Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
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.
National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.