Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Written by Adrianne Madden
Friday, 20 March 2009
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.
NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.
The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.Read more...
Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.
Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.Read more...