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.

Published on
June 17, 2019

Hatch, a global sustainable seafood accelerator program, is accepting applicants for its third iteration, which will begin in Hawaii in August. 

Hatch is the world’s first accelerator program focused on aquaculture and offers startups a valuable mix of funding and mentorship. 

The program runs for 15 weeks and participants will also visit Bergen, Norway, as well as Singapore.

“These incredible locations are a key part of

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Published on
June 7, 2019

Glacier Fish Company’s proposal to open a number of facilities at a 58-acre waterfront property, formerly housing the Kimberly-Clark mill in Everett, Washington, has been rejected as the Port of Everett voted on Tuesday to condemn the site and convert it for public use. 

The move, which saw the Port of Everett utilizing its eminent domain authority to acquire the site, would effectively block the sale of the property from Kimberly

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Published on
May 30, 2019

Glacier Fish, a Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based seafood processing company, has announced the preliminary workings of a deal in partnership with Pacific Stevedoring to purchase a former paper mill site in Everett, Washington. 

The 58-acre waterfront site is the former Kimberly-Clark mill property, which the Port of Everett has been considering condemning for public use. The companies said that they would invest USD 100 million (EUR 89.9

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Published on
May 24, 2019

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has ordered the state’s Department of Transportation to set aside USD 175 million (EUR 156.5 million) for culvert repairs to aid the state’s salmon population.

A federal judge in 2013 ordered Washington state to fix its culverts, the under-roadway pipes that block migrating fish, but this year’s state budget allocated only USD 100 million (EUR 89.4 million) to the project.

Inslee directed

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Published on
May 17, 2019

Despite an order from the U.S. Supreme Court, the state of Washington is not spending enough to fix culverts in a way that allows spawning fish to migrate up streams.

A federal judge in 2013 ordered Washington State to fix its culverts, the under-roadway pipes that block migrating fish, but this year’s state budget allocated only USD 100 million (EUR 89.4 million) to the project, about one-third of what Washington Governor Jay Inslee said

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Published on
May 17, 2019

Vietnam War veteran Dan Barth thinks that shellfish can help soldiers handle post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as save his fellow veterans from isolation, and ultimately suicide. 

Soon after Barth graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in forestry in 1969, he was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, where he served from 1970 to 1973. 

After returning home from the war, he worked for Washington

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Published on
May 15, 2019

West Coast fishing communities earned millions of dollars from a trial program allowing fishermen to cash in on rebounding rockfish populations, NOAA announced last month.  

Exempted fishing permits (EFPs) were granted to a number of vessels under the trial period, which brought in almost 14 million pounds of fish, with the aim being taking some of the strain off overfished species such as salmon. The catch brought in USD 5.5 million

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Published on
May 10, 2019

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has backed down on the terms of a proposed pollution permit for seafood processors in the state, after the last iteration of the permit expired eight years ago, according to the Statesman Journal. 

Since the permit expired, more than a dozen Oregon seafood processors have been operating under an administrative extension as negotiations have taken place. 

The Department of Environmental

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Published on
April 23, 2019

San Diego, California, U.S.A.-based cellular aquaculture company BlueNalu has expanded operations and moved to a larger research facility as it begins commercialization of its first products.

BlueNalu’s new 6,000 square-foot facility is located in the Sorrento Valley section of San Diego. The company has 12 full-time employees in addition to a number of contracted employees. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility took place

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Published on
April 15, 2019

Oregon state lawmakers are proposing a bill which would provide nearly USD 2 million (EUR 1.7 million) to study and respond to the effects of rising ocean temperatures, low oxygen levels, and ocean acidification, according to a report in the Statesman Journal last week.

Thirty percent of man-made carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ocean, which causes the water to become more acidic, the report said. The change in ocean pH levels has made it

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