National Fisherman

The Oregon Court of Appeals in Salem heard oral arguments Monday on a petition requesting a stay of enforcement for rules affecting the commercial gillnet fishery on the Columbia River.
A decision on enforcing a stay could be determined in the coming weeks by the court, which would be in place during a judicial review of the new Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife policy.
Steve Fick, owner of Fishhawk Fisheries and a petioner in the case, expressed the importance of the stay Monday and remained hopeful in the outcome for commercial gillnet interests.
The motion is the second made by Fick, Jim Wells and Fishhawk Fisheries. Filed in July, the motion states, “Because petitioners and the public will be irreparably harmed in the interim, and because petitioners are likely to prevail on the merits, the court should grant a stay of enforcement of the ODFW rules pending disposition of this judicial review.
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Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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