National Fisherman

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will decide Friday whether to adopt proposed boundaries that would close off the mouth of Youngs Bay to recreational fishing during the height of the Buoy 10 season.

The so-called “Youngs Bay Control Zone” would be closed to recreational anglers and guide boats to allow more fall chinook and coho returning to the bay to be caught by commercial gillnetters between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15.

The Commission meeting Friday begins at 8 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife headquarters building in Salem. Public testimony will be received in the morning following an expenditure report.

The exclusion zone was included in Senate Bill 830, which was passed by the Oregon Legislature last year and backed a package of reforms for Columbia River fisheries. The changes included phasing out commercial gillnetting on the main stem of the river by 2017.

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Inside the Industry

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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