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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October 17, 2018

On 6 November, Election Day in the United States, Alaskans will be voting on a ballot measure that seeks to protect the state’s salmon habitats. 

Alaska Ballot Measure 1, the Salmon Habitat Protections and Permits Initiative, would enact stricter regulations for oil and gas development in salmon habitats and additional regulations for restoring salmon streams if they are disturbed by development. Companies that don’t follow the

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September 21, 2018

The Union of B.C. Municipalities, a Canadian local government body, has joined with First Nations tribes and environmental groups in calling for a transition from open-net salmon farms to a closed containment system for the industry. 

A resolution passed by the UBCM urges the province to look into why many open-net fish farms were opened in First Nations territories without adequate consultation and encourages the province to begin

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September 20, 2018

American and Canadian negotiators have successfully brokered a deal to renew the Pacific Salmon Treaty. The compromise agreement has now been sent to Ottawa and Washington D.C. to be approved and ratified by their respective national governments. 

The Pacific Salmon Treaty is renegotiated every decade between the two countries to govern salmon catch, research, and enhancement in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The treaty

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September 14, 2018

Fish 2.0, a global organization that connects seafood start-ups with investors in an effort to enhance the sustainability of the seafood industry, has announced a track open to U.S. aquaculture businesses in 2018-2019. 

The program will begin in November with a workshop and networking event in Baltimore, Maryland, then the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi, in February, and concluding on the West Coast with a workshop in Seattle, Washington

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August 29, 2018

Photos that circulated earlier in August of J-35 – the name given to a Puget Sound resident orca who kept her dead calf afloat for more than two weeks – left a lasting impression on many in the Seattle area, who wondered what they could do to help the pod, many of whom are malnourished due to a lack of salmon in their habitat. 

The answer has come to some quicker than expected: Some Seattle-area restaurants have stopped serving

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August 22, 2018

U.S. mega-retailer Target has decided to resume its sale of farmed salmon, nearly a decade after it shifted to selling exclusively wild-caught Alaskan salmon. 

A year after Target made its decision to sell only wild salmon in 2010, the retailer announced that it would only sell sustainable and traceable seafood. Now, the Minneapolis-based retail giant seems to have shifted gears, claiming in a recent release that farmed salmon can be

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August 17, 2018

The University of Alaska – Fairbanks is adding a full-time faculty member at its Kodiak, Alaska, U.S.A. campus to teach and research mariculture, according to UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Dean Bradley Moran.

Founded in 1981 on Near Island, the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, which houses the UAF's mariculture program, used to benefit from significant federal funding in years past, but recently has fallen into

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August 8, 2018

Four Homer-area men have been arrested and charged with illegal harvesting of salmon in Dog Fish Bay on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

According to a dispatch filed by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, more than 33,000 pounds of salmon were illegally harvested by the quartet. 

Eric Winslow, 61, Paul Roth, 35, Mark Roth, 64, and Robert Roth, 39, all of Homer except for Robert, who is from Anchor Point, were charged with different counts related to

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July 10, 2018

More than 70 percent of the fish processing plants recently inspected by the Canadian Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy were found out of compliance with environmental regulations.

The ministry carried out an audit of more than 30 fish processing plants in response to public outcry over a video showing an open pipe spewing bloody fluid from a fish processing plant into the Salish Sea in British Columbia, Canada. The video

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June 27, 2018

The United States Coast Guard on 23 June detained a Chinese fishing vessel it suspected of illegal fishing, in international waters about 860 nautical miles off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan.

A coast guard Kodiak C-130 aircraft initially spotted the ship during a routine patrol. Chinese Coast Guard officials were also involved in the operation and boarded with the USCG. 

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the captain of the Run Da admitted

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