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 Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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