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Articles from the February 1, 2013 edition

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Alaska Ship and Drydock dual drydocking.

Get Your Boat Ready for the Season

Planning is the key to timely and efficient drydocking, according to Al Turner, Sr. Project Manager at Alaska Ship & Drydock, one of Vigor Industrial’s seven shipyards. The two most important... Full story

Crewmembers from F/V Ranger unload Dungeness crabs.

Crabby Crabbers? Delayed Dungeness?

The third time proved to be the charm for the opening of the 2012-2013 commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon and Washington, but whether or not crabbers find the circumstances charming depends... Full story


Kulluk Dilemma Points Out Hazards to Alaska’s Oceans

An environmental saga that began in late December when a tug lost its towline to a $290 million drill rig in rough seas south of Kodiak Island has raised new issues about the adequacy of these tugs... Full story

Crewmembers from the F/V First Hope unload hagfish.

Slimed: Ugly Hagfish Yields Somewhat Pretty Income

An ugly primitive sea creature is fetching sort of pretty prices for some Oregon fishermen. With an abundantly available resource and willing buyers, a number of fishermen are cashing in on a... Full story

Southwestern Alaska

Salmon Runs Boom, Go Bust Over Centuries

Salmon runs are notoriously variable: strong one year, and weak the next. New research shows that the same may be true from one century to the next. Scientists in the past 20 years have recognized tha... Full story


Washed Up

Another gigantic dock piece beached itself on a remote Pacific Northwest shore on December 18 – an early “Christmas gift” from the earthquake-spawned tsunami that devastated Japan in March... Full story


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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