Tag Archives: Washington State

Kilmer, Herrera Beutler add funding for fishery disasters to key Appropriations Bill

U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) successfully added $20 million for fishery disasters relief in Washington state to a key House Appropriations Bill on Thursday. The U.S. Department of Commerce in January issued multiple fishery disaster declarations in Washington state, at the urging of Kilmer, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and others. The commercial fishery failures impacted communities along much of the Washington coast. The Commerce disaster declaration cleared the way for additional resources to be provided to the communities affected by the poor seasons, but up to this point no funding had been approved by Congress. click here to read the story 08:13

Cantwell, Murray Push to Declare Six Fisheries Disasters in Washington State

us-senate-sealU.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker calling for a declaration of commercial fisheries failures for six pending fishery disaster requests. Fishing communities up and down Washington’s coast have suffered through several years of lower-than-expected catch. A federal fishery disaster declaration would make communities eligible for funding for projects such as fisheries recovery, job training, and infrastructure investments in the communities hardest hit. Commerce Secretary’s designation would provide relief to Coho, Sockeye, and Dungeness fishermen and their communities. Read the press release here 18:06

Proposed “no discharge zone” by Washington State, Commercial vessels would have five years to comply

No Sewage2Boaters and vessel operators would not be able to release sewage, treated or untreated, into Puget Sound under a proposal by Washington state regulators. The Department of Ecology said Thursday, July 21 it and other state agencies petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate the waters of Puget Sound a “no discharge zone” to improve water quality and protect shellfish beds and swimming beaches from harmful bacteria. Critics say the proposal is too broad and will be costly for many who would have to retrofit their vessels to accommodate holding tanks. They say many vessel operators currently use marine sanitation devices to treat sewage before it’s pumped overboard. If approved, the zone would immediately apply to all vessels, with the exception of tugboats, commercial fishing vessels and some boats that would have five years to retrofit their vessels. There are more than 150,000 recreational and commercial vessels in Puget Sound. Read the rest here 17:11

Fishing bills in Olympia fail the smell test

Yet another volley has been fired in the decades-old conflict between sport and commercial fishing. HB 1660 would change state law so that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife would have to give sport angling precedence over commercial fishing. Under current law, the agency is supposed to “enhance and maximize” both kinds of fishing. The current bill is another example of sport fishing interests blaming commercials, rather than the Columbia River dams and loss of habitat that are also factors, for a lack of fish. Read the rest here 07:50

Fishing License Fee’s Going up in Washington State

A new surcharge would be applied to commercial businesses that fish, harvest, sell, buy or process salmon and steelhead. The salmon excise tax would be increased. Individuals assisting in the commercial harvest of fish and shellfish would be required to buy a new crew member license. Read the rest here 10:42

All around Washington State, Salmon returns to the Rivers

A major annual salmon migration from sea to river happens around the  state in the fall. Community festivals, salmon bakes and 10K runs are  scheduled to recognize this annual event. The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office also is releasing six, 2-minute  videos that focus on those affected by the decline of salmon  populations and those working to restore salmon and salmon habitat, all  available on YouTube. Commercial fisherman Marc Jerkovich, Gig Harbor  more@maplevalleyreporter 18:26