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
July 2, 2020

The Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification program has changed hands, with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute transferring ownership of the scheme to the Certified Seafood Collaborative (CSC).

The RFM program, a third-party sustainable certification for wild-catch fisheries, formally changed hands on Wednesday, 1 July, after a six-month transition period. The transfer of RFM to the CSC, a nonprofit foundation organized

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Published on
June 24, 2020

The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission reported that although the preliminary results of the total salmon catch in the North Pacific last year was near an all-time high, there were notably low catches for chum salmon and low total catch in Washington, Oregon, California, and Canada ... 

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Published on
June 24, 2020

The We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum First Nations issued a press release last week calling for the “immediate cancellation of finfish aquaculture” following the escape of some 1,000 Atlantic salmon from a fish farm in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia ... 

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June 23, 2020

A lawsuit against North Pacific Seafoods has been filed on behalf of 150 seasonal workers from Mexico and Southern California who have been forced to quarantine at a hotel near Los Angeles International Airport, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The forced quarantine was implemented after three of the workers tested positive for COVID-19. The workers have been at the hotel since 10 June and are not being paid, the suit alleges. The lawsuit was

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Published on
June 22, 2020

Gindara Sablefish has been awarded a “Best Choice” rating by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch sustainability program, making it Canada’s only saltwater finfish farm to receive the rating.

The Best Choice rating granted to Gindara defines it as “well-managed and caught or farmed in ways that cause little harm to habitats or other wildlife.” Gindara Sablefish raises its product in cooperation with the

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June 22, 2020

Pacific Seafood has reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over Clean Water Act violations at their crab and shrimp processing plants in Westport, Washington, according to an EPA press release.

More than 2,000 violations had been recorded by the EPA during an unannounced inspection in 2017. Among them were discharge limit violations as well as incorrect sampling and incomplete or inadequate

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Published on
June 19, 2020

The Oregon Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with Oregon Sea Grant and the seafood industry, has launched an initiative to promote Oregon seafood in the state and in its neighbor to the north, Washington.

The push comes as consumers are preparing meals largely at home and are consuming substantial amounts of seafood.

The campaign hopes to prop up the state’s industry, which saw a “sharp decline” in commercial demand

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Published on
June 18, 2020

This year’s International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) annual meeting, as well as the Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS) plenary meeting, have been canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a letter from the organization’s commission chairman, Raul Delgado.

The SCRS meeting was to be held from September to October, and the annual meeting was to be held in

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Published on
June 17, 2020

Oregon plans not to require mandatory COVID-19 testing for workers in the seafood industry after outbreaks at Pacific Seafoods and Bornstein Seafoods processing plants prompted a letter from Clatsop County Public Health Director Michael McNickle requesting that the state make testing a requirement, according to The Daily Astorian.

McNickle’s letter to the Oregon Health Authority followed a coronavirus outbreak at Pacific Seafoods in

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Published on
June 17, 2020

The second Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) webinar in its summer series highlighted consumer mindset trends and perceptions surrounding COVID-19 during the recovery phase, with R3 Consulting principals Sharon Ripps and Bill Romania noting significant changes in behavior so far …

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