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
May 12, 2021

Clackamas, Oregon, U.S.A.-based Pacific Seafood said it contributed positively to better fishing practices, food safety standards, and the environment in 2020, according to its latest annual report. Additionally, the company announced that a former U.S. congressman has joined its board of directors 

Photo courtesy of Pacific

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May 7, 2021

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada-based Tradex Seafoods has achieved a longtime goal of sourcing 100 percent of its seafood products from sustainable sources.

The company's goal, set four years ago, was to purchase only products certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, Ocean Wise, or FishChoice for its SINBAD retail line and custom-packed products sold through the company’s

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May 3, 2021

OBI Seafoods and Trident Seafoods will not be opening salmon processing plants in Alaska as a result of low projected salmon returns.

OB Seafoods’ processing plant in Excursion Inlet, Alaska, will be not be processing fish for the 2021 salmon season due to a string of poor runs in the Southeast district.

And Trident’s Wrangell plant won’t open this year, with plant  manager Nick Ohmer telling the Wrangell Sentinel Trident

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April 8, 2021

Oregon’s pink shrimp fishery is opening with an inventory surplus and extreme market uncertainty resulting from pandemic-related restaurant closures.

Oregon is home to the world’s largest pink shrimp fishery, with a 30-year average annual harvest of around 30 million pounds. The small shrimp – also known as cocktail shrimp or salad shrimp – have traditionally been sold to the foodservice market.

Last season, shrimpers in

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April 7, 2021

Alaskan fishing organizations are urging the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to listen to coastal communities and fishermen while crafting an ecosystem-based approach to climate change and fisheries policy.

The message from Alaska fishing communities came through recent public comments hearing by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the new administration’s executive order on climate

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March 30, 2021

Alaska’s pollock A season looks to be at least partially back on track after a chaotic early season stunted by COVID-19 shutdowns and rough weather …

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March 23, 2021

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) is forecasting a robust all-species salmon harvest of over 190 million fish for the 2021 season …

Photo courtesy of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development

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March 22, 2021

A new report estimates that Bristol Bay, Alaska’s salmon fishery generated more than USD 2.2 billion (EUR 1.9 billion) in economic benefits during the banner 2019 season ... 

Photo courtesy of Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development

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March 11, 2021

Like so many companies in the seafood industry, Canada-based Tradex Foods Inc. had its business model put to the test roughly a year ago when the pandemic slashed foodservice industry sales by around 70 percent

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March 5, 2021

Domoic acid, price-haggling, and potential whale entanglement held up the Dungeness crab fishing up and down the West Coast this winter, further complicating a fishery already turned upside down by the pandemic.

Fishermen usually drop their pots from California to Washington in December, but did not start until January or February this season, depending on the state.

According to seafood distributor Tradex Food Inc, winter supply was met with

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