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Credit Where It's Due

This column has been justifiably hard on Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. A career politician, Inslee’s accomplishments for his constituents haven’t been particularly notable, and since he... Full story

 

Accountability

At press time, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had won a victory in Thurston County Superior Court against New Brunswick, Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture. The victory is the... Full story

 

Thank Goodness for Refrigeration

Frozen fish used to have a stigma, probably for good reason. Before the advent of onboard refrigeration (see the excellent piece by Mark Burn beginning on page 22 of March 2020 Fishermen's News) the... Full story

 

Pass it On

As we went to press, the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit was taking place at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, Alaska. Produced by Alaska Sea Grant, the summit is a three-day networking and... Full story

 

75 Years of Service

In January of 1945, John Wedin founded the Fishermen’s News with a total capitalization of a $40 fish check. The first issue, published in Aberdeen, Washington, was four pages, supported by... Full story

 

For the People?

Your local, state and federal governments exist to serve your needs. Or do they? On September 25th, a press release from US Senator Maria Cantwell (D, WA), noted that Ron Warren, the Director of Fish... Full story

 

Operating Standards

Last month this column generated some correspondence regarding the treatment of sustainably-harvested wild salmon. Suffice it to say that some were happy to see our editorial, some not, but all... Full story

 

Every Fisherman an Ambassador

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) says, “Every Bristol Bay fisherman is an ambassador of the Bristol Bay sockeye brand; it is your brand - and catching, handling and... Full story

 

Op-Ed: It's Time for a Maritime High School

In the next two decades, the maritime industry will add tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. In trade, fisheries, conservation, transportation and tourism, the Puget Sound region is poised to take advantage of these maritime career opportunities... Full story

 

Stay in your Lane

According to Wikipedia, Yvon Chouinard is an American rock climber, environmentalist, and outdoor industry billionaire businessman. His company, Patagonia, is known for its expensive clothing and its... Full story

 

Good News

When we were growing up, former Fishermen’s News editor Richard Philips would tell us about a crab boat skipper he spoke with outside his offices at Fishermen’s Terminal who complained bitterly... Full story

 

PCFFA Will Take On CBD, WFC in Killer Whale Lawsuit

It’s been said to “make sure everybody in your boat is rowing, and not drilling holes when you’re not looking.” In our column last month, we wrote that commercial fisheries are being attacked by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), an... Full story

 

With Friends Like These…

We have noted before in this space that environmental groups sometimes share the goals and interests of commercial fishermen. When the two groups’ goals coincide the enviros are happy to have your s... Full story

 

Tailings Failings

In early March the US Army Corps of Engineers notified interested parties that Pebble Limited Partnership had submitted a permit application requesting authorization to "perform work in or affect... Full story

 

Bloodsuckers

The late comedian Robin Williams joked that the word politics came from the Latin word ‘poli,’ meaning many and ‘tics,’ which are bloodsucking creatures. A fresh new year brings a fresh... Full story

 

Numbers Don't Lie

The Port of Grays Harbor’s December 2018 newsletter reports that the Port of Westport, Washington landed more than 150 million pounds of crab, salmon, hake and other seafood in 2017, making it 11th... Full story

 

Danger, Will Robinson!

If you were lost in space, a robot would be a good friend to have. Here on Planet Earth, robots are more and more being seen as the enemy, replacing telemarketers, assembly line workers, janitors and... Full story

 

The Future of Fish

The industry website undercurrentnews.com reports on a Norwegian firm by the name of Salmon Evolution that is planning to produce 30,000 metric tons of farmed salmon in a land-based salmon farm.... Full story

 

Collateral Damage

Few people are as well known on the Seattle waterfront as Warren Aakervik. Warren “retired” from Ballard Oil a few years back, but he doesn’t seem to want to leave, which is a good thing because... Full story

 

Correcting the Record

This month we’ll use this space for some light housekeeping, starting with Alaska’s Ballot Measure 1, or the “Stand for Salmon” initiative. In this space last month, we looked at the... Full story

 

Don't "Stand for Salmon"

This column has always had a healthy distrust of environmental groups claiming to be working toward the same goal as the commercial fishing industry. Our cynicism is often rewarded once the dust settles. Alaska Ballot Measure 1, Salmon Habitat... Full story

 

Every Little Bit Helps

Imagine you are a California sea lion – one of about 1,200 swimming around on the Columbia River. You’d need 32 lbs. of salmon a day just to stay healthy enough to keep catching fish. If you’re... Full story

 

"[Expletive] the Fishermen!"

This seems to have been the sentiment for years among those elected to represent you in the City of Seattle and the State of Washington. Finally, someone has come right out and said it. Seattle City... Full story

 

No Winners Here

In late 2014 Seattle-based Fisherman’s Finest announced an exciting new project. The company had ordered what would be the first trawler built in the US since 1989. Designed by a Norwegian firm,... Full story

 

California Waypoints

It’s that time of year when many of you transition from one fishery to the next. For many it will be salmon, for others, tuna, rockfish, etc. My nephew, Dan Platt passed on crab this season opting to devote time to his latest venture, Noyo Harbor... Full story

 

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