commercial fishing http://www.kplu.org en Shipbuilders to Senators: Help Us Modernize Vessels, Create Jobs http://www.kplu.org/post/shipbuilders-senators-help-us-modernize-vessels-create-jobs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How do you create jobs in Seattle and Alaska?&nbsp;By building fishing boats here and hiring workers who might otherwise only get jobs in fast-food restaurants.</span></p><p>That’s the message from a roundtable gathered for U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, in Seattle Thursday.</p><p>The problem is access to capital, according to the panel of representatives of the shipbuilding industry that builds and supports fishing boats for Seattle’s fleet.</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11461 at http://www.kplu.org Shipbuilders to Senators: Help Us Modernize Vessels, Create Jobs Pebble Mine opponents put value of Bristol Bay fishery at $1.5 billion http://www.kplu.org/post/pebble-mine-opponents-put-value-bristol-bay-fishery-15-billion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Though it’s thousands of miles away, a </span><a href="http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/mining/largemine/pebble/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">proposed mine</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for gold and copper in Alaska’s Bristol Bay threatens to destroy the livelihood of thousands of people in the Puget Sound area.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Seattle’s fleet of commercial fishermen and seafood processors have been a big part of the<a href="http://www.savebristolbay.org/about-the-bay/about-pebble-mine" target="_blank"> opposition to the so-called Pebble Mine</a>.</p><p>A new economic report puts the value of Bristol Bay’s salmon at <a href="http://fishermenforbristolbay.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CFBB-ISER-full-report-FINAL-4-19-2013.pdf" target="_blank">$1.5 billion per year</a>,&nbsp;and says more than a quarter of the jobs it generates are located in Washington state.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 03:04:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8733 at http://www.kplu.org Pebble Mine opponents put value of Bristol Bay fishery at $1.5 billion After son's death, father criticizes lack of fishing industry oversight http://www.kplu.org/post/after-sons-death-father-criticizes-lack-fishing-industry-oversight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 66 Washingtonians who died on the job in 2012 were honored at a memorial on Tuesday. A memorial bell was rung 66 times, once for each victim who died of a job-related illness or injury.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the father of a 22-year-old commercial fisherman who died says not enough has been done; he voiced frustration over what he called a lack of government oversight of the fishing industry.</span></p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:04:30 +0000 Ashley Gross 8527 at http://www.kplu.org After son's death, father criticizes lack of fishing industry oversight