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 By Peter Marsh    Features    May 1, 2016 

Mavrik Delivers Susan Renee for Bristol Bay

Last July, we reported on the emergence of Mavrik Marine as a significant new builder for the Bristol Bay fishery with seven new aluminum gillnetters on the water in 2015. Founded in 2011 in La... Full story

 By Margaret Bauman    Features    May 1, 2016 

Alaska's Fishing Ports Spending Millions to Upgrade

From Unalaska's Dutch Harbor in the Bering Sea, to the bustling commercial fishing hubs of Southeast Alaska, millions of dollars in port upgrades are underway and in the planning stages, aided by... Full story

 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2016 

Washington Ports See Pier Improvements

Blaine and Squalicum Harbors have seen a busy year with various commercial fishing activities despite the lack of salmon due to unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean. There has been a lot of activ... Full story

 By Terry Dillman    Features    May 1, 2016 

Oregon Fishing Ports Support Communities, Economy

Commercial fishing fortunes ebb and flow more dramatically than the ocean tides and currents, but overall the industry remains a viable piece of Oregon's coastal and state economy. The 15 ports... Full story

 By Karen Meeks    Features    May 1, 2016 

California's Diverse Seafood Economy

From Crescent City to San Diego, California boasts a robust and lucrative commercial fishing industry that supports communities up and down the coast. More than 357 million pounds of fish landed in... Full story

 By Karen Robes Meeks    Features    April 1, 2016

Hard Times for Crescent City Crabbers

What Dungeness crab fisherman John Beardon of F/V Stormy II... Full story

 By Matthew Groff    Features    April 1, 2016

C/P Starbound Conversion

In the past two decades, there has been a paradigm shift in global fishing regulations that has incentivized the construction of large fishing vessels capable of bringing ship owners higher profits... Full story

 Features    April 1, 2016

Happy 40th Anniversary, MSA

April 13, 2016 is the 40th anniversary of the primary law governing fishing in the waters of the United States. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 (the “Magnuson-Stevens Act” or “MSA”) was a bipartisan... Full story

 By Margaret Bauman    Features    April 1, 2016

Bering Sea Harvesters Hard at Work

Groundfish fisheries under way in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands harvested thousands of metric tons of fish through early March, with pollock vessels and Pacific cod trawl catcher vessels showing particular strength. “Fishing has been excellen... Full story

 By Margaret Bauman    Features    March 1, 2016

New FDA Label Clarifies 'Alaska Pollock'

To be labeled "Alaska pollock" the mild flavored white fish, employed by chefs in everything from seafood salads to fish sticks and filets, must now be harvested from Alaska waters. Otherwise, says... Full story

 Features    March 1, 2016

Keeping Your Catch Cold

Many Processors are moving forward with their mission of improving fish quality. A large number of Bristol Bay Fishermen have received letters stating that their processors will no longer be... Full story

 By Terry    Features    March 1, 2016

Deadliest Catch Spinoff in Oregon

Commercial fishermen generally find enough drama while plying the unpredictable ocean in pursuit of their chosen profession. So when producers of the Discovery Channel's popular, Emmy award-winning... Full story

 By Terry Dillman    Features    March 1, 2016

Dungeness Crab Landings Exceed Last Season

As of February 1, Oregon crabbers had already surpassed last season’s total landings. Hugh Link, executive director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, said fishermen had hauled in far more than the 8.3 million pounds landed in 2015. Market... Full story

 By Karen Meeks    Features    February 1, 2016

Preparing Your Boat for Safety

Ted Long has seen it all too often. Long, whose family owns longtime boat service company Fashion Blacksmith in Crescent City, Calif., says fishermen often sail away before making sure their boats are in proper working order. “What I see... Full story

 By Terry Dillman    Features    February 1, 2016

Attention to Detail: Prepping Vessels for the Season

Making a vessel shipshape prior to any season and keeping it seaworthy is a prime consideration for commercial fishermen. Boatyard and fishery managers say focusing on details is paramount for getting... Full story

 By Michelle Klampe    Features    February 1, 2016

Injuries Among Dungeness Crab Fishermen Examined

Commercial Dungeness crab fishing on the West Coast is one of the highest risk occupations in the United States, based on fatality rates. But non-fatal injuries in the fishery appear to go largely... Full story

 By Terry Dillman    Features    February 1, 2016

Newport's Rescue Helicopter Rescued

Since October 2014, folks in Newport, Oregon – led by commercial fishermen and their families – have rallied to keep US Coast Guard officials from closing the rescue helicopter facility stationed... Full story

 By Kurt Ness    Features    January 1, 2016

Deck-Mounted RSW

One of the most important pieces of equipment on a fishing vessel is a refrigerated seawater system (RSW). Not only in terms of simple operation, maintenance and cost of installation, but also in... Full story

 Features    January 1, 2016

Trends in Deck Machinery

With tough economic times, many fishermen are opting to repair, rather than replace, deck machinery. In spite of this, equipment manufacturers are still developing new features and new pieces of... Full story

 By Joe Williams    Features    January 1, 2016

The Right Light

Whether you're thinking about buying new deck machinery or planning to stick with what you have today, making sure that you have the right lighting to get the most out of your equipment – and your c... Full story

 By Karen Robes Meeks    Features    January 1, 2016

Bumble Bee's "Catch to Can" Program

For years, tuna companies have had the capability of tracking their fish back to harvesting vessels. But one company has decided to share that information with the masses. San Diego, Calif.-based... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Features    December 1, 2015

Game Changer: F/V Blue North

The term "state of the art" refers to the highest level of general development of a device, technique, or scientific field achieved at a particular time. The term is often tossed out as jargon in sale... Full story

 By Terry Dillman    Features    December 1, 2015

Commercial Fishing's Contribution to Santa Barbara Economy

Beautiful, bountiful, and bustling with activity, Santa Barbara is a quintessential picturesque southern California coastal community. Located about 90 nautical miles northwest of Los Angeles on a... Full story

 By Gro T. Fjeld    Features    December 1, 2015

Six Hooks Per Second: The Technology Behind the Autoline

One day in the late 19th century, a Norwegian travelling salesman was wandering through the Amazon rainforest in the hills between Brazil and Venezuela, where he met with the Yanomami tribe and... Full story

 By Karen Robes Meeks    Features    December 1, 2015

Santa Barbara Fishermen File Spill Suit

When gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline oozed onto the Santa Barbara Coast in California last May, Sarah Rathbone's business took an immediate hit. The owner of Community Seafood, a business... Full story


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