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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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

Integrated Marine Systems: 30 Years of Innovation

Innovation has always been part of Integrated Marine Systems' history. The company originated from the corner of a shipyard in Port Townsend 30 years ago, where the business had been outfitting...

 

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...

 
 By Mike Hillers    Features    April 1, 2020

Fishing Systems: Real Time Information and Decision Making

Successful fishing trips are the result of tools and intuition and how these system components manifest themselves in the brains of the fishermen to become decisions and commands from the wheelhouse....

 

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...

 

Accountability

At press time, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had won a victory in Thurston County Superior Court against New Brunswick, Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture. The victory is 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...

 

Vessel Profile: Seven Inlets

Late last year tribally-owned Salish Seafoods took delivery of a 55-foot by 16-foot aluminum power scow from boatbuilder Lee Shore Boats for use in the tribe's aquaculture and shellfish logistics...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

Sockeye Forecast Down for Copper River, Upper Cook Inlet

A total run of 1.4 million sockeye salmon, along with 60,000 Chinooks, are expected to return to the Copper River in 2020, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The state forecast...

 

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...

 

Seafood Harvesting Jobs in Alaska Saw Decline in 2018

Seafood Harvesting Jobs in Alaska Saw Decline in 2018 Employment figures compiled by state of Alaska labor officials show that employment in the state’s seafood harvesting industry dropped 4.9 percent in 2018, erasing most gains of the prior year,...

 

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