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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

 

This is Not a Drill

“Mayday, mayday, mayday…this is the Kupreanof... Full story

 

Today's Catch: The Cost of Caring

THE 12TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON TROLL Salmon Lunch took place in Seattle last month. The annual affair, organized by Washington’s Makah tribe and the Coastal Trollers Association, is hosted by Lark Resta... Full story

 

Closing the Fisheries

In late January, following the appointment of a sport fisherman from Idaho as the new director of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) by the activist Washington Fish and Wildlife commission, three Pacific County, Washington... Full story

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Closed

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

 

Distrust

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

 

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

 

Value of the Fleet

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

 

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 - 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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