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
December 16, 2016

Updated numbers from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) indicated that the United States is exporting slightly less seafood this year than in 2015, while imports have seen a small bump.

A dismal Alaska pink salmon season may have contributed to the decline in overall exports. NMFS figures said pink salmon exports plummeted from 102,010 metric tons (MT) from January to October 2015 to 34,065 MT in the first 10 months of 2016. The poor s… Read More

Published on
December 9, 2016

The administration U.S. President Barack Obama has announced the implementation of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program to qualified enthusiasm from environmental groups.

The fruits of the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, authorized by Obama in June 2014, the program will require “at-risk” seafood that is imported into the United States to be tracked to its source and … Read More

Published on
October 11, 2016

In mixed news for Alaska’s crabbers, the state’s Department of Fish and Game announced the opening of the Bering Sea snow crab season will take place on 15 October, but with an allotted catch that is half that of last season’s.

A report released Thursday, 6 October by Fish and Game put the total allowable catch (TAC) for the 2016/17 season at 21.57 million pounds, which would be the fishery’s lowest in 45 years. Around 19.4 million pound… Read More

Published on
September 28, 2016

It was not quite a hurricane, but Alaskas abysmal pink salmon run this year did enough damage that the states governor, Bill Walker, thinks it should be declared a disaster, a move that would free up federal funds for struggling fishermen.

Walker sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker last week asking for an expedited review of the Kodiak, Prince William Sound, Lower Cook Inlet and Chignik management areas af… Read More

Published on
September 27, 2016

A late but bountiful 2016 sockeye run in Alaska’s Bristol Bay was the second largest in the last 20 years, trailing only last season’s massive tally.

Preliminary numbers released earlier this month by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said 51.4 million sockeye salmon ran into the five districts in the bay, well over the 20-year average.

“Average is about 35 million total, so whatever is going on out there in the ocean appears to be s… Read More

Published on
September 14, 2016

Alaska’s Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) recently launched a pilot project designed to boost sockeye salmon sales among millennial consumers.

The campaign, which started 1 September, will run through the end of 2016 and in theo Boulder, Colorado media market, where BBRSDA hopes to take advantage of a concentration of younger, food conscious consumers. The results of the pilot will inform a national rollout of a si… Read More