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
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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Published on
August 9, 2019

Fishing all but wrapped up in Bristol Bay, Alaska this week, capping what could shake out to be the most lucrative season in 126 years of recorded history in the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. 

When the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) published its final daily run summary of the season on 31 July, the total salmon harvest sat at just over 43 million fish on a run of 56.3 million. Sockeye salmon constituted over 42

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July 31, 2019

Opponents to the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska spoke out Wednesday, 31 July, a day after the EPA decided to reverse Obama-era protections in the region, opening the door for a gold and copper mine slated for development at the headwaters of the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery. 

Local tribes, commercial and sport fishermen, biologists, and other activists, who have fought the mine for a decade, recently banded

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May 21, 2019

The Alaska Superior Court dismissed on Friday, 17 May, a lawsuit against the Bristol Bay Regional Development Association (BBRSDA) that claimed the organization was misusing tax dollars to oppose Pebble Mine, a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run.

Six Bristol Bay fishermen, all members of BBRSDA, filed the lawsuit on 1 April, 2019. A spokesperson for the mine’s

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April 26, 2019

A coalition of more than 200 businesses that includes Patagonia, Hy-Vee, Whole Foods, and PCC Markets drafted a letter this week to speak out against Pebble Mine, a proposed open-pit copper, gold, and molybdenum mine at the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The letter from the group, known as Businesses for Bristol Bay, was addressed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Anchorage, and

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Published on
April 10, 2019

Several Bristol Bay fishermen, with financial backing from the Pebble Limited Partnership, have filed a lawsuit against the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Association (BBRSDA) for what they allege is misuse of the BBRSDA’s funds.

The lawsuit is challenging more than USD 250,000 (EUR 221,900) in BBRSDA contracts with two organizations – United Tribes of Bristol Bay and SalmonState – that oppose Pebble Mine, a proposed open pit

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April 5, 2019

Opposition is growing to a renewed effort to launch a massive mining project near Bristol Bay, Alaska, home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run. 

Mining conglomerate Pebble Limited Partnership applied for a permit in December 2017 for an open pit copper, gold, and molybdenum mine that would sit near critical headwaters that feed the Bristol Bay fishery. Opponents say the Pebble Mine would undermine the area's pristine

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February 22, 2019

The Bristol Bay Regional Development Association (BBRSDA) is expanding a marketing campaign it believes will make Bristol Bay sockeye salmon a nationally recognized brand.

In 2016, the association launched a pilot marketing program in nine grocery stores in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.. The association put its new eye-catching, salmon-hued logo on aprons, printed fish wrap, and stickers, and handed out recipe cards and branded mugs while their

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February 18, 2019

A lot can change in a few months, fisheries economists are quick to say, but early indications point to very favorable conditions for wild Alaska salmon prices in 2019, especially for sockeye, the state’s top-dollar species.  

Andy Wink, a fisheries economist who also heads the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA), is happy with how the market is looking for the upcoming season.

“I think we’re

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