National Fisherman

SEASIDE — Otis Hunsinger, a fourth-generation commercial fisherman of Astoria and provider for a family of five, stood in front of a joint Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife work group meeting Thursday holding his newborn child and described what was at stake if gillnetting is banned on the Columbia River.

"You know if you keep pushing this, maybe you can take the bottle right out of my kid's mouth," he said, while attacking a proposal that would limit nontribal commercial gillnet fishing on the main stem of the lower Columbia.

The proposal was also met Thursday with the release of a resolution by the Association of Oregon Counties (all the county commissioners in Oregon), which asked the Fish and Wildlife commissions to slow the process of assessing commercial fishing on the Columbia and to take more public input.

It came as staff members from Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife departments, as well as fishing industry advisers, met in Seaside to help finalize the proposal that is a cooperative effort between neighboring state agencies. The proposal is a response to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's August letter to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission asking for a re-evaluation of fishery management on the lower Columbia. His request came when Measure 81, which would have banned the use of gillnets on the main stem entirely, was on the November election ballot. Groups in favor of Measure 81 stopped campaigning after the governor's intervention. The measure subsequently failed by a 66 percent margin in Oregon and by 86 percent in Clatsop County.

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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

Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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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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