Celebrating World Fisheries Day

World Fisheries Day will be Celebrated on November 21, 2015 Here we are—a special day to celebrate fisheries and fishermen on November 21. As each year passes, we increase our appreciation and reasons for celebrating this occurrence. Each year brings us news—good or bad—about the fisheries in the vast oceans. This occasion offers us a time to celebrate and reflect on our involvement and responsibility with the fish resources and […]

Legislative Hearing on Domoic Acid & Dungeness Crab Scheduled

Senator Mike McGuire, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Assemblymember Jim Wood, Committee Vice-Chair, are hosting a hearing focused on the delayed opening of the Dungeness Crab season. The legislators will be focused on public health issues, ocean conditions and the coastal fishing economy. A panel of experts will discuss the current status, ocean conditions, what to expect in the weeks ahead and impacts of the […]

PFMC Analyzes Pending Drought Relief Bills and Impacts on Salmon

In response to a congressional request for information from Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), the Pacific Fishery Management Council has analyzed and commented on three pending drought relief bills making their way through Congress, specifically with regard to impacts of each bill on salmon populations on the West Coast. PFMC generally supports the provisions of H.R. 2983/S. 1837 (co-sponsored by Rep. Huffman and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)), […]

Domoic Acid Uptake and Depuration in Dungeness Crabs

Read a scientific report on the processes by which D-crabs intake domoic acid and then purge it from their systems.

DCTF Issues Guidance to State Agencies re Testing and Season Opening

Read the California Dungeness Crab Task Force’s guidance to state agencies on opening the season in relation to the recreational crab opener, and the continued testing protocol, by clicking here.

One fisherman on H.R. 1335

Small Boat Commercial Salmon Fishermen’s Association president and PCFFA board member Don Marshall, captain of the F/V Janet E, wrote this blog post for the Marine Fish Conservation Network. In it, he discusses the dangers of H.R. 1335, the current Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization bill, and opportunities for forward thinking in fisheries management. See the post here.