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

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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