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 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 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

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    November 1, 2014

Researchers Ask Fishermen to Watch for Transponders

They bear an uncanny resemblance to a two-liter bottle of orange soda with a short antenna, and researchers are asking commercial and recreational fishermen, as well as coastal residents, visitors... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    November 1, 2014

New Gear for the Season

With the advent of new fabric technologies and continuous improvement in breathability and waterproofing, suppliers of commercial fishing products continue to push the technology envelope to ensure... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    October 1, 2014

Port of Toledo Enhances Operations for Commercial Fishermen

Call it the little port that can. Located seven miles inland from Oregon's central coast on the banks of the Yaquina River and adjacent sloughs, the Port of Toledo encompasses 443 square miles of... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    October 1, 2014

New Market Niche for Hagfish?

A bright, enthusiastic high school senior in Illinois – far removed from the ocean – has found a compelling new use for hagfish, one that, if followed to its logical conclusion, could provide an... Full story

 
 By Margaret Bauman    Features    October 1, 2014

Demise of Herring in Prince William Sound Still a Mystery

Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and millions of dollars in research, marine scientists still have no conclusions about the relationship between that environmental disaster and the demise of Pacific herring in Prince William... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    October 1, 2014

Oregon Salmon, Pink Shrimp Success Continues

Predictions sometimes prove accurate, and the 2014 salmon and pink shrimp seasons off Oregon’s shores are good examples. In February, salmon fishery managers said at worst, this season could mirror last year’s upturn, at best provide another... Full story

 
 By Michael A Moore    Features    September 1, 2014

Fremont Maritime – Training for Competency as Well as Certifications

When it comes to maritime safety, Captain Jon Kjaerulff of Fremont Maritime Services is a true believer – and he spreads the gospel of safety with all the fervor of a tent revival preacher. Captain... Full story

 
 By Margaret Bauman    Features    September 1, 2014

Tailings Dam Failure Hits Fraser River Watershed, Salmon Spawning Regions

Canadian mining officials in British Columbia are investigating a tailings pond dam rupture that released an estimated 14.5 million cubic meters of mine wastes into the Fraser River watershed,... Full story

 
 By Andy Hall    Features    September 1, 2014

Kenai Peninsula Setnetters Speak Out on Proposed Ban

Cook Inlet setnetting has been an integral part of the Kenai Peninsula’s economy for more than a century, employing hundreds of hard working families who spend their summers harvesting a living from the inlet’s robust salmon runs. Not long after... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    September 1, 2014

Oregon's Crabbers Riding Market Value Wave

As the mid-August end of the 2014 Dungeness crab season loomed on the horizon, Oregon crabbers reflected on what many of them considered comparatively “dingy” dungy landings that still netted record to-the-boat value thanks to a record-setting... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    August 1, 2014

Communications: Prices Drop and Services Increase

As advances in communications and navigation equipment technology change at a seemingly alarming rate, there is something to be said about mixing the old with the new to keep some semblance of the... Full story

 

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