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
December 18, 2019

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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Published on
November 22, 2019

An invasive, quick-spreading aquarium plant could forewarn of the upcoming difficulties that Alaska salmon runs may face as marine environments change from human intervention.

The plant is elodea, which is native to the lower 48 U.S. states and is commonly used in aquariums. Researchers say it was first dumped into Alaska waters in the early 1980's with the unwanted contents of an aquarium and has since adapted to colder water. Now, it is being

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Published on
November 18, 2019

For years, Arron Kallenberg kicked around the idea of leveraging his family’s three generations of Alaska commercial fishing heritage into a direct-to-consumer seafood business.

He finally took the leap to create the now-thriving Wild Alaskan Company in 2017, but said the story goes all the way back to 1926, when his grandfather, Robert C. Kallenberg, moved from New Jersey to Alaska and began commercial fishing on a wooden sailboat in

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Published on
November 1, 2019

Alaska pollock producers know they turn out a healthy, sustainable, and abundant protein source with a relatively small carbon footprint. Now, they are hoping new marketing efforts will expose more households to the virtues of wild Alaska pollock and dramatically increase consumption of the fish.

The Alaska pollock fishery is the largest by volume in the United States, scooping up an average harvest of around 1.3 million metric tons over the

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Published on
October 31, 2019

The Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) held its first-ever Wild Alaska Pollock Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington on Tuesday, 29 October. The tagline of the conference was Celebrating our Perfect Protein and featured talks from politicians, marketers, economists, retailers, and others.

The meeting focused on how industry professionals can push wild Alaska pollock to center stage as an abundant, healthy, and sustainable

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October 25, 2019

Biologists were shocked in 2017 when they found that the numbers of Pacific cod had risen exponentially in the northern Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska. Now, researchers at NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center have used genetic testing to prove that those fish, enabled by warming waters and a lack of sea ice, have moved north from the southeastern Bering Sea.

Surveys as recent as the 1970’s revealed “trace amounts”

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October 21, 2019

Raley’s Supermarkets has introduced a multi-pronged marketing approach for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon that uses in-store branding, video, and social media to promote Alaska sockeye salmon.

According to the West Sacramento, California-based grocer, which operates 129 stores in the U.S. west, the program has bumped sales of sockeye from Bristol Bay up 35 percent from 2018.

The campaign, a partnership with the Bristol Bay Regional Development

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Published on
October 1, 2019

Opponents of the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska applauded U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who last week stood behind language critical of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the proposed open-pit copper, gold, and molybdenum mine that would sit near critical headwaters that feed the Bristol Bay fishery.

These new criticisms appeared in an appropriations bill from the Senate

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Published on
September 2, 2019

Restaurants around Washington D.C. will feature wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska as part of Bristol Bay Salmon Week, which will take place from 16 to 20 September. 

The event, organized by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA), will put fillets from the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery front and center on menus at 28 restaurants across the nation’s capital. 

“Bristol Bay

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Published on
August 20, 2019

The world’s largest sockeye fishery, Bristol Bay, Alaska, clocked its second-largest harvest ever this season, with a haul of more than 43 million fish. The big catch, combined with a robust base price – most of the fishery’s major processors have posted an initial ex-vessel buying price at USD 1.35 (EUR 1.20) per pound – should make 2019 among the most lucrative years in the fishery’s history. This season’s

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