National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

West Coast salmon woes abound again this year, but some spots — especially in Oregon — are expected to be teeming with fish. (At least by comparison to last year!)

Managers have forecast 1.3 million coho for the Oregon coast and Columbia River, up from the '08 forecast of 290,000, and most of the season options have increased almost tenfold over last year, as well.

On Monday, March 30, the Pacific Fishery Management Council will hold 7 p.m. meetings at the Red Lion Hotel in Coos Bay, Ore., and the Chateau Westport in Westport, Wash. The California meeting takes place on Tuesday, March 31, at the Red Lion Eureka, also at 7 p.m.

The season quotas will be finalized at the April council meeting in San Francisco, so be sure to attend one of the meetings to voice your opinion and make this year the first in a recovery for West Coast salmon fishermen!

For more information, visit the Pacific council's public hearings page.

Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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