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 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

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    October 1, 2016 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Fisheries Scientist Under Fire from Greenpeace

As I write this in late May, the World Fisheries Congress is underway in Busan, South Korea. The theme for the conference is global sustainable fisheries and safe seafood. It is also where the 2016... Full story

 

Yield and Recovery

Dock price. How much are fishermen getting for their catch? A fisherman can calculate boat and permit payments, fuel and labor costs and divide by pounds caught to figure out the price per pound requi... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    July 1, 2016

Four Klamath River Dams to Go in 2020

Call it 20-20 hindsight. Or in this case, foresight. In early April, a collaboration of state, federal, and corporate officials took a major step toward settling a decades-long clash between... Full story

 

Advances in Fishing Vessel Propulsion

There are still fishing boats being built under tier 3 regulations, and the possibility of a few more exists in the form of keels laid at shipyards, including Nichols Bros. in Freeland, Washington... Full story

 

Fish Safer

Safety training, safety products, safety research and the cooperation of commercial fishing industry stakeholders are all contributing to reducing the risk of injuries and fatalities in the... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2016

The F/V Ocean Peace is Modernized and Upgraded

The F/V Ocean Peace, a 219-foot factory trawler owned by Ocean Peace Inc., was lifted out at Lake Union Dry Dock in Seattle in December for the installation of a Deflector high-lift rudder,... Full story

 

Bering Sea Fisheries Conference Recap

The sixth annual Bering Sea Fisheries Conference took place in Seattle on April 21st. Aimed at the 400 big-boat commercial fishing fleet of the Bering Sea, the conference attracted 150 attendees representing the fishing, shipbuilding and maritime... Full story

 

Care in Handling Reflected by Quality

Salmon quality is the single most important factor in customer satisfaction. Because the quality of the product affects appearance, shelf life and ultimately price, understanding how quality is measured is a key component of providing a high quality... Full story

 

Using Bareboat Charters to Expand Fishing Fleets

After a wintery reprieve, this year’s fishing season began in earnest – and not a moment too soon for most of us. Already geared up for the fishing season, some vessel owners may wish to expand their fleets and businesses this year. Yet, finding... Full story

 

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