National Fisherman

Oregon officials have placed a sea lion trap above Bonneville Dam to try to catch at least three California sea lions that have darted through the dam's locks.

Columbia River tribes asked the Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife departments to place the new trap above Bonneville, where tribal fishing grounds predominate. The new trap is placed at The Dalles Marina.

Oregon and Washington are authorized to kill California sea lions spotted eating salmon near the dam, if they don't respond to non-lethal hazing and visit the dam at least five times.

Read the full story at The Oregonian>>

Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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