Bills signed into law in the 116th Congress

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The following West Coast fishery-related bills were signed into law in the 116th Congress. VETOED: Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act This bill addresses certain driftnet fishing. (Driftnet fishing is a method of fishing in which a gillnet composed of a panel or panels of webbing, or a series of such gillnets, is placed in […]

Pacific Council News Winter 2020: Features, Legislation, Habitat and Appointments

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An Interview with Don Hansen: The whale watching business This is the third and last part of our interview with Don Hansen, who has been involved in the Council process since it started in 1976. I started whale watching on the West Coast. Phil Grignon down at San Clemente high school here, had his biology […]

Pacific Council News Fall 2020

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An interview with Don Hansen, Part 2: Memories of management Getting into fishery management was interesting. From the second meeting on, I was there, until now. So I’ve been with fishery management for a long, long time. [Those first Council meetings] were different! Believe me, they were different. You sat around a table and the […]

Pacific Council News Summer 2020

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An interview with Don Hansen This is the first of a three-part interview with Don Hansen. Don founded Dana Wharf Sport Fishing and Whale Watching, along with the Festival of the Whale in Dana Point, California. He was involved in the development of the first West Coast fishery management plans under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Don […]

Pacific Council News Fall 2019: Administrative

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Legislative Report In September the Council received a request for comments from Representative Rob Bishop regarding HR 1979 (the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act) and HR 2236 (the Forage Fish Conservation Act.) The  Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, introduced by Ted Lieu and Diane Feinstein of California, would extend current California state regulations […]

Pacific Council News Summer 2019: Administrative and other stories

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Legislative report In June the Council has received a request from Senator Maria Cantwell for comment on HR 2236, the Forage Fish Conservation Act. The Council responded with a letter emphasizing the actions that the Council has already taken to protect forage fish species. HR 2236 would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to require Scientific and […]

Pacific Council News Spring 2019: Admin

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New Council newsletter format debuts The Council is updating the format of its newsletter to make it more flexible and user-friendly. The web-based format uses a “post” style for articles on similar topics, which makes it easier to share articles across platforms and allows third-party news outlets to link to Council articles. In addition, the […]

Spicy Chinese dungeness crab

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Ingredients 2 whole Dungeness crabs 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 (3-inch) knob ginger, minced (about 3 tablespoons) 5 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons) 3 to 4 fresh red bird’s-eye chiles, seeded and minced 1 tablespoon Chinese fermented black beans or black bean sauce 1 tablespoon shaohsing rice wine or sherry 1/2 cup plain tomato […]

Oregon pink shrimp cakes with wasabi dipping sauce

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Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs. Oregon pink shrimp. Do not wash. 1 cup plain bread crumbs 1 cup celery stalks, finely minced 1 cup onion, finely minced 1 cup green pepper, finely minced 1 tsp. dry mustard 1/2 tsp. Tabasco 1 large egg 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce Additional bread […]

Dungeness crabcakes with green cocktail sauce

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Ingredients 10 slices white bread 3/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 large egg yolk 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce 7 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 5 tablespoons olive oil […]