National Fisherman


Some spring Chinook salmon adults returning to the Willamette and Deschutes river basins have been found to be infected by Ceratomyxa shasta (c. shasta), a parasite-driven disease that is contracted by the fish while in the river and that can kill adults before they spawn.

While it's not unusual for the parasite to reside in rivers of the Columbia River basin-- such as the Lewis, Cowlitz, Willamette and Deschutes rivers and up through the Snake River basin --this year with warmer water and lower flows, the damage to spring Chinook is more severe.

Since 2002, c. shasta has devastated salmon in the Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California, where this year, due to extremely low flows and warm water, the parasite has invaded more than three quarters of juvenile out-migrants.

While the severity does not match that of the Klamath River, researchers are still finding infected adult fish in at least two Columbia River basin streams, according to Craig Banner, senior fish health specialist, Fish Health Services, Department of Microbiology, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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