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
November 30, 2020

Fall fishing in Washington state’s Puget Sound did little to alleviate a market shortage of chum salmon after Alaska’s summer salmon season turned in abysmal numbers.

In Alaska, fishermen caught just …

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Published on
November 26, 2020

Earlier this month, conservation groups lost a lawsuit to block Cooke Aquaculture from raising domesticated steelhead in net-pens in Washington’s Puget Sound, but the groups announced on 23 November they will file a second appeal to the state’s Supreme Court.

In January, authorities from Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) granted Cooke a five-year permit to farm steelhead in Puget Sound, and Cooke received

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Published on
November 20, 2020

The Oregon pink shrimp fishery wrapped up 2020 with a robust catch of 42.3 million pounds on a season blighted only by low prices at markets were battered by the pandemic …

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Published on
November 18, 2020

Dizzying swings in markets and consumer trends touched off by the coronavirus pandemic have forced the Alaska seafood industry to rethink its entire business model, from marketing to distribution to product mix.

Last week, professionals from across the industry and around the world convened on Zoom for a virtual installation of All Hands on Deck, an annual conference hosted by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). Experts discussed the

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Published on
November 16, 2020

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) predicts over 51 million sockeye salmon will return to Bristol Bay in 2021, another massive run for Alaska’s most robust salmon fishery.

If the forecast holds, it will continue an unprecedented string of large runs in Bristol Bay, which have the fishery averaging over 48 million sockeye salmon annually for the past 10 years. The long-term contemporary average, calculated from 1963 to 2020, is

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Published on
November 12, 2020

A new report by the Juneau, Alaska-based McKinley Research Group – formerly the McDowell Group – outlined the difficulties encountered this season by Alaska’s seafood industry, with lower stocks complicated by a massive COVID-19 bill ... 

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Published on
November 9, 2020

A rough B season for Alaska pollock in the Bering Sea drew to a close with at least part of the total allowable catch (TAC) left in the water. Final numbers were not in yet, but industry insiders estimate fleets left around 5 to 6 percent of the 757,651 metric tons allotted for the B season, which runs from 10 June to 31 October.

Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based Global Seas, which runs four trawlers that fish for Bering Sea pollock, found

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Published on
November 6, 2020

Two workers who spent the summer working at a North Pacific Seafoods, Inc. salmon processing plant in Alaska have sued the company with a litany of complaints

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Published on
November 2, 2020

The Alaska Supreme Court is currently reviewing the constitutionality of a lucrative landings tax on fish caught in federal waters and brought through Alaska ports to be exported to international markets.

Every season, millions of tons of fish are scooped up by factory trawlers in the Bering Sea’s federal waters, which start three miles off the coast of Alaska. Most of those fish are processed at sea, then taken to ports like Dutch Harbor

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Published on
October 27, 2020

The Alaska Bering Sea crab season kicked off last week amid a mixed outlook ... 

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