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Winds of Change

The commercial fishing industry has seen dramatic events in the last 75 years, and during that time, Fishermen’s News has been around to document and report those changes. One of the most important...

 

Copper River Fishery Off to Slow Start

Copper River Fishery Off to Slow Start Commercial harvests of Copper River salmon got off to a cool, rainy start in mid-May, with two of the first five openers closed down and the combined harvest of...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2020 

49-foot Crabber Fits the Bill for Crescent City Fisherman

Robert Wakefield began fishing out of Crescent City on the northern California coast in 1977 and soon decided he wanted a boat of his own. By 1979, he had become the owner of a small wooden boat, and...

 
 By Mark Edward Nero    Features    July 1, 2020 

Vessel Profile: Aliotti Boats

As someone who has fished Bristol Bay for well over three decades, Tom Aliotti not only knows what he wants in a boat, he also knows what fishermen want. And using this knowledge, longtime boat builde...

 
 By Mark Edward Nero    Features    July 1, 2020 

Marine Propulsion Technology: What's New and Emerging in 2020

The business of modernizing equipment that has become outdated over time is constantly evolving, with companies around the world continuously looking for ways to improve boat engines and ancillary...

 

Budget Holes

Last month we said nice things about Washington State Governor Jay Inslee (Today’s Catch: Credit Where It’s Due), acknowledging his veto of a pair of pretty transparent power grabs put forth by...

 

Bristol Bay: More Than Ready

In late April of 2020, the Bristol Bay sockeye gillnet season was being eyed with much trepidation. Covid-19 had much of the US in lock down to one degree or another. The challenges of bringing...

 

Bristol Bay Bracing for a Season Like None Other

For millions of wild sockeye salmon returning to Bristol Bay in 2020 it will be the traditional journey, but for thousands of people coming to harvest and process the world's largest run of red salmon...

 

Credit Where It's Due

This column has been justifiably hard on Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. A career politician, Inslee’s accomplishments for his constituents haven’t been particularly notable, and since he...

 

Vessel Profile: F/V Haldrada

Hal Cook has been fishing in Bristol Bay since 1979. He started in the marine industry in 1976 building fishing equipment at Marco Shipyard in Seattle, and later started Go2marine, an online marine...

 

Cold Storage: New and Emerging Technologies

The coronavirus global pandemic turned the food supply chain on its head during the first quarter of 2020, but one thing it didn't have an adverse effect on was the demand for cold storage, which...

 

Op-Ed: Fishing and the Rural/Urban Divide

I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about the rural/urban divide in Washington and Oregon, and how we see that working out with commercial fisheries. Probably the most obvious example of conflict between the two entities lies in a...

 

Bering Sea Processing

The Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands region is the "sweet spot" of the US North Pacific fishing industry. Not only does it support some of the largest and most valuable commercial fisheries in the...

 

Thank Goodness for Refrigeration

Frozen fish used to have a stigma, probably for good reason. Before the advent of onboard refrigeration (see the excellent piece by Mark Burn beginning on page 22 of March 2020 Fishermen's News) the...

 

Seafood Added $5.6 B to Alaska Economy in 2017–2018

Alaska’s seafood industry added $5.6 billion in economic output to the state economy in 2017/2018, employing nearly 59,000 workers in harvesting, processing and other industry jobs who earned $1.7 million in wages. The 5.7 billion pounds of...

 
 By Einar Ask    Features    February 1, 2020

A History of the MARCO Puretic Power Block

The history of the Puretic Power Block is the history of all seine fisheries and seine systems since 1955. In just a few years, the Puretic Power Block changed seining methods around the world. Mario...

 

Search Ends for Five Missing on Crab Boat

An extensive search launched by the US Coast Guard for the crab vessel Scandies Rose, which sank in a storm in the Gulf of Alaska on New Year's Eve, ended some 20 hours later, with two crew members re...

 

Pass it On

As we went to press, the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit was taking place at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, Alaska. Produced by Alaska Sea Grant, the summit is a three-day networking and...

 

75 Years of Service

In January of 1945, John Wedin founded the Fishermen’s News with a total capitalization of a $40 fish check. The first issue, published in Aberdeen, Washington, was four pages, supported by...

 

New Products at the 2019 Pacific Marine Expo

The 2019 Marine Expo introduced a fair number of new products to West Coast fishermen ranging from the latest haul of digital devices to the new versions of Tier 3 marine diesel engines that measure...

 

Warming Ocean Waters Indicate Winners and Losers for 2020

Groundfish, shellfish and finfish alike are swimming into an uncharted future in Alaska in 2020, in the face of warming ocean waters that are challenging the survival of some species while boosting...

 

Processing Equipment: Automation and Innovation

Although catch processing technology in the commercial fishing industry isn't as advanced as the technology you might find elsewhere, such as the automotive, entertainment or mobile communications...

 

Oregon Crab Fishery Faces Regulatory Changes

Oregon's Dungeness crab fishermen find themselves entangled in a regulatory conundrum over whales, facing difficult decisions on how best to chart a course through the flotsam and jetsam of "known...

 

For the People?

Your local, state and federal governments exist to serve your needs. Or do they? On September 25th, a press release from US Senator Maria Cantwell (D, WA), noted that Ron Warren, the Director of Fish...

 

2019 Commercial Fishing Gear and Equipment Guide

Commercial fishing is not only tough on the body, it's tough on gear and equipment, too. Excessively worn gear and equipment can eventually become a safety hazard, so it's imperative workers have...

 

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