Now at Bat: Anchovies

Now at Bat: Anchovies

Leaving Enough Baitfish in the Water Top Photo: Humpback Whale Often overlooked baitfish, specifically anchovies in this case, were the topic of discussion at a recent meeting in Astoria that I participated in. A couple of commercial seine boats made a big splash in the lower Columbia River last summer. There’s no hiding it; with […]

2-for-1? Sounds Good, But Don’t Take the Bait

2-for-1? Sounds Good, But Don’t Take the Bait

How the Administration’s Actions Could Affect our Fisheries Top Photo: Arizona Aubrey with a Tillamook Bay sturgeon We’ve all been victims of regulation, and when President Trump rolled out his “1 new regulation in, 2 old ones out” executive order, I wasn’t sure that was such a bad idea. But then I got educated. In […]

Sport Anglers Sing In 2017!

Sport Anglers Sing In 2017!

Photo: Chris Vetopoulos holds a January Chinook from the Wilson River on the North Oregon Coast. Every New Year, my wife and one of her good friends make up a slogan for the upcoming year. I do not think the motivation was there for this year, maybe because it is hard to rhyme something with […]

The Synapses Are Firing

The Synapses Are Firing

Photo: Tillamook hogs, October 2016 When you can’t get it done on the ground, you often go to court. It’s a bad way to do business, no matter if you’re the good guy, or the bad guy. I’ve been at odds with the Tillamook County Board of County Commissioners for most of my professional life. […]

Salmon, Served on a Bed of…What?

Salmon, Served on a Bed of…What?

Here’s something I thought I’d never do… After another fine shopping experience at my local Costco, I was feeling pretty proud that I got good value, on some good foods, for my family. That is, until I came across this story that tells me the double box of Honey Nut Cheerios is laden with pesticides, […]

Chain Reaction: How Far Will Our Fisheries Fall?

Chain Reaction: How Far Will Our Fisheries Fall?

Photo: Coho Salmon In sophomore chemistry class (one of my least favorite classes, but one of my favorite teachers), I got to witness the ping pong ball sprung from the mouse trap trick that really demonstrated the effects of a nuclear explosion. It was a pretty profound experiment, clearly demonstrating the true effect of a […]