In Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.
Friday, 19 March 2010
Just when Oregon salmon gillnetters thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Beaver State chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association is at it again. It's reviving its attempt to place an initiative on the November ballot that would ban salmon gillnetting on the Columbia River.
The Oregon CCA chapter filed the state initiative in December, asserting that it sought to ban gillnet and tangle net use with the intention of establishing a fund to help harvesters switch to more selective fishing gear.
That might be fine if there were other gear that Oregon's salmon fishermen could use. But the state's attorney general's office, which reviews all potential ballot-initiative items, determined that there is no alternative gear available to salmon harvesters — gillnets and tangle nets are the only legal gear Oregon law allows them to use.
The attorney general's office changed the proposed initiative's title to reflect that problem. Consequently, CCA withdrew the initiative in mid-February.
But before Oregon gillnetters could exhale came word that CCA is refiling the AG-altered initiative. It must gather 82,769 signatures by early July to get it on the ballot.
Oregon's commercial salmon fishermen were proactive when the CCA chapter first filed the initiative. They actively campaigned against the proposal and developed a video to educate the public and demonstrate to them how the gear actually works. Looks like they'll have to dust it off and remind Oregon residents once more that gillnets and tangle nets should remain on the Columbia.
National Fisherman Live for March 10, 2014
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the appointment of John M.R. Bull as Commissioner of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. John Bull has been with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission since June 2007 and has been serving as Acting Commissioner since January 2014.
PORTSMOUTH, NH - The New Hampshire Fish and Lobster Festival, known locally as Fishtival, invites the community to Portsmouth's Prescott Park each September to honor, celebrate and rediscover the proud tradition of small-scale, local commercial groundfishing in New Hampshire and its valuable contribution to our local food system, local economy and local culture. Now, the mission continues with the announcement of small grants available from the proceeds of the 2013 event.