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Oregon Dungeness Crab Fishery Finishes with Another Stellar Year

Forget about king crabs. Dungeness crabs are considered the kings of the Pacific Northwest. Allegedly named after a small, unincorporated fishing community on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in... Full story

 

New Technology is Key to Study of Bristol Bay Red King Crab

Collaborators in an innovative research effort to track the trail of Bristol Bay red king crab are hoping that the combination of acoustic tags and an unmanned drone will give them answers to help... Full story

 

Coastal Crab Gear

As most of us know, commercial crabbing can be a dangerous business. Not just because of the risk of drowning and hypothermia, but also due to the danger of injury from working with heavy gear and... Full story

 

Trawling Technology: What's New and on the Horizon

Trawling technology is often considered fairly simplistic and straightforward, especially when compared to the technological advances in electronics, robotics and even some forms of medicine. But... Full story

 

Oregon Shipyard Launches Program to Foster Future Maritime Welding Talent

To varying degrees, small shipyards play a significant role in the nation's maritime economy. Some smaller yards, however, are gigantic in terms of their value to local and regional enterprises,... Full story

 

Fishing or Phishing: How Cyber Secure is Your Business?

Chances are, you have been notified by email at one point or another that you won the Nigerian lottery. Simply pay the taxes and collect your fortune! The kind gentleman who sent the email is happy to handle the specific details if you wire him the... Full story

 
 By Linda Behnken    Features    July 1, 2019

Alaska Charts the Course for Young Fishermen

Along America's coastlines, fishing communities face stiff headwinds when it comes to providing in-place economic opportunities for young people. Nowhere is this more evident than Alaska. The... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2019

Propulsion: Latest Tier 3 Engines Hit the Sweet Spot

Once again, a majority of new boat and new engine sales were for Alaska gillnetters over the last year, despite the unpredictable 2018 season. Apparently, enough money was made on Bristol Bay to send... Full story

 

Good News

When we were growing up, former Fishermen’s News editor Richard Philips would tell us about a crab boat skipper he spoke with outside his offices at Fishermen’s Terminal who complained bitterly... Full story

 

PCFFA Will Take On CBD, WFC in Killer Whale Lawsuit

It’s been said to “make sure everybody in your boat is rowing, and not drilling holes when you’re not looking.” In our column last month, we wrote that commercial fisheries are being attacked by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), an... Full story

 

Fishing Vessel Safety: Staying Alive in a Hazardous Environment

Commercial fishing remains one of the most dangerous occupations in America, particularly in Alaska and Pacific Northwest. The industry has a fatality rate that is now 29 times higher than the... Full story

 

F/V Mera: A Fast New Bristol Bay Gillnetter

Lee Shore Boats recently delivered a custom designed and built jet-propelled Bristol Bay gillnetter for the 2019 season. Christened the F/V Mera, this new, top house design, all-aluminum 32-foot by 15... Full story

 
 By Jennifer Ott    Features    June 1, 2019

Celebrating 100 Years - Fishing Vessel Owners Marine Ways in Seattle Incorporates on March 28, 1919

On March 28, 1919, Fishing Vessel Owners Marine Ways is incorporated. A group of halibut-schooner owners, who are also members of the Fishing Vessel Owners Association, form the new company because... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    May 1, 2019

Ports Are Keeping Oregon Competitive

Strung along a 363-mile coastline and on river banks inland, Oregon's ports – from the larger coastal harbors with international shipping and regional-scale fishing fleets to smaller,... Full story

 
 By Dan Dinicola    Features    May 1, 2019

University of Washington's School of Fisheries

At the turn of the twentieth century fishing was big business in the Pacific Northwest. Opportunities to harvest the bounty of the sea were on the rise as seafood and maritime continued to develop... Full story

 
 By Thomas Walsh    Features    May 1, 2019

Beware of Sharks: NY Banks Scheme to Take Your Business

A vast criminal enterprise, originating in the State of New York, has been growing across the nation and ensnaring countless small business owners and leaving ruined businesses and shattered lives in its wake. It is called the merchant cash advance...

 

With Friends Like These…

We have noted before in this space that environmental groups sometimes share the goals and interests of commercial fishermen. When the two groups’ goals coincide the enviros are happy to have your s... Full story

 

Land-based Fish Farm Preparing to Spawn in California

Commercial fishermen who call northern California's Humboldt Bay home were confronted in February with what most consider as another potential threat to their livelihood: pending construction of a... Full story

 
 By Marilyn Raia    Features    April 1, 2019

Maritime Law: Pay What is Due, or Else

The owner of a fishing vessel failed to pay $7,380 to a person he orally contracted with to prepare his boat for fishing. Significant economic consequences followed under federal maritime law and Washington state law. Johnson v. Wang, 2018 AMC 2838... Full story

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    March 1, 2019

"Eco-Trawler" America's Finest Makes Long-awaited Debut

Long before it made the headlines (see Jones Act Waiver below) in 2017, the 260-foot trawler/processor F/V America’s Finest... Full story

 

Northwest Coast Guard Has a Busy Week

From January 20th to the 24th, Coast Guard crews along the Oregon and Washington coasts assisted five commercial crab fishing vessels. Response efforts included crews from Coast Guard stations at... Full story

 

A Cold, Cold World

More and more when it comes to fish, consumers have additional concern about what they eat and where their food comes from. The trend toward healthier consumption has led to an increasing desire by... Full story

 

Bloodsuckers

The late comedian Robin Williams joked that the word politics came from the Latin word ‘poli,’ meaning many and ‘tics,’ which are bloodsucking creatures. A fresh new year brings a fresh... Full story

 

Boat Prep

Although commercial fishing boats are usually durable enough to last decades – or even generations, in some cases – it isn't just good construction that allows them to spend after year in rough wa... Full story

 

Higher Harvest Helps Harried Shrimpers

For commercial fishermen, unexpected harvest numbers usually mean less, not more, for them. But Oregon's 2018 pink shrimp season took an opposite tack, especially given the cautious, even... Full story

 

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