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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... Full story

 

BOOTS

When we arrived in Dillingham in 1982 for our first trip to Alaska we were told we needed boots. No problem, though – the company store had a pair roughly our size, black rubber, made in China for o... Full story

 

Blue North Fisheries, Clipper Seafoods Acquired by BBNC

Two major operators in the freezer longline cod sector of the Bering Sea fishery have been acquired by Bristol Bay Native Corp., a regional Alaska Native corporation with offices in Anchorage and... Full story

 
 By Mark Gleason    Features    November 1, 2019 

Fishing or Phishing: Coverage to Mitigate Cyber Crime

Over the past four months, we have raised awareness of cyber risk by identifying areas of vulnerability, discussing preventive measures and “best practice” techniques, and exploring the various types of risk and attacks affecting the industry. We... Full story

 

Salmonfest 2019: Fish, Love and Music

Sunshine and good vibes flowed on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula as several thousand people descended on Salmonfest 2019, three days of fish, love and music that also serves to impress upon participants... Full story

 

Op-Ed: Commercial Fisheries' Historical Influence on Columbia River Salmon Recovery

Commercial Fisheries’ Historical Influence on Columbia River Salmon Recovery By Irene Martin Current thinking about salmon recovery on the Columbia River divides the concept into four categories, known as the four “Hs”: harvest, hatcheries, hyd... Full story

 

Humpies Boost Alaska Salmon Harvest to 196 Million

A harvest surge in late August and early September boosted Alaska’s humpy harvest to more than 122 million fish and the overall wild salmon harvest to nearly 196 million fish. The improved trajectory put the 2019 season at nearly 90 percent of the... Full story

 

Shipyards: Sponsons Keep Coastal Yards Busy

With four yards on the Oregon coast from Astoria to Charleston now having the ability to haul 100-foot-plus fishing vessels, and the continuing demand for sponsoning, more well-used boats from 50 to 1... Full story

 

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

 

From the Fleet: Keep Fighting for Science Based Permitting Process

Sitting on the sidelines is no longer a legitimate choice when it comes to the issue of constructing the Pebble Mine. You've likely read the Bristol Bay headlines by now. It was the second largest... 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

 

Keeping Fish Cold

Part three in a 3-part series about extending shelf life through Good Manufacturing practices. Unless you are transporting live product or are freezing on board, all fisheries, all gear types, all... 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

 

Crab Tagging

NOAA Fisheries is teaming up with the Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation in a research program to track the movement of adult male red king crabs in Bristol Bay using an unmanned surface drone m... 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

 

Vessel Sanitation

This is the second in a three-part series designed to address bacteria, sanitation and temperature as they work together to protect or decrease shelf life at harvest and transport to the processing facility. A clean fishing vessel inhibits bacteria... 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 Marilyn Raia    Features    June 1, 2019

Pay What Is Due: Update

Johnson v. Wang 2018 AMC 2838 (W.D. Wash. 2018), (Fishermen’s News, April 2019) involved a suit brought by Johnson against Wang for wages owed in the amount of $7,380. Johnson spent 492 hours at $15 per hour working on Wang’s vessel Thor to prepa... 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

 

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