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
September 19, 2017

Nearly a month after structural damage allowed hundreds of thousands of Atlantic salmon to escape from a Cooke Aquaculture fish farm on Cypress Island in Washington State, officials estimate that more than 100,000 of the salmon remain in the waters surrounding the island, The Bellingham Herald reported earlier this week. 

Although Washington State encouraged fishermen to catch the salmon after the “spill,” telling them that they

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Published on
September 8, 2017

In early August, the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game announced it would be canceling the remainder of the sport and commercial fishing season for chinook (king) salmon, citing extremely low stocks, the High Country News reported last week. 

The chinook stocks weren’t only low in the Gulf of Alaska; drastically lower numbers were seen off the coast of Washington and Oregon as well. And, in other states such as California, measures

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Published on
September 5, 2017

US President Donald Trump signed a bill last week that will make permanent an agreement between the Dungeness crab fisheries of California, Oregon, and Washington, KUOW reported.

The bill, which was sponsored by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and introduced by her in 2014, received unanimous support from both parties in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

The agreement creates a permanent tri-state fishery management

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Published on
August 8, 2017

An outbreak of vibriosis – a bacterial infection that primarily affects the digestive tract – has sickened 25 people who ate raw oysters in the Seattle area last month. 

Vibriosis causes watery diarrhea, fever, headache, severe abdominal cramping, and vomiting, and can be a very serious condition for those who have compromised immune systems. Symptoms generally last for around a week and, in most cases, medical treatment is not

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Published on
July 26, 2017

Last month, Seattle celebrated its third annual Alaska Herring Week, in which restaurants and grocers throughout the city featured herring-heavy menus and herring-stocked shelves in an attempt to garner local attention for the oft-overlooked fish.

Though herring is one of the largest fisheries in the world and is ubiquitous throughout Northern Europe, there is not much of an appetite for the fish in the Northwest United States, where salmon and

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