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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May 26, 2020

Arctic On-Demand, a new Alaskan cargo and passenger air charter service, has begun serving the state this week with flights for its first customer, Copper River Seafoods

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May 26, 2020

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has canceled five of the six large-scale research surveys scheduled to take place in the waters off Alaska this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an NOAA press release.

The release cited the unique challenges and uncertainties posed by the coronavirus crisis, which have resulted in the cancellation of the Aleutian Islands bottom-trawl survey, the eastern Bering Sea

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May 21, 2020

Americans are cooking more seafood while stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The New York Times.

For Ren Ostry, the owner of Culver City, California-based Kitchen Catch, that trend has resulted in a tripling of sales for her subscription seafood service, which touts the environmental and social benefits of eating bycatch and lesser-known species.

According to Ostry, her customers are a combination of those eager to try

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May 19, 2020

Earlier this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held a virtual meeting of the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) to discuss progress made in the offshore mapping of Alaska, among other topics.

The HSRP is a federal advisory committee comprised of stakeholders who assists in advising NOAA on navigation-related products, data, and services.

Much of the latest meeting’s discussion related to the

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May 15, 2020

Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA) Board of Directors member Wally Pereyra has strong words for the Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC) regarding the battle it’s waging in a Seattle courtroom. According to the seafood veteran of over 50 years, his plan for saving orcas offers a better path forward for the endangered whale species and a staple regional fishery currently caught up in WFC’s legal crosshairs.

In March, Washington state

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May 13, 2020

Although there was no commercial herring sac roe fishery this year in Sitka Sound due to small average fish size, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game report has provided encouraging data for the fishery to consider an eventual reopening.

Some 83 percent of this year’s guideline harvest level was forecast to be age-four herring, with an average weight of 92 grams. The size forecast for herring across all age classes was slightly larger,

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May 7, 2020

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is awarding nearly USD 1 million (EUR 927,330) to four European partners launching new products made with pollock for the European market.

The partners receiving funding are

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May 1, 2020

Canada Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say that they are planning to use a pneumatic fish pump, commonly known as a salmon cannon, to help salmon migrate past a landslide on the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada.

A ladder is being constructed to lead the fish to a holding pool, where humans or a machine will sort them by size and push them into one of two different-sized tubes. The salmon will then be shot through the cannon

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April 29, 2020

Alaska Air Cargo plans to begin flying Alaska passenger jets as domestic cargo-only flights, which will carry only essential goods including seafood, mail, and medical equipment, according to the company.

The move comes after the airline cut back flights by about 80 percent due to the coronavirus crisis. If the Federal Aviation Administration approves the new cargo flights, they would begin next month.

Although the airline didn’t specify

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April 28, 2020

Pacific Seafood released its third annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report on 22 April, a move intended to coincide with Earth Day celebrations.

According to a press release from the company, the report is intended to detail “efforts to be socially responsible in all areas of our business from coastal communities and team members, to sustainable fishing practices and traceability, to food safety standards, and the environment during

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