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.
Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.Read more...
The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.