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Winds of Change

The commercial fishing industry has seen dramatic events in the last 75 years, and during that time, Fishermen’s News has been around to document and report those changes. One of the most important...

 

Budget Holes

Last month we said nice things about Washington State Governor Jay Inslee (Today’s Catch: Credit Where It’s Due), acknowledging his veto of a pair of pretty transparent power grabs put forth by...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

"[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...

 

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