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Pebble, State of Alaska, Back in Court Regarding Mine Defense

Two separate actions filed March 15 by Northern Dynasty Minerals (NDM) in federal district court in Alaska are challenging the federal government’s efforts to prevent the Vancouver, British Columbia mining [...]

Developing Salmon-Friendly Forestry

There is a quiet—but long overdue—revolution going on in the way Oregon regulates its state- and privately owned forestland commercial logging practices. And the state’s depressed salmon runs will greatly [...]

Vessel Ditch Kits

People call them ‘ditch kits,’ ‘go bags,’ ‘abandon ship’ or ‘evacuation kits.’ No matter the name, having everything you would want for a sudden vessel abandonment will save you precious [...]

Developing Alternative Fisheries Management Scenarios to Respond to Climate Change

Scientists collaborate with stakeholders to evaluate scenarios that predict changes in the distribution and abundance of commercially important fish and shellfish due to climate change. Seafood is a vitally important [...]

Climate Change Poses Complex Array of Issues for Fisheries

The Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have announced plans to allocate more millions to address how climate change affects Pacific salmon and steelhead in [...]

Fishing Vessel Electronics: What’s New and What’s Trending

Functional electronic equipment is an essential component of any modern fishing vessel, so it’s important that boats have at least modern, operable gear, if not the latest and greatest. After [...]

The State of Spill Response: On-Scene Perspectives

Founding Father Thomas Jefferson is credited with saying, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” The same could be said of maritime oil, fuel and pollutant spill response. From the [...]

Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane Returns Home After Operation Blue Pacific Patrol

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Harriet Lane returned to its Pearl Harbor homeport on April 9 after the inaugural Operation Blue Pacific patrol in Oceania. During the 70 plus-day deployment, [...]

U.S., Samoa Renew Pacific Maritime Law Enforcement Agreement

The United States and the Independent State of Samoa on April 5 signed an addendum to the existing 2012 Bilateral Agreement for the continuation and expansion of operational cooperation to [...]

Fisheries Alliance Bashes Calif. Fishing Limits Bill AB 2220

The Alliance of Communities for Sustainable Fisheries, a Northern and Central California nonprofit dedicated to fisheries issues, has come out against proposed legislation that would restrict certain types of fishing [...]

Seafood Alliance Urges Businesses to Accelerate Human Rights, Environmental Safeguards

Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions issues its proposed guidance for corporate sustainability commitments to ensure the well-being of both people and the planet. In the wake of new investigations uncovering [...]

Market Forces Pull Alaska Seafood Processing Jobs Into a Downward Trajectory

Global market forces, the low value of the Russian ruble, a trade war with China, large pink salmon harvests and high inflation have led to historically low prices paid to [...]

Calif. Closes Dungeness Crab Fisheries Early to Minimize Whale Entanglements

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) closed its commercial and recreational Dungeness crab fisheries early this year, on April 8, following aerial and vessel surveys showing that humpback [...]

Pacific Salmon Commission Selects Projects for $9M in Funding

The Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) on March 25 announced funding support for 83 projects totaling $9 million. That includes 40 projects receiving $5.36 million from its Northern Fund and 43 [...]

Gear Modification Tests Continue in Effort to Avoid Whale Entrapments

Researchers with the Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC) revealed in early April that the Amendment 80 fleet is making progress in developing gear modifications to help that fleet avoid orca entrapments [...]

California’s Salmon Struggles

California isn’t within the commercial fishing industry’s epicenter, but it is a notable component of the industry as a whole. And currently the state, particularly the northern half, is experiencing [...]

Oregon Fishing Industry Members Call for Pause to Oregon Offshore Wind Development

A coalition of commercial fishers, seafood companies and others involved in the commercial fishing industry have sent a letter to Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek asking that her administration try halting [...]

Court Validates Federal Government’s Right to Limit Salmon Fishing on Kuskokwim River

A federal court judge has settled a dispute dating back to 2021 regarding whether the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) may periodically open the Kuskokwim River for fishing [...]

Alaska, Canadian Officials Sign Agreement Aimed at Yukon Chinook Salmon Recovery

Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) officials said April 1, that they have signed an agreement with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) regarding recovery of Chinook salmon in the [...]

Wash. Governor Nominates Conservationist to NPFMC Seat

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on March 22 nominated Becca Robbins-Gisclair, senior director of Arctic Programs for the Ocean Conservancy, to one of two obligatory Washington state seats on the North [...]

Alaska Legislature Boosts Payouts Available from Fishermen’s Fund

Alaska legislators have boosted from $10,000 to $15,000 the maximum payout allowed for crew injuries and disablement via the state’s Fishermen’s Fund. The fund, which predates statehood, is administered by [...]

Proposal to Extend Marine National Monument Would Impact Western Pacific Fisheries

Fishing community advisers attending the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (Wespac) meeting in Hawaii in late March expressed concern over U.S. plans to extend the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument [...]

Alaska Delegation Secures Funding for 1st Commercial Icebreaker in Decades

U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska) and Rep. Mary Peltola (D-Alaska) have secured federal funding for the purchase of a commercially available icebreaker ship, they announced March [...]

Calif. Commercial Fisherman’s License Revoked by Fish and Game

The California Fish and Game Commission has permanently revoked the commercial fishing license and lobster operator permit of a Los Angeles County resident. On April 4, the California Department of [...]

Feds Award ALFA $514,000 for Alaska Seafood Industry Decarbonization

A $514,000 federal appropriation has been awarded to the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA), with the money earmarked for clean energy transition options for vessel owners and shoreside businesses in [...]

NOAA Fisheries Requests $1.1B Budget for 2025

NOAA Fisheries is seeking $1.1 billion to cover operations, research and facilities in 2025, down slightly from the $1.3 billion allocated to the agency by Congress for fiscal 2023 and [...]

Silver Bay, Peter Pan Reach Agreement on Valdez Facilities

Silver Bay Seafoods has acquired Peter Pan Seafoods’ Valdez, Alaska processing facilities and also plans to operate Peter Pan’s facilities in Port Moller and Dillingham for the 2024 salmon season, [...]

AFSC Study Looks at Range of eDNA in Marine Fisheries Management

New research by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) in Juneau examines the influence of distance and tides on distribution and concentration of environmental DNA from chum salmon in net [...]

Cooke Aquaculture Drops Appeal of Canceled Net Pen Leases

Seafood company Cooke Aquaculture Pacific has dropped its appeal of the state’s cancelation of its net pen leases at Rich Passage and Hope Island, Washington state’s Department of Natural Resources [...]

OBI Shutters Alitak, Kodiak Island Plant

Salmon harvesters at Alitak, located in Lazy Bay on the southern tip of Alaska’s Kodiak Island, are reeling after an announcement from OBI Seafoods that its Alitak facilities would not [...]