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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...

 
 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...

 
 By Mark Edward Nero    Features    July 1, 2020 

Vessel Profile: Aliotti Boats

As someone who has fished Bristol Bay for well over three decades, Tom Aliotti not only knows what he wants in a boat, he also knows what fishermen want. And using this knowledge, longtime boat builde...

 
 By Mark Edward Nero    Features    July 1, 2020 

Marine Propulsion Technology: What's New and Emerging in 2020

The business of modernizing equipment that has become outdated over time is constantly evolving, with companies around the world continuously looking for ways to improve boat engines and ancillary...

 
 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...

 
 By Ray Williams    Features    June 1, 2020

Moving Boats by Truck

Until 1938 the fishermen who lived in Cordova would travel from Cordova to Williamsport (formerly Iliamna Bay) via boat. From there, they would hike the 15 miles to Iliamna Lake where they would...

 

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...

 

Cold Storage: New and Emerging Technologies

The coronavirus global pandemic turned the food supply chain on its head during the first quarter of 2020, but one thing it didn't have an adverse effect on was the demand for cold storage, which...

 

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 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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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 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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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