Tag Archives: Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations

State responds to ‘horrific’ entanglements

State responds to ‘horrific’ entanglements

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – The state is launching an unprecedented effort to address whale entanglements with commercial fishing gear that were described as “horrific” during a legislative hearing. Chuck Bonham, the director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), announced the plan at a Nov. 28 statehouse hearing chaired by

Fishermen sue Big Oil over closures

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – West Coast fishermen are fighting the oil and gas industry, accusing 30 fossil fuel companies of advancing climate change and causing a series of Dungeness crab closures. Filed on Nov. 14 in California State Superior Court in San Francisco by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the

‘Roadmaps’ for better fishing underway

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Humboldt County’s fishing communities have strengths but also face challenges and planning processes are underway to chart their improvement. Fishing Community Sustainability Plans are being developed for Eureka and Shelter Cove, with Humboldt State University (HSU) coordinating the planning efforts. Assisting is the Lisa Wise Consulting firm, whose

Massive fee hike for fishermen gets downscaled

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – California’s commercial fishing landing fees are hiked by almost 100 percent in a state budget trailer bill, a sizable increase that’s nevertheless downscaled considerably from what was proposed. North Coast fishermen and legislators rallied against the state’s original proposal for increasing landing or catch fees. An overall increase