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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Callifornia crabbing: Here's a fun video shot on the decks of the Majestik while catching Dungeness crab off the coast of northern California.
Alaska fisherman and commercial fisheries activist Kevin Adams was elected chairman at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors meeting on May 9 in Anchorage.
The governor-appointed board consists of seven members: five seafood processors and two industry representatives actively engaged in commercial fishing. Adams was appointed to fill a harvester seat by Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2004.
With 38 years of fishing experience in Bristol Bay, Adams has long been an active member in the Alaska fishing industry, ASMI says. He has worked for both the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and the Bering Sea Fisherman's Association, and represents Alaska fishermen on numerous boards.
The Northeast Regional Planning Body, a group of state, tribal and federal representatives from New England who are working to implement the National Ocean Policy and address critical New England ocean issues, is holding a series of public meetings in May and June.
The meetings are being held to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals and associated potential actions. The planning body seeks input on these goals and actions. Additional information on the group's progress can be found here.
The meetings will also provide an opportunity to review draft maps and products from initial efforts to gather information on the natural resources and diverse uses of the ocean, including fishing, transportation, energy and infrastructure, aquaculture, and recreation.