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Steelhead season is here, and the Mad River is the place to be

Steelhead season is here, and the Mad River is the place to be

  Ray Olson Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – It’s that exciting time of year again when our local treasure, the Mad River, has hundreds of steelhead fish swimming up from the ocean to spawn.  And these are big fish! The average size is around two feet long and 8 to 10 pounds. The annual winter

Local commercial fishermen support city RV park project

Press release from Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Association: At Tuesday night’s Eureka City Council Meeting, Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Association board members testified in unanimous support for the city staff’s proposal to establish a privately operated RV park and “mixed-use” visitor facility on city property next to the Samoa Bridge. Not only does the HFMA support this project,

Mega fishing fee hikes ripped

Paul Mann Mad River Union NORTH COAST – With North Coast fishing gutted by a doomsday falloff of salmon and crab stocks, state legislators are savaging a Department of Fish and Wildlife proposal to lash fishermen with staggering landing fee hikes of 1,300-13,000 percent. At the “low” end, the 1,300 percent levy would apply to

Dungeness delicacies to be delivered Dec. 1

Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Association NORTH COAST – Dungeness crab fishermen in District 6 (North Jetty Humboldt Bay to Oregon border) were allowed to start setting crab pots today, Nov. 28,  but many local fishermen may stay tied up due to rough ocean conditions. Rough ocean conditions and a very large northwesterly swell forecast by the National

Salmon season blunted again

Paul Mann Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Citing “severe conservation needs,” the federal agency that manages Pacific salmon fishing has recommended major restrictions for this year’s season, threatening grave economic damage. However, the impact on Humboldt County is expected to be light compared to historically retarded catches here. The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has

Dungenness crab toxicity a vexing issue

Note: The following is one of several stories about the crab and fisheries calamities. You should also read: • Aid for crabbers ‘no slam dunk’ • Closure imperils crabber livelihoods • Dungenness crab toxicity a vexing issue • Crabbers query how they can use SBA loans Paul Mann Mad River Union SACRAMENTO – Lifting California’s

Coastal legislators request crab season disaster declaration

  Office of Senator Mike McGuire SACRAMENTO – Today, Jan. 25 a bi-partisan coalition of state legislators requested that Governor Jerry Brown declare a fishery disaster due to the devastating impacts of the delayed California crab season. “The delayed crab season is unprecedented in duration and magnitude and California crabbers need our help now more than ever. For

Neurotoxin levels dropping in crabs

Jack Durham Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Although the Dungeness crab season will start in Oregon Jan. 4, the California opening is still undecided, with domoic acid levels in the crab meat still exceeding safety thresholds. A slew of test results were posted today, Dec. 24 on the California Public Health Department website. The tests