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 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

 
 Features    August 1, 2014

New Seine Skiff Based on Tug Boat Design

In June, 2014, Seattle-based Snow Boat Company delivered a new 24-foot by 13-foot seine skiff to King Cove, Alaska for the area M salmon fishery. The boat is one of the largest seine skiffs in... Full story

 
 By Michael A. Moore    Features    August 1, 2014

Washington Shellfish Conquer New Territories as China Re-Opens

National and international markets for US West Coast shellfish are on an upward trajectory – mussel bars are the latest fashion in Washington DC and spreading to other east coast cities, gourmet... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    August 1, 2014

The Value of Fish

Creating asset markets for natural resources – among them, commercial fish stocks – is the underlying premise of a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary equation developed by a pair of researchers. Josh Abbott at Arizona State University and Eli... Full story

 
 By Chris Philips    Features    July 1, 2014

Nichols Bros. Celebrates 50 Years

The first boat produced by the Nichols family was a tugboat. George "Mark" Nichols was an orchardist in Yakima, Washington in the 1930s. His 10-acre apple farm failed during the great depression, and... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    July 1, 2014

Propulsion Choices for Lower Emissions

PA emissions regulations are keeping a lot of engine manufacturers busy as they enhance various existing product lines for fishing applications, while also developing new technologies for after... Full story

 
 Features    July 1, 2014

Industry Again Asked to Reduce BSAI Halibut Mortalities

Federal fisheries managers are asking all industry sectors to voluntarily undertake efforts to reduce halibut mortalities in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands, by 10 percent from the current five-year average levels, through the 2014-15 fisheries. To... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    July 1, 2014

West Coast Groundfish Trawlers Net Eco-Certification

The Pacific Coast groundfish fishery is definitely back from the brink and charting another course change by becoming the latest fishery to earn the blue seal of approval under the eco-certification umbrella of the international Marine Stewardship... Full story

 
 Features    July 1, 2014

Opinion: From the Fleet – Plan Addresses Workforce Needs of Alaska's Maritime Industry

With our massive land endowment and bragging rights as the largest state in the nation, it’s easy to lose sight of an important fact – Alaska is a maritime state. We have more miles of coastline than all other US coastal states combined.... Full story

 
 By Devin Lucas    Features    June 1, 2014

Safety in the Amendment 80 Fleet

A new study by researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has assessed worker safety in the Amendment 80 fleet of factory-trawlers in Alaska. NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting scientific... Full story

 
 By Michael A. Moore    Features    June 1, 2014

Safety – Attitude is Everything

Even though commercial fishing has become less risky over the last decades, it still remains one of the most dangerous ways to pursue a living. "Fatality rates have dropped 75 percent since the... Full story

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    June 1, 2014

Gear to Keep You Safe

Grundéns launched their Nightwatch Puffy Jacket at Pacific Marine Expo (PME) last fall to rave reviews. In fact, the product sold out of stock within the first two months. "It's an obvious winner... Full story

 
 By Jaime Herrera Beutler    Features    June 1, 2014

Opinion – REFI Act Will Support West Coast Fishing Jobs

It’s no secret that the health of our coastal communities is dependent of the success of local fishermen and the jobs they create. In my district of Southwest Washington and all along the West Coast, the groundfish fleet and the 3,000 jobs it... Full story

 

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