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 By Chris Philips    Today's Catch    April 1, 2015 

Conflict Resolution

Last month an Oregon fisherman was found not guilty in US District Court of "assaulting, impeding and interfering with" a federal fisheries observer while at sea in 2014. The judge ruled that... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Today's Catch    March 1, 2015

You're Not Wanted Here

A bipartisan group of Washington State lawmakers – 13 in the House of Representatives and ten in the Senate – have sponsored matching bills (SB 5844 and HB1660) to effectively eliminate... Full story

 Today's Catch    February 1, 2015

Guest Editorial

The following is an open letter to Washington State legislators from John Jovanovich, former Washington State representative and owner of Jovanovich Fishing Supply, a Washington State commercial fishing equipment supplier that has been paying taxes... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Today's Catch    January 1, 2015

Congressional Action

Last month Fishermen’s News Contributing Editor Terry Dillman wrote about the US Coast Guard’s decision to close the Newport, Oregon air rescue facility and the effect that decision could have on... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Today's Catch    December 1, 2014

Changing of the Guard

Although Alaska Senator Mark Begich had not conceded the election when this issue went to press, the Alaska Division of Elections had announced that Dan Sullivan had defeated Begich by a margin of... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Today's Catch    November 1, 2014

Numbers, Verified

The November issue is always a big issue, and coincides with the release of our annual Fishermen's News Calendar, as well as Pacific Marine Expo. This year is no exception, and marks the first time... Full story

 Today's Catch    October 1, 2014


If you fish commercially in Washington State waters, you’re wasting valuable taxpayer money. At least that’s how the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) sees it. To save those poor taxpayers from financial ruin, the WDFW wants to... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Today's Catch    September 1, 2014


Trust in government is at an all time low in the US, thanks in large part to local and state governments which, although closest to and most directly responsible to the people they serve, continue to... Full story

 Today's Catch    August 1, 2014

Wrong Camouflage

In April, the US Navy christened the first of its newest class of destroyers. Costing more than $3 billion, the 610-foot-long USS Zumwalt, named after the late Admiral Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt boasts advanced technology including a composite deckhouse... Full story

 By Peter Philips    Today's Catch    June 1, 2014

Value of the Fleet

April 23rd marked our fourth annual Bering Sea Fisheries Conference where more than 140 fishing industry representatives convened to discuss how to maximize the economic... Full story

 Today's Catch    May 1, 2014

No Fish For You

Last week we were copied on an email exchange between a chef at one of the West Coast’s most successful, respected and renowned seafood restaurants and his supplier of fresh salmon. The chef asked his supplier what he could expect for the coming... Full story

 Today's Catch    April 1, 2014

Today's Catch - Wild on the Columbia

February brought our 11th annual Wild Seafood Exchange, at which 90 commercial fishermen, restaurateurs and fish wholesalers got together to network and discuss issues they have in common. This year’s Exchange took place in Vancouver, Washington,... Full story

 By David Harsila    Today's Catch    March 1, 2014

Guest Editorial – Beyond Pebble: Protect the Entire Watershed

The Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association (AIFMA) applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Watershed Assessment of impacts of potential large scale mining in the Bristol Bay drainages of Alaska. The Assessment... Full story

 Today's Catch    February 1, 2014

Bad Policy

With the announcement last month that Cook Inlet setnetters have been granted a reprieve, gillnetters statewide might be breathing a bit easier. On the recommendation of the Alaska Department of Law, Mead Treadwell, current Alaska Lt. Governor and 20... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Today's Catch    January 1, 2014

Semper Paratus

As we celebrate the New Year, with all of its promise and potential, let us also take a moment to recognize the efforts of the US Coast Guard, who are “always ready,” as their mission states,... Full story

 Today's Catch    December 1, 2013

Due Care and Caution

At 7:00 am on November 7th, John McDonald had been fishing from his 36-foot fiberglass gillnetter F/V Sanjo for several hours. Over the course of the Washington State Area 10 gillnet fishery, which began at 4:00 pm the previous day, the National... Full story

 Today's Catch    November 1, 2013

Big Deals

This month marks several milestones for Fishermen’s News. When my brother Peter and I purchased the paper in 2001, we inherited an experienced staff that immediately retired, leaving us to hire an editor, a sales manager, and accounting manager... Full story

 Today's Catch    October 1, 2013

Alaskan Appellation

Since before the fall of the Iron Curtain, the importation of crab illegally caught by Russia has been a serious problem. Russian illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) crab floods the US market, artificially increasing the US king crab supply and... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Today's Catch    September 1, 2013


Fall is here, and with the crisp mornings and return of the fleet come the annual festivals. The Newport Fishermen’s Wives, in Newport, Oregon, are gearing up for their annual Newport Wild Seafood... Full story

 Today's Catch    August 1, 2013

Future Fishermen

At press time, the country is enveloped in a heat wave that’s reaching all the way to Alaska, where the youngest Philips learned all about picking fish from a gillnet on Bristol Bay this season. She reports a couple of 80-plus degree days in... Full story

 Today's Catch    July 1, 2013

…Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle

Those of us who have grown up in the Puget Sound region are deeply committed to the fishing industry, and appreciate that Seattle, as the homeport of the North Pacific fishing fleet, plays an important role in the survival and success of the companie... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Today's Catch    June 1, 2013

Act Locally

According to a new report, “The Economic Importance of the Bristol Bay Salmon Industry.” (, the Bristol Bay, Alaska commercial salmon fishery is the... Full story

 Today's Catch    April 1, 2013

This Just In

In December of last year, as a gift to the recreational fishing industry, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife commission voted to ban commercial gillnets on the mainstem of the Columbia River. The following month, the Washington State Fish and Wildlife... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Today's Catch    March 1, 2013

Rules Revisited

In this space last month (Playing by the Rules, February 2013) we noted that a group of Southern California brail-boat squid fishermen were concerned about an influx of big foreign-built seiners parti... Full story

 By Chris Philips    Today's Catch    February 1, 2013

Playing by the Rules

Something Fishy in the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission In mid-January the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to adopt major reforms for the Columbia River, including... Full story


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