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 22, 2020

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will be the recipient of a USD 21 million (EUR 17.9 million) federal transportation grant that will help fund a large cold-storage facility at the site, the U.S. congressional delegation from Alaska announced last Monday.

Plans for the site itself had already been announced, but the grant, which was awarded to the Alaska Energy Authority, was made public last week.

The facility is projected to be

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Published on
September 22, 2020

The Alaska Symphony of Seafood, scheduled to be held this November, has been postponed until spring 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF), which organizes the event.

The program has been hosted since 1994 and allows Alaskan value-added seafood products to compete against each other, which “encourages companies to invest in product development, helps them

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Published on
September 18, 2020

Alaska plans to stop providing state funding for hatcheries that produce king and coho salmon, according to a KFSK radio report.

The state of Alaska has in the past provided millions of dollars to king and coho hatcheries from money collected via a surcharge on sport fishing licenses, along with allocations of federal sport fishing money.

However,  the surcharge was created explicitly to fund construction costs of hatcheries in Anchorage

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Published on
September 9, 2020

Fishery closures and the subsequent rebuilding of stocks could lead to long-term economic gains for the majority of Canadian fisheries, a study by the University of British Columbia found …

Photo courtesy of Gareth

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Published on
August 25, 2020

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) has issued a call for products for the organization’s 2020-2021 Alaska Symphony of Seafood program.

The program has been hosted since 1994 and allows Alaskan value-added seafood products to compete against each other which “encourages companies to invest in product development, helps them promote those new products and competitively positions Alaska Seafood in national and global

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Published on
August 19, 2020

This moment is a timely opportunity for the seafood industry as a whole, and the wild Alaskan pollock sector in particular, to increase market share and popularity, according to Senior Vice President of Marketing, Innovation, and Quality at High Liner Foods Craig Murray.

Speaking as part of the Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers’ summer webinar series, Murray said the coronavirus pandemic has led a whole new crop of consumers to try new

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Published on
August 19, 2020

Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based Trident Seafoods is being sued by the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA) for allegedly refusing to follow through on an agreement to buy a 25 percent stake in a joint venture to procure a seafood processing facility that processes salmon and whitefish in False Pass, Alaska.

In April 2018, Trident purchased 75 percent of APICDA’s seafood processing facility (which includes a

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Published on
August 7, 2020

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) plans to expand on this year’s successful Wild Alaska Pollock week in Seattle by bringing the program to additional cities, which GAPP hopes will help restaurant markets grappling with the fallout of COVID-19.

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Published on
July 31, 2020

The Trump administration’s coronavirus task force has recommended that Alaska mandate face masks, “especially [in] workplaces like seafood processing centers,” according to a 26 July federal report obtained by The New York Times.

Although Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has not required that masks be worn statewide, the state has mandated that seafood processing plant workers use face masks since 15 May. Though the average number

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Published on
July 30, 2020

Pacific Seafoods-Eureka is set to pay a USD 74,500 (EUR 63,411) penalty as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over Clean Water Act violations, according to an EPA press release.

A 2018 inspection by the EPA, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, and Eureka’s Public Works Department revealed that Pacific was found discharging wastewater into Eureka, California’s sewage system, and Eureka

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