National Fisherman


The state's wildlife chief says fisheries are one of the top economic drivers on the Oregon Coast.

"One of the most key things that make the Oregon coast the Oregon coast are fisheries," Roy Elicker, director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife told a group gathered for an economic conference in Florence last week. "The ocean fishery and recreational fishery both ... you can look at them individually and together. In the coastal counties up to 20 percent of the total net earnings in those counties come from fisheries ... commercial fisheries, in particular."

Elicker made his remarks during the Oregon Coast Economic Summit Wednesday and Thursday at the Three Rivers Casino Event Center in Florence.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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