National Fisherman

Science groups in Woodland are experimenting with flooding rice fields in the winter to raise salmon, and it’s been producing big results.
 
Floodplain-raised fish have shown a higher survival rate and a larger size over river-raised salmon.
 
These 6-week-old salmon can’t wait to get out of this net and make their way to the Sacramento River.
 
“Just the fact that these fish are so big after only six weeks out here is phenomenal. That hugely increases their ability to survive on their way to the ocean,” said Peter Moyle with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.
 
These salmon aren’t like other fish though. They spent their first six weeks of their lives living in a rice field.
 
In the muddy water, these fish are healthy and finding lots of food, which is something that’s been overlooked for years.
 
Moyle says using local rice fields to raise salmon during the offseason has been producing bigger and stronger fish.
 
Salmon used to live in these wetlands, but when the farmlands moved in, the fish had to move out.
 
“That incredible food production that happens on the floodplain can actually be reproduced, can be mimicked in these agricultural fields,” said Jacob Katz.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

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March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
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Inside the Industry

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.

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Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods, will take over for the outgoing CEO, Harry Demone, who will assume the role as chairman of the board of directors. The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based seafood supplier boasts sales in excess of $310 million (American) for the first quarter of the year.

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