Commercial Fisheries Information – If you are interested in becoming a commercial fisherman, you need to contact the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) to learn about obtaining a commercial fishing license or crewmember license. Licenses are also required for any boat, vessel, or floating craft used in taking of food fish or shellfish for commercial purposes, except clams and crayfish. For information about the licensing requirement and the application process, contact Licensing (503) 947-6101.
Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permits and logbooks – Along with a commercial license, NOAA Fisheries requires each vessel to have a permit and logbook.
Coast Guard Safety Requirements Checklist – If you are a commercial fisherman, your vessel must comply with the U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations. The website allows you to enter information about your vessel and a requirements checklist will be generated specifically for your type of vessel.
Albacore Vessel Quality Standards – This packet includes general handling guidelines, as well as specifics for blast, brine, and ice fish. Also included is a time/temperature chart for use when fishermen sell each load of tuna.
NOAA National Data Buoy Center Sites – This site will allow you to find an area on the map and zoom in to see what buoys are in the area and what oceanographic information they provide.
NANOOS – The NANOOS Visualization System has a site specifically designed for tuna fishermen with current information on surface currents, water temperatures, waves and wave periods, as well as forecasts.
Fish, Mercury, and Nutrition: The Net Effects
The video provides a better understanding of the mercury/omega-3 discussion. According to Dr. Ralston, since ocean fish consumption is now being shown to significantly improve child IQ and adult cardiovascular health, it is time to get the word out that there are misunderstandings about seafood safety issues.
Seafood Health Facts website was developed to help consumers weigh the benefits against possible risks of eating seafood. The site is user-friendly and comprehensive with downloadable brochures aimed at health care professionals and consumers.