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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NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


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.

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