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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

 By Chris Philips    Features    March 1, 2018 

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


Bristol Bay Red King Crab Harvest is 6.59 Million Pounds

Commercial harvesters of Bristol Bay red king crab wrapped up their season in mid-November with a catch of 6,588,452 pounds, just shy of the 6.601,000-pound quota. "We consider that 100 percent... Full story


State Department Takes Up Transboundary Rivers Issue

Federal officials have acknowledged Alaska's concerns over protecting the transboundary watershed and have begun dialogue on the issue with their Canadian counterparts toward protecting the rivers... Full story


M/V Excellence Refit

Premier Pacific Seafoods is well known as the marketing and management company for the 680-foot S/S Ocean Phoenix – the largest fish-processing vessel operating in the United States. It was built... Full story


J & H Boatworks Recalls a Busy Seven Years at Tongue Point

The sale of J & H Boatworks of Astoria in June to WCT Marine Construction Inc, and the subsequent sale of the entire South Tongue Point property to Hyak Maritime in December, marks a major change... Full story


Study, Summit Focus on New Generation of Harvesters

A new study of Alaska's commercial fisheries identifies factors that have contributed to the graying of the fleet and offers recommendations on how to support participation of young harvesters and... Full story


Deck Machinery: Tough Gear to Keep You Fishing

The industry saw another small building boom this year, with new boats and refits keeping yards busy. Deck machinery manufacturers rose to the challenge by keeping these boats supplied with the latest... Full story


Fish Farm Faces Lawsuit, Potential Future Ban in Washington

In the wake of a collapse and massive escape of farmed Atlantic salmon in August 2017, the Wild Fish Conservancy filed a lawsuit against Cooke Aquaculture Pacific, LLC, under section 505 of the Clean... Full story


Raising the Quality Bar: Trollers Go Beyond Pressure Bleeding

The process of asphyxiation; the restriction of oxygen, particularly to the sensitive tissues destined to be treasured table fare, leads to anaerobic respiration during the first stages of death... Full story


US Canada Albacore Treaty

The current occupant of the White House was swept into office as part of a nationalist wave that included the now famous slogan "Make America Great Again." So you might think that the Trump... Full story


Pacific Fisheries Review: US Fisheries – Technology and Sustainability

Fisheries in the US are well regulated. That is due in part to technological advances over the years that allow us to make better stock assessments. There is however a lot of guesswork in the... Full story


Longline Equipment Service Technology

Petersburg, Alaska is an island community with a rich fishing history and a strong Norwegian heritage. Growing up in a small town like Petersburg its hard not to get involved in the fishing industry.... Full story


Russia to Modernize Renew Domestic Fishing Fleet

The Russian fishing industry is on the verge of big changes, due to the recently approved federal law, titled “On Fisheries and the Conservation of Aquatic Biological Resources,” which established a new mechanism of the distribution of quotas on... Full story


New Fast Crabber

Velocity Marine and Fabrication, in Bow, Washington, has delivered a 27-foot by 10-foot aluminum crab boat to Sequim, Washington-based fisherman Andy Cordeiro. The new boat is powered by a single... Full story


Not Healthy Fish

On August 26th, 50,000 pounds of spilled Atlantic salmon from a failed Cooke Aquaculture net pen were collected by the Lummi Nation in northern Puget Sound and were delivered to Home Port Seafoods in... Full story


Oil Spilled at Valdez Marine Terminal

A faulty check valve at Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s Valdez Marine Terminal is believed to be the culprit in a crude oil spill at Valdez, Alaska, on Sept 21, which has proven larger than... Full story


Game Changer: Punitive Damages for Unseaworthiness

On March 9, 2017, in a stunning legal decision, the Washington State Supreme Court held that injured seamen are entitled to punitive damages as a result of the vessel’s unseaworthiness. As far as legal bombs being dropped on vessel owners, this... Full story


Fish Farm Fiasco Frazzles Fishermen

Commercial fishermen are naturally wary about fish farms for many socioeconomic reasons. With wild Pacific salmon stocks floundering and fishing opportunities scarce, the August 20 collapse of a steel... Full story



Last year's subpar salmon season put a dent in commercial fishing activities, nevertheless yards around the Pacific Northwest and Alaska are busy helping fishermen get their boats repaired, refit and... Full story


Newport Commission Nixes Log Shipping Agreements

Controversy over a pending contract and related agreements to bring log shipping back to the Port of Newport, Oregon refuses to ebb, but the port’s board of commissioners recently rejected several of those agreements, giving concerned commercial... Full story


Harvesters Asked to Help Stem Alaska's Opioid Epidemic

Fishing vessel owners are being asked to help combat the opioid epidemic sweeping the country, as families, businesses and communities struggle to cope with the devastating effects of opioid misuse, heroin abuse and addiction disorders. With heroin a... Full story


Automatic Pin Bone Removal Technology Sparks Interest

Technology that detects the bones in filleted fish and suggests an optimal cut based on processors' pre-defined specifications is already installed in several European countries and is now drawing... Full story


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