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 By Terry Dillman    Features    July 1, 2014 

West Coast Groundfish Trawlers Net Eco-Certification

The Pacific Coast groundfish fishery is definitely back from the brink and charting another course change by becoming the latest fishery to earn the blue seal of approval under the eco-certification umbrella of the international Marine Stewardship... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    News    May 1, 2014

Oregon, California Ports Offer Refuge, Commerce, Community

"Any port in a storm." Often erroneously used by landlubbers as a metaphor for sailing past any situation, dangerous or not, this time-worn idiom can sometimes mean the difference between life or... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    April 1, 2014

Forecasts Indicate Another Promising Salmon Season in Oregon

If preliminary estimates are any indication, prospects for the 2014 salmon season off Oregon’s shores are quite good for both recreational and commercial fishermen. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) leaders provided abundance forecasts... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    March 1, 2014

Saving Salmon

When the Pacific Northwest salmon fishery collapsed in 2006, commercial and recreational fishermen, perhaps for the first time ever, agreed on a fisheries issue: the need to mitigate the factors... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    January 1, 2014

Fins Up for Oregon's Albacore Tuna Season

It was almost the worst of times. It was almost the best of times. After another lackluster opening that spawned worries among commercial fishermen, the Oregon albacore tuna fishery went on a wild... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    December 1, 2013

Fishery Managers Scale Back Sardine Harvest

A controversial decision by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) would set catch limits during the initial phase of the 2014 Pacific sardine season well below traditional recommendations.... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    November 1, 2013

The Take on Hake

Any sense of dead reckoning indicates the Pacific Coast hake (whiting) fishery is alive and well, thanks to coordinated, collaborative efforts within the industry to avoid by-catch and enhance... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    November 1, 2013

NOAA Fisheries Merger Creates New West Coast Region

In February, when the Obama administration released its proposed 2013 budget, it featured more than $5 million in budget cuts for NOAA Fisheries, which oversees marine resources, including commercial fishing. As part of those cuts, the agency’s... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    October 1, 2013

Oregon Tuna Vessel Sinks, Husband-Wife Crew, Two Cats Survive

Albacore tuna fishermen have endured vagaries of wind, weather and water during a 2013 season that has ebbed and flowed, but two long-time tuna trollers lost almost everything the first week of... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    June 1, 2013

Tuna Trollers Trash Treaty Talks

Call it an uneasy truce rather than a treaty. Two days of intense negotiations held between government representatives from the United States and Canada in Portland, Oregon in mid-April failed to... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    June 1, 2013

Numbers Offer Possibility of More Promising Salmon Season

Cautious optimism again best describes the attitude of commercial salmon fishermen in the wake of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC)’s adopted ocean salmon seasons for 2013. PFMC recommends management measures for fisheries off the... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    May 1, 2013

Crabbers Clawing for Profitable Season

Despite predictions of a possible “bust” in a twice-delayed season, Oregon’s Dungeness crabbers have landed about 17 million pounds of the official state crustacean since January. In a news... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    May 1, 2013

Squid Squabble Surfaces in California

The 2013 season for one of California’s most lucrative commercial fisheries opened April 1 amid a lingering controversy that erupted late last season. Briana Brady with the California Department of... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    May 1, 2013

Oregon Ports Stimulate Coastal, State Economy

Oregon’s commercial fishing industry is alive and well. In fact, 2011 was an outstanding season with the highest landed value – about $148 million – since 1988, according to statistics from the... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    April 1, 2013

Appeals Court Puts Oregon's Gill Net Fishing Rules on Hold – For Now

In last November’s election, Oregon voters overwhelmingly rejected Measure 81, which would have banned commercial non-tribal gill net fishing on Oregon’s “inland waters” and allowed the use of... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    March 1, 2013

California Fisheries Fund Loans Help Fishermen Strive for Sustainability

Commercial fishermen and environmentalists don’t often find themselves on the same boat, collaboratively eyeing the horizon. All the same, fishermen realize the need to protect the resource that fee... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    February 1, 2013
Crewmembers from F/V Ranger unload Dungeness crabs.

Crabby Crabbers? Delayed Dungeness?

The third time proved to be the charm for the opening of the 2012-2013 commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon and Washington, but whether or not crabbers find the circumstances charming depends... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    February 1, 2013
Crewmembers from the F/V First Hope unload hagfish.

Slimed: Ugly Hagfish Yields Somewhat Pretty Income

An ugly primitive sea creature is fetching sort of pretty prices for some Oregon fishermen. With an abundantly available resource and willing buyers, a number of fishermen are cashing in on a... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    February 1, 2013

Washed Up

Another gigantic dock piece beached itself on a remote Pacific Northwest shore on December 18 – an early “Christmas gift” from the earthquake-spawned tsunami that devastated Japan in March... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    January 1, 2013

Delay for ‘Dungies’: Crabbers ready but crabs aren’t

The commercial Dungeness crab season from Point Arena, California to the Washington-Canada border was put on hold until at least Dec. 15, due to recalcitrant crabs who failed their first two meat quality tests. Officials from the Oregon Department... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    December 1, 2012

Albacore Tuna Fishery Faces Challenges

By most measures, the North Pacific albacore tuna fishery is thriving. Abundant stocks and environmentally-friendly fishing practices with very little by-catch have earned the albacore fishery off the shores of Washington, Oregon and California... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    November 1, 2012

NOAA Officials Say Trawlers Adjusting Nicely to ‘Catch Shares’ System

Information gleaned by NOAA Fisheries Service during the first year of the West Coast trawl fishery’s use of the “catch shares” system, officially known as individual fishing quotas (IFQs), suggests that trawl fishermen are learning to plan... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    October 1, 2012

Scientists Still Eyeing the ‘Dead Zone’

Hypoxia team keeps watch on coastal waters Spring transition is the time of year when coastal wind patterns switch from winter’s southerly flow to summer’s northerly pattern. The summer pattern favors upwelling, the ocean process that ushers... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    October 1, 2012

Salmon Fishermen Hooking Mixed Results

Commercial salmon fishermen off the Oregon coast are so far landing considerably more fish this season than they did in 2011 and 2010, but the results, while promising, are far from satisfying for... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    September 1, 2012

Oregon’s Dungeness Season a Success

Oregon’s Dungeness crab fishermen logged another good year in terms of market value. The season ended August 14th with an estimated harvest of about 14.2 million pounds and to-the-boat value of $42... Full story

 

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