National Fisherman

SALEM — A state board approved a new salmon and steelhead management plan on Friday for the Oregon Coast that trims the introduction of hatchery salmon and steelhead on a few rivers to reduce the likeli­hood that they will interbreed with wild fish.
 
The state Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously adopted the Coastal Multi-Species Management Plan at a meeting in Salem.
 
State fisheries chief Ed Bowles said the plan made some compromises to accommodate objections raised by anglers and county officials in the Tillamook Bay area and the southern coast.
 
The anglers and officials did not want to see a reduction in the number of hatchery fish put into local rivers each year because fish are important to the local economies.
 
Bowles added that, overall, the number of hatchery fish going into coastal rivers is increasing.
 
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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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