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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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After nearly a year of meetings and conversations with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Ventura Port District learned this week it will receive $2.5 million to dredge the Ventura Harbor, officials announced Wednesday.

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KAMOKAWA -- When Marty Kuller was growing up in Seward, Alaska, commercial fishermen walked tall, and little boys like Kuller looked up to them.

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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.

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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.

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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 federal government unveiled a sweeping plan to try and restore west Marin County's dwindling Coho salmon population, one of the last watersheds in California where the endangered fish return to spawn.

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WASHINGTON — They survived hurricanes and oil spills, but Gulf Coast shrimp processors say there's no way they can battle foreign governments to stay in business.

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The U.S. House Rules Committee has barred fisheries disaster relief funding from the amendments to a Superstorm Sandy supplemental spending package that go to the floor today.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 9/9/14

In this episode:

Seafood Watch upgrades status of 21 fish species
Calif. bill attacking seafood mislabeling approved
Ballot item would protect Bristol Bay salmon
NOAA closes cod, yellowtail fishing areas
Pacific panel halves young bluefin harvest

National Fisherman Live: 8/26/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about his early days dragging for redfish on the Vandal.

Inside the Industry

More than a dozen higher education institutions and federal and local fishery management agencies and organizations in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Hawaii have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at building the capacity of the U.S. Pacific Island territories to manage their fisheries and fishery-related resources.

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PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has appointed Matt Jacobson as its new executive director.
 
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