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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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
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Inside the Industry

ANCHORAGE, AK – Coastal Villages Region Fund has reached an agreement with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to help fund its fisheries research activities in Western Alaska this summer. The fund will provide up to $92,152 to support the operation of weirs on the Goodnews Bay and Kanektok rivers.

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The U.S. Commerce Department announced the appointment of 30 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NMFS to manage ocean fish stocks. The new and reappointed council members begin their three-year terms on Aug. 11.

Each year, the Secretary of Commerce appoints approximately one-third of the total 72 appointed members to the eight regional councils. The secretary selects members from nominations submitted by the governors of fishing states, territories and tribal governments.

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