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Economic Disaster Looming for Oregon Fishing Communities

April 2, 2007



Seattle, WA - An economic disaster could be looming for commercial fishermen and fishing communities in Oregon. The Pacific Fishery Management Council is meeting this week to determine the length and quantity of this year's fishing season. But with Columbia salmon runs projected to be very poor, that could mean another shortened or cancelled season. Commercial fisherman Joel Kawahara says if something's not done soon to help restore salmon, the entire industry is at stake.

"Because fisheries managers are having to make conservation moves, they'll just eventually eliminate fishing, commercial and recreational. That's pretty much the only choices that they'll have."

This comes at the same time the Bush administration is proposing sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act, and Kawahara believes the changes would pose a direct threat to Pacific Northwest salmon recovery efforts. And, a shorter season effects more than just fishermen.

"The suppliers of fuel and ice, the people that work in the fish processing plants, then the secondary sales of fish, restaurants and stores, will be affected."

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council is meeting in Seattle from April 2-6.



Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR