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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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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