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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

 

Sick Fish

We have already covered in previous columns the sequence of blunders and misrepresentations by the State of Washington and Cooke Aquaculture following the net pen collapse at Cypress Island that disgorged 260,000 farmed Atlantic salmon into the ferti... Full story

 

Third World Problems

We complain about our regulations and enforcement officials, usually with good reason, but as tight as it is to make a living fishing on the West Coast, it's tougher elsewhere. In North Korea, food... Full story

 

Listen to the Fisherman

A local Seattle fisherman recently shared his opinion with us, and we were surprised to hear some of his observations. He told us that trawling can be a successful and responsible method of fishing,... Full story

 

Hazardous Spill Response

While the State of Washington claims there was no measurable or lasting damage from a recent hazardous material spill (see Fish Farm Faces Lawsuit, page 26 of this issue), evidence to the contrary is... Full story

 

Dear Santa

We have been very good this year – we hope you’ve been watching. In Bristol Bay, we used more ice and mechanical refrigeration to produce a higher quality fish, which brought a higher price from... Full story

 

Fake Fish

The collapse of a Cooke Aquaculture net pen in Puget Sound in late August released hundreds of thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon into the Salish Sea at the peak of wild salmon migration. To add... Full story

 

Jailbreak

An appalling lack of effective state oversight, together with slipshod maintenance by foreign owners, led to the release of tens of thousands of predatory Atlantic salmon from net pens in the... Full story

 

Impending Invasion

BREAKING NEWS Following the release into Puget Sound of as many as 187,000 farm-raised Atlantic salmon from a farm located in the Cypress Island Aquatic Reserve, Cooke Aquaculture is working with... Full story

 

Fishermen or Fowl?

At press time the Alaska Department of Transportation, armed with a federal permit to proceed, had completed a survey to determine the route of least environmental impact for an emergency medical grou... Full story

 

Budget Dust

In early March, President Trump released his proposed federal budget, which, as could be expected, was not “business as usual.” Among the many cuts proposed by the President was a reduction in... Full story

 

Support Your Local Fisherman

This column is being written following a delicious Washington Troll Salmon lunch of marbled chinook at Seattle’s Lark restaurant. The lunch, sponsored by Washington’s Makah tribe and the Coastal Trollers Association, is a yearly effort to... Full story

 

Inter-Service Cooperation

Earlier this year, when President Trump announced the addition of $54 billion in added Defense Department spending for the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard was notable in... Full story

 

Today's Catch

In late December, a group of 51 Washington State legislators, 36 in the House and 15 in the Senate, signed a pair of identical letters to Bradley Smith the Chairman of the Washington Fish & Wildlife... Full story

 

Inter-Service Cooperation

Earlier this year, when President Trump announced the addition of $54 billion in added Defense Department spending for the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard was notable in... Full story

 

Inter-Service Cooperation

Earlier this year, when President Trump announced the addition of $54 billion in added Defense Department spending for the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard was notable in... Full story

 

Hope Springs Eternal

We received quite a bit of feedback, all of it positive, to our coverage of the January West Coast crab tie-up. Crabbers and other fishermen are having a tough time on the West Coast, and the... Full story

 

Hunger Games

In a popular trilogy of young-adult fiction novels that were turned into an equally popular movie series, a dystopian future America is split into districts, each of which supplies a particular commod... Full story

 

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