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    ODFW to limit commercial anchovy fishing in the Columbia River

    September 27, 2016

    Newport, Ore. – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers will restrict commercial anchovy fishing in the Columbia River Oct. 3 due to uncertainty around the impacts the anchovy catch has on salmon and the local ecosystem.

    According to Maggie Sommer, ODFW marine fisheries manager, about 5,200 metric tons of anchovy have been landed in Oregon so far this year, nearly all coming from the Columbia River. In the past, total annual harvest in Oregon has averaged around 67 metric tons. The overall allowable annual catch limit set by the Pacific Fishery Management Council is 9,750 metric tons for waters off Oregon and Washington.

    “It’s the large increase in the amount of anchovy landings from the Columbia River area that has been the focus of discussion,” said Sommer.

    The management action will move the bulk of the commercial anchovy fishery seaward of the Buoy 10 line. Small-scale bait fishing in the river will be allowed to continue, but boats must go to the ocean to seek larger volumes of anchovies if the demand continues.

    “We’re taking action because we don’t have a good assessment of impacts on salmon and other fish species from unintended bycatch in the seine nets,” said Sommer. “Potential effects of catching and removing large numbers of anchovies from a small area on species dependent on anchovies as a food source are also something we need to consider.”

    There has been an active commercial seine fishery for anchovies in the lower Columbia River for many years, with regular landings into Washington and intermittent landings into Oregon. In prior years, the catch has primarily been used as bait in recreational salmon and tuna fisheries, but in 2016 most of the anchovies landed into Oregon have been destined for human consumption. This year’s anchovy fishery in Oregon has filled in some of the gap left by the closure of sardine fishing on the west coast to protect and rebuild the sardine population.

    “We have been closely monitoring the fishery through regular communication with fishers and processors, tracking landings, reviewing logbooks, and observing landings dockside,” said Sommer. “We have also been collaborating with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to observe fishing operations at sea.”

    ODFW will begin working with interested parties to evaluate the fishery and determine how the 2017 fishing season can balance the economic benefits with conservation goals that include protecting ESA-listed salmon and maintaining an adequate forage base.

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    Maggie Sommer (541) 867-4741 ext. 227, Maggie.Sommer@dfw.state.or.us
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    I was just about to ask where I could by boxes of "Sea Wave" anchovy's???
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    I can't imagine how they even bring those nets in when they scoop a bait ball as big as a football field. This year was ridiculous on how much bait was in the estuary.

    I did not know they net them. Sad.

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    Very interesting info here. Hope the numbers stay up, unlike the sardine populations which seemed to have crashed recently.
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    Right? I'm hoping it isn't a case of unloading the burden onto a similar species because of the inability of the last species to support the same burden. Generally a pretty bad formula if that's the case.

    CW - Outside of Tackle time in Warrenton where I pick up fresh anchovies when fishing B10, I like to browse the Asian markets for anchovies for chunk bait or whatever when not fishing them whole down there.
    As an aside, those things jump onto a sibiki rig like no other, so you can pile up enough bait for a vacation very quickly if they're in your area.
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    Just need some for sturgeon fishing, can be frozen. Hmart didnt seem to have them, a local asian market :/
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    Strange, maybe seasonal at that market. My favorite when I lived in OC was Fubonn but that's way across town from you. I know bimart here has trays of anchovies but it is like 12 of them for $5 so not a very economic method unless you only want a couple. Fishermans or whatever local might have them. I think it's Rays brand down here.
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    I do really only want a couple so thats great, ty Alan What about Fishermans? they have frozen chovs?
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    Should, maybe call before the drive to make sure.
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    Ohh and also think those "trays of anchovies but it is like 12 of them for $5" are about to become trays of 12 anchovies for $10 in the near future.
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