The secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency has turned down a request by a tri-county group for more time to draft a proposal for marine reserves along the North Coast…. (Eureka Times/CFC Web site)
NMFS issues a final rule to initiate collection of a permit fee for vessel owners participating in commercial and charter recreational fishing for highly migratory species (HMS) in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the West Coast of California, Oregon, and Washington (PDF)
As of August 27, 2009, applications for renewal or new Pacific HMS permits will need to be accompanied by a check or money order payable to “US Department of Commerce-NOAA”.
There is currently not an option to pay by credit or debit card over the phone, so plan accordingly and send in your application allowing sufficient time for processing.
NMFS SWR SFD
At the Commission meeting on Friday, the Commission adopted the staff recommended rules for allowing harvest of anchovies in select bays. The exhibit and rule language can be found at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/09/08_august/index.asp. The logbook is attached, though it is not yet printed. If people would like a logbook, we can simply print them out pages to complete until printed logbooks get here.
In summary the rule allows a vessel to use lampara net, purse seine, or hook and line to catch anchovies (only) to be used as bait on the catch vessel (meaning that the vessels cannot share catch or sell catch) in Tillamook, Yaquina, Winchester, and Coos Bays from July through October. Catch will not be recorded on fish tickets, and are exempted from the landing definition; however will need to be recorded on the logbook. Vessels will need to notify OSP 12 hours prior to fishing for anchovies by calling 1-800-452-7888 reporting the boat name and number, location of fishing, and estimated time of activity.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Professor Colin Buxton is a leading marine expert and Director of the Tasmanian Aquaculture & Fisheries Institute, University of Tasmania. He offers the following opinion piece on the topic of marine parks…. Read more (Yorn Peninsula Country Times)
American Albacore Fishing Association Pacific (North and South) Albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga)
14 December 2005
American Albacore Fishing Association (AAFA)
Pacific Albacore Pole & Line and Troll/Jig Fishery
Marine Stewardship Council Certification