such as the one for Princess Diana took place. 

There are so many secrets and stories to unfold within this magnificent building. 

One thing that is important to know about this historic landmark
 is don't let the fact that it is a church keep you from exploring its glory. 

I cannot explain how exciting it was to walk through and unlock its history. 

For some it is a symbol of hope to find a better life. 

For those hopeless romantics, it is now even a place where a real life fairy tale came true 
and that happily ever afters can still be found. 

Then for some it is just a great history lesson. 

The only question left unanswered is,
 what will you discover or find on your trip?


~Candice Meadows~

Pardon my rant

So, I took the redeye out of Anchorage last night, heading to Fish Expo. Thus far the trip is not going well.

My Boeing took off nearly three hours late. It's raining in Seattle, of course. McDonald's put cheese on my dang sausage biscuit. And Starbucks is playing nonstop Christmas music. On Nov. 16.


Lots of interesting news today on The Brig.

Expo time

Step right up, gents. Deckboss photo

It's a question you hear often this time of year: "Are you going to Fish Expo?"

Officially known as Pacific Marine Expo, Fish Expo is a huge trade show in downtown Seattle where working fishermen can find just about anything — from engines to electronics, buoys to bait.

This year's event will run Thursday through Saturday in the exhibition hall at CenturyLink Field, where the Seattle Seahawks play.

The show strongly targets Alaska fishermen, and many figure to be walking around with extra cash this year thanks to strong prices in salmon, halibut and other fisheries. I've heard the Expo will have more vendors than usual, all looking for a piece of the action.

Fish Expo also features some panel discussions on safety, marketing and other topics.

One session sounds particularly intriguing: "The North Pacific Fishery Management Council: Public process under scrutiny." The one-hour session, scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, could generate some fireworks, considering the discussion we've heard recently about perceived political imbalances on the council. The panel includes well-known industry players Arni Thomson, Larry Cotter, Lori Swanson, Steve Minor and Merrick Burden.

So, are you going to Fish Expo?

Deckboss will be there. Find him hanging around Pacific Fishing magazine, booth 729.

Castle of History, Castle of Power, Come See Lodon Tower, Which Has Stood Forever and Ever!

(Tower of London with Tower Bridge in the back)
             I once went to the Tower of London on a class field trip 
and learned some basic facts about the castle. 

They are as follow:

The Tower of London is one of the oldest castles in England 
and was built by William the Conqueror; it originally consisted of only the White Tower. 

Like most castles in Britain, the Tower is built over an old Roman fort. 

The White  Tower has four towers and was once a royal palace. 

(The White Tower)

             The Tower of London has a total of twenty towers. 
The Tower currently hold the Royal Jewels of England, 
and was once home to the Royal Beast, 
but they were removed and placed in Regent’s Park Zoo 
because they once escaped from the castle and were running wild! 

The old Norman Tower/White Tower is beautiful with its white walls 
and grand open interior on all of its three floors. 

Across the lawn from the White Tower 
is the Queen’s House which is a beautiful preserved Tudor style building, 
which was originally built for Queen Ann from Henry VIII. 

Sadly she died before she saw it completed.  
(The Queen's House)

             The Tower of London is spectacular 
with its architecture and ingenuity in how to protect it from being attacked. 

The moat that once surrounded the Tower was one of the foulest smells in the city 
and best protection for the castle because it was basically a giant toilet.

 But these little facts are not what I remember best 
from my day spent at the Tower of London. 
The thing that is most memorable to me is the tour I went on 
and a very special Beefeater named Peter who led it.

             When I went to the Tower of London 
it was a blustery Tuesday afternoon in October. 

The sun was shining but the air was cold and damp. 

Bundled up in three layers of clothes 
I went on a guided tour of the castle given by a Beefeater. 

A Beefeater is one of the Queen’s guards who lives and works in the Tower of London. 
The Beefeater that led my tour was a sweet old man roughly in his fifties, 
and he took great pride in what he was telling everyone about the castle. 
He made the whole experience one hundred times better 
with his jokes about the prisoners who were held in the Tower. 

For example he took great pity on Sir Walter Raleigh 
who was once locked in the Queen’s House with his wife for several years! 

Saying that that was one of the most horrible fates for a man, 
luckily he and his wife were released but in the mean time they had had a child.

(Traitors Gate where traitors of the crown, such as Ann Boleyn would have been brought through)

             Throughout the whole tour little stories like that one were interjected
 to give life and character to the place that you were seeing.

 It made the past almost feel like a wonderful area for exploration 
and made me want to know more about the Tower and its past and the people 
who once lived there, 
and to forget about the fact that the tips of my fingers had gone numb.

(all the girls in the group with Peter the Beefeater)

              I am very grateful to Peter the Beefeater who made my visit fun and memorable. 
I recommend that if you are going to the Tower of London anytime soon
that you go on a guided tour. It is not that difficult.

In fact if you go to the website below 
you can see all the different things that you can see and do at the Tower of London. 


To market, to market, to buy...some amazing food!

If you're in London for the weekend the Borough Market is the place to go for some delicious food! The Borough Market is London's most renowned food market, winning the 2010 London Lifestyle Award for London's Food Market of the Year! 

The market is open Thursday-Saturday and is located in Southwark, London, near the southern end of London Bridge. The market consists of up to 70 stalls and stands. Producers from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to the market, including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries. Other stalls specialize in produce imported from abroad. 

In my two visits to the Borough Market, I have tried a meringue, a chocolate ├ęclair, fresh squeezed juice, and a falafel, which was so delicious I had to go back the next weekend and get another one!


History of the Borough Market -

The Borough Market has been in existents since 1014. In 1754, the market was closed by an Act of Parliament because it was causing heavy traffic congestion. In 1756, it purchased a small plot of land and began to rebuild the market into what it is today. The market has been filmed in such notable films as "Bridget Jones's Diary" and in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."


If you would like to know more information about the Borough Market you can check out their website: http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/

I think a big part of participating in a new culture is trying new foods. 

We are about to start traveling through Europe, 
so please share with us the best and worst foods you have tried in a foreign country!

Fireworks, Feast, and Laughter, Oh My!

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot!

What happens when the English wish to celebrate a famous almost disaster? They party, and they party like it is the last chance that they will have to. Which I do have to admit is not a bad philosophy.

            The party that I am writing about is that of Guy Fawkes Day. Guy Fawkes was an explosive expert who conspired with 7 other men to blow up all of Parliament on the fifth of November in 1605. If the plot was to succeed the men would have successfully killed the monarch and the members of parliament. But Guy Fawkes was caught checking up on the explosives making sure that everything was ready for the next day. He was taken to the Tower of London where he was tortured and eventually gave up his partners in crime.  So in short Guy Fawkes Day is the celebration of a failed terrorist plot. Guy Fawkes Day consists of three things that the English do to remember this day. They are bonfires, fireworks, and food! A person can experience these wonderful traditions all over England.

            I currently reside in London so I spent my Guy Fawkes Night
 out in Blackheath with some friends. 

We had the food (which was more of a feast),  
we had the fireworks 
(which were spectacular),

... and we had didn’t have a bonfire 
 because they are not doing them as much trying to be safe... 
but we did have sparklers.

           The English love their tradition, and Guy Fawkes is definitely an English tradition
 that you don’t want to miss out on if you’re in England on November fifth. 

It is worth cramming into a park and watching the fireworks explode 
as you hear the hundreds little children ooo and awe at the colors. 

Even seeing a child get the chance to play with a sparkler for possibly the first time is great.  

But for you folks who don’t care what the kids think of this national holiday, 
you can always go for the food.

(Toffee Apple)

           At the event I went to the stands were almost like that of a carnival. 

But I personally enjoyed having a traditional English feast 
with parsnips, beetroots, potatoes, shoulder of lamb, carrots, 
and an apple crumble with cream for dessert. 

In my book nothing can top that English meal. 

But if you want some candy floss no doubt there will be a stand near by selling it.  

It is not a horrible way to spend celebrating a failed terrorist plot!

          If you wish to find out more about Guy Fawkes Day 
and all the fun things that go on 
please see the web address below. 

You can go from there to other links to read up on Guy Fawkes. Enjoy!