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 By Terry    Features    March 1, 2016

Deadliest Catch Spinoff in Oregon

Commercial fishermen generally find enough drama while plying the unpredictable ocean in pursuit of their chosen profession. So when producers of the Discovery Channel's popular, Emmy award-winning...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Port of Toledo Enhances Operations for Commercial Fishermen

Call it the little port that can. Located seven miles inland from Oregon's central coast on the banks of the Yaquina River and adjacent sloughs, the Port of Toledo encompasses 443 square miles of...

 

New Market Niche for Hagfish?

A bright, enthusiastic high school senior in Illinois – far removed from the ocean – has found a compelling new use for hagfish, one that, if followed to its logical conclusion, could provide an...

 

Oregon Salmon, Pink Shrimp Success Continues

Predictions sometimes prove accurate, and the 2014 salmon and pink shrimp seasons off Oregon’s shores are good examples. In February, salmon fishery managers said at worst, this season could mirror last year’s upturn, at best provide another...

 

Oregon's Crabbers Riding Market Value Wave

As the mid-August end of the 2014 Dungeness crab season loomed on the horizon, Oregon crabbers reflected on what many of them considered comparatively “dingy” dungy landings that still netted record to-the-boat value thanks to a record-setting...

 

The Value of Fish

Creating asset markets for natural resources – among them, commercial fish stocks – is the underlying premise of a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary equation developed by a pair of researchers. Josh Abbott at Arizona State University and Eli...

 
 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...

 
 By Terry Dillman    Features    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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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