New Freezer Trawler for O’Hara

O'Hara Corporation's Araho

Fishermen’s News, October 1, 2015

O'Hara Corporation's Araho

O’Hara Corporation’s new freezer trawler, launched on Aug. 31 by Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida, will join the Amendment 80 fleet in the Bering Sea in 2016. Company officials say it will be used for the harvesting and processing of flatfish for markets in Asia and the United States. Photos courtesy of O’Hara Corp. Read more about the Araho here from Fishermen’s News.

The O’Hara Fishing Dynasty: Their Secret? Knowing When to Fish or Cut Bait

O'Hara Corporation's Defender

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Free Press Online], August 14, 2015
By Christine Parish

O'Hara Corporation's Defender
On July 31, O’Hara Corporation launched the first American fishing vessel that will be able to chase fish through polar ice off the coast of Alaska.

Now in its fifth generation, the O’Hara family business has shown the ability to adapt as fishing technology, two world wars, and changes in international fisheries laws upended the industry…. Continue Reading

O’Hara Corp Christens First New Amendment 80 Vessel in Nearly 30 Years

Araho, O'Hara Corporation's new vessel

undercurrentnews.com, August 11, 2015
By Jeanine Stewart

Araho, O'Hara Corporation's new vessel

Araho, O’Hara Corporation’s new vessel

The O’Hara Corporation christened the first new vessel to join Alaska’s flatfish sector in nearly three decades this summer, marking a major milestone for the aging fleet and sending waves of excitement through the industry.

A video posted on the company’s Facebook page shows the hull of the new vessel — named the Araho — being launched into the water, in time for completion by the Alaska Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands flatfish fishing season’s start in late January. In a rare move, the company had it built on US soil. Eastern Shipbuilding Group constructed the 194-foot freezer trawler at its home-base in Panama City, Florida…. Continue Reading

Halibut Anger Lands on Wrong Target

JuneauEmpire.com [Letters], July 7, 2015
By Lori Swanson

In Tuesday’s ‘My Turn’ feature, Mr. Grutter states that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council halibut bycatch reductions approved in June are a ‘non-action.’ He may be disappointed with the outcome, but the 25 percent reduction imposed on the Amendment 80 sector is an extremely significant action that will have huge effects on fishermen and their families, who are likely to see their incomes and quality of life suffer greatly from this decision. The cuts follow the 25 percent reduction in bycatch already achieved by the Amendment 80 sector through gear innovation and changes in fishing behavior. The additional cuts will require reduced overall harvest…. Continue Reading

What Did Scientists See During Eastern Bering Sea Canyon Survey?

Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) News, June 24, 2015

Click here to read the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) final report on Bering Sea canyons plus some interview questions from Chris Rooper, a NOAA Fisheries Research Biologist with the AFSC and one of the lead scientists on the journey to finding the answers.

Alaska Flatfish Catchers Take Hit After NPFMC Bycatch Vote

SeafoodSource.com, June 10, 2015
By Christine Blank, contributing editor

Flatfish catcher-processors are worried about the impact on their business and jobs in the sector after the North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to reduce halibut bycatch by 25 percent…. Continue Reading

Reallocating Alaskan Halibut Restrictions Could Ruin Seattle’s Trawl Fleet

The Seattle-based trawl fleet faces new economic threats in the debate over Bering Sea halibut fishing rules

Seattle Times [Opinion], June 2, 2015
By Chris Woodley

IN Sunday’s guest column, the Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association referred to trawl fishing as a grave threat and an “environmentally disastrous policy” that has devastated their halibut fishery and “plundered the Bering Sea.”… Continue Reading

Trawler Representatives Say 50% Halibut Bycatch Reduction is Neither Fair Nor Equitable

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Letters], May 15, 2015
By Chris Woodley

In keeping with our policy on Halibut, both Peggy and I have comments on this letter from Chris Woodley, who is Executive Director of the Groundfish Forum representing the Amendment 80 fleet:

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Alaska Groundfish Fleets Face Big Blow from Halibut Bycatch Proposals

America's Finest

undercurrentnews.com, March 9, 2015
By Jeanine Stewart

America's Finest

America’s Finest, the new ship Fishermen’s Finest is building, will replace one of its two vessels – the American No. 1 or the US Intrepid. Credit: Skipsteknisk

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish fleets are staring down at what could be a shocking blow to revenues next year.

The North Pacific Fishery Management (NPFMC) is considering halibut bycatch allocation reductions for BSAI groundfish fleets ranging from 10% to 50%, with a final vote slated for its June meeting.

As the potential impacts of this blow begin to sink in, one company — three-decade old Fishermen’s Finest — has already assessed the damages, and they’re not pretty. The company expects the cuts to have a devastating one-to-one impact on revenue for Amendment 80 flatfish fishing operations in the Bering Sea.
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