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Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to discuss Columbia River reforms on Friday

The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet by teleconference at 8:30 a.m. Friday to discuss the Columbia River salmon reforms. The public may listen to the discussion at the Department of Fish and Wildlife office, 2108 Grand Blvd. Earlier this year, the Washington and Oregon commissions adopted slightly different policies regarding the overhaul of sport and commercial fishing regulations for the lower Columbia. The biggest difference is the allocation of fall chinook salmon in 2017 and 2018, plus Washington’s intention to eliminate the use of gillnets beginning in 2019. Commission members on Friday will discuss and clarify the guidance they are giving Jim Unsworth, department director, in his negotiations with Oregon. Link 11:50

Oregon Considers Not Implementing Full Planned Columbia Fall Salmon Reallocation In 2017, Sport fishermen unhappy.

Oregon Fish and Wildlife CommissionPlanned Lower Columbia fall Chinook allocation reformations next year could be put on hold and that’s raising alarm bells in the sportfishing community. Oregon fish managers are proposing not moving to an 80:20 recreational: commercial split in 2017, as WDFW and ODFW had agreed to several years ago, and instead want to continue with recent years’ split as well as continue gillnetting in fall above the Lewis River. They’ll pitch the state next Wednesday, Nov. 9, on why, as well as update  them on research into alternative commercial gear the past few years, but in the meanwhile have posted a host of documents explaining their thinking in minute detail. Read the rest here 10:17

New Puget Sound smelt fishing regulations hope to stop decline in population

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has taken on new measures for smelt fishing in Puget Sound to keep the populations from dwindling. “The new regulations preserve sport and commercial fishing opportunities while providing needed protection for smelt,” Wecker said. The new regulations are: Read more here 15:34

Political games are devastating sustainable commercial fishing

Not a single commercial fisherman nor any representative from the food industry sits on the nine member Fish and Wildlife Commission to speak for an industry which accounts for 15,000 jobs in the Seattle area alone, according to a Port of Seattle study. No one speaks for the fish consumers which my family fishing business supplies at King County farmer’s markets, nor for the majority of state citizens who buy their local salmon at the fish counter. While they are excluded, the trophy-hunting Safari Club, the sport gear sales industry, fish farm advocates and other game-oriented groups all find seats at the fish and wildlife table, alongside nominal conservationists. Read more

Oregon, Washington continue talks to ease gill-nets from lower Columbia River salmon migration lanes

In 2009, a legislator suggested a commercial fishery in the Portland harbor  reach of the lower Willamette River. The same year, a highly placed official of the Coastal Conservation  Association (CCA) suggested to me we might both live to see the day when  commercial fishermen harvest salmon alongside sport anglers in tributaries. Neither idea, of course, came to pass … or was even seriously considered. Until now. Both still remain far from reality following Thursday’s meeting of fish and  wildlife commissioners and staffs from Oregon and Washington, but neither is as  far-fetched as they seemed three years ago. Netting the lower Willamette is just one of several radical suggestions the  beleaguered commercial community brought to Thursday’s meeting.http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/bill_monroe/index.ssf/2012/10/post_48.html