National Fisherman

Washington and Oregon today adopted three days of coho gillnetting in the Columbia River downstream of Woodland and four nights of commercial chinook fishing between Woodland and Beacon Rock.
The Columbia River Compact approved commercial fishing targeting on coho from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Monday downstream of Warrior Rock on Sauvie Island.
The net fleet can keep chinook, coho and pink salmon, plus shad. No sturgeon or chum salmon may be possessed. The nets must have a 6-inch-maximum mesh.
Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said the projected catch is 5,000 coho and 1,500 chinook.
Read the full story at The Columbian>>

Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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