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 By Terry Dillman    Features    October 1, 2017 

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

 

Boatyards

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

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    October 1, 2017 

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

 

Track Your Fleet's Data from the Office

The maritime industry is steeped in tradition. The fishing industry in particular is set in its ways and often slow to adopt new technology. But every so often something comes along to fundamentally... Full story

 

West Coast Insulation Celebrates 40 Years

West Coast Insulation Inc was founded in 1977 to service the maritime industry as a manufacturer of high quality exhaust blankets, as well as installing marine thermal, sound and fire protection.... Full story

 

Pacific Northwest Crab Agreement Charts Course to Permanent Status

It's not etched in stone, but – with the pending stroke of a pen by President Donald J. Trump – the cooperative management agreement for the Dungeness crab fishery involving Oregon, Washington,... Full story

 

Processor Will Flash Freeze Bristol Bay Salmon in the Round in 2018

Two commercial fisheries veterans are renovating a former helicopter logging barge in Sitka this summer, with plans to use it as a floating processor in Bristol Bay in 2018, flash freezing up to... Full story

 

Trawl Visualization and the Future

How Are Advances Made? The interaction between fishermen and the trawl makers, the door makers and the electronic manufacturers is intense and incredibly valuable. It is rare that something good is ma... Full story

 

Advances in Trawling

Humans by our very nature fear what is new. For better and sometimes worse, a fear of “new” can slow critical progress, especially where sticking with “tried and tested” becomes a safely known position. Therefore, driving progress requires in... Full story

 
 By Ana Pitchon    Features    August 1, 2017

How to Avoid a Disaster Tow

Fishing is an unpredictable business. Sometimes you win big and sometimes you lose. That’s the risk and that’s the thrill. As regulations increase and stocks become harder to find, mitigating your risk is increasingly more important than the thri... Full story

 

Researchers Study Survival Odds for Alaska's Lucrative Crab Fisheries

Dynamic conditions and predators in the waters of the North Pacific Ocean notwithstanding, Alaska's lucrative commercial shellfish industry faces growing challenges from ocean acidification and... Full story

 

Propulsion Systems: Guidance for Newbuilds and Repowers

Regulations, primarily centered on emissions, are the predominant discussion topic going into a conversation about a propulsion project. "There are two distinct categories," says Geoff Conrad,... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    July 1, 2017

Oregon Surimi Plant Gets Reprieve

A confluence of support kept a surimi plant on Newport, Oregon’s working waterfront from being shuttered just in time for Pacific whiting season. Officials for Trident Seafoods Corporation, which owns and operates onshore processing facilities in... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2017

New 40-foot Crabber Packs 55,000 lbs.

"There are hundreds of crab boats on the Oregon coast; many of them are old wood and fiberglass hulls that are due for replacement. What we have here is the right boat to meet that need." says Kyle Co... Full story

 

South Coast Fishing Ports

Southern California, particularly San Pedro and San Diego, has a proud history that dates back to the turn of the 20th century, when dozens of tuna canneries from big-name companies such as Chicken... Full story

 

Safety

The number of Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor (FVDC) training classes being offered are on par with market demand, says Jerry Dzugan, Director of the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association... Full story

 

Bering Sea Fisheries Conference Recap

The seventh annual Bering Sea Fisheries Conference was held in Seattle, Washington on April 20, 2017. The conference was produced by Fishermen’s News and the Philips Publishing Group. This year’s focus was on the financing and technological... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2017

Washington Ports Turn Toward Fishing

Bellingham Business The Port of Bellingham recently completed a study underscoring the positive economic impact commercial fishing has on the regional economy. According to a Martin and Associates... Full story

 

Oil Company Will Pay $10 Million for Jones Act Violation

An Alaska oil company will pay a $10 million fine assessed by US Customs and Border Protection for violating the Jones Act by using a foreign flagged vessel to transport a jack-up drill rig to Alaska. Acting US Attorney Bryan Schroder, in announcing... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    May 1, 2017

Oregon Crab Season Looks Good

Oregon's commercial fishermen are accustomed to adversity. Even the circumstances of this year's Pacific coast Dungeness crab fishery – mimicking a storm-wracked ocean by tossing one big piece of... Full story

 

Processor Fined for Dumping Oil And Raw Sewage

East West Seafoods LLC of Seattle has been fined $50,000 in a judgment handed down by the US District Court in Anchorage for violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, the Clean Water Act and the Refuse Act. The court ruled on March 21... Full story

 

Opinion: Stable Tax Policies, Balanced Fiscal Plan Will Keep Alaska Strong

Alaska is at a tipping point, and Alaskans have a choice to make: either keep Alaska competitive and fix our fiscal crisis or continue down a path that ends in a failed economy. The KEEP Alaska Competitive Coalition, a broad-based group of Native... Full story

 

Sea Lion Boards Fishing Boat, Bites Crewman

A crewman aboard a fishing vessel tied up at the Peter Pan Seafoods dock at Sand Point was severely injured when a sea lion jumped on board, clamped onto his leg with its jaw and slammed him to the deck. The harrowing incident aboard the F/V Cape... Full story

 

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