Ben Fisher

Reporting from Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Ben Fisher is a Seattle-based freelance writer. Previously, he worked as night and copy editor at the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s largest English language newspaper, and as digital editor of Jewish Quarterly. He is fluent English, French, Hebrew, and Arabic.

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2020-04-02 13:00:00

The Alaska sablefish and halibut season got off to a successful start in terms of volume, but less so in terms of sales price, according to a Homer News report.

The commercial halibut season began on 15 March and the sablefish season in the state got underway the day before.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) figures revealed that during the first week of the season, 332,478 pounds of halibut were harvested compared to 258,227

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2020-03-31 14:10:00

The closure of McDonald’s restaurants in the United Kingdom and continental Europe has resulted in a glut of Alaska pollock, which is used in the chain’s iconic Filet-o-Fish sandwich.

McDonald’s closed all 1,270 of its stores in the United Kingdom last week on 23 March, as well as …

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2020-03-23 14:15:00

Schwan’s Home Delivery has partnered with the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) – as part of the latter’s North American Partnership Program – to offer Parmesan Alaskan Pollock to its customers, according to a GAPP press release

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2020-03-20 14:00:00

The 2020 Pacific halibut season in Alaska got underway on 14 March, with overall catch limits some 9 percent lower than they were last year.

Regulations for the season were adopted at last month’s annual International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) meeting in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. and were put into effect immediately. These rules are applicable to both the commercial and sport fisheries in Alaska.

Stricter rules were put into

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2020-03-17 14:00:00

A federal draft report has rejected proposals to remove hydroelectric dams on the Snake River and Columbia River, which proponents of the removal say could help save wild salmon.

According to a Seattle Times report, federal agencies decided that the removal of the dams would indeed “provide a long-term benefit to species that spawn or rear in the main stem Snake River habitats.” However, removing the dams on the river would also

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2020-03-13 14:05:00

This year’s controversial herring roe harvest is coming to a close in British Columbia, Canada’s Strait of Georgia, just as those involved in B.C.'s other major fisheries are seeing an impact from the COVID-19 pandemic

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2020-03-10 13:25:00

The U.S. West Coast Dungeness crab fishery is stable or increasing, according to the first thorough population estimate carried out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ... 

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2020-03-10 13:10:00

Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. and its surrounding areas have emerged as the epicenter of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak within the United States, with 136 of the country’s 545 reported cases reported there as of the morning of Sunday, 8 March, according to the Washington Department of Health.

The resulting public health crisis has led to a severe decline in seafood exports to China, where the virus originated late last year. Seattle

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2020-03-09 14:20:00

The Marine Stewardship Council has suspended its certification of Pacific cod from the Gulf of Alaska.

The suspension will become effective on 5 April, 2020, according to an Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation press release.

Last month, SeafoodSource reported the fishery was likely to lose its certification due to a decline in the stock.

“This suspension is not due to overfishing or a lack of a responsible management response, rather,

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2020-03-03 13:45:00

An analysis of U.S. markets conducted by the Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) suggests that Americans are consuming more pollock and are choosing domestically-caught fish …

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