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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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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