What is Salmon For All?

March 30th, 2010

In the sometimes contentious world of Columbia River fisheries management, it is useful to stop to consider who the fishery resource actually belongs to: it belongs to all of us. That was the ultimate point of the name chosen by our organization more than a half century ago. That is our reason for being.

In an era in which harvest of the fishery resource is increasingly being directed at hatchery fish in order to protect ESA-listed wild stocks, it behooves us to consider who pays for the costs of hatchery programs: we all do. Figures revealed in 2009 concerning the sources of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatchery funding are plain as day: ODFW Hatchery Funding Pie Chart.

Salmon For All represents those who protect the consumers’ access to our fishery resource. At least 98% of us are consumers who depend on commercial fishermen to supply us with the fish we find in the fish market or restaurant of our choice. Columbia River spring Chinook are not harvested in any appreciable numbers in any other commercial fishery than the in-river gillnet fishery. If you are a consumer who cherishes the taste of Columbia River spring Chinook, you can thank a gillnet fisherman that you get to enjoy this great delicacy at all.

Going on at this very minute is a 12-hour, mark-selective commercial fishing opener in which the non-Indian gillnet fleet of the Columbia River is fishing for the general public. Our fishermen are using the tangle net and live recovery box gear so well-depicted in the five-minute video on our website: Tangle Net Fishing on the Columbia.

For further information about Salmon For All, consider reading About Salmon For All.

3 Comments to “What is Salmon For All?”

  1. Ginnie Donner said:

    I’d like to get some sweatshirts. where are they available? Thank You

  2. SFA said:

    Englund Marine & Industrial Supply in Astoria.

  3. Ken Brown said:

    I had never heard of Salmon For All or Hobe Kytr until I saw the article in the Sunday Columbian this AM. When I was about 14 (1959), I had one of the the greatest experiences of my life up to that point. I got to go Gillnetting with Louie Morale, the ” Mayor” of Clifton. I did this for about a week. Louie had a Double-ender with a straight-6 Chrysler Marine, which purred like a Kitten. We fished the Columbia Slough out of Clifton, where Louie’s lovely wife ran the Post Office. I stayed in the Duck Shack with a toilet which was daylighted to the water below (except when the tide was out.) I loved those people dearly and got to see them one more time before I went to High School. I still like miss the smell of the stove oil in the room heater and have pleasant memories of that week when I smell Diesel fuel.
    Last I was there, the roof had collapsed in the Post Office and Blackberries were taking over.
    I have a suggestion: go to WSU or PSU and find a PHD candidate in History who would write his/her Paper on the history of the Gillnetters on the Columbia River-have them get a grant.

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