Pacific Northwest Fisheries

CCA created the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Committee as a subcommittee of the National Government Relations Committee. It is comprised of dedicated CCA volunteers working within the federal fisheries council system for better fisheries management in the Pacific Northwest.

Angela Hult, of Oregon, is the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Committee Chairman. Heath Heikkila serves as the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Director and staff member for the committee.
 

Articles about Pacific Northwest Fisheries

NOAA Finally Getting It Right

Agency’s fisheries economics report more accurately reflects reality, to the dismay of some.
Posted on November 14, 2017

CCA Texas Commends EPA

Posted on October 13, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made the decision to remove the toxic dioxin waste from the San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund Site in Channelview, Texas. The cleanup plan, officially approved on October 11, will protect human health and the coastal environment by removing highly contaminated sediment from the site in a safe manner, using cofferdams and other engineering controls. The plan estimates that nearly 212,000 cubic yards of dioxin waste will be excavated from the site at a cost of $115 million.

Fisheries Economic Picture Comes into Focus

Recreational fisheries generate far more economic activity with less impact on marine resources. So why are we still treated as an after-thought by NOAA Fisheries?
Posted on May 18, 2017

Anglers Call on Trump to Deliver

The recreational fishing industry hopes for sea change from new administration
Posted on January 27, 2017

Old Dog, Same Tricks - When it comes to fisheries economics, NMFS just won’t learn.

Posted on October 27, 2016

Oregon Senate Confirms Bruce Buckmaster to Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Seat

Posted on May 22, 2015

Today, by a 18-12 vote the Oregon Senate confirmed Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s appointment of Bruce Buckmaster to a four-year term on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (Commission).  The appointment of Buckmaster, a long time Astoria resident and devoted advocate for Columbia River commercial gillnetting, drew the united opposition of the recreational fishing community and the ire of members of the environmental community.

Court of Appeals dismisses challenge to Columbia River gillnet reforms

Efforts on track to remove destructive gear from Lower Columbia, improve local economy
Posted on February 06, 2015

A policy to remove non-tribal gillnets from the mainstem of the Columbia River moved another step closer to implementation this week with the Washington Court of Appeal’s opinion affirming the Thurston County District Court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by commercial gillnet interests challenging the policy. 

A new era begins in the Pacific Northwest

Washington and Oregon move to ban gill nets from mainstem of Columbia River
Posted on January 15, 2013

In a tremendous victory for conservation, the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission voted 9 to 0 in favor of passing a new policy that will eliminate the use of gill nets in the lower mainstem of the Columbia River. 

Northwest salmon fisheries may have to share with killer whales

Posted on November 10, 2011

Orcas attack prey as large as gray whales and as small as herring. But the endangered orcas of the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands have adapted to eating mostly Chinook salmon, another threatened species. 

Condit Dam decommissioning takes the next step

Vancouver company helping mother nature restore White Salmon River’s path
Posted on November 05, 2011

WHITE SALMON — Dale Kuykendall strolls a few hundred yards from his makeshift office to a ledge offering a jaw-dropping view of the newly unleashed White Salmon River.

Thomas: Condit Dam breach could ruin perfect salmon fishing spot

Posted on October 27, 2011

UNDERWOOD, Wash. — For decades, a flotilla of small boats, prams, rafts and float tubes full of anglers have jammed the mouth of the White Salmon River daily during the summer to catch steelhead.

 

Condit Dam to be demolished Wednesday

Posted on October 25, 2011

First Elwha and Glines Canyon, and now Condit: The three largest dam removals ever in the country will be under way in Washington today, when contractors detonate 800 pounds of dynamite and blast the White Salmon River free.

Salmon-Killing Virus Seen for First Time in the Wild on the Pacific Coast

Posted on October 17, 2011

A lethal and highly contagious marine virus has been detected for the first time in wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest, researchers in British Columbia said on Monday, stirring concern that it could spread there, as it has in Chile, Scotland and elsewhere.

White Salmon River in Washington gets a cleanup before Condit Dam is removed

Posted on September 17, 2011

Men in Day-Glo orange vests scrambled over the rocky banks, divers emerged from underwater, a tow truck strained with a boat at the end of a taut rope as more than a dozen organizations gathered Saturday for a day of housekeeping at the mouth of White Salmon River. 

Will giant chinook salmon return? Dam-removal project opens the door

Bringing back the Elwha River kings, the most storied in Puget Sound, has been a rallying cry for advocates of dam removal for more than a generation.
Posted on September 17, 2011

Banging around like a bull in a rodeo chute, the big chinook rattles the metal pen holding her at a fish weir on the Elwha River.

Idaho sockeye salmon count exceeds expectations

Posted on September 16, 2011

BOISE, Idaho – This year might not be a record year for Idaho’s endangered sockeye salmon. But biologists with Idaho Fish and Game say the returning adult salmon count is already above expectations for the year. They get an idea of those numbers during the annual “Sockeye Roundup.”

Snake River salmon climb almost 7000 ft

Posted on September 12, 2011

Snake River salmon swim more than 900 miles inland and climb almost 7,000 feet to reach their spawning grounds — the highest salmon spawning habitat on the planet, and the largest and wildest habitat left in the continental United States. These one-of-a-kind salmon travel farther and higher than any other salmon on Earth — not to mention tackling eight massive dams along the way.

Elwha Dam Removals: Researchers use giant fish weir to study salmon

Posted on September 03, 2011

PORT ANGELES — For nearly 100 years, the Elwha Dam has proven to be a worthy adversary for spawning salmon. 

Puget Sound Crab Decision a Victory for Recreational Crabbers

Posted on October 01, 2010

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to bring more fairness to the Puget Sound Dungeness fishery by adopting "Option A" for its new Puget Sound Crab policy. This long overdue policy change rightfully recognizes the importance of recreational crabbing in Puget Sound and provides a SIGNIFICANT increase in fishing opportunity for Puget Sound crabbers.

Sportsman Channel and DISH Network Collaborate To Support Gulf Region Recovery Efforts

Sportsman SD and HD Now Available as A la Carte Option; New Subscriber Proceeds To Support Gulf Coast Fund & Coastal Conservation Association
Posted on August 31, 2010

In an effort to raise awareness and funds for Gulf regions working to recover from the recent oil spill disaster, Sportsman Channel will funnel this year’s proceeds from the a la carte pricing to a special “Sportsman’s Fund” created with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) to benefit Gulf coast habitat restoration and research.  CCA is one of the largest non-profit marine conservation groups in America.

Anglers Cautiously Optimistic After Recreational Fishing Summit

CCA participants hope to see results after meeting with NOAA Fisheries
Posted on April 21, 2010

Outdoorsmen were out in force at the nation’s capital last week as two events in Washington DC were dedicated to how this country manages its wild and natural resources.

CCA Continues Advocacy for Harvest Reform, Recovery of Oregon’s Salmon Runs

Posted on February 11, 2010

The changes made by the Attorney General’s office do not reflect the intent of the initiative, which is to end the non-selective over-harvest of Oregon's native fish runs while maintaining a healthy commercial salmon fishing industry.

CCA Helps Launch Ballot Initiative to Recover Oregon's Iconic Salmon Runs

Posted on December 31, 2009

Coastal Conservation Association is launching a ballot initiative to help save the last remnants of Oregon’s iconic wild salmon runs, and to create a sustainable salmon fishery for current and future generations. The Protect Our Salmon Act would ban the use of gill nets and tangle nets in Oregon waters, including the Columbia River.  The Act calls for the use of commercial fishing practices that selectively harvest returning hatchery fish, while protecting endangered wild salmon, steelhead and other species.

CCA PNW response to Obama salmon recovery plan

Let's Apply Sustainability to Fisheries Management
Posted on September 15, 2009

It is ironic that Oregon strives to be a leader in sustainability, yet we continue to subject our wild salmon runs to unsustainable harvest practices that are pushing the fish toward extinction.

3,000 Ghost Nets to Disappear

$4.5 million federal grant to speed removal of derelict fishing gear from Puget Sound
Posted on July 01, 2009

The marine resources of Puget Sound received a tremendous boost yesterday when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the Northwest Straits Commission will receive a $4.5 million grant to remove derelict gill nets lost or discarded in Puget Sound.  Since its inception in 2006, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Washington has strongly supported funding for the Northwest Straits Commission and has lobbied federal and state officials to take action to remove these silent killers.

CCA Adds Advocacy Expertise in the Pacific Northwest

Posted on May 07, 2008

PACIFIC NORTHWEST – Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is pleased to announce that Heath Heikkila has joined its advocacy team to provide strategic guidance and counsel to CCA chapters in Washington and Oregon. He joins a veteran CCA national advocacy team that includes Robert G. Hayes, general counsel, Richen Brame, Atlantic States Fisheries Director, Dr. Russell Nelson, Gulf Fisheries Consultant, and Matt Paxton, federal lobbyist.

Local Leaders Set to Guide Conservation Efforts

Officers and Directors elected to lead fast-growing Pacific Northwest CCA chapters
Posted on May 31, 2007

WOODLAND, WA - Not long ago, a group of concerned anglers from Oregon and Washington with an urgent need to take a more active role in the management of their marine resources contacted Coastal Conservation Association. Just six months later, CCA Washington and CCA Oregon are officially open for business and proud to announce the election of officers and directors to lead the attack on a variety of conservation issues in the region, particularly salmon.

Coastal Conservation Association Expands to Pacific Northwest

Decision creates coast-to-coast conservation association
Posted on March 14, 2007

HOUSTON, TX –Coastal Conservation Association, the nation’s largest marine resource conservation group, announced today that the organization will expand its operations to the U.S. Pacific Northwest to address a variety of conservation issues, including problems within the salmon fishery.