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Modernization of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet: Economic Opportunity Analysis

Modernizing the North Pacific commercial fishing fleet has become an increasingly important issue for Washington's maritime industry in recent years. With more than 400 federally permitted vessels...

 

'Fatal Flaws' Fluster Fishermen in Federal Salmon Recovery Plan

Commercial fishermen and other salmon advocates were buoyed by two monumental decisions earlier this year: an agreement, signed in April, to remove four dams from the Klamath River by 2020, and an... Full story

 

43 Million Pink Salmon Forecast for SE Alaska in 2017

Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are predicting a run of 43 million pink salmon in Southeast Alaska in 2017, which would be just above the recent 10-year average of 39 million... Full story

 

Alaska Continues to Lead All States in Volume of Seafood Landings

A new federal report on the nation’s fisheries confirms that Alaska, with six billion pounds, led all states in volume of seafood landings in 2015, and that seafood consumption by the average American rose by nearly a pound. The National Marine... Full story

 

From the Fleet

When VMS tracks deviate from reported stat areas, GOA trawl violators must get NOVAs – not friendly insider reminders To: James W. Balsiger; Ph.D., Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries’ NMFS Alaska Region Enforcement Section, NOAA, Office of... Full story

 

Vessel Profile: F/V Stillwater Improves with Every Upgrade

Every year, numerous Northwest boats are sponsoned, and many go back into the water looking like a new design. But some owners go even further, putting their boats through a conversion process that... Full story

 

New Gear for the Next Season

Breathable, strong, light weight and waterproof are the keys to helping clothing and footwear for commercial fishermen last. And manufacturers are continually refining their product lines to meet... Full story

 

Hope on the Half-Shell

With ocean acidification taking its toll on oyster production in the Pacific Northwest, several major Oregon and Washington producers have set up operations in Hawaii, which for the past few years... Full story

 

Oregon On Board With Effort to Protect 'Forage Fish'

They're tiny fish with titanic impacts, and efforts to keep their numbers from sinking to potentially disastrous levels were enhanced with a pivotal September 2 decision by the Oregon Fish and... Full story

 

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

 

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

 

Kodiak Seiner Heads South in Search of Anchovy

The 58-foot combo-seiner F/V Anthem was launched in 2012 at Hansen Boat Company in Everett, Washington, and is based in Kodiak, Alaska, where it follows a predictable Alaskan schedule: purse-seining... Full story

 

Marine Reserve Expansion Shuts Out Commercial Fisheries

With the stroke of a pen on a proclamation backed by the authority of the 110-year-old Antiquities Act, President Barack Obama on August 26 created the world's largest marine reserve off the coast of... Full story

 

Sakhalin Island Salmon Fishery

Roughly half of global Pacific salmon harvest comes from Russia. The majority of it is pink salmon, accounting for 60 to 70 percent of the global supply. Chum, sockeye and coho salmon each make up about 30 percent, according to the Sustainable...

 

Fred Wahl

This summer has seen a couple of notable milestones at Fred Wahl Marine Inc, the boat builder in Reedsport on the central Oregon Coast. Wahl began business here on the Umpqua River in July 1991, 25 ye... Full story

 

University of Alaska, Fairbanks R/V Sikuliaq

The ice-strengthened research vessel that was "urgently needed" for North Pacific and Arctic research for more than 40 years visited Seattle late last month before leaving on assignment off the coast... Full story

 

Oregon's Crab Fishery Stays the Course

Oregon's crabbers experienced simultaneous lows and highs last season, bringing in a much lower than average 8.3 million pounds of Dungeness crabs offset by record-shattering prices that peaked at... Full story

 

Research on Acidification Aims to Assure Crab Stocks a Future

A summer's worth of research, including some 400 bottom tows, is over, giving federal researchers the data needed to proceed with recommending crab harvest totals that will assure a sustainable crab... Full story

 

Tough Seasons for California Crabbers

The recent crab season in California was abysmal, to say the least. Epic neurotoxin levels found in Dungeness and rock crabs forced state officials to close fisheries for months instead of weeks, crippling one of the state’s most lucrative fishing... Full story

 

Environmental Effects on Washington Crab

The Dungeness crab fishery is one of the most important commercial fisheries in Washington State. During the 2015-2016 season, 11.9 million pounds of commercial state crab were caught off the Washington coast. In Puget Sound, another 3.1 million... Full story

 

Jury Still Out on Brexit Impact on Seafood Prices

While European Union leaders wrestle with what their economic future will be after Britain's exit, Alaska's fisheries economists are keeping a close watch, and trying to calculate how the political... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2016

New 170-foot Trawler Conversion F/V Defender Brings Modern Ideas to the Bering Sea

The arrival of Global Seas' 170-foot trawler F/V Defender... Full story

 

Trawling in the Age of Technology

Trawling is an old and somewhat indiscriminate way to catch fish. As techniques advance, the ability to devastate fish populations exists and is obvious. Regulations ensue. For example: increased... Full story

 

Alaska Groundfish, Crab Values Holding Steady

A new report funded by the National Marine Fisheries Service shows that Alaska groundfish and crab values have held their own in value over the past five years. The report released in late May by the McDowell Group, a Juneau based research firm,... Full story

 

First Modern Trawl Catcher Processor Heads North

The 233-foot Amendment 80 catcher/processor Seafreeze America was christened last month at the Seattle offices of United States Seafoods. Not a newbuild, but new to the fishing industry, the vessel wa... Full story

 

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