|Oregon Coast Notes|
|Shrunken West Coast Fishing Fleet To Shrink Further|
West Coast fishermen who catch bottomfish are facing a sea change in their business.
These are the people who haul up black cod, snapper, Dover sole and other delicacies for your table. Federal fishery managers are replacing traditional fishing seasons with individual catch quotas.The strict quotas are expected to shrink the trawl fishing fleet significantly. That means bottom draggers may leave the business and switch to other fisheries, increasing competition for crab and shrimp for example.
Correspondent Tom Banse reports the transition is roiling the waters in Northwest fishing ports.
Take Newport, Oregon. Gulls squawk, tourists promenade, sea lions bark, and lifelong fishermen get ready for their next trip out to sea.
It's a sunny day, but the outlook is gloomy for commercial fisherman Gary Ripka. He started fishing with his dad when he was about 10 years old...