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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April 17, 2019

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, has released a report, commissioned by the international consulting company McKinsey and Company, which encourages the development of commercial aquaculture as a high-priority industry for economic growth

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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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April 8, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, together with the Alaska Department of Environmental  Conservation, are attempting to loosen water pollution standards in areas where fish spawn, according to Alaska Public Media

The rule change, initially proposed in 2006, would alter how the state enforces the Clean Water Act, which is the main tool used by federal agencies to regulate water standards. The change are designed to assist the

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April 5, 2019

Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington, earlier this week asking federal officials to reconsider a 2009 decision that determined commercial and recreational fisheries do not jeopardize the Pacific Northwest’s critically endangered orcas, according to an Associated Press report

Federal officials from the Pacific Fishery Management Council have already indicated that they may restrict

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April 4, 2019

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game has forecast 213.2 million salmon to be harvested this year, nearly 100 million more than last year’s catch of 116 million fish

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April 2, 2019

Nearly 400,000 fall Chinook salmon died due to a mistake at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson, California, U.S.A., last week, according to a source at the hatchery. 

Water to one of the raceways was accidentally turned off overnight and the mistake was not discovered until the morning. The salmon were less than half-a-year old and died due to a lack of oxygen, according to hatchery project leader Brett Galyean, speaking to KRCR

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March 22, 2019

The Hawaiian shallow-set longlines fishery for swordfish has been closed because a vessel caught a loggerhead turtle - the 17th this year, which reached the allowable limit for interactions with the species, set by the National Marine Fisheries Service. 

The interaction cap was reduced from 34 to 17 due to a court settlement in May of last year, though the North Pacific loggerhead population is increasing every year by 2.4

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March 21, 2019

The International Gulf of Alaska Expedition 2019, a month-long salmon research trip carried out aboard the Russian Research Vessel Professor Kaganovskiy, has been completed ...

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March 11, 2019

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is considering implementing salmon fishing restrictions in an effort to aid the endangered southern resident orcas of Puget Sound

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March 8, 2019

A poor salmon season is being forecast for many species in the waters of the U.S. and Canadian Pacific Northwest

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