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
July 2, 2019

With a hard push being made by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to up aquaculture production in the United States in order to reduce the country’s seafood trade deficit, many are wondering where Alaska fits into that plan. 

While certain types of aquaculture such as shellfish farming are permitted in Alaska, finfish farming is banned under Alaskan statute 16.40.210, which was passed by the state legislature in

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Published on
July 2, 2019

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association has announced five U.S. retail partners for the 2019 season, beginning this month

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June 26, 2019

The United States Supreme Court on Monday, 24 June issued a decision likely to result in lower insurance premiums for U.S. fishing vessels.

The court ruled in favor of the defendant in the case Dutra v. Batterton. The plaintiff, a seaman employed by Dutra Group, who was injured when a hatch on a dredge vessel blew open and crushed his hand, sued Dutra seeking general and punitive damages, asserting that the vessel on which he was working was

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June 24, 2019

Demand for farmed and wild seafood from British Columbia, Canada has been on the rise globally, according to presentations at the 2019 British Columbia Seafood Expo and Festival. 

The convention, which was attended by international buyers, trade commissioners and representatives, and local fishermen, took place on Vancouver Island last weekend.  

Clare Li is the sustainability director for Gindara Sablefish, which is the

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June 19, 2019

The former Wards Cove Packing Company cannery in Egegik, Alaska is for sale (or investment) for

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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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June 14, 2019

Nearly 800,000 salmon have been caught so far during this year’s Copper River season, which is shaping up to be a significantly better season than last year’s, which saw historically low returns and the closure of areas of the river

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Published on
June 10, 2019

The post-harvest chilling of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon together with a successful ad campaign from the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association have resulted in a dramatic increase for Bristol Bay sockeye sales in stores across the country

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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
June 5, 2019

More than 345,641 fish have been caught during this year’s Copper River salmon run, as Alaskan fishermen hope to rebound from a dismal year in 2018

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