National Fisherman

RAINIER — Intermittent sport-fishing closures at Buoy 10 and in the lower Columbia River are anticipated in August and September in order to allow for commercial purse and beach seining for salmon.
 
“We’ll probably have to have closures,’’ Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife told the Emerging Fishery Advisory Board here on Tuesday. “I can’t see a beach seine operating in an area where you have a whole bunch of people with rods on the beach.’’
 
Commercial salmon fishing with purse seines and beach seines — for profit not just testing — is coming to the lower Columbia River in the fall of 2014.
 
Washington and Oregon plan to allow a limited number of seines in 2014, 2015 and 2016, transitioning to the phase-out of gillnets from the main stem Columbia in 2017.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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