National Fisherman

Reality often disappoints politics. That is the case with Gov. John Kitzhaber’s plan to substitute seine nets for gillnet fishing at the mouth of the Columbia River. An ongoing experiment that is seeking to test whether seine nets would be safer for wild-spawning salmon is so far failing to live up to political hopes.
Gov. John Kitzhaber and others pushing for an end to gillnetting in the main stem of the Columbia River were hoping seines would be markedly better, by essentially corralling fish and allowing fishermen to sort through them and release non-hatchery salmon. If this worked, it might mean longer and more generous sports fishing seasons, since fewer federally protected fish would be inadvertently killed during commercial harvests.
Results to date show that tangle nets deployed by gillnetters so far appear to be the best option, while even old-fashioned gillnets are basically little worse than modern seines. Complete data comparing three net options are contained in Katie Wilson’s article in today’s edition.
Read the full story at Daily Astorian>>

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Inside the Industry

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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