National Fisherman

A joint Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife work group has proposed to ban gillnetting on the the main stem of the lower Columbia River for all non-tribal entities. In addition, the proposal met resistance by the Association of Oregon Counties which asked the Fish and Wildlife commissions to take more public input and slow the assessment of commercial fishing.

Staff members from Oregon and Washington's Fish and Wildlife departments and industry advisers met in Seaside, Oregon, to help finalize a cooperative proposal between the two states., prompted by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's August letter to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for a re-evaluation of fishery management on the lower Columbia River.

His request came when Measure 81, banning the use of gillnets on the main stem entirely, was on the November election ballot. Those in favor of Measure 81 stopped campaigning after the governor's intervention. The measure subsequently failed by a resounding 66 percent margin in Oregon and by 86 percent in Clatsop County.

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The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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