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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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.