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Aug. 22, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Underwater Camera Films Fish Habitat Off Oregon's Coast

This week, the environmental group Oceana is collecting images from a high-definition video camera in the ocean off the Oregon Coast. As I reported for EarthFix, it's a research expedition with a cause: The group wants to use the footage to make its case closing more seafloor habitat to bottom trawl fishing.

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Filed under: Environment, Pacific Ocean, Oceana, Fisheries


Oct. 10, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Local foodies fuel Northwest albacore sales

I couldn't wait until Foodie Friday to share this nugget: Sales of Northwest albacore tuna are up this year – thanks to local foodies and a marketing push from Whole Foods. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Albacore tuna, Fisheries, Foodie Friday


May 23, 2011 · By David Steves

Protecting landowners with a fish designation

Landowners on Central Oregon’s Deschutes River and its tributaries would have at least 12 years without facing water-diversion limits or other restrictions triggered by the presence of a newly reintroduced steelhead that’s on the endangered species list. Continue reading →

Filed under: Water, Dams, Deschutes River, Fisheries


March 18, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

After the tsunami: Catching fish by the bucket

This is just a fascinating report all around: Following last week's tsunami off the coast of Japan, the fish were so thick off Mexico's Pacific coast you could scoop them up in a bucket. On the flip side, many fishing ports were seriously damaged and several countries are now requiring radiation testing of all fish coming from Japanese markets to be sure they haven't been contaminated by releases from failing nuclear power plants. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Fisheries, Japan's tsunami


Feb. 18, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

In case of fisheries collapse, eat anchovies

I'm calling this the soft launch of Foodie Friday. I'm hoping to take on a food topic each week – at least one – to whet our appetites for weekend munchies. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Anchovies, Fisheries, Foodie Friday, Overfishing


Dec. 20, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

Lacking sturgeon, Willamette fishery delayed

Bill Monroe reports on a joint decision by Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife officials to delay a popular catch-and-keep winter sturgeon season on the Willamette River that was due to open Jan. 1. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Fisheries, Sturgeon, Willamette River


Dec. 13, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

On the Columbia: Purse seines to replace gillnets?

The results are in on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's experiment in alternative commercial fishing gear on the Columbia River. And they look good for the state's goal of finding ways for commercial boats to catch more hatchery salmon and steelhead without harming wild fish. The Columbia Basin Bulletin reports purse seine nets (see a video of how they work here) performed the best, and they are thought to have a relatively low impact on released wild fish. The WDFW tests assumed that overall less than 25 of the released wild fish – roughly .1 percent – suffered direct mortality from the test gear. ** Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Columbia River Basin, Fisheries, gillnetting, Salmon


Nov. 22, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

"A woefully inadequate measure" of fisheries

Heather Goldstone at Climatide has a helpful explanation of the new research showing that the widely accepted method of tracking marine ecosystem health doesn't measure what we really want to know. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Fisheries


Nov. 04, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

NOAA: This way to safe, sustainable fisheries

Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a new commercial fisheries policy: Catch shares for everyone. That means giving fishermen individual shares of fish to catch when they please and to manage for maximum profit. The idea is to relieve the pressure they're currently under to catch more fish faster, which many current fishery management plans inadvertently reward. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Catch shares, Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Oct. 28, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

Fishing, port groups sue over new groundfish plan

A regional fishing organization and two locally-based port organizations in California and Oregon announced today they have filed suit against the Department of Commerce to stop the federal West Coast groundfish individual fishing quota program. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Environmental Defense Fund, Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration



About Ecotrope

In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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