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 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2015 

Third Time's a Charm for F/V Paige Marie

When owner David Sorensen brought his 58-foot seiner F/V Paige Marie into the Columbia River last December, his 42-year old steel boat was showing its age, despite regular maintenance since he bought... Full story

 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    August 1, 2015 

Advances in Electronics and Trawl Technology

Advances in electronics and trawl technology are taking some of the guesswork out of finding fish, making the harvesting of those fish more efficient and environmentally sound, and improving the... Full story

 By Mike Hillers    Features    August 1, 2015 

Gear for Efficient and Sustainable Fishing

Fishing, specifically trawling, requires a vessel to get to the right part of the ocean, have a set of electronics to locate and analyze the wandering targets and then determine their depth and direct... Full story

 By Helgi Kristjansson    Features    August 1, 2015 

Sensitive Trawling Using New Technology

For many years, trawler owners and captains have been criticized for damaging the fishing grounds with heavy fishing gear, such as trawl doors and ground-ropes on bottom trawls. There may be some truth to these criticisms, even though it has not... Full story

 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2015

Mavrik Marine's Bristol Bay Boats Run Fast and Smooth

After four years managing a Middle Eastern shipyard for Topaz Energy, specializing in fast freight and crew boats, Zachery Battle returned to Washington in 2009 with the goal of starting his own... Full story

 By Alan Haig Brown    Features    July 1, 2015

Repower and More for the Cornelia Marie

One of the best-known commercial fishing vessels in the world, the Cornelia Marie, has just undergone life-extending surgery. The Bering Sea crabber has gained a wide public following both for the... Full story

 By Paul Ivy    Features    July 1, 2015

Portable RSW Refrigeration System for the F/V Wizard

Captain Keith Colburn was looking for help with the refrigeration on the F/V Wizard... Full story

 By David Rowland    Features    July 1, 2015

About Your New Engine…

The last ten years or so, the world of diesel engines has dramatically changed, some for the good, some for the bad. Vessel owners in the past were able to purchase engines capable of support by local mechanics on the West Coast and Alaska. I... Full story

 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2015

Shallow Draft and a Traktor Jet for 49-foot F/V Royal Fortune

The F/V Royal Fortune is the second Prince William Sound 49-foot seiner that we've reviewed this year and shows that NW fishermen have already begun pushing the boundaries of what can be done in the... Full story

 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2015

Kvichak is Back!

In the middle of April, Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Industrial company, launched three aluminum gillnetters built to a new “top house” design. The company’s last Bristol Bay boats were... Full story

 By Paul Ivy    Features    June 1, 2015

New Refrigerant Regulations and the Phase-Out of R22

Between worldwide environmental concern and the potential for punishing fines, it is essential that fishermen and shore plant operators be aware of the ever-increasing restrictions on many popular... Full story

 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    June 1, 2015

Fishing Vessel Safety

As of October 15, 2015, voluntary dock-side safety exams will become a Coast Guard requirement. This will apply to vessels that fish beyond three nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline. Mean... Full story

 By Peter Marsh    Features    May 1, 2015

Vessel Profile: Noelani

Boats built in Wrangell sometimes don't get the attention they deserve, so we're happy to be able to give the new Svendsen Marine Works-built Noelani some well deserved press. David Svendsen, who set... Full story

 Features    May 1, 2015

Suspensions Lifted on Chukchi Lease Sale

Interior Department officials have lifted suspensions on a controversial oil and gas lease sale on the Chukchi Sea, clearing the way for a decision on Shell Oil Co.'s revised Chukchi Sea exploration... Full story

 Features    May 1, 2015

Student Documentary On Crab Is A Winner

A documentary film on crab produced and edited by a high school freshman from Kodiak, Alaska, has won the Youth Award for "Best Treatment of a Complicated Subject" in the Alaska Ocean Observing... Full story

 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2015

West Coast Ports 2015

Commercial fishing ports, harbors, boat yards, and supporting marine trades are the figurative backbone of the fishermen who work in Pacific West Coast and Alaskan waters. Commercial fishing is a... Full story

 By Terry Dillman    Features    May 1, 2015

Oregon, Northern California Ports Offer Vital Socioeconomic Network

Oregon’s 363-mile coastline features a network of 15 seaports, large and small, integral to their communities’ lifestyles and economies. Collectively, they comprise “an important regional network of maritime infrastructure,” according to the... Full story

 By Margaret Bauman    Features    April 1, 2015

NPFMC Gears Up for Bering Sea Halibut Bycatch Decision

With Alaska's commercial halibut fishery underway, for a harvest limit of 18,474,000 pounds, federal fisheries managers are continuing to wrestle with the thorny issue of halibut caught incidentally... Full story

 Features    April 1, 2015

A Better Mousetrap

The commercial fishing industry is one that has been doing much the same thing in much the same way for millennia. While the methods may not have changed, technology has made them more efficient. One... Full story

 By Terry Dillman    Features    April 1, 2015

Invasive Asian Fish Found in Oregon Waters

With plenty of flotsam from the 2011 tsunami that wreaked havoc on Japan still marooning itself on Pacific Northwest shores, researchers remain vigilant for the possibility of any invasive species... Full story

 Features    April 1, 2015

Little Hoquiam Builds First 49.9-Foot Seiner

Howard Moe's Little Hoquiam Shipyard has been building fiberglass boats on Grays Harbor on the mid-Washington coast since 1971, and has launched hundreds of durable hulls from 40 to 120 feet. The... Full story

 By Ludger Dochtermann and Stephen Taufen    Features    April 1, 2015

Setting the Record Straight on Bering Sea Halibut Bycatch

We, as Alaska Longline Fishers, are joined by Washington State halibut fishermen who also fish Alaskan waters. In 2012, statewide, 2,009 residents and 565 non-Alaskans held halibut quotas for Alaska waters; and 1,168 crew, as well. Thousands more... Full story

 By Christi Fry    Features    March 1, 2015

Marine Refrigeration Training

Fishermen and processors continue to work together to improve the quality of their product. As fishermen install refrigeration equipment on vessels of all sizes, the need for educational... Full story

 By Doug Dixon    Features    March 1, 2015

Refrigerated Seawater System Rebuilds for Bristol Bay Gillnetters

Here's a little boat maintenance job you might feel like taking on, but may be better left to professional help instead. By law, the maintenance and repair of refrigerated seawater systems (RSW) on... Full story

 Features    March 1, 2015

Snow Crab Harvests Picking Up After Slow January Start

Snow crab fisheries in the Bering Sea got off to a slow start this year, then grew in harvests in early February with increased landings by harvesters holding both individual fishing quota and... Full story


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