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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

 

Russia to Compete with US in Global Pollock Market

The disagreements between the United States and Russia, so far mainly observed in the military and political fields, have expanded in recent years to trade in the pollock segment. Lately the United St... Full story

 

Processing Equipment: Adding Value to Your Catch

As catchers and processors compete for market share, every advantage helps. Here comes technology to the rescue, with new systems, software and processes promising to use more of the fish, more... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

Vessel Profile: F/V Quantum Leap

Luke Gardner grew up in Southwest Washington at the mouth of the Columbia River, the home of the first great salmon fishery. But it was in Bristol Bay, Alaska that he first participated in the commerc... Full story

 

2018 Gear Guide

Wet Work Is it raining where you are? Yeah – here too. We can stay inside and sip a hot cup of coffee but you probably have to go out in the rain. Grundéns has you covered. Grundéns (grundens.com)... Full story

 

Fish Farm Firm Flouts Foes

For an international maritime aquaculture giant, it's an early yuletide bonus. To fish farm foes, it's a "nightmare before Christmas." After what they say was an extremely strict vetting process,... Full story

 

Effort Intensifies to Recycle Old Fishing Nets

A research scientist intent on helping the seafood industry dispose of old fish nets, preferably by recycling them into ingredients for actual new products, met this past week in Anchorage with an... Full story

 

Local Yards Will Stay Busy in 2019

West Coast boat yards have been busy through the summer and are even busier as fishermen change gear types for the fall and winter fisheries. One of these is Seaview Boatyard, which operates three... Full story

 

Alaska's Third Annual Wild Salmon Day Brings Out Crowds

Hundreds of people flocked to events in nine Alaska communities on Aug.10 to chow down on barbecued wild salmon and learn more about the importance of maintaining healthy fish habitat. The events,... Full story

 
 By Tom Ewing    Features    October 1, 2018

Pacific Cod Prohibition Through December, Central Gulf of Alaska

On August 29, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), announced a temporary closure on directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). The temporary closure... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

Giddings Boat Works Launches the F/V Evie Grace

Giddings Boat Works has launched the 36-foot by 78' 8" F/V Evie Grace at Giddings Boat Works, marking the third complete steel-hulled vessel constructed at the Charleston Shipyard in just a few short... Full story

 

Washington State Crab

There are two Washington State crab fisheries that are managed by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW); the Coastal fishery and the Puget Sound fisheries. Both work closely... Full story

 

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