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Distrust

Trust in government is at an all time low in the US, thanks in large part to local and state governments which, although closest to and most directly responsible to the people they serve, continue to... Full story

 

Wrong Camouflage

In April, the US Navy christened the first of its newest class of destroyers. Costing more than $3 billion, the 610-foot-long USS Zumwalt, named after the late Admiral Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt boasts advanced technology including a composite deckhouse... Full story

 

Value of the Fleet

April 23rd marked our fourth annual Bering Sea Fisheries Conference www.beringseafisheries.com where more than 140 fishing industry representatives convened to discuss how to maximize the economic... Full story

 

No Fish For You

Last week we were copied on an email exchange between a chef at one of the West Coast’s most successful, respected and renowned seafood restaurants and his supplier of fresh salmon. The chef asked his supplier what he could expect for the coming... Full story

 

Today's Catch - Wild on the Columbia

February brought our 11th annual Wild Seafood Exchange, at which 90 commercial fishermen, restaurateurs and fish wholesalers got together to network and discuss issues they have in common. This year’s Exchange took place in Vancouver, Washington,... Full story

 

Guest Editorial – Beyond Pebble: Protect the Entire Watershed

The Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association (AIFMA) applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Watershed Assessment of impacts of potential large scale mining in the Bristol Bay drainages of Alaska. The Assessment... Full story

 

Bad Policy

With the announcement last month that Cook Inlet setnetters have been granted a reprieve, gillnetters statewide might be breathing a bit easier. On the recommendation of the Alaska Department of Law, Mead Treadwell, current Alaska Lt. Governor and 20... Full story

 

Semper Paratus

As we celebrate the New Year, with all of its promise and potential, let us also take a moment to recognize the efforts of the US Coast Guard, who are “always ready,” as their mission states,... Full story

 

Due Care and Caution

At 7:00 am on November 7th, John McDonald had been fishing from his 36-foot fiberglass gillnetter F/V Sanjo for several hours. Over the course of the Washington State Area 10 gillnet fishery, which began at 4:00 pm the previous day, the National... Full story

 

Big Deals

This month marks several milestones for Fishermen’s News. When my brother Peter and I purchased the paper in 2001, we inherited an experienced staff that immediately retired, leaving us to hire an editor, a sales manager, and accounting manager... Full story

 

Alaskan Appellation

Since before the fall of the Iron Curtain, the importation of crab illegally caught by Russia has been a serious problem. Russian illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) crab floods the US market, artificially increasing the US king crab supply and... Full story

 

Festivities

Fall is here, and with the crisp mornings and return of the fleet come the annual festivals. The Newport Fishermen’s Wives, in Newport, Oregon, are gearing up for their annual Newport Wild Seafood... Full story

 

Future Fishermen

At press time, the country is enveloped in a heat wave that’s reaching all the way to Alaska, where the youngest Philips learned all about picking fish from a gillnet on Bristol Bay this season. She reports a couple of 80-plus degree days in... Full story

 

…Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle

Those of us who have grown up in the Puget Sound region are deeply committed to the fishing industry, and appreciate that Seattle, as the homeport of the North Pacific fishing fleet, plays an important role in the survival and success of the companie... Full story

 

Act Locally

According to a new report, “The Economic Importance of the Bristol Bay Salmon Industry.” (http://preview.tinyurl.com/BBSalmonReport), the Bristol Bay, Alaska commercial salmon fishery is the... Full story

 

This Just In

In December of last year, as a gift to the recreational fishing industry, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife commission voted to ban commercial gillnets on the mainstem of the Columbia River. The following month, the Washington State Fish and Wildlife... Full story

 

Rules Revisited

In this space last month (Playing by the Rules, February 2013) we noted that a group of Southern California brail-boat squid fishermen were concerned about an influx of big foreign-built seiners parti... Full story

 

Playing by the Rules

Something Fishy in the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission In mid-January the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to adopt major reforms for the Columbia River, including... Full story

 

Who Benefits?

Cui bono? That’s Latin, for “who benefits?” The responsibility for an act can usually be determined by asking who stands to gain as a result of the act. At press time, the Oregon Fish and... Full story

 

Murky Science

As Sara Randall, Glen Spain and Zeke Grader point out in this month’s PCFFA column beginning on page 18, the need for good science should be obvious to everyone; the problems with “bad science... Full story

 

Setting an Example

As we reported in this space last month, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has asked the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to ban commercial gillnets on the main stem of the Columbia River.... Full story

 

Lame Ducks and Anglers

In a presumed bid to curry favor with sport fishermen, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has asked the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to ban commercial gillnets on the main stem of the Columbia... Full story

 

Wave the Flag!

This month Margie Bauman reports on the annual celebration of wild Alaska salmon and the people who depend on them, Salmonstock, which took place in early August on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The... Full story

 

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