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 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

 
 By Tom Ewing    Features    February 1, 2019

Pacific Salmon Fisheries: 2018 Inseason Management Measures

On December 11, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published its final 2018 “inseason actions” for Pacific salmon fisheries. Inseason actions are part of a continuum of fishery control efforts. Inseason actions modify NMFS’ “managem... Full story

 

Numbers Don't Lie

The Port of Grays Harbor’s December 2018 newsletter reports that the Port of Westport, Washington landed more than 150 million pounds of crab, salmon, hake and other seafood in 2017, making it 11th... Full story

 

President Signs Coast Guard Authorization Bill

Coast Guard reauthorization legislation that passed the US Senate on Nov. 14 won unanimous approval in the US House on Nov. 27, and was signed into law on December 4th by President Trump. Sen. Maria... Full story

 

Deck Gear Manufacturers Continue to Innovate

Fishermen looking to upgrade their deck gear in 2019 will find that manufacturers are still finding ways to improve their products, or modify stock designs to suit an owner's specific requirements.... Full story

 

Maritime Fabrications: Trusted for Deck Gear for 40 Years

It's been 40 years since the name Maritime Fabrications appeared on the Northwest Coast, attached to the earliest deck gear built by "Maritime Ed" Oczkewicz, who established the business in 1978, in... Full story

 
 By Tom Ewing    Features    January 1, 2019

NOAA Revisits Vessel Funding Loan Program

On November 2 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed a change within the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that would allow the Fisheries Finance Program to provide loans for new or reconstructed fishing vessels.... Full story

 

Danger, Will Robinson!

If you were lost in space, a robot would be a good friend to have. Here on Planet Earth, robots are more and more being seen as the enemy, replacing telemarketers, assembly line workers, janitors and... Full story

 

Salmon Hatcheries Affect Alaska

A research report produced for eight private, nonprofit hatchery associations concludes that Alaska’s salmon hatcheries generate $600 million in economic output, with impacts throughout the state’s economy. According to the study released in... Full story

 

The Future of Fish

The industry website undercurrentnews.com reports on a Norwegian firm by the name of Salmon Evolution that is planning to produce 30,000 metric tons of farmed salmon in a land-based salmon farm.... Full story

 

Collateral Damage

Few people are as well known on the Seattle waterfront as Warren Aakervik. Warren “retired” from Ballard Oil a few years back, but he doesn’t seem to want to leave, which is a good thing because... Full story

 

Vessel Profile: F/V Quantum Leap

Luke Gardner grew up in Southwest Washington at the mouth of the Columbia River, the home of the first great salmon fishery. But it was in Bristol Bay, Alaska that he first participated in the commerc... Full story

 

Fish Farm Firm Flouts Foes

For an international maritime aquaculture giant, it's an early yuletide bonus. To fish farm foes, it's a "nightmare before Christmas." After what they say was an extremely strict vetting process,... Full story

 

Effort Intensifies to Recycle Old Fishing Nets

A research scientist intent on helping the seafood industry dispose of old fish nets, preferably by recycling them into ingredients for actual new products, met this past week in Anchorage with an... Full story

 

Local Yards Will Stay Busy in 2019

West Coast boat yards have been busy through the summer and are even busier as fishermen change gear types for the fall and winter fisheries. One of these is Seaview Boatyard, which operates three... Full story

 

Alaska's Third Annual Wild Salmon Day Brings Out Crowds

Hundreds of people flocked to events in nine Alaska communities on Aug.10 to chow down on barbecued wild salmon and learn more about the importance of maintaining healthy fish habitat. The events,... Full story

 

Southern Southeast Alaska Hatcheries Boosting Region's Economic Impact

A new economic study released in mid-August documents the importance of hatchery-produced chum salmon, which comprised the bulk of volume and value of the multi-million-dollar commercial salmon fishery in Southern Southeast Alaska. The study on the... Full story

 

Washington State Crab

There are two Washington State crab fisheries that are managed by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW); the Coastal fishery and the Puget Sound fisheries. Both work closely... Full story

 

Delays and Domoic Woes Didn't Ding Dungies

Commercial Dungeness crab fishing is a risky, daunting business, and the emerging and escalating effects of climate change, state and federal regulations, and other factors have made things even more... Full story

 

Don't "Stand for Salmon"

This column has always had a healthy distrust of environmental groups claiming to be working toward the same goal as the commercial fishing industry. Our cynicism is often rewarded once the dust settles. Alaska Ballot Measure 1, Salmon Habitat... Full story

 

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