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 By Peter Marsh    Features    April 1, 2020 

Sponsons Keep Northwest Yards Busy

The F/V Collier Brothers is one of many boats that began life on the Gulf Coast in the 1970s as a shrimper and were brought out to the Pacific Northwest after the Magnuson Act became law in 1977. It... Full story

 
 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.... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

Vessel Design: Ben Jensen

In 1961, Benjamin F. Jensen left his job as vice president of a successful Seattle shipyard to start a one-man firm, designing boats for the emerging West Coast fishing industry. Ben Jensen had... Full story

 

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... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 
 By Tom Ewing    Features    March 1, 2020

Another Next Step in Makah Tribe Whale Hunt Application

On January 29 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced an important step in the process to allow the Makah Indian Tribe to “take” a limited number of Eastern North pacific gray whales. “Take,” in this context, means to hunt and...

 

Vessel Profile: F/V Carriere

Late last year Port Angeles, Washington-based Lee Shore Boats delivered a 49-foot by 15-foot dive boat to Suquamish Seafoods for use in the Suquamish Tribe's geoduck harvest. The new boat, christened... Full story

 
 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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

Russia Unhappy with US Fisheries Agreements

Russia has started revising the existing agreement between the United States and the USSR on the maritime border, which was signed on July 1, 1990, according to recent reports by certain senior... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

New Products at the 2019 Pacific Marine Expo

The 2019 Marine Expo introduced a fair number of new products to West Coast fishermen ranging from the latest haul of digital devices to the new versions of Tier 3 marine diesel engines that measure... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

Bioplastic Made of Organic Fish Waste is Award Winner

A university student's attempt to solve the problem of single-use plastics and fish wastes has won her the James Dyson Award for creation of a unique plastic alternative. Lucy Hughes, a student of... Full story

 

Alaska Symphony of Seafoods Announces 2020 Winners

Alaska Leader Seafoods' meal kit of wild Alaska cod in tempura batter with Panko breading and a side of fries has won the Seattle People's Choice award in the 2020 Alaska Symphony of Seafood... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

Shelf Life: Get the Blood Out

Keep it cold and get the blood out. These are the two phrases that are repeated in conversations regarding fish quality. Keeping it cold is straightforward. Getting the blood out is not. Blood in fish causes bruising. Often this bruising is not appar... Full story

 

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,... Full story

 

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

 

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

 

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