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

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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