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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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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June 12, 2018

A new study from fisheries expert Ray Hilborn compares the environmental impact of various forms of animal husbandry.

The study, which appeared in “Frontiers in Ecology and The Environment,” is an all-encompassing look on how animal protein production affects the environment.

“From the consumers' standpoint, choice matters. If you’re an environmentalist, what you eat makes a difference,” Hilborn said. “We

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May 4, 2018

Seasoft, a Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.-based ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software company, has been making moves lately that have bolstered its product and made its brand an even more appealing offering to seafood companies across the country.

Seasoft provides software that is designed to handle every aspect of a seafood processing and distribution company’s business operations, according to Seasoft Director of Marketing Tom

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May 1, 2018

The United States House of Representatives voted to reverse a federal judge’s ruling to release water from four dams in the Pacific Northwest in an attempt to help wild salmon migrate to the Pacific Ocean. 

The bill, which passed 225-189 on 25 April, was sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and calls for no changes in dam operations until 2022. 

The four dams in question are Ice Harbor,

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April 30, 2018

Canada is not doing enough to mitigate the risks associated with salmon farming, a report released by the country’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand has found. 

The report cites a lack of national standards for nets and anchoring equipment, suggested that the Department of Fisheries and Natural resources is not doing enough to monitor diseases among farmed fish populations, and recommends that

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April 17, 2018

A Superior Court judge in Thurston County, Washington, has ruled against Cooke Aquaculture, which had proposed a restocking of its Atlantic salmon net-pen farm at Cypress Island, Washington.

Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz in December terminated the farm’s license. She said that the company had violated the terms of the lease after a catastrophic collapse of the net last August, which resulted in more than

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April 2, 2018

Alaska Governor Bill Walker will be traveling to China this May with the goal of improving trade ties, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

The announcement of the trip comes among fears of an impending trade war between the United States and China. U.S. President Donald Trump said on 22 March he will impose tariffs on USD 60 billion (EUR 48.8 billion) worth of Chinese products, partially to retaliate against Chinese trade barriers and also in

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