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IUU Fishing Vessel Nabbed With 80 Tons of Salmon

A fishing vessel suspected of illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing activity in international waters was detained on June 23 by US and Chinese Coast Guard crews, along with one ton of squid and 80... Full story

 

The Next Step for the Fishing Industry: Data Analytics

The amount of respect I hold for the tradition and craft of the fishing industry is only surpassed by the humility I feel for being able to work in an environment that benefits from countless years... Full story

 

25 Years of Trawl Winch Technology

The first automatic trawl winch controls were launched by the Rafboði Company, later changed to Naust, in Iceland, in the year 1981. From that point on, companies have been working to innovate trawl... Full story

 
 By Mike Blocher    Features    August 1, 2018 

North River Boats Delivers New Bristol Bay Gillnetter

Roseburg, Oregon-based North River Boats completed and shipped its first ever Bristol Bay gillnetter in April. North River, previously known for their recreational and commercial heavy gauge aluminum... Full story

 

AMCC Connects Seafood Aficionados With Harvesters

Seafood aficionado Sue Ives held up packets of fresh frozen Prince William Sound spot prawns, admiring her latest purchase from Catch 49 (Catch49.org), a program that connects consumers with... Full story

 

Who Do You Want By Your Side at Sea?

Unless you are one of those brave souls who fills the role of both captain and deckhand on your vessel, it is highly likely that you spend most of your time fishing in the company of others. The long... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2018

Making the Grade: Fishing Boat Propulsion to Meet Regulations

According to the experts, 2018 was going to be the year when the future arrived in the engine room of every new fishing vessel, with the demanding EPA Tier 4 rule for engines over 805 HP and all the... Full story

 

Salmon Ballot Initiative's Fate Rests With Court

Alaska Supreme Court judges will ultimately decide by early September the initial fate of the Yes for Salmon ballot initiative slated to go on the state’s general election ballot in November. The five justices heard arguments in Anchorage on April... Full story

 

Wilderness Medicine for the Commercial Fishing Industry

Commercial fishing is a dangerous and challenging occupation. You know all about that; everyone wants to be safe, but the risk of injury is always there. Adding to the challenge of being at sea in... Full story

 

Seafood Processing Job Fairs Draw Hundreds of Hopefuls

Seafood processing job fairs coordinated with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development are attracting dozens of hopefuls for labor intensive jobs, some far from home, with plenty of... Full story

 

Fishing Vessel Safety

Anyone who has spent a fair amount of time in or around the industry knows that commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. In fact, the occupation had a work-related fatality rate of 86 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers in... Full story

 
 By Tom Ewing    Features    June 1, 2018

NOAA Proposes Electronic Monitoring Changes

In February, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a notice that the Agencies were reopening the public comment period on a topic first announced in December 2017. The... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2018

West Coast Harbor Upgrades

By the fourth quarter of 2018, the Port of Seattle will be breaking ground on an aggressive redevelopment program at Fishermen's Terminal. The Gateway Project is part of a $42 million revitalization p... Full story

 

Upgrades Continue at Alaska Fishing Ports

From Southeast Alaska to Bristol Bay to Dutch Harbor the process of upgrading ports continues in 2018, in an effort to make these facilities more accommodating, efficient and safer for the... Full story

 
 By Mark Nero    Features    May 1, 2018

West Coast Fishing by the Numbers

Commercial landings at fishing ports on the West Coast were down in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to an ecosystem assessment and status report released in March 2018 on behalf of the... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    May 1, 2018

No Net Pen Neutrality

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law on March 22 that phases out existing net pen aquaculture for non-native fish species by 2025. Inslee also vetoed a provision stating that the legislature would research, review, and reconsider... Full story

 

Bering Sea Fisheries

All across the Bering Sea, changes in the regional ecosystem have become an issue that has had far reaching effects – ocean acidification, stratification and low oxygen zones have all been problems affecting not just the oceans, but the fish in the... Full story

 

New Bristol Bay Gillnetter

Roseburg, Oregon-based North River Boats is finishing a new Bristol Bay gillnetter for a customer that will be ready for the coming season. The 32-foot by 14-foot, 6-inch Bay Boat is a Dick Smitha hul... Full story

 

PSC Limits, Observers Discussed at NPFMC

Federal fisheries managers are reconsidering adjustments in the Chinook salmon prohibited species catch limits for non-Pollock catcher vessels in the Gulf of Alaska, with final action now set for June in Kodiak. After much discussion of an initial...

 

Modernizing Fisheries Management Should Benefit All Sectors

For more than forty years, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has utilized a precautionary science-based approach to fisheries management. This approach has led to some of the most sustainably managed fisheries in the world. A... Full story

 

Oregon Fishermen Face Potentially Daunting Economic Shortfall

Cautiously optimistic. That's how many Oregon Dungeness crab fishermen described their feelings as the 2017-2018 season finally weighed anchor during the last week of January, a record 58 days after... Full story

 

WDFW Director Resigns Under Pressure

Washington Department of Fish and wildlife director Jim Unsworth has resigned under pressure on several issues, including a controversial management plan for Chinook salmon in Puget Sound. WDFW officials said his resignation would be effective Feb.... Full story

 

Keep Cool

Improving the quality of harvested fish has been a priority for groups in Bristol Bay, and the most effective way to achieve this quality improvement has been found to be refrigeration. At least one... Full story

 

Protecting the Integrity of the Seafood Trade

In Washington State, the licensing framework for commercial seafood buying and dealing has evolved into a confusing patchwork of legislative changes and additions. Small businesses were faced with... Full story

 
 By Tom Ewing    Features    March 1, 2018

NMFS Proposes Commerce Trusted Trader Program

In January, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule called the "Commerce Trusted Trader Program" (CTTP). The proposal has been a long time coming. It would be part of a... Full story

 

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