National Fisherman

Washington and Oregon approved eight hours of gillnetting Sunday night in the lower Columbia River from Beacon Rock to the ocean.

The commercial fleet will fish from 9 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday with 8-inch-mesh nets. Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the commercials are projected to catch about 2,500 summer chinook salmon and 280 sturgeon.

The non-Indian commercial allocation of summer chinook is 2,585, Roler said.

A run of 73,000 summer chinook are forecast to enter the Columbia River destined for the upper Columbia in central Washington.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.

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NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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