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 recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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