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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

 

Many Projects On the Drawing Boards at Alaska Ports

From Dutch Harbor to the Kenai Peninsula to Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska, it's tight times in the state's economy and more port projects are in the planning than construction stage in the spring mont... Full story

 
 By Dan Dinicola    Features    May 1, 2019

University of Washington's School of Fisheries

At the turn of the twentieth century fishing was big business in the Pacific Northwest. Opportunities to harvest the bounty of the sea were on the rise as seafood and maritime continued to develop... Full story

 
 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...

 

Bering and Aleutian Fisheries

Seafood harvesters of crab and groundfish in the stormy waters of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, where average temperatures were warmer than usual, were close to or caught all of their seasonal... Full story

 

Land-based Fish Farm Preparing to Spawn in California

Commercial fishermen who call northern California's Humboldt Bay home were confronted in February with what most consider as another potential threat to their livelihood: pending construction of a... Full story

 

NOAA Researches Acidification Impact on Pacific Cod

Federal fisheries researchers have released results of a new laboratory study showing that larval Pacific cod response to elevated carbon dioxide levels in the ocean varies depending on their stage... Full story

 

Seattle Approves Terminal 91 Uplands Development

Seattle Approves Terminal 91 Uplands Development The Port of Seattle Commission has approved $4 million for the Terminal 91 (T-91) Uplands Development Phase 1 in support of the Port's development of... Full story

 
 By Marilyn Raia    Features    April 1, 2019

Maritime Law: Pay What is Due, or Else

The owner of a fishing vessel failed to pay $7,380 to a person he orally contracted with to prepare his boat for fishing. Significant economic consequences followed under federal maritime law and Washington state law. Johnson v. Wang, 2018 AMC 2838... Full story

 
 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

 

Slurry Ice: The Icelandic Solution

By changing the way fish was stored and chilled onboard Icelandic fishing vessels the work of the local fishermen became a great deal easier and the industry as a whole could sell Icelandic fish at... 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

 

Alaska Continues to Lead Nation in Volume, Value of Commercial Landings

NOAA Fisheries' latest Fisheries of the United States annual national report of US fisheries shows that nationwide commercial harvesters landed 9.9 billion pounds of seafood valued at $5.4 billion in... 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

 

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

 

Long Beach Carnage

When the Long Beach Bait Company and Carnage Fleet named their locally-built 42-foot by 13.5-foot squid seiner the Long Beach Carnage in 1989, it was clear the owners wanted to promote their business... Full story

 

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