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 By Margaret Bauman    Features    April 1, 2015 

NPFMC Gears Up for Bering Sea Halibut Bycatch Decision

With Alaska's commercial halibut fishery underway, for a harvest limit of 18,474,000 pounds, federal fisheries managers are continuing to wrestle with the thorny issue of halibut caught incidentally... Full story

 
 Features    April 1, 2015 

A Better Mousetrap

The commercial fishing industry is one that has been doing much the same thing in much the same way for millennia. While the methods may not have changed, technology has made them more efficient. One... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    April 1, 2015 

Invasive Asian Fish Found in Oregon Waters

With plenty of flotsam from the 2011 tsunami that wreaked havoc on Japan still marooning itself on Pacific Northwest shores, researchers remain vigilant for the possibility of any invasive species... Full story

 
 Features    April 1, 2015 

Little Hoquiam Builds First 49.9-Foot Seiner

Howard Moe's Little Hoquiam Shipyard has been building fiberglass boats on Grays Harbor on the mid-Washington coast since 1971, and has launched hundreds of durable hulls from 40 to 120 feet. The... Full story

 
 By Ludger Dochtermann and Stephen Taufen    Features    April 1, 2015 

Setting the Record Straight on Bering Sea Halibut Bycatch

We, as Alaska Longline Fishers, are joined by Washington State halibut fishermen who also fish Alaskan waters. In 2012, statewide, 2,009 residents and 565 non-Alaskans held halibut quotas for Alaska waters; and 1,168 crew, as well. Thousands more... Full story

 
 By Christi Fry    Features    March 1, 2015

Marine Refrigeration Training

Fishermen and processors continue to work together to improve the quality of their product. As fishermen install refrigeration equipment on vessels of all sizes, the need for educational... Full story

 
 By Doug Dixon    Features    March 1, 2015

Refrigerated Seawater System Rebuilds for Bristol Bay Gillnetters

Here's a little boat maintenance job you might feel like taking on, but may be better left to professional help instead. By law, the maintenance and repair of refrigerated seawater systems (RSW) on... Full story

 
 Features    March 1, 2015

Snow Crab Harvests Picking Up After Slow January Start

Snow crab fisheries in the Bering Sea got off to a slow start this year, then grew in harvests in early February with increased landings by harvesters holding both individual fishing quota and... Full story

 
 Features    March 1, 2015

Reality Show Series on Bristol Bay Prompts Concerns From Harvesters

An Animal Planet reality show series on the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery has a number of factual errors and misrepresentations that have many of its harvesters concerned, says the Bristol Bay... Full story

 
 By Wally McDonald    Features    March 1, 2015

Planning Your RSW Project

Several “direct-replacement” refrigerants are on the market, but none is a simple “drop-in” replacement. There is labor involved in flushing and readjusting an existing system. As the cost of R22 continues to rise, these replacements become... Full story

 
 By Eugene Lapointe    Features    February 1, 2015

Opinion - It's Time to Listen to Japan on Whaling

Members of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will begin 2015 by reviewing a new proposed research plan for an Antarctic whale research program, known as NEWREP-A,... Full story

 
 By Paul Clampitt    Features    February 1, 2015

Opinion – Decrease Trawl Halibut Bycatch

The Seattle longline fleet (hook and line) has harvested Bering Sea halibut continuously for more than 70 years. The commercial hook and line fishery is one of the most environmentally conscious... Full story

 
 By Chris Woodley    Features    February 1, 2015

Opinion – Bycatch Accounting Disconnects

When the 2014 fishing season in the Bering Sea / Aleutian Islands wrapped up in late December, flatfish trawl fishermen within the Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC) had successfully reduced their overall annual halibut bycatch by 93 metric tons (mt)... Full story

 
 By Doug Dixon    Features    February 1, 2015

Bilge Check Valves:

Here's a little boat maintenance job you might feel a little uneasy about doing, and you might not want to do it unless you have a drydock or diver nearby. It will determine whether or not your boat... Full story

 
 Features    February 1, 2015

Changes in Steller Sea Lion Protections Challenged

A National Marine Fisheries Service decision to scale back protections for western Steller sea lions and allow more directed fishing in the Aleutians for pollock, Pacific cod and Atka mackerel is... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    February 1, 2015

Latest Research Boosts Protection for Oyster Production

They had the right idea, but blamed the wrong culprit. Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Rutgers University recently announced that scientists have, for many years, misidentified the... Full story

 
 By Chris Philips    Features    January 1, 2015

Deck Machinery for a Successful Season

A fishing boat may be the most expensive part of the commercial fishermen's tool kit, but the machinery and gear he uses on a day to day basis is just as important. The tools for catching fish and hau... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    January 1, 2015

New Wave of Tsunami Debris Expected in Pacific Northwest

Researchers monitoring the seemingly endless stream of debris washing onto Pacific Northwest shores from the tsunami that devastated the northeastern coast of Japan in 2011 won't know the overall cost... Full story

 
 By Rick Greenquist    Features    January 1, 2015

The New Neah Bay Ice Plant: An Educational Tour

2014 was a busy year in the fishing industry: new high tech fisher-processor vessels, new equipment in existing boats and land-based facilities and a lot of consolidation within the industry – all... Full story

 
 By Joar Bengaard    Features    January 1, 2015

Classification of US Fishing Vessels

The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (CGAA) established new safety and equipment requirements for commercial fishing vessels. Among these rules was the requirement that new commercial fishing vessels built after July 1, 2013 that are at least 50... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    December 1, 2014

Oregon Fisheries Ride High Tide in 2014

A revival in Oregon's commercial fishing industry during the past few seasons continued in 2014, with fishermen generating some outstanding landings despite facing the usual weather and ocean... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    December 1, 2014

Coast Guard Pulls Chopper from Newport

A death sentence. That's what folks who live, work, and play on Oregon's central coast are calling the US Coast Guard's decision to shut down its air facility in Newport before the end of the year. If... Full story

 
 Features    December 1, 2014

Outlook Upbeat for Alaska Seafood Harvesters, Processors

A new labor report on employment in Alaska’s seafood industry says the harvesting sector in 2013 averaged monthly employment growth not seen since 2000, and predicts continued growth in the processing sector through 2022. The November edition of Al... Full story

 
 Features    November 1, 2014

Total Bowpicker Makeover

Ashton Callahan, of Homer, Alaska, recently repowered his aluminum bowpicker with a propulsion package supplied by Motor-Services Hugo Stamp, Inc (MSHS). The 32-foot by 12-foot F/V Brass Monkey,... Full story

 
 Features    November 1, 2014

New Steel Delta Widebody

Prolific Seattle boatbuilder Delta Marine has added a new dimension to its venerable line of fiberglass fishing boats with the construction of a 58-foot by 27-foot steel-hulled limit seiner. The boat... Full story

 

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