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

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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