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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February 26, 2021

An analysis by the Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) indicates that U.S. consumers are increasingly looking to buy pollock caught in Alaska ... 

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February 25, 2021

The Hilborn Lab at the University of Washington and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) have released an updated version of their Fishery Improvement Projects Database (FIP-DB). UW and SFP, which released the update on Wednesday, 24 February, are calling the database the “world’s most comprehensive resource for current and historical information on fishery improvement projects (FIPs),” with data from all the

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February 17, 2021

A report on Washington state’s dwindling wild salmon populations offers a warning to Alaska, where several stocks have registered concerning declines over the past years.

Washington's 2020 State of the Salmon in Watersheds report chronicled a bleak panorama, with 14 of the state’s species listed as endangered. While conversation efforts have succeeded in revitalizing some salmon runs in Washington, the report said fish stocks in

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February 16, 2021

A court in the state of Washington ruled in favor of a lawsuit to revoke the Clean Water Act general permit for the state's shellfish farmers last week, shooting down an appeal by Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA).

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the Coalition to Protect Puget Sound filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers last year, and in October of 2019 a federal court upheld the lawsuit, ruling the

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February 8, 2021

The federal government of Canada and the provincial government of British Columbia are pumping some CAD 4 million (USD 3.1 million, EUR 2.5 million) into a handful of different projects to combat declining wild salmon populations.

Canada announced last week the funds from the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF) will go to four different salmon restoration projects in B.C., and will serve to help a number of different

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February 5, 2021

Retail prices for sockeye salmon have been at historical highs for the past three months, largely driven by a 25 percent drop in global supply in 2020.

For Q1 up through 27 January, wild sockeye salmon fillets averaged USD 12.07 (EU 10.05), the highest quarterly average since 2012, according to figures cited by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA).

BBRSDA Executive Director Andy Wink said sockeye prices have spiked

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February 3, 2021

Sockeye salmon forecasts for both the Copper River and the Upper Cook Inlet came in well below historical averages for the upcoming season, a blow to fisheries already reeling from poor runs and pandemic-related losses last season.

For the Copper River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) predicted a total run of nearly 1.3 million sockeye salmon. That number would be 37.4 percent short of the most recent 10-year average of around 2.1

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January 27, 2021

The Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod fishery has recovered its Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification following its suspenion due to declining stocks.

The recertification was announced on Friday, 22 January, by MRAG Americas, an independent organization that conducts annual audits to assess the state of fisheries.

“The decision to lift the suspension comes as a result of an expedited audit that was announced on 22 December, 2020. The

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January 19, 2021

Trident Seafoods is scrambling to contain a coronavirus outbreak at a plant on the Aleutian Islands on the eve of the pollock A season.

The Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based company announced on Monday, 18 January, that four roommates had tested positive at Trident’s plant in Akutan, Alaska, a processing center that takes in crab and cod as well as pollock from the Bering Sea fisheries.

One of the infected employees had difficulty

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January 18, 2021

A new study aims to research how salmon use magnetic fields for navigation and determine whether mineral stores like the Pebble deposit in Bristol Bay, Alaska might help guide the fish back to their spawning grounds ... 

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