National Fisherman

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-2 Friday to ban gillnets, dealing a major blow to the fleet's long tradition of fishing the main stem of the Columbia River.

The fishery is regulated jointly by the states of Oregon and Washington so the next step is for Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet in Olympia, Wash., Saturday to review joint management objectives. The commission will be briefed on the finalized recommendations Saturday.
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It will allow for a public comment period. The next step would be developing a draft policy.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission made its decision Friday after 88 people gave testimony.

The vote means fishing regulations in the lower Columbia River will change, because in addition to the ban on gillnets, allocations in the controversial rivalry between commercial and recreational fishermen will also change.

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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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