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
July 23, 2021

Bristol Bay, Alaska was in the midst of a record-setting run as landings continued this week.

Earlier in the week, the fishery broke the all-time record of 62.9 million sockeye set in 2018, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported that 63.7 million sockeye had run up the rivers as of Thursday, 22 July. Bristol Bay, home to world’s largest sockeye salmon run, has seen historically large runs for the past eight seasons while other

Read More
Published on
July 16, 2021

Alaska’s Bering Sea pollock B season, which runs from 10 June to 31 October, was experiencing strong volumes, but smaller fish sizes are causing a shortage of supply for the pollock fillet market …

Photo courtesy of

Read More
Published on
July 13, 2021

Landings in Bristol Bay, Alaska—home of the world’s largest sockeye salmon run—topped 26 million fish over the past weekend and continued to show signs of strength, with test fishing indicating the run is far from over ... 

Photo courtesy of Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development

Read More
Published on
July 5, 2021

Bristol Bay, Alaska is off to a strong start in what is expected to be another season hovering around all-time highs for both catch and value in the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. Fish were already pouring in to at least two of Bristol Bay’s four major river systems, with the run total sitting at eight million sockeye salmon on a preseason prediction of over 50 million sockeye. Fleets had harvested four million fish as of 30

Read More
Published on
July 1, 2021

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) will receive USD 3 million (EUR 2.5 million) in CARES Act funding to help cover additional costs precipitated by COVID-19, money that should help the organization rework pandemic-era marketing strategies.

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy recently announced the allocation to ASMI, Alaska’s largest marketing association for seafood.

“Alaska’s seafood industry is a strong pillar of our

Read More
Published on
July 1, 2021

Canada’s government announced this week it would drastically cut back on commercial fishing pressure for the 2021 season, shutting down 79 of the country’s 138 fisheries in an effort to save dwindling Pacific salmon runs.

The new reduction plan is part of the Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative (PSSI), a USD 520 million (EUR 440 million) investment announced earlier this month to help preserve salmon runs in Canada.The PSSI plan

Read More
Published on
June 24, 2021

A new report sponsored by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) showed that at-home seafood consumption has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many consumers intentionally moving away from red meat to seafood as a healthier form a protein.

The report – put together by Datassential for ASMI – found that 26 percent of consumers bought seafood for the first time during the pandemic, while 35 percent are cooking more

Read More
Published on
June 21, 2021

Peter Pan Seafood shook up the world’s largest wild salmon run on 19 June with the announcement it will pay a base price of USD 1.10 (EUR 0.84) per pound for sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The price upholds reports of a strong market for wild sockeye and is a welcome development for Bristol Bay fishermen, who were disappointed by last season’s base price of USD 0.75 (EUR 0.63).

Peter Pan’s announcement also represents a

Read More
Published on
June 11, 2021

A group of more than 200 businesses and industry associations sent an open letter to the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden and the U.S. Congress yesterday asking for lasting protections in Bristol Bay, Alaska, home to world’s largest sockeye salmon run.

The letter was signed by large foodservice and retail players like Sysco, Hy-Vee, Wegmans, and Publix, as well as outdoor recreation and commercial fishing companies like

Read More
Published on
June 8, 2021

The Alaska Mariculture Task Force has announced the formation of a new private nonprofit organization to help bolster and centralize the state’s growing mariculture industry. The membership-based nonprofit – called the Alaska Mariculture Alliance (AMA) – will launch this summer with a mission to “develop and support a robust and sustainable mariculture industry, producing shellfish and aquatic plants for the long-term

Read More