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.
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ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — State prosecutors are disputing religious protection claims by Alaska Native fishermen cited for illegal fishing who say bans on their subsistence lifestyle violate their spiritual freedoms.
The quest for funding to back a government declaration that the Northeast groundfishery and two others have economically failed for reasons not attributable to fishermen shifts now from what industry supporters see as an unsympathetic, Republican-led U.S. House to a more understanding Senate.
A Tuesday deadline looms for commercial fishing professionals to file claims for financial losses from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill.
A special Seafood Compensation Program created under the BP settlement was approved by a federal administrator, with a Jan. 22 deadline for filing claims.
The $2.3 billion set-aside for the fund covers seafood-related claims by commercial fishing vessel owners, captains and crew.
"If people feel like they have a valid claim, we encourage them to sit down with a professional to do it," said Bill Kelly, executive director of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association.
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A new network of controversial "marine protected areas" went into effect on the North Coast from Point Arena to the Oregon border on December 19, completing the statewide network from the Oregon to the Mexican border created under the privately funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative.
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The California-based Maybach Foundation has awarded its Culinary Arts Project Sustainable Food Leadership grant to Amanda LaBelle of Rockland, Maine. LaBelle will be the project's protege, while local food advocate Monique Coombs has agreed to be the mentor.
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is delighted to announce Sara Squarstoff as the winner of the “Show Us Your Alaska Seafood” Instagram Contest.Read more...