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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July 26, 2019

A rockslide on British Columbia’s Fraser River has created a five-meter waterfall, which has blocked the migration path of chinook and sockeye salmon, prompting Canadian officials to begin airlifting fish past the blockage. 

The river, which sees millions of fish annually swimming inland to spawn, was blocked in an area some 250 miles upstream near Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada. Scientists believe the slide actually occurred last

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July 22, 2019

Last weekend’s Slow Food Nations Festival – a Denver, Colorado-based event showcasing sustainable and traceable food – was well represented by the U.S. West Coast groundfish fishery, which is exhibiting an impressive turnaround after it was decimated in the 1990’s.

The fishery, which consists predominantly of species of rockfish and flatfish, was collapsing due to overfishing about two decades ago. Thanks to conservation

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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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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 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 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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May 30, 2019

Glacier Fish, a Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based seafood processing company, has announced the preliminary workings of a deal in partnership with Pacific Stevedoring to purchase a former paper mill site in Everett, Washington. 

The 58-acre waterfront site is the former Kimberly-Clark mill property, which the Port of Everett has been considering condemning for public use. The companies said that they would invest USD 100 million (EUR 89.9

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May 24, 2019

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has ordered the state’s Department of Transportation to set aside USD 175 million (EUR 156.5 million) for culvert repairs to aid the state’s salmon population.

A federal judge in 2013 ordered Washington state to fix its culverts, the under-roadway pipes that block migrating fish, but this year’s state budget allocated only USD 100 million (EUR 89.4 million) to the project.

Inslee directed

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May 17, 2019

Despite an order from the U.S. Supreme Court, the state of Washington is not spending enough to fix culverts in a way that allows spawning fish to migrate up streams.

A federal judge in 2013 ordered Washington State to fix its culverts, the under-roadway pipes that block migrating fish, but this year’s state budget allocated only USD 100 million (EUR 89.4 million) to the project, about one-third of what Washington Governor Jay Inslee said

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