Press release PDF available here. Monterey Bay – California’s commercial fishing industry is adopting a suite of emergency actions to minimize the possibility of whale interactions with Dungeness crab gear, including voluntarily standing down from productive crab grounds around the Monterey Submarine Canyon to avoid high concentrations of whales feeding in the area. Crabbers are … Continue reading Crabbers Take Lead to Address Whale Entanglements
The California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group has issued a best practices guide for Dungeness crab fishermen concerned about marine mammal interactions with fishing gear. Click here to view or download a copy of the guide.
West Coast salmon are in a critical state due to loss of habitat, unsustainable diversions, and perhaps most pressingly, California’s unprecedented drought. Indeed, the entire state is in crisis as California’s massive population and industries come to terms with natural resource shortages. In response, Congress is dealing with bills that purport to “relieve” the impacts … Continue reading California Drought “Relief” Bills Threaten Salmon
On 4 May, U.S. Federal District Court Judge Michael Simon ruled for the Plaintiffs on every major issue, in a long-standing landmark lawsuit (National Wildlife Federation, et al. vs. National Marine Fisheries Service, et al., U.S. Dist. Ct. of Oregon, No. 3:01-cv-00640-SI) challenging the most recent version of the federal Columbia-Snake River Salmon Recovery Plan … Continue reading PCFFA, IFR Victorious in Challenge to 5th Failed Columbia River Salmon Plan
Click here to download a PDF of this article. FAUX CONSERVATION — LOOK BEYOND THE LABEL By Zeke Grader, Dave Bitts A Federal Register notice went out in late January, 2014 seeking comments on alternatives to a harvest control rule for winter-run Chinook salmon “impacted by the ocean salmon fisheries.” In February a bill was … Continue reading Fishermen’s News June 2014
July, 2013 To Download a PDF version of this Article, click here! MONF3— SHOW ME THE MONEY! By Zeke Grader In early May 2013, the third “Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries” (MONF3) conference was held in Washington, DC, promising a preview of the issues to be considered in what will be the fourth reauthorization of the … Continue reading PCFFA Fishermen’s News column July, 2013