National Fisherman


Sport fishermen at the mouth of the Columbia River are protesting a decision to raise parking fees at the Port of Astoria.

Bob Rees says the $20-a-day fee strikes many in the sport-fishing groups he represents as price-gouging, or revenge for recent changes in gillnetting on the river that restrict commercial fishing.

But a member of the port's commission, Stephen Fulton, says the port is "bleeding money" and needs the revenue. He says the gillnetting controversy has nothing to do with the parking fees.

Read the full story at the Daily Astorian>>

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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