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

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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