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.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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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.

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