National Fisherman


WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Peninsula resident enjoyed the unusual and exciting experience of testifying in person to a congressional committee this month.

A proposed law working its way through Congress now would give Pacific Coast groundfish fishermen, already working within tight regulations, some extra financial breathing room.

Jim Neva, consultant and retired manager for the Port of Ilwaco, traveled to the nation's capital April 3 to speak at a hearing of the Committee on Natural Resources' subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs. U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who represents Southwest Washington, invited him to speak in favor of her proposed H.R. 2646, or Revitalizing the Economy of Fisheries in the Pacific Act (REFI Pacific Act).

The REFI Pacific Act would direct the Secretary of Commerce to essentially change the terms of a loan that owners of vessels still involved in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery have been paying off since 2003. That's when the fishery was offered a federal buyout. A number of fishermen retired their licenses, with those who continued to fish helping pay for the buyout.

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Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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