Commercial Fishing

Northwest News
9:32 am
Thu October 17, 2013

With Shutdown Over Northwest Fisherman Hope To Get Back To Work In Alaska

The partial government shut down may be over. But the impacts are still being felt. One casualty has been the start of the Alaska king crab season.

A lot of Northwest fishermen earn part of their living from that catch, and they're still sitting in port without pay Thursday .

Right now, the crew of the crab boat Handler would usually:

"Be making bait this morning, getting ready to set our gear. Getting ready to do fishing. That’s what we do. Now we’ve just come out here to sit?"

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Seafood Shop
4:45 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Tribal-Owned Retail Fish Shop Set To Open On Columbia River

Brigham Campbell, 14, of Cascade Locks holds a recent catch of shad in Cascade Locks, Ore.
Anna King Northwest News Network

For thousands of years, Northwest tribes have used the Columbia River as a regional center of commerce. For the first time this summer, they’re building a new venue for their ancient tradition – a native-owned seafood shop.

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Gillnet Ban
4:40 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Anti-Gillnet Coalition Suspends Ballot Measure Campaign

The sponsors of a measure to ban gillnets on the Columbia River say they're instead backing a separate effort by Oregon’s governor.
Daily Inter Lake FWS

The group that's asking Oregon voters to ban the use of gillnets along the Columbia River says it's suspending its ballot measure campaign. The sponsors of the measure say they're instead backing a separate effort by Oregon’s governor to do essentially the same thing.

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Oregon Phasing Out Gillnetting
5:40 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Oregon Moving Ahead With Phase-Out Of Gillnetting

A measure that could ban commercial gillnet fishing has qualified for the November ballot.
Daily Inter Lake FWS

Oregon is moving ahead with a proposed phase-out of commercial gillnetting along the Columbia River. A state fish and wildlife panel Tuesday gave the initial go-ahead to the proposal made by Gov. John Kitzhaber. The action comes as the governor tries to head off a more restrictive ballot measure.

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Oregon Gillnet Ban
6:21 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Oregon Gillnet Ban Proposal Makes November Ballot

A proposal to ban commercial gillnet fishing will be put before Oregon voters in November.
Chris Doley NOAA Restoration Center

Oregon voters will decide whether to ban commercial gillnet fishing this November.

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Oregon Shrimp Season
3:44 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Oregon Shrimpers Work to Reduce Bycatch

ODFW Biologist Bob Hannah (center) poses with crew members of the Miss Yvonne behind a bycatch reduction device. The tighter spacing on the bars of the device makes it the most effective at reducing bycatch yet.
Photo credit: ODFW Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon's shrimp season starts April 1st. No fooling. Officials say the latest technology is helping to prevent other critters from getting caught up in shrimpers' nets.

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Salmon Fishing Forecast
3:52 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Banner Year For Ocean Salmon Fishing Projected

An angler casts into the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam in 2010.
Photo credit by Tom Banse. Northwest News Network

It's shaping up to be a banner year for sport and commercial salmon fishing on the coast. The Pacific Fishery Management Council has released its proposals for the length of the ocean fishing season and catch limits for 2012.

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