National Fisherman

Gov. John Kitzhaber has repeated his promise to help gillnetters being moved off the main stem of the Columbia River.

But state Sen. Betsy Johnson and others are still not relieved by the comments.

The governor made the remarks at a gathering of Associated Press editors in Salem Tuesday. His remarks can be viewed in full in a video on The Daily Astorian's website.

Kitzhaber unveiled his proposed budget Monday, although it must be approved by the Legislature. It includes money for gillnetters to change their gear and some reimbursement for lost income, as well as investment in hatcheries.

Read the full story at Daily Astorian>>

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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