National Fisherman

COLUMBIA RIVER — As the official end of 2014’s spring Chinook season approached on Sunday, June 15, Columbia Basin harvest managers bumped up their spring Chinook forecast from 224,000 to 243,000 fish (to river mouth) and gave commercial and sport fishers more time on the river.
 
By June 12, more than 218,000 spring Chinook had been counted at Bonneville Dam, more than twice last year’s tally of 106,000. About 31,000 jacks had also been counted, better than the 10-year average of 23,000. About 40,600 jacks had been counted by the same time in 2013.
 
Also by June 12, nearly 76,500 springers had passed Lower Granite Dam on the lower Snake River — compared to 32,600 last year — along with about 12,800 jacks, about 6,000 below last year’s jack count, but still better than the 10-year average.
Commercial gillnetters in the Lower Columbia had another crack at Chinook on the evening of June 4, while the season for sporties ran all the way to June 15. Those commercially caught fish are still fetching an estimated $5 per pound (grade-A) at the docks and averaging about 15 pounds each, according Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife department estimates.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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