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
March 23, 2020

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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March 20, 2020

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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Published on
March 17, 2020

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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Published on
March 13, 2020

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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Published on
March 10, 2020

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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Published on
March 10, 2020

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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Published on
March 9, 2020

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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Published on
March 3, 2020

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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Published on
March 3, 2020

The Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA) said in a press release that it was “disappointed” that the Thurston County, Washington, Superior Court has upheld the Department of Natural Resources decision to terminate an aquaculture lease at Port Angeles.

The site was to be used for a joint venture between Cooke Aquaculture and the Jamestown S’Kallam Tribe to raise steelhead trout.

In January, state authorities approved a



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Published on
March 2, 2020

For five years, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.-based Imperfect Foods (formerly known as Imperfect Produce) has been selling consumers food that wasn’t quite attractive enough to be delivered to a grocery store.

According to the company, one in five fruits and vegetables “don’t meet the strict cosmetic standards of grocery stores, often causing them to go to waste.”

“These imperfections are small quirks in

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