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Articles from the December 1, 2012 edition

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Albacore Tuna Fishery Faces Challenges

By most measures, the North Pacific albacore tuna fishery is thriving. Abundant stocks and environmentally-friendly fishing practices with very little by-catch have earned the albacore fishery off the shores of Washington, Oregon and California...


Murky Science

As Sara Randall, Glen Spain and Zeke Grader point out in this month’s PCFFA column beginning on page 18, the need for good science should be obvious to everyone; the problems with “bad science...

Big Bristol Bay Crab

Employment in Alaska’s Seafood Harvesting Industry Rose in 2011

Employment in Alaska’s fisheries is on the rise. The November issue of Alaska Economic Trends, a publication of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, puts the average number of...


A Bad Plan for a Healthy Fishery

The Columbia River Working Group held its third and final meeting in Seaside Oregon on November 15. The Working Group was established in September to consider Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s plan to change the Columbia River salmon harvest allocation...

 By Jim Bower    Features    December 1, 2012

Designing a Cordova, Alaska Bowpicker

As a boat builder, I’m always looking for new markets and potential customers. The market for new bowpickers for fishermen who fish out of Cordova, Alaska appears to offer such an opportunity. The...


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