Fishing industry boosts Ore. coast’s economy

The state’s wildlife chief says fisheries are one of the top economic drivers on the Oregon Coast.

“One of the most key things that make the Oregon coast the Oregon coast are fisheries,” Roy Elicker, director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife told a group gathered for an economic conference in Florence last week. “The ocean fishery and recreational fishery both … you can look at them individually and together. In the coastal counties up to 20 percent of the total net earnings in those counties come from fisheries … commercial fisheries, in particular.”

Elicker made his remarks during the Oregon Coast Economic Summit Wednesday and Thursday at the Three Rivers Casino Event Center in Florence.

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