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.

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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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