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
June 6, 2017

Major growth in aquaculture – also known as the “blue revolution” – will depend heavily on a paradigm shift from competition to cooperation, a panel of industry experts asserted on Monday, 5 June at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Pre-competitive collaboration was the buzz phrase at an afternoon plenary that featured talks by Avrim Lazar of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) and Jason Clay, senior … Read More

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May 17, 2017

Bristol Bay, Alaska is primed for yet another above-average run this season in the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery, but a portion of the industry’s energy this season may again be redirected to a fight the Pebble Mine, a massive copper, silver and gold mine proposed for location at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.

The administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama had stalled permits for the extraction site under a cla… Read More

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May 15, 2017

What started out as a thesis project to build bridges in the seafood industry in Iceland is quickly spreading across the United States.

The Iceland Ocean Cluster — an organization designed to bring together disparate industry players — grew out of founder and CEO Thor Sigfusson’s Ph.D. dissertation, completed in 2011, on the effectiveness of clusters.

Sigfusson launched his project with a simple act: He gathered people in a roo… Read More

Published on
May 2, 2017
Fire & Flavor wood plank with salmon

What started as a simple search for a cedar plank upon which to cook salmon has grown into a business that sold more than 250,000 planks last year. Now Fire & Flavor co-owner Davis Knox calls business for his specialty cedar planks “booming.”

Knox, an Athens, Georgia, U.S.A. native, founded Fire & Flavor in 2003 with his wife Gena, who got the idea for the business after she read about the Native American technique of cooking… Read More

Published on
April 24, 2017

The business competition Fish 2.0, now in its third installment, is evolving into a nexus of communication that is helping fight fragmentation in the seafood industry, according to its founding director Monica Jain. 

Held every two years after an inaugural 2013 edition, Fish 2.0 is an open call for entrepreneurs and business owners in the seafood industry to propose their projects and get feedback from investors and industry professionals, a… Read More

Published on
March 27, 2017

Crab fisheries up and down Alaska’s coast are registering higher than average prices, a trend spurred by strong demand on lower quotas.

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) slashed the total allowable catch (TAC) for Bering Sea snow crab by 50 percent for 2016/17 from the previous season to 21.57 million pounds, the lowest in 45 years.

But, in a consoling development for fisherman, snow crab ex-vessel prices are between USD 2.70… Read More

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March 21, 2017

After nearly two decades off the market, a small, tasty scallop that was once a symbol of Puget Sound’s thriving and diverse seafood sector is making a comeback, albeit in small numbers.

The man behind the resurgence of the wild-caught pink scallop, Nick Jones, who raises shellfish and does land farming from his Jones Family Farms on Lopez Island, is hoping those small numbers will be a big marketing draw.

“We’re calling them the rarest c… Read More

Published on
March 14, 2017

Biologists studying high rates of mortality in salmon and steelhead in Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia are concerned that proposed EPA funding cuts will derail their research.

A leaked proposal from the Office of Management and Budget shows that the Trump Administration wants to slash EPA funding in Puget Sound by 93 percent, from USD 28 million (EUR 26.3 million) this year to around USD 2 million (EUR 1.9 million) in the coming fiscal yea… Read More

Published on
February 28, 2017

A new report on the effects of aquaculture on protected species takes a close look at how increasingly widespread gear may interact with native marine life such as sea turtles, whales and sea birds that are protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The new study by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) pointed to some concerns with aquaculture gear, but also concluded that “risk can be minimized through proper sit… Read More

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February 21, 2017

Lately, headlines about Seattle’s booming economy are dominated by record-setting numbers of cranes, nation-leading spikes in home prices, and astronomical tech salaries. Old Seattle – the one that wears Extra-Tuffs – sometimes seems like it has disappeared behind the gleaming new Amazon towers.

But from harvesting to processing to marketing, Puget Sound is still enjoying a robust slab of revenue and employment from seafood, mostly from ac… Read More