Aaron Orlowski

Aaron Orlowski

Contributing Editor

Aaron Orlowski is a West Coast-based freelance journalist who writes about fisheries, food, science, and the environment. Before settling in Portland, Oregon, he worked for newspapers in California, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In his spare time, he attempts to salvage untested recipes in the kitchen.

Published on
April 30, 2017

Carlos Rafael’s guilty plea late last month of falsifying fish quotas, conspiracy and tax evasion has prompted renewed criticism of one of the most contentious parts of the New England groundfish fishery’s management system: catch shares.

Rafael, who dubbed himself “The Codfather,” owned one of the largest commercial fishing fleets in the United States, and for some community fishermen in New England, his case represents

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Published on
April 17, 2017

Flying drones are revolutionizing land-based businesses, with realtors taking aerial photos of for-sale houses, and retailers exploring drone-based delivery systems.

A similar revolution could be on the horizon for aquaculture, with underwater drones giving fish-farmers eyes under the waves, allowing them to monitor water conditions and fix equipment problems cheaply.

Instead of delivering packages, these underwater drones will measure dissolved

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Published on
April 5, 2017

Seafood company Blue Circle Foods has ambitious plans to grow its business and raise the bar on sustainability.

Founded in 2005, the young firm is successfully targeting both the Japanese market and the domestic foodservice scene in the United States for expansion. On the sustainability front, Blue Circle has developed an aquafeed for farmed salmon that produces more fish protein than is fed to the fish, as well as packaging that that makes it

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Published on
April 4, 2017

Just a few decades ago, hundreds of fishing trawlers combed the California coast, scooping up fish for local markets. Today, just a handful do so, and the markets are inundated with cheap imported seafood.

And fishermen like Giuseppe Pennisi, whose family has fished off California’s coast since the early 1900s, struggle to make ends meet.

“Talk about a disappearing fleet. It’s almost gone,” Pennisi, a groundfish trawler,

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Published on
March 30, 2017

A new U.S. program to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by increasing reporting requirements for seafood importers is facing opposition from some foreign fishermen who believe the regulations are heavy-handed.

In particular, some Canadian fishermen, who already face stringent fishing regulations, say the new reporting requirements place an unnecessary burden on them.

“Canada does not need to improve its already

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Published on
March 29, 2017

California wants to raise commercial fishing landing taxes 1,300 percent, or USD 12.4 million (EUR 11.5 million) – a tax hike commercial fishermen and seafood processors are unsure they can survive.

Fishermen “are very concerned, as are their crews, as are primary processors and the plant workers,” Rob Ross, the executive director of the California Seafood and Fisheries Institute, told SeafoodSource. If fees rise as high as

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