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Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers the F/T ARAHO

In late January, Florida-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group delivered the DNV-classed factory processor fishing trawler F/T Araho (Hull 175) to the O'Hara Corporation of Rockland, Maine. The new... Full story

 
 By Lars Matthiesen    Features    March 1, 2017 

Carbon Dioxide: The New, Old Refrigerant

For the past 30 or 40 years, the refrigeration system of choice on many vessels has been some type of chlorofluorocarbons (ie: Freon) or hydroflourocarbons. The most common, R-22, which can be used... Full story

 

Documentary Will Focus on Small Boat Fishery Families

Obstacles facing small boat fishery families who want to preserve their way of life for future generations will be the focus of an upcoming documentary from the Alaska Longline Fishermen's... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    March 1, 2017 

Port of Toledo Boatyard Boosts Capacity, Economy

An initial $1.5 million gamble made in 2010 is looking more and more prescient – and profitable – for port officials in Toledo, Oregon and the coastal communities the port serves. Since... Full story

 

Boat Prep: Getting in Shape for the Season

In today's fishing industry, to remain competitive and avoid unwanted breakdowns, it's more important than ever to keep your boat well maintained. Additionally, to comply with USGC safety regulations... Full story

 

Domoic Danger Delays Dungeness

For the second straight year, Oregon's fishermen endured a frustrating delay in the Dungeness crab season as concerns about potentially deadly levels of domoic acid in the highly-sought crustaceans... Full story

 
 By Rob Terry    Features    February 1, 2017

"Internet of Things" Solution for Trawl Net Fishermen

It's an early foggy morning in November off the coast of Oregon. The F/V Seeker... Full story

 

From the Fleet: The Great Crab Tie-Up

At the turn of the New Year, the biggest tie-up in Dungeness Crab Fishing history was triggered by the actions of one fish buyer. Disclaimer: Hundreds and maybe thousands of fishermen sat through days of meetings or stood outside of meeting halls... Full story

 

Wholesale Prices for Bristol Bay Salmon Trending Up

A new market report on the Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery says wholesale prices for sockeye products are trending up, and that produce appears to be moving faster this year. Wholesale prices of farmed salmon are also up considerably over the past... Full story

 

Kwik'Pak Nets Record Harvest of Yukon Chum Salmon

Kwik’Pak Fisheries, a subsidiary of the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association, brought in more than one million chum salmon during the summer and fall of 2016, achieving a record harvest, says Jack Schultheis, general manager. “Things... Full story

 

Advances in Deck Gear

Many deck machinery providers have been busy in 2016, with a large number of new vessels requiring deck equipment to outfit their boats. Couple that with boats changing gear types to adapt to... Full story

 

San Diego's Open Air Fish Market

It never ceases to amaze Peter Halmay. On most days, all is quiet on the downtown San Diego pier between Seaport Village and the USS Midway Museum. But on Saturday mornings, the Southern California... Full story

 

Modernization of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet: Economic Opportunity Analysis

Modernizing the North Pacific commercial fishing fleet has become an increasingly important issue for Washington's maritime industry in recent years. With more than 400 federally permitted vessels... Full story

 

'Fatal Flaws' Fluster Fishermen in Federal Salmon Recovery Plan

Commercial fishermen and other salmon advocates were buoyed by two monumental decisions earlier this year: an agreement, signed in April, to remove four dams from the Klamath River by 2020, and an... Full story

 

43 Million Pink Salmon Forecast for SE Alaska in 2017

Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are predicting a run of 43 million pink salmon in Southeast Alaska in 2017, which would be just above the recent 10-year average of 39 million... Full story

 

Alaska Continues to Lead All States in Volume of Seafood Landings

A new federal report on the nation’s fisheries confirms that Alaska, with six billion pounds, led all states in volume of seafood landings in 2015, and that seafood consumption by the average American rose by nearly a pound. The National Marine... Full story

 

From the Fleet

When VMS tracks deviate from reported stat areas, GOA trawl violators must get NOVAs – not friendly insider reminders To: James W. Balsiger; Ph.D., Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries’ NMFS Alaska Region Enforcement Section, NOAA, Office of... Full story

 

Vessel Profile: F/V Stillwater Improves with Every Upgrade

Every year, numerous Northwest boats are sponsoned, and many go back into the water looking like a new design. But some owners go even further, putting their boats through a conversion process that... Full story

 

New Gear for the Next Season

Breathable, strong, light weight and waterproof are the keys to helping clothing and footwear for commercial fishermen last. And manufacturers are continually refining their product lines to meet... Full story

 

Hope on the Half-Shell

With ocean acidification taking its toll on oyster production in the Pacific Northwest, several major Oregon and Washington producers have set up operations in Hawaii, which for the past few years... Full story

 

Oregon On Board With Effort to Protect 'Forage Fish'

They're tiny fish with titanic impacts, and efforts to keep their numbers from sinking to potentially disastrous levels were enhanced with a pivotal September 2 decision by the Oregon Fish and... Full story

 

Welcome, Blue North

Late last month, the much-awaited 191-foot freezer longliner Blue North was christened at Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal. The new ship, built at Anacortes, Washington-based Dakota Creek Industries... Full story

 

Distinctive Projects Keep Boatyards Busy

The West Coast commercial fishing fleet continues to expand, as vessels are converted, replaced and reconfigured. The North Pacific fleet has seen updates in the form of the newly lengthened... Full story

 

Kodiak Seiner Heads South in Search of Anchovy

The 58-foot combo-seiner F/V Anthem was launched in 2012 at Hansen Boat Company in Everett, Washington, and is based in Kodiak, Alaska, where it follows a predictable Alaskan schedule: purse-seining... Full story

 

Marine Reserve Expansion Shuts Out Commercial Fisheries

With the stroke of a pen on a proclamation backed by the authority of the 110-year-old Antiquities Act, President Barack Obama on August 26 created the world's largest marine reserve off the coast of... Full story

 

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