Brian Hagenbuch

Contributing Editor reporting from Seattle, USA

Brian Hagenbuch spent a decade in South America, where he was a journalist for Reuters and Time Out in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. He now lives in Seattle and works as a freelance writer and translator, as well as a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay. 

Published on
June 23, 2020

Fish have been slow to show up across Alaska’s early salmon fisheries, and cases of COVID-19 continue to creep up around the state ... 

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Published on
June 18, 2020

Health officials in Alaska found no cases of COVID-19 aboard an American Seafoods trawler that recently arrived in Dutch Harbor to fish for Bering Sea pollock. The ship, the Ocean Rover, docked in the Unalaska port on Sunday, 14 June, where, according to a press release from the city, local health officials worked together with American Seafoods to screen and test crewmembers.

“In a coordinated effort between the IFHS Clinic, City of

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Published on
June 15, 2020

Alaska’s Copper River salmon fishery was prepared for a complicated season. Many worried about a supply chain and end-market crippled by coronavirus shutdowns, and the industry scrambled to protect the rural community of Cordova – home to Copper River’s fleet – from a COVID-19 outbreak.

Cordova has so far managed to keep the coronavirus at bay, but low prices and lower run numbers are threatening to

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Published on
June 5, 2020

American Seafoods registered another 25 cases of COVID-19 on two separate ships after the weekend announcement it recorded 86 cases on board the American Dynasty, according to health officials in Bellingham, Washington.

The company announced Wednesday, 3 June, it was taking the “precautionary measure” of  testing employees on the American Jaeger and the Northern Dynasty while the trawler vessels were docked in

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June 4, 2020

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy released a revised travel protocol on 3 June that gives travelers options to get around the 14-day quarantine period, but the state is experiencing a hike in COVID-19 cases as the summer fishing season ramps up.

Dunleavy and state health officials announced they are waiving the state’s 14-day quarantine period for travelers who test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their flight. The quarantine can also

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Published on
June 1, 2020

Eighty-six workers for American Seafoods have tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak onboard the company’s American Dynasty trawler.

The company announced over the weekend that one crew member had tested positive for the virus, prompting testing of all 124 employees onboard the vessel. American Seafoods spokesperson Suzanne Lagoni told SeafoodSource that nine tests were still pending as of Monday morning.

Lagoni confirmed the ship

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Published on
May 29, 2020

A recent survey shows that Alaska fishermen are most concerned about the economic and health impacts of COVID-19 on the state’s fisheries, as well the destruction of habitat from projects like the proposed Pebble Mine ... 

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Published on
May 19, 2020

Alaska’s earliest salmon fishery – the famed Copper River run – kicked off last week with slow fishing and lower year-on-year prices.

As fishermen scraped through a scant opener, rumors circulated online and in news outlets that Copper River Seafoods was paying out just USD 3.50 (EUR 3.19) for sockeye and USD 6.50 (EUR 5.93) for kings. That would represent a sharp fall from last year’s starting price of USD 10.00 (EUR

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Published on
May 11, 2020

Pacific Seafood temporarily closed a plant in Warrenton, Oregon, U.S.A. after a worker tested positive for COVID-19 last week. It was the first positive coronavirus test for Pacific Seafood, which is among the largest seafood companies in the United States.

John King, the general manager of the plant in Warrenton, released a statement late last week saying the seafood giant is now among “many businesses that have been directly touched by

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Published on
May 7, 2020

A worker for Ocean Beauty Seafoods became the first positive case of COVID-19 in Cordova, Alaska, the home port of the famous Copper River salmon fishery.

Ocean Beauty’s president Mark Palmer told KLAM radio on Wednesday, 6 May, that the worker was asymptomatic and had been isolated in a bunk room.

The worker, a machinist, is among the first 15 employees Ocean Beauty sent up for the 2020 salmon season, set for its opener on 14 May.

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