National Fisherman


A bill sponsored by a Sequim Democrat in the state House would allow counties to ban net pen aquaculture.

The one-page bill, filed Thursday by state Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, a Sequim Democrat, says: "Master programs may include provisions for siting or prohibiting the siting of marine aquaculture net pen facilities."

Steve Gray, Clallam County deputy director of the Department of Community Development, said that he was not familiar with the specifics of the bill, but said that some people in the county favor instituting a net pen ban.

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Inside the Industry

Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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