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. 

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2020-04-08 14:00:00

The city of Dillingham and the Curyung Tribal Council in Bristol Bay, Alaska, sent a letter to Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy requesting the closure of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in 2020, amidst concerns that a COVID-19 outbreak in rural Alaska will result if it was left open.

“The City of Dillingham and Curyung Tribal Council want to keep the residents of our community, our region and our state safe,” reads the

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2020-04-07 14:10:00

The seafood industry is adapting and tightening its safety protocols as fears grow over summer fishing activities spreading COVID-19 in rural Alaska.

In Bristol Bay, Alaska, a recently released document signed by local industry heavyweights like the Bristol Bay Regional Development Association and the Bristol Bay Native Corporation suggests that all workers test negative within 48 hours of traveling to the region.

Upon arrival in Bristol Bay,

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2020-03-27 14:25:00

Alaska issued a mandate late on Monday, 24 March, qualifying the state’s commercial fishing industry as “critical infrastructure,” a move that frees up the Bristol Bay fishery to move forward with preparations for the 2020 season.

But uncertainty looms as the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery discusses how it might bring nearly 12,000 non-resident workers into remote western Alaska amid the coronavirus

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2020-03-26 14:00:00

Washington state shellfish giant Taylor Shellfish has been whittled down to a bare bones operation as the coronavirus pandemic continues to choke markets and batter the industry

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2020-03-17 13:00:00

Crowds have thinned at Seattle’s famed Pike Place Fish Market, as fears of the spread of coronavirus are keeping more and more consumers home.

The normal scrum of phone-wielding tourists surrounding the typically boisterous fish market was practically absent over the weekend, but Anders Miller, one of the market’s four co-owners, said the drop in foot traffic has coincided with a spike in online orders.

“We’re definitely

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2020-03-16 14:00:00

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) called the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska “a major threat to Pacific salmon” at a hearing in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, 11 March.

Cantwell’s comments came while questioning Neil Jacobs, who has been nominated to serve as the next administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The proposed gold and copper mine would sit near the headwaters of one of the most

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2020-02-11 14:00:00

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) is forecasting a mixed bag for the upcoming Copper River salmon season. Biologists predict sockeye numbers will be below average, but say the market could see some compensation with a strong Chinook salmon showing …

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2019-12-18 14:10:00

Trade on permits in Alaska’s salmon fisheries has been generally sluggish, as high prices in booming fisheries, warming waters, and market uncertainties are giving fishermen pause.

Fishermen are still looking to get into Bristol Bay after consecutive seasons of robust runs have coincided with strong prices, culminating in a 2019 season that was the most lucrative in history. Last year’s record-breaking preliminary ex-vessel value of

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2019-12-10 14:00:00

The Pacific cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska will be shut down in 2020 because of low numbers that biologists are tying to high water temperatures caused by global warming ... 

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2019-11-26 14:20:00

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADFG) predicts a 2020 sockeye salmon run exceeding the ten-year average by 6 percent for Bristol Bay ...  

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