Fishermen’s News Archive

PCFFA contributes a monthly law, policy and management column to Fishermen’s News, one of the most widely-read commercial fishing journals on the West Coast. In those pages, staff address many of the issues facing fisheries today: congressional activity (or lack thereof), changing climate and marine conditions, dam removal, and more.  We’ll be posting our collection of past columns, which date back several years, on this webpage.

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February 2017: Into the Sunset: Moving on from PCFFA

January 2017: Making Our Fisheries Great Again


December 2016: Steps for the Next Congress

November 2016: Salt Problems for the San Joaquin: Administration Giveaway?

October 2016: Engaging the Next Generation of Fisheries Stakeholders

September 2016: Magnuson Reauthorization: Getting it Right

August 2016: Forests and Fisheries: Why Logging Reforms Matter to Fishermen

July 2016: Why the Columbia River Matters to West Coast Fishermen

June 2016: Why the Trinity River Matters to Fishermen

May 2016: The Fishermen’s Manifesto

April 2016: Congressional Wish List for 2016

March 2016: Fulfilling the Promise of the Magnuson-Stevens Act

February 2016: The Domoic Acid Situation

January 2016: Aquaculture: Keep it Onshore!


December 2015: Drought Legislation Threatens Coastal Salmon Fisheries

November 2015: Three Threats to Ocean Salmon Fisheries Having Nothing To Do With The Ocean

October 2015: To Save The Klamath, Congress Must Act Now

September 2015: EBFM: Not Just Another Dirty Word

August 2015: A Tribute to Zeke Grader

July 2015: Saving Salmon from Drought

June 2015: An Introduction

May 2015: Time to Say Goodbye

April 2015: Winter Run Chinook Hammered in 2014

March 2015: Greener Than the Greens

February 2015: A Victory for Salmon

January 2015: NOAA’s War on Fisheries


December 2014: Rethinking Fisheries Management: Why Fisheries Management Fails

November 2014: Are Fishing Communities Destined to Become Company Towns?

October 2014: Independence Requires Organization

September 2014: Fishing: It’s More Than Just Catching Fish

August 2014: Whose Ocean?

July 2014: Confessions of a Worried Man

June 2014: Faux Conservation — Look Behind the Label

May 2014: Reflections on a Shallow World Ocean Summit

April 2014: Saving Salmon from Drought

March 2014: GMOs – “Frankenfish” Just One of the Problems

February 2014: Four Fixes for Magnuson-Stevens

January 2014: Stand Your Ground


December 2013: Government Shutdown: The Default is No Fishing

November 2013: It All Depends: Responding to the Issues of Our Times

October 2013: Oversee the List Makers and Fish Certifiers

September 2013: Senate Progress on Fishing Funding Front

August 2013: The Fate of the San Joaquin River and You

July 2013: MONF3: Show Me the Money

June 2013: National Ocean Policy: Plan, Schedule

May 2013: Fixing Magnuson – Again

April 2013: The California Coastal Fall Chinook Conundrum

March 2013: Congress Must Act to Restore the Klamath

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January 2013: Saving Our Fishing Ports


December 2012: Agenda 2013: Part II

November 2012: Agenda 2013: Part I

October 2012: Grand Theft Water: Part II

September 2012: Grand Theft Water: Part I

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July 2012: A Fishery Declaration of Independence: Get NMFS Out of NOAA

June 2012: Managing Fisheries – What Needs Fixing, What Doesn’t

May 2012: Rethinking Ocean Planning and Policy

April 2012: NOAA Abandoning Stewardship

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February 2012: No Time for Retreat

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December 2011: Agenda 2012: Seven Issues to Pursue in the New Year

November 2011: We Can and Must Do Better

October 2011: We Can and Must Do Better

September 2011: Seafood for Tomorrow: Sustainability and the Rise of Aquaculture in the U.S.

August 2011: Revisiting Fishery Research Funding

July 2011: Protecting Salmon from Pesticides

June 2011: Collins Speaks Out for Salmon

May 2011: Time for a National Fishery Trust Fund

April 2011: The Federal Budget and the War on Fisheries

March 2011: The State of Fisheries 2011: Getting America’s Oldest Industry Moving Again

February 2011: Truth and Competence

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November 2010: Saving Coastal Jobs: S. 3528 & H.R. 4914

October 2010: The California Sustainable Seafood Initiative

September 2010: Strongly Ambivalent: A Response to the Oceans Executive Order

August 2010: The Gulf Oil Gusher – Moving Beyond Tears, Anger and Acquiescence

July 2010: The Klamath Settlement

June 2010: Health Care, Finally!

May 2010: Drilling Here, Drilling There

April 2010: Congressional Testimony of Larry Collins: Perspectives on California’s Water Supply

March 2010: From Anger to Agenda

February 2010: Ocean Acidification: Oyster Crisis Could Spread to Other Fisheries

January 2010: Food for Thought: Solutions


December 2009: Fish for Thought – Fisheries in the Food Chain

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March 2008: Bill to Reinstate Fishermen’s Health Care Reintroduced