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A WEEKLY QUOTA OF FISHERY SHORTS CAUGHT AND
LANDED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR FISHERIES RESOURCES AND
THE PACIFIC COAST FEDERATION OF FISHERMEN'S
ASSOCIATIONS

VOL 1, NO.2 14 JANUARY 2000

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HIGHLY MIGRATORY SPECIES: The Highly Migratory Species
Development Team of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC)
will hold a work session from Monday, 31 January, 0800 HRS to
Wednesday, 2 February, close of business. The primary purpose of the
work session is to draft sections of the fishery management plan for highly
migratory species fisheries on the west coast. The work session will
be held at NMFS', Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory, 1352
Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove CA (831)648-8515. For more
information, contact: Daniel Waldeck at (503) 326-6352, or visit
www.pcouncil.org.

PUBLIC HEARING ON FIBER OPTIC CABLE PLAN FOR SAN
LUIS OBISPO COUNTY: The San Luis Obispo County Planning
Commission will hold a hearing to consider a proposal by MCI/WORLD
COM, INC. The hearing will primarily deal with on land facilities,
however, the certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in
accordance with the applicable provisions of the California Quality Act
will also be considered. This EIR would cover the whole project
including the offshore portion. The hearing will be held Thursday,
27 January, in the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors
Chambers, Room 224, San Luis Obispo, CA. For more information
contact Steve Masters, San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning
and Building (805)781-5600 or visit their website:
http://www.slonet.org/vv/ipcoping.

COALITION BIDS ON PIER 45 FOR A STATE OF THE ART
EDUCATIONAL FACILITY DEDICATED TO THE SAN FRANCISCO
BAY/ESTUARY: A Coalition of business owners, commercial fishermen
and environmental organizations have banded together to respond to the
request for proposals (RFP) for the development of a 70,000 square foot
shed on Pier 45 at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. The proposed
center is intended to foster public understanding and appreciation of the
San Francisco Bay estuary, its delta, offshore marine sanctuaries, history,
fisheries, culture and environment. For more information, contact Fred
Auda at (415) 561-2275, or e-mail: fauda at aol.com.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL TASTE TESTS SALMON: It
didn't come as any surprise to us here at PCFFA/IFR to learn that the
results of a taste test involving farm, hatchery and wild run chinook, ended
unanimously in favor of the wild fish. The six people who the Wall Street
Journal recruited in Seattle for the test, could hardly complain about the
job. These "experts" voted hands-down for the wild-run fish with an
overall score on a scale of 1-10 of 9.7, while the hatchery fish got a shaky
5.3, and the farmed fish came in last with a 4.83.

REPORT CONCLUDES THAT RECOVERY OF SALMON RUNS IS
AN INVESTMENT IN LONG-TERM ECONOMIC HEALTH: In a 5
January report to the Oregon Board of Forestry, ECONorthwest, a Eugene,
Oregon economic consulting firm, found that the long-term benefits
produced by recovering salmon populations outweigh the short-term
economic gains produced by logging the fishes' habitat. The report,
"Salmon, Timber and the Economy" was produced for the Institute for
Fisheries Resources, Pacific Rivers Council, Oregon Trout, and the
Audubon Society of Portland. For more information on this report, visit
the Pacific Rivers Council's website at:
http://www.pacrivers.org/Publications/timber.html.

LOWER SNAKE RIVER DAMS DRAFT EIS HITS STREETS,
HEARINGS BEGIN FEBRUARY: In late December the US Army Corps
of Engineers released its feasibility study and Draft EIS for four possible
options for the recovery of Snake River endangered chinook salmon,
sockeye and steelhead runs. These fish populations are now down to less
than 1% of their historic run size. The documents, titled "Lower Snake
River Juvenile Salmon Migration Feasibility Study" and "Draft Feasibility
Report and Environmental Impact Statement" are both available from the
Walla Walla District office of the Corps from their web site at:
http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/.

One of the four options (and the most controversial) is the breaching of
the four lower Snake River hydropower dams to allow the river to resume
its natural flow. PCFFA and IFR have, on the basis of all the
evidence, supported lower Snake River dam removal as the only option
leading to salmon recovery, as has the Pacific Fishery Managment
Council (PFMC). For further information on why we believe that these
dams (and many others) have long outlived their usefulness, see PCFFA's
recent article "Ending the Era of Big Dams: Why Some Dams Must Go"
in the August, 1999 issue of the Fishermen's News, available on PCFFA's
Web site at: http://www.pond.net/~pcffa/fn-aug99.htm

The Columbia & Snake River Campaign (of which PCFFA and IFR are
members) has posted a great deal of information on the hearings on the
DEIS, scheduled beginning February 3rd, to be held all over the
Northwest and Alaska. Their Home Page is at:
http://www.removedams.org

DOES THIS MEAN BOB DOLE WILL BE THEIR SPOKESPERSON?:
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) one of the leading U.S.
conservation organizations, has decided to change its name to
Environmental Defense, or E.D. (did they consult Pfizer first?). The
group, which has been an ally with fishing organizations in some past
battles to protect fisheries habitat, has garnered criticism in recent years,
according to PCFFA, for its "obsessive" support of water marketing as a
solution for western water problems, and ITQs and marine reserves as a
cure-all for fishery problems. For more information, visit the E.D. website
at: www.edf.org.

FISHERMEN GO TO SUPREME COURT TO FIGHT OIL BARGE
COMPANY ON STATE COASTAL OIL SPILL SAFETY
STANDARDS: PCFFA and IFR spearheaded a "Friend of the Court"
amicus brief to the US Supreme Court from the commercial fishing
industry in the recent case, Intertanko v. Washington State, in which it
was argued that states should have the right to require additional safety
measures for oil barges plying state waters. Several coastal states have
adopted special state safety rules in order to protect their coastlines and
their fishing industry from the ravages of Exxon Valdez-type oil spills.
Washington's recent barge safety laws, in fact, were adopted in response
to the Exxon Valdez accident and just after an even worse disaster almost
happened in the biologically sensitive Puget Sound area.

Intertanko (The International Association of Independent Tanker
Owners), the largest group of independent oil barge owners, challenged
these state oil barge safety laws, claiming that only the weaker
US federal laws should apply. Federal laws do not take into account
special or hazardous local conditions, plus they are more easily
manipulated in Congress by well funded oil company lobbyists. Contact
PCFFA for a copy of the fishermen's brief.

ITQs THROWN OUT IN ICELAND: On 5 January, Iceland's Regional
Court of the Western Fjords found a fishing vessel owner not guilty of
fishing without owning or leasing quota, concluding that Icelandic laws
on individual transferable quotas (ITQs) violate both the constitutional
rule against discrimination and the rule about the right to work. The
Icelandic ITQ system has been opposed by many of the nation's
commercial fishing groups, including the National Association of Small
Boat Owners (NASBO). For more information, contact NASBO at:
nasbo at vortex.is.

GROUNDFISH SEMINAR: The University of Washington's School of
Marine Affairs and NMFS' Northwest Fisheries Science Center will
jointly sponsor a groundfish seminar on Wednesday, 19 January at the
Northwest Fisheries Science Center Auditorium, 2725 Montlake Blvd. E,
in Seattle beginning at 1600 HRS. For more information, visit the UW
website: http://www.sma.washington.edu/fish_seminar/join.html.

FISHERIES MARKETING CONSULTANT SOUGHT: The Western
Fishboat Owners Association (WFOA), an international fishing
organization (U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Pacific Islands), representing
albacore and other Pacific high-seas pelagic fisheries, is seeking a
marketing consultant to assist the organization's effort to stabilize the
major cannery market and the export market for albacore. The deadline
for applying is 25 January. For more information, visit WFOA's website
at: http://www.wfoa-tuna.org.

GOT NEWS?: To submit fishery news items for Sublegals, e-mail:
Molly Thomas, Editor, at: ifrfish at aol.com, or call the IFR offices with
the news piece and a source for further information at either:
(415) 561-Fish (Southwest Office) or (541) 689-2000 (Northwest Office).

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