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2022 Seafood Donations to Yukon River Villages Via SeaShare Reach 74,000 Pounds

For a second year in a row, the Seattle-based nonprofit SeaShare has coordinated delivery of thousands of pounds of salmon to communities along Alaska’s Yukon River whose residents were banned [...]

USCG Expanding Its Astoria, Oregon Facilities to Accommodate Fast Response Cutters

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a contract to expand its shoreside facilities at East Tongue Point in Astoria, the USCG announced July 12. The winning bid was placed by [...]

AFSC Research Plan Focuses on Shellfish, Seaweed Aquaculture Development

A strategic research plan released by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) will be used to help the NOAA Fisheries agency guide research to expand shellfish and seaweed production over [...]

Round 2 CARES Act Fisheries Relief Applications Due by Oct. 31

Applications for Round 2 CARES Act for Alaska fishery participants are available now on the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) website, https://www.psmfc.org. They must be filled out and postmarked [...]

Turmoil in Crab Markets as Supply Drops, Along with Retail Customer Interest

Dungeness crab prices rose with increased market demand while domestic snow crab sales brought the lowest prices in five years this past summer, in a struggling commercial shellfish industry plagued [...]

Catch Processing Technology

After weathering manifold stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fish processing industry is rolling out a wide variety of new machines. European manufacturers are de-licing without chemicals and slicing filets [...]

Southeast Alaska Troll Fishery Faces Legal Challenge Over Orca Harvest

Southeast Alaska’s lucrative commercial king salmon troll fishery faces new challenges from a federal judge’s decision in Seattle over the impact of their harvest on endangered killer whales in Puget [...]

Stability Awareness — Are You Aware?

Fishing vessel stability is often characterized in foreign and misunderstood terms that describe the constantly changing forces that act upon a vessel while it is at sea. The wind and [...]

Responding to Climate Change Threats to Fisheries

Almost exactly a decade ago, in 2012, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations adopted and published a major policy statement explaining just what “global climate change” was all about, [...]

Guest Column: Doing More with Less

It would appear that “doing more with less” could be the unofficial motto for today’s society, especially regarding the workplace. Restaurants, offices, tech companies and many other businesses are feeling [...]

Roadway Runoff Lethal to Coho, Chinook Salmon, Steelhead: Report

Researchers with NOAA Fisheries have released a report showing that stormwater runoff containing a toxic compound from automobile tires washed into streams is lethal to protected coho salmon, Pacific steelhead [...]

Sockeye Salmon Retail Prices Hold Their Own

In the aftermath of a robust 2022 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery, the retail demand for wild Alaska sockeye salmon helped the price stay steady at $10.99 a pound. When [...]

New Alaska Board of Fisheries Executive Director Appointed

Fishing industry veteran Art Nelson, who spent years working in the public and private sector of Alaska’s commercial fisheries entities, was appointed as the executive director of the Alaska Board [...]

Ocean Contributes Billions of Dollars to BC Economy: Study

A University of British Columbia study concludes that ocean waters contributed nearly $5 billion to the provincial gross domestic product in 2015, and that the sum is likely underestimated, as [...]

Nutrition Partnership Honors 3 for Supporting Seafood for Better Health

Trident Seafoods’ Joe Bundrant, omega-3 researcher Joseph Hibbeln and executive chef Kelly Armetta are being honored by the Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) for their support of the partnership’s mission to [...]

FISH Act Legislation Would Blacklist Vessels, Owners Guilty of IUU Offenses

Federal legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate would blacklist vessels engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing from entering U.S. ports and waters. The Fighting Foreign Illegal Seafood Harvest [...]

Commercial Fishing Vessel Sinks off Washington’s San Juan Islands

The commercial fishing vessel Aleutian Isle sank off the San Juan Islands in Washington state on Aug. 13. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, all five crewmembers were rescued by [...]

Alaska Canned Pink Salmon Heading to Ukraine

More aid to help feed people with insufficient access to food in the war-torn Ukraine is on its way, thanks to a $300,000 donation by the Alaska Legislature, led by [...]

Robust Harvest

Ten-year-old Henri Dochtermann, son of veteran Bristol Bay harvester Shawn Dochtermann, of Kodiak, Alaska, celebrates a good catch of wild sockeye salmon in the Egegik District of the Bay during [...]

EPA Investing $79M in Columbia River Basin Restoration

Environmental Protection Agency officials, citing toxic contaminants in the Columbia River Basin as a serious risk to the region’s economic health, said that the EPA plans to invest $79 million [...]

Celebrity Chef to Address Annual Wild Alaska Pollock Meeting

Celebrity Chef Antonia Lofaso, an online cuisine influencer, will deliver the keynote address Oct. 17 at the fourth annual Wild Alaska Pollock annual meeting in Seattle. She is expected to [...]

GAO Report Recommends NMFS Share Climate Resilience Information

A report prepared for Congress by the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) work with regional fishery management councils to identify and prioritize opportunities [...]

Study Underway re: Consumer Perspective on Wild Alaska Pollock

An annual study now underway regarding consumers’ perspectives about wild Alaska Pollock includes questions this year about the impact of rising food prices, as well as questions specific to surimi [...]

Oregon Halibut Poacher Loses Commercial Fishing Rights

A commercial fishing captain in Tillamook, Ore., has lost commercial fishing privileges for the next five years after what Oregon state police describe as repeated halibut poaching. The state police [...]

NOAA Study Recommends Steps to Support Young Fishermen

New research compiled by NOAA Fisheries supports equipping beginning fishermen facing start-up challenges with tools that have been successful in helping young farmers. The study, led by Marysia Szymkowiak of [...]

Salmonfest 2022: The Fish-Themed Festival Returns

Sunshine beamed down on the three-day Salmonfest 2022 as bands played to a sold-out crowd of several thousand people who gathered on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula to celebrate the iconic fish [...]

MARAD Awards Nearly $20 Million in Funding to U.S. Shipyards

On July 21, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $19.6 million in grant awards to 24 small shipyards in 19 states through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, [...]

NOAA, Partners Working on Recovery of Oregon Coast Coho Salmon

Federal fisheries officials, working with collaborators in the private-public Oregon Coast Coho Partnership, are expressing optimism on restoring healthy coho salmon runs to the Oregon coast through science-driven restoration and [...]

Oil Pipeline Operator to Pay Almost $13 Million Over Huntington Beach Spill

Amplify Energy Corp., operator of the underwater pipeline that broke and released thousands of gallons of oil into Huntington Beach, Calif. waters in 2021 has agreed to pay close to [...]

Hawaii Supreme Court Ruling Favors Fishing Licenses for Boats with Foreign Workers

A Hawaii Supreme Court decision released Aug. 11 upholds the local longline fleet’s reliance on some foreign fishermen who can’t legally leave the dock when their boats arrive in Honolulu [...]

Salmon, Steelhead Still Face Threats in Interior Columbia Basin

NOAA Fisheries researchers have determined that salmon and steelhead species in the Interior Columbia Basin protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) still need such protection, due to the impact [...]