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Budget Dust

In early March, President Trump released his proposed federal budget, which, as could be expected, was not “business as usual.” Among the many cuts proposed by the President was a reduction in... Full story

 

Support Your Local Fisherman

This column is being written following a delicious Washington Troll Salmon lunch of marbled chinook at Seattle’s Lark restaurant. The lunch, sponsored by Washington’s Makah tribe and the Coastal Trollers Association, is a yearly effort to... Full story

 

Inter-Service Cooperation

Earlier this year, when President Trump announced the addition of $54 billion in added Defense Department spending for the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard was notable in... Full story

 

Today's Catch

In late December, a group of 51 Washington State legislators, 36 in the House and 15 in the Senate, signed a pair of identical letters to Bradley Smith the Chairman of the Washington Fish & Wildlife... Full story

 

Inter-Service Cooperation

Earlier this year, when President Trump announced the addition of $54 billion in added Defense Department spending for the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard was notable in... Full story

 

Inter-Service Cooperation

Earlier this year, when President Trump announced the addition of $54 billion in added Defense Department spending for the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard was notable in... Full story

 

Hope Springs Eternal

We received quite a bit of feedback, all of it positive, to our coverage of the January West Coast crab tie-up. Crabbers and other fishermen are having a tough time on the West Coast, and the... Full story

 

Hunger Games

In a popular trilogy of young-adult fiction novels that were turned into an equally popular movie series, a dystopian future America is split into districts, each of which supplies a particular commod... Full story

 

It sucks to be you.

This is the phrase the kids today use to express sympathy while at the same time relief that whatever is happening to you isn’t happening to them. In this case, the West Coast fishing fleet outside... Full story

 

Speak Out or Line Up

COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 23! In 2014 the State of Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) hatched a scheme to petition the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create a no-discharge... Full story

 

Successful SeaFeast

In early October the City of Bellingham, Washington sponsored the inaugural Bellingham SeaFeast to celebrate Bellingham’s seafood industry and the city’s working waterfront. The festival is the invention of Debbie Granger, a local volunteer and... Full story

 

Vote Fish

What kind of governor wants to ruin your business? Well, West Coast governors, apparently. In California, Governor Jerry Brown (D) and California’s large corporate agribusinesses have proposed build... Full story

 

Fish Less, Pay More

This photo was taken on Friday, August 5th at Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal. We have been either a tenant or neighbor to Fishermen's Terminal since the early 1990s, and we can't remember ever seeing... Full story

 

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission serves at the pleasure of the Governor, currently Jay Inslee. Governor Inslee says nice things about the North Pacific and Bering Sea big boat fleet, but... Full story

 

Fishing for Free

Bristol Bay fishermen are upset. One, in particular, made his displeasure known with a phone call to us late last month. His name is John MacDonald, and he started fishing in 1975 when he was 19. He... Full story

 

Editorial: Fish Safer

Fish Safer Accidents happen, especially in the commercial fishing industry. In January of this year, three fishermen were lost after their fishing vessel Eagle III capsized in 30 mph winds and... Full story

 

Future Fishermen

As evidenced by our young friend Sebastian, there continue to be young men and women interested in the commercial fishing industry. They're targeting the same fish, but they face a much different... Full story

 

Quality is King

Last month brought the 13th annual Wild Seafood Exchange. For those who are unfamiliar with the conference, the Wild Seafood Exchange is an opportunity for the independent commercial fishing... Full story

 

Don't Squeeze Us Out

Good news from Hawaii: In 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a draft management plan and proposed rule regarding the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The proposal contemplated a move from a... Full story

 

Guest Editorial: Don't Give Our Fish Away

In the Pacific Northwest stakeholders have argued back and forth for bigger shares of our salmon for more than 100 years. On a regular basis there have been attempts to pass various bills and or initiatives to further limit or outright ban commercial... Full story

 

Bryant for Governor

On October 28th, Washington Governor Jay Inslee wrote a letter to the chair of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission. The Commission is appointed by the Governor, and serves... Full story

 

Meet the Director

A crowd of concerned fishermen gathered at the Fishermen’s News booth at Pacific Marine Expo last month to talk to James Unsworth, director of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Director Unsworth had agreed to meet commercial... Full story

 

Unwelcome

Last month the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife held a series of regional meetings in Selah, Spokane Valley, Mill Creek, Lacey, Vancouver and Wenatchee. The state held the meetings to... Full story

 

Meet the Producer

Software pioneer, investor and philanthropist Paul Allen thinks consumers should know where their fish comes from. He also believes that fish should be sustainably harvested and handled carefully... Full story

 

History Repeats

As we noted here in December of 2013, a group of sport fishermen in Alaska are tired of sharing the fish with the rest of the state. The latest volley in the war on commercial fishing takes the form... Full story

 

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