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 By Karen Meeks    Features    February 1, 2016 

Preparing Your Boat for Safety

Ted Long has seen it all too often. Long, whose family owns longtime boat service company Fashion Blacksmith in Crescent City, Calif., says fishermen often sail away before making sure their boats are in proper working order. “What I see... Full story

 By Terry Dillman    Features    February 1, 2016 

Attention to Detail: Prepping Vessels for the Season

Making a vessel shipshape prior to any season and keeping it seaworthy is a prime consideration for commercial fishermen. Boatyard and fishery managers say focusing on details is paramount for getting... Full story

 By Michelle Klampe    Features    February 1, 2016 

Injuries Among Dungeness Crab Fishermen Examined

Commercial Dungeness crab fishing on the West Coast is one of the highest risk occupations in the United States, based on fatality rates. But non-fatal injuries in the fishery appear to go largely... Full story

 By Terry Dillman    Features    February 1, 2016 

Newport's Rescue Helicopter Rescued

Since October 2014, folks in Newport, Oregon – led by commercial fishermen and their families – have rallied to keep US Coast Guard officials from closing the rescue helicopter facility stationed... Full story

 By Kurt Ness    Features    January 1, 2016

Deck-Mounted RSW

One of the most important pieces of equipment on a fishing vessel is a refrigerated seawater system (RSW). Not only in terms of simple operation, maintenance and cost of installation, but also in... Full story

 Features    January 1, 2016

Trends in Deck Machinery

With tough economic times, many fishermen are opting to repair, rather than replace, deck machinery. In spite of this, equipment manufacturers are still developing new features and new pieces of... Full story

 By Joe Williams    Features    January 1, 2016

The Right Light

Whether you're thinking about buying new deck machinery or planning to stick with what you have today, making sure that you have the right lighting to get the most out of your equipment – and your c... Full story

 By Karen Robes Meeks    Features    January 1, 2016

Bumble Bee's "Catch to Can" Program

For years, tuna companies have had the capability of tracking their fish back to harvesting vessels. But one company has decided to share that information with the masses. San Diego, Calif.-based... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Features    December 1, 2015

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

 By Terry Dillman    Features    December 1, 2015

Commercial Fishing's Contribution to Santa Barbara Economy

Beautiful, bountiful, and bustling with activity, Santa Barbara is a quintessential picturesque southern California coastal community. Located about 90 nautical miles northwest of Los Angeles on a... Full story

 By Gro T. Fjeld    Features    December 1, 2015

Six Hooks Per Second: The Technology Behind the Autoline

One day in the late 19th century, a Norwegian travelling salesman was wandering through the Amazon rainforest in the hills between Brazil and Venezuela, where he met with the Yanomami tribe and... Full story

 By Karen Robes Meeks    Features    December 1, 2015

Santa Barbara Fishermen File Spill Suit

When gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline oozed onto the Santa Barbara Coast in California last May, Sarah Rathbone's business took an immediate hit. The owner of Community Seafood, a business... Full story

 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    November 1, 2015

Nice Gear for a Tough Job

New technologies and modern materials have made the gear you bring to the fishing grounds stronger, lighter and sturdier. From your feet to your seat, there have never been more options for comfort in... Full story

 Features    November 1, 2015

Recruiters of Young Farmers, Fishermen Face Same Issues

An organizer working to recruit more young people into farming says the individual attributes and community efforts needed to bring these folks on board are also key to recruiting new blood into the... Full story

 Features    November 1, 2015

2015 Alaska Salmon Harvest Passes Quarter Billion Fish

Preliminary totals on the 2015 wild Alaska commercial salmon harvest have reached 256,535,000 fish, including 183,500,000 pink salmon, with 98,215,000 of those humpies coming from Prince William Sound. As of Oct. 12, the preliminary harvest count als... Full story

 By Senator Dan Sullivan    Features    November 1, 2015

Opinion: Seafood Superpower

The seafood industry is the lifeblood of many of Alaska’s communities. The industry is the third-largest economic driver in my state and the top employer, contributing more than 78,000 jobs to the Alaska economy. Alaska accounts for more than 50... Full story

 By Alan Haig-Brown    Features    October 1, 2015

Fred Wahl Modernizes Miss Berdie

When she came into the Fred Wahl shipyard in Reedsport Oregon, the Miss Berdie was a fine looking boat with a bright red hull. When she left the yard this summer she was still a fine looking red vesse... Full story

 Features    October 1, 2015

Delta Seiner Sponsoned

Bruce Marifern operates the 1980-built F/V Freedom primarily as a salmon seiner and contract tender. Marifern has a small family fishing operation out of Petersburg, Alaska and runs equipment in Brist... Full story

 Features    October 1, 2015

New Freezer Trawler for O'Hara

A new 194-foot freezer trawler owned by the O'Hara Corporation will join the Amendment 80 fleet in the Bering Sea in 2016 to harvest and process flatfish for markets in Asia and the United States.... Full story

 Features    October 1, 2015

Bristol Bay Fishermen Welcome President to Southwest Alaska

Sept. 2 in Dillingham, Alaska, in the words of veteran commercial fisherman and business leader Robin Samuelsen, "was like a make believe world." President Barack Obama had come to town and the reside... Full story

 Features    October 1, 2015

From the Fleet: Minister Bennett's Visit to Alaska

We were among a group of fishing, environmental and tribal representatives who recently met with Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, British Columbia Mining Minister Bill Bennett and other officials on transboundary mining issues. Bennett’s visit was... Full story

 By Peter Marsh    Features    September 1, 2015

F/V Big Wave: Now Even Bigger

Anyone who has fished the West Coast long enough will have heard of The Fashion Blacksmith, the artistically-named boatyard in northern California that was an early advocate of sponsoning and... Full story

 By Margaret Bauman    Features    September 1, 2015

Perils of Crab Fishery Range from Poaching to Ocean Acidification

Alaska's legendary crab fisheries, as portrayed in the Discovery Channel television series "Deadliest Catch," underscore the dangers of bringing in the succulent king crab while battling the stormy,... Full story

 By Terry Dillman    Features    September 1, 2015

One Fish, Two Fish, the New Blue Rockfish

A commercially significant species of rockfish, it seems, has a dual personality. Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU), the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and the California... Full story

 By Terry Dillman    Features    September 1, 2015

Climate Changes Could Affect Pacific Fisheries

European regulators believe commercial fisheries worldwide could lose as much as $17 billion to $41 billion in landings by 2050 due to the broadening effects of climate change. In all geographic regions, a 2014 summary and assessment from the... Full story


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