ODFW seeking feedback from industry and public to help shape commercial anchovy fishery

2/02/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    NEWPORT, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting on Feb. 15 to get input on the commercial fishery for anchovy in the ocean and the mouth of the Columbia River for 2017 and beyond. Commercial fishers, processors of …

Fishery managers delay decisions on Cowlitz smelt and other Columbia fisheries

02/01/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News    OLYMPIA – Washington state fishery managers have delayed setting a recreational smelt-fishing season on the Cowlitz River until they can better gauge the size of this year’s run. In a joint meeting Tuesday with their Oregon counterparts, they also postponed setting an end date for sturgeon …

ODFW Closes Recreational crabbing from the Coos Bay North Jetty to Heceta Head

02/01/2017 – John Snyder- NWFN   NEWPORT, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today the immediate closure of the recreational crab fishery from the Coos Bay North Jetty to Heceta Head, north of Florence, due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This closure includes Winchester Bay …

Nominees sought to represent Oregon in the Pacific fisheries council

01/25/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News    NEWPORT, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting nominations for a seat on the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The deadline to request nomination materials is Feb. 13, 2017 and the three-year term begins August 2017. The Council manages about 119 species of …

ODFW Commission updates Columbia River Fisheries policies

01/20/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News     SALEM, Ore.—The Commission met today in Salem and adopted a plan for implementation of the Columbia River Fisheries Reform that will continue to allow commercial gill net fishing on the mainstem of the Columbia River during the summer and fall and increases commercial fishing in …

WDFW Closes Marine Area 10 to salmon retention

01/19/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    Action: Closes Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) to salmon fishing. Effective Date:  Jan. 23, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location:  Marine Area 10 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers. Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, WDFW and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited …

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Jan. 20 in Salem

  SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, Jan. 20 at ODFW Headquarters in Salem (4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE) to consider changes to the Columbia River Fishery Reform program. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and follows this agenda http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/17/01_jan/index.asp The Commission is expected to: Consider rulemaking for long-term implementation of …

WDFW Commission updates Columbia River salmon policy

01/14/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News   VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today voted to implement the next phase of the state’s reform policy on Columbia River salmon management, including updates to provisions for fall chinook salmon. The updated policy builds on a joint strategy by Washington and Oregon …

Puget Sound marine Area 9 salmon season reopening delayed

Photo Courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters 01/09/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News    Marine Area 9 salmon season reopening delayed Action: Marine Area 9 will not reopen on Jan.16, as scheduled. Effective Date:  Jan. 16, 2017, until further notice. Species affected: Salmon Location:  Marine Area 9 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers. Reason …

Sport fishing for bottomfish closes off Washington coast through March 10

Photo Courtesy of Danny Stonedahl of River Chrome Guide Service 01/06/2017 – John W. J. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action: Close recreational bottomfishing in Marine Areas 1-3 and Marine Area 4 (west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line) through March 10, 2017. Reopen the coastal recreational bottomfish fishery the second …