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 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2020

Vessel Profile: Daddy O

The Maritime Fabrications company was established 40 years ago by "Maritime Ed" Oczkewicz (pronounced Ozkaweez) and has been supplying its popular brand of deck gear to fishermen on the Northwest...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 
 By Mark Burn    Features    March 1, 2020

Pride, Refrigeration and the Price of Fish

Laying against the dock was a power scow with a mounded deck load of salmon. This was one of those 88-foot shovel-nosed wood "tenders" that had made its way from Ketchikan to a processor on the Guemes...

 

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...

 

Every Fisherman an Ambassador

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) says, “Every Bristol Bay fisherman is an ambassador of the Bristol Bay sockeye brand; it is your brand - and catching, handling and...

 
 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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Deck Machinery: Tough Gear to Keep You Fishing

The industry saw another small building boom this year, with new boats and refits keeping yards busy. Deck machinery manufacturers rose to the challenge by keeping these boats supplied with the latest...

 

Advances in Deck Gear

Many deck machinery providers have been busy in 2016, with a large number of new vessels requiring deck equipment to outfit their boats. Couple that with boats changing gear types to adapt to...

 

Guest Editorial: Don't Give Our Fish Away

In the Pacific Northwest stakeholders have argued back and forth for bigger shares of our salmon for more than 100 years. On a regular basis there have been attempts to pass various bills and or initiatives to further limit or outright ban commercial...

 

Trends in Deck Machinery

With tough economic times, many fishermen are opting to repair, rather than replace, deck machinery. In spite of this, equipment manufacturers are still developing new features and new pieces of...

 

Meet the Director

A crowd of concerned fishermen gathered at the Fishermen’s News booth at Pacific Marine Expo last month to talk to James Unsworth, director of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Director Unsworth had agreed to meet commercial...

 

History Repeats

As we noted here in December of 2013, a group of sport fishermen in Alaska are tired of sharing the fish with the rest of the state. The latest volley in the war on commercial fishing takes the form...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    May 1, 2015

Vessel Profile: Noelani

Boats built in Wrangell sometimes don't get the attention they deserve, so we're happy to be able to give the new Svendsen Marine Works-built Noelani some well deserved press. David Svendsen, who set...

 
 By Kathy A. Smith    Features    May 1, 2015

West Coast Ports 2015

Commercial fishing ports, harbors, boat yards, and supporting marine trades are the figurative backbone of the fishermen who work in Pacific West Coast and Alaskan waters. Commercial fishing is a...

 

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