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Vote Fish

What kind of governor wants to ruin your business? Well, West Coast governors, apparently. In California, Governor Jerry Brown (D) and California’s large corporate agribusinesses have proposed build... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Features    October 1, 2016 

Welcome, Blue North

Late last month, the much-awaited 191-foot freezer longliner Blue North was christened at Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal. The new ship, built at Anacortes, Washington-based Dakota Creek Industries... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Features    October 1, 2016 

Distinctive Projects Keep Boatyards Busy

The West Coast commercial fishing fleet continues to expand, as vessels are converted, replaced and reconfigured. The North Pacific fleet has seen updates in the form of the newly lengthened... Full story


Fish Less, Pay More

This photo was taken on Friday, August 5th at Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal. We have been either a tenant or neighbor to Fishermen's Terminal since the early 1990s, and we can't remember ever seeing... Full story


Your Tax Dollars at Work

Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission serves at the pleasure of the Governor, currently Jay Inslee. Governor Inslee says nice things about the North Pacific and Bering Sea big boat fleet, but... Full story


Fishing for Free

Bristol Bay fishermen are upset. One, in particular, made his displeasure known with a phone call to us late last month. His name is John MacDonald, and he started fishing in 1975 when he was 19. He... Full story


Editorial: Fish Safer

Fish Safer Accidents happen, especially in the commercial fishing industry. In January of this year, three fishermen were lost after their fishing vessel Eagle III capsized in 30 mph winds and... Full story


Future Fishermen

As evidenced by our young friend Sebastian, there continue to be young men and women interested in the commercial fishing industry. They're targeting the same fish, but they face a much different... Full story


Quality is King

Last month brought the 13th annual Wild Seafood Exchange. For those who are unfamiliar with the conference, the Wild Seafood Exchange is an opportunity for the independent commercial fishing... Full story


Bryant for Governor

On October 28th, Washington Governor Jay Inslee wrote a letter to the chair of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission. The Commission is appointed by the Governor, and serves... Full story


Game Changer: F/V Blue North

The term "state of the art" refers to the highest level of general development of a device, technique, or scientific field achieved at a particular time. The term is often tossed out as jargon in sale... Full story



Last month the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife held a series of regional meetings in Selah, Spokane Valley, Mill Creek, Lacey, Vancouver and Wenatchee. The state held the meetings to... Full story


Meet the Producer

Software pioneer, investor and philanthropist Paul Allen thinks consumers should know where their fish comes from. He also believes that fish should be sustainably harvested and handled carefully... Full story


History Repeats

As we noted here in December of 2013, a group of sport fishermen in Alaska are tired of sharing the fish with the rest of the state. The latest volley in the war on commercial fishing takes the form... Full story


This is Not a Drill

“Mayday, mayday, mayday…this is the Kupreanof... Full story


Today's Catch: The Cost of Caring

THE 12TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON TROLL Salmon Lunch took place in Seattle last month. The annual affair, organized by Washington’s Makah tribe and the Coastal Trollers Association, is hosted by Lark Resta... Full story


Conflict Resolution

Last month an Oregon fisherman was found not guilty in US District Court of "assaulting, impeding and interfering with" a federal fisheries observer while at sea in 2014. The judge ruled that... Full story


You're Not Wanted Here

A bipartisan group of Washington State lawmakers – 13 in the House of Representatives and ten in the Senate – have sponsored matching bills (SB 5844 and HB1660) to effectively eliminate... Full story


Deck Machinery for a Successful Season

A fishing boat may be the most expensive part of the commercial fishermen's tool kit, but the machinery and gear he uses on a day to day basis is just as important. The tools for catching fish and hau... Full story


Congressional Action

Last month Fishermen’s News Contributing Editor Terry Dillman wrote about the US Coast Guard’s decision to close the Newport, Oregon air rescue facility and the effect that decision could have on... Full story


Changing of the Guard

Although Alaska Senator Mark Begich had not conceded the election when this issue went to press, the Alaska Division of Elections had announced that Dan Sullivan had defeated Begich by a margin of... Full story


Numbers, Verified

The November issue is always a big issue, and coincides with the release of our annual Fishermen's News Calendar, as well as Pacific Marine Expo. This year is no exception, and marks the first time... Full story



Trust in government is at an all time low in the US, thanks in large part to local and state governments which, although closest to and most directly responsible to the people they serve, continue to... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Features    July 1, 2014

Nichols Bros. Celebrates 50 Years

The first boat produced by the Nichols family was a tugboat. George "Mark" Nichols was an orchardist in Yakima, Washington in the 1930s. His 10-acre apple farm failed during the great depression, and... Full story


Semper Paratus

As we celebrate the New Year, with all of its promise and potential, let us also take a moment to recognize the efforts of the US Coast Guard, who are “always ready,” as their mission states,... Full story


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