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Keep Cool

Improving the quality of harvested fish has been a priority for groups in Bristol Bay, and the most effective way to achieve this quality improvement has been found to be refrigeration. At least one...

 

Listen to the Fisherman

A local Seattle fisherman recently shared his opinion with us, and we were surprised to hear some of his observations. He told us that trawling can be a successful and responsible method of fishing,...

 

Hazardous Spill Response

While the State of Washington claims there was no measurable or lasting damage from a recent hazardous material spill (see Fish Farm Faces Lawsuit, page 26 of this issue), evidence to the contrary is...

 

Deck Machinery: Tough Gear to Keep You Fishing

The industry saw another small building boom this year, with new boats and refits keeping yards busy. Deck machinery manufacturers rose to the challenge by keeping these boats supplied with the latest...

 

Dear Santa

We have been very good this year – we hope you’ve been watching. In Bristol Bay, we used more ice and mechanical refrigeration to produce a higher quality fish, which brought a higher price from...

 

Fake Fish

The collapse of a Cooke Aquaculture net pen in Puget Sound in late August released hundreds of thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon into the Salish Sea at the peak of wild salmon migration. To add...

 

Jailbreak

An appalling lack of effective state oversight, together with slipshod maintenance by foreign owners, led to the release of tens of thousands of predatory Atlantic salmon from net pens in the...

 

Impending Invasion

BREAKING NEWS Following the release into Puget Sound of as many as 187,000 farm-raised Atlantic salmon from a farm located in the Cypress Island Aquatic Reserve, Cooke Aquaculture is working with...

 

Fishermen or Fowl?

At press time the Alaska Department of Transportation, armed with a federal permit to proceed, had completed a survey to determine the route of least environmental impact for an emergency medical grou...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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