National Fisherman

A proposal to restructure salmon and sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River would prioritize the recreational fisheries in the mainstem river and move commercial fisheries to off-channel areas.

That and other recommendations were developed last month by a work group made up of representatives from Washington and Oregon.

The group – assembled at the request of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber – has worked since early September on developing the recommendations, which now will be considered by both states’ fish and wildlife commissions.

The group members tried to develop ideas that optimize the economic value of recreational and commercial fisheries while working within a conservation-based framework that assists recovery of Columbia and Snake River fish species currently listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Thirteen Columbia River basin salmon and steelhead populations are listed under the act. Limits on the allowable incidental catches of those fish significantly constrains access by recreational, commercial and tribal fisheries to hatchery stocks and healthy wild fish runs, the report said.

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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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