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2009-04-09 12:40:00

Federal fisheries managers announced on Wednesday that California's commercial chinook salmon fishing season will be called off again after a record low number of fish returned to spawn last year, the AFP reported. The Pacific Fishery Management Council's decision will allow the sport and commercial seasons in Washington state to proceed, but will almost completely curtail commercial fishing in Oregon. The council has now halted commercial angling for natural and hatchery chinook salmon, or...

2008-10-27 15:00:15

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), which will meet in San Diego November 3-7 to vote on a preferred alternative for an Individual Quota system, released a report detailing potential impacts of an unbalanced plan. The report, pointed out by the Coastal Jobs Coalition, analyzes the scenario of 100 percent quota share granted to harvesters and the negative effects it would likely have on coastal communities and jobs. Coastal ports and processing jobs throughout the West Coast would...

2008-06-16 15:00:20

By Winston Ross, The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore. Jun. 13--West Coast groundfishermen can expect a major change in the way they're allowed to catch fish in the coming years, after a preliminary decision Thursday from the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The council voted in favor of an individual quota system that will determine who gets to catch how many fish. Shares of the resource will be allocated, and can be traded, sold or kept for life. The decision isn't final unless...

2008-04-09 18:00:00

SEATTLE -- Key advisers pushed Tuesday for a near-complete closure of the Pacific Ocean salmon fishery off the Oregon and California coasts, leaving room only for extremely limited commercial trolling and sportfishing. The Pacific Fishery Management Council's informal vote late Tuesday stopped short of a complete shutdown. But it left no doubt that the 2008 season would be struck to record lows. Driving the drop is the collapse of Sacramento River chinook, a run vital to open-ocean fishing...

2006-04-07 18:31:37

By Teresa Carson PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Federal regulators recommended on Friday severely scaling back salmon fishing this year along most of the Oregon and Northern California coastline to preserve shrinking Chinook salmon populations. The recommendation from the Pacific Fishery Management Council, a quasi federal-state agency, would restrict salmon fishing along the 700-mile (1,127 kilometre) stretch of coastline for most of May, June and July. If approved by the National...

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2006-04-07 06:14:24

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Federal regulators voted Thursday to severely restrict salmon fishing off the coasts of Oregon and Northern California this summer to protect dwindling populations in the Klamath River. The Pacific Fishery Management Council decided to close most of the 700 miles of coastline to commercial salmon fishing for much of May, June and July, the most productive months of the season, which runs from April-October. Federal fishery officials said the closures were the broadest...

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2005-06-15 07:13:45

SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal regulators are preparing to vote on a plan to protect deep water corals and other sensitive fish habitat that will likely include a permanent ban on bottom trawling in large tracts of the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Fishery Management Council, which advises the federal government on West Coast fishing regulations, is expected to choose a plan Wednesday that will identify "essential fish habitat" in federal waters, which extend from three miles to 200 miles off the...


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