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Fish Farm Fiasco Frazzles Fishermen

Commercial fishermen are naturally wary about fish farms for many socioeconomic reasons. With wild Pacific salmon stocks floundering and fishing opportunities scarce, the August 20 collapse of a steel... Full story

 

Newport Commission Nixes Log Shipping Agreements

Controversy over a pending contract and related agreements to bring log shipping back to the Port of Newport, Oregon refuses to ebb, but the port’s board of commissioners recently rejected several of those agreements, giving concerned commercial... Full story

 

Pacific Northwest Crab Agreement Charts Course to Permanent Status

It's not etched in stone, but – with the pending stroke of a pen by President Donald J. Trump – the cooperative management agreement for the Dungeness crab fishery involving Oregon, Washington,... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    July 1, 2017

Oregon Surimi Plant Gets Reprieve

A confluence of support kept a surimi plant on Newport, Oregon’s working waterfront from being shuttered just in time for Pacific whiting season. Officials for Trident Seafoods Corporation, which owns and operates onshore processing facilities in... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    May 1, 2017

Oregon Crab Season Looks Good

Oregon's commercial fishermen are accustomed to adversity. Even the circumstances of this year's Pacific coast Dungeness crab fishery – mimicking a storm-wracked ocean by tossing one big piece of... Full story

 

Port of Toledo Boatyard Boosts Capacity, Economy

An initial $1.5 million gamble made in 2010 is looking more and more prescient – and profitable – for port officials in Toledo, Oregon and the coastal communities the port serves. Since... Full story

 

Domoic Danger Delays Dungeness

For the second straight year, Oregon's fishermen endured a frustrating delay in the Dungeness crab season as concerns about potentially deadly levels of domoic acid in the highly-sought crustaceans... Full story

 

'Fatal Flaws' Fluster Fishermen in Federal Salmon Recovery Plan

Commercial fishermen and other salmon advocates were buoyed by two monumental decisions earlier this year: an agreement, signed in April, to remove four dams from the Klamath River by 2020, and an... Full story

 

Hope on the Half-Shell

With ocean acidification taking its toll on oyster production in the Pacific Northwest, several major Oregon and Washington producers have set up operations in Hawaii, which for the past few years... Full story

 

Oregon's Crab Fishery Stays the Course

Oregon's crabbers experienced simultaneous lows and highs last season, bringing in a much lower than average 8.3 million pounds of Dungeness crabs offset by record-shattering prices that peaked at... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    July 1, 2016

Four Klamath River Dams to Go in 2020

Call it 20-20 hindsight. Or in this case, foresight. In early April, a collaboration of state, federal, and corporate officials took a major step toward settling a decades-long clash between... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    May 1, 2016

Oregon Fishing Ports Support Communities, Economy

Commercial fishing fortunes ebb and flow more dramatically than the ocean tides and currents, but overall the industry remains a viable piece of Oregon's coastal and state economy. The 15 ports... Full story

 

Dungeness Crab Landings Exceed Last Season

As of February 1, Oregon crabbers had already surpassed last season’s total landings. Hugh Link, executive director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, said fishermen had hauled in far more than the 8.3 million pounds landed in 2015. Market... Full story

 

Attention to Detail: Prepping Vessels for the Season

Making a vessel shipshape prior to any season and keeping it seaworthy is a prime consideration for commercial fishermen. Boatyard and fishery managers say focusing on details is paramount for getting... Full story

 

Newport's Rescue Helicopter Rescued

Since October 2014, folks in Newport, Oregon – led by commercial fishermen and their families – have rallied to keep US Coast Guard officials from closing the rescue helicopter facility stationed... Full story

 

Commercial Fishing's Contribution to Santa Barbara Economy

Beautiful, bountiful, and bustling with activity, Santa Barbara is a quintessential picturesque southern California coastal community. Located about 90 nautical miles northwest of Los Angeles on a... Full story

 

One Fish, Two Fish, the New Blue Rockfish

A commercially significant species of rockfish, it seems, has a dual personality. Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU), the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and the California... Full story

 

Climate Changes Could Affect Pacific Fisheries

European regulators believe commercial fisheries worldwide could lose as much as $17 billion to $41 billion in landings by 2050 due to the broadening effects of climate change. In all geographic regions, a 2014 summary and assessment from the... Full story

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    May 1, 2015

Oregon, Northern California Ports Offer Vital Socioeconomic Network

Oregon’s 363-mile coastline features a network of 15 seaports, large and small, integral to their communities’ lifestyles and economies. Collectively, they comprise “an important regional network of maritime infrastructure,” according to the... Full story

 

Invasive Asian Fish Found in Oregon Waters

With plenty of flotsam from the 2011 tsunami that wreaked havoc on Japan still marooning itself on Pacific Northwest shores, researchers remain vigilant for the possibility of any invasive species... Full story

 

Latest Research Boosts Protection for Oyster Production

They had the right idea, but blamed the wrong culprit. Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Rutgers University recently announced that scientists have, for many years, misidentified the... Full story

 

New Wave of Tsunami Debris Expected in Pacific Northwest

Researchers monitoring the seemingly endless stream of debris washing onto Pacific Northwest shores from the tsunami that devastated the northeastern coast of Japan in 2011 won't know the overall cost... Full story

 

Oregon Fisheries Ride High Tide in 2014

A revival in Oregon's commercial fishing industry during the past few seasons continued in 2014, with fishermen generating some outstanding landings despite facing the usual weather and ocean... Full story

 

Coast Guard Pulls Chopper from Newport

A death sentence. That's what folks who live, work, and play on Oregon's central coast are calling the US Coast Guard's decision to shut down its air facility in Newport before the end of the year. If... Full story

 

Researchers Ask Fishermen to Watch for Transponders

They bear an uncanny resemblance to a two-liter bottle of orange soda with a short antenna, and researchers are asking commercial and recreational fishermen, as well as coastal residents, visitors... Full story

 

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