Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Catching up with Tom Wolf....

Tom Wolf does his best to keep us all informed on issues he tracks throughout the year from Salem and the various interest groups he participates in. Though often late to move the information on - much of it is not so time sensitive. We're playing catch-up....below is an update and reports  from NOAA who is a part of those who oversea the ocean fisheries stocks [and our beloved salmon/steelhead].

Two Reports:

Status of Stocks and Fisheries Economics of the U.S

Dear West Coast Recreational Fishing Constituents,

NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce the release of two important reports that show positive trends in the sustainable management of U.S. federally-managed fisheries—Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012 and the Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013. Together, these reports highlight steady rebuilding of U.S. fisheries and underscore the broad and positive economic impact commercial and recreational fishing contribute to the nation’s economy.

Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012 highlights that in 2012, U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales impacts, contributed $89 million to gross domestic product, and supported 1.7 million jobs in U.S. marine fishing and across the broader economy.

The second report—Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013—highlights the continued progress that, collectively, NOAA Fisheries and important stakeholders, including your organization, have made to end overfishing and rebuild stocks. In 2013, seven stocks came off the overfishing list and four stocks are no longer overfished. Additionally, two stocks were rebuilt in 2013, bringing the total number of stocks rebuilt since 2000 to 34. These results demonstrate the strength of our science-based management process under the MSA. To continue to move forward, we must work together to ensure solid, science-based determinations of stock status and better linkages to biological, socioeconomic, and ecosystem conditions.

Both reports with additional info are available here. 
​Please see report for West Coast Numbers: <LINK>
thank you,
Heidi Taylor
NOAA/NMFS, West Coast Region