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|Tuesday, April 01, 2008|
Some commercial salmon fishermen will survive the next few years. Many more will not.
By Abraham Hyatt
Start with a basic fact: Oregon’s coastal commercial salmon industry is not dead, nor will it — probably — ever be.
But define “industry.” What if in the future every season is measured in days, not weeks or months? What if the number of commercial fishing boats drops below 100? Could it be called a “salmon industry” if fishermen spend most of their time working other fisheries and only a fraction of their time catching salmon?
Mark Newell is a commercial fisherman out of Newport and sits on the Oregon Salmon Commission. “Things look pretty grim for the salmon fleet for the next couple of years,” he says. “I wish I could paint a good picture, but I can’t.”
TRYING TO PREDICT HOW SALMON in the Pacific Northwest will run is not unique to this decade, nor to the last century. In 1880 two naturalists, David Jordan and Chas Gilbert, traveled through Oregon studying the salmon stocks for the federal government.
In an article in the March 1881 issue of The American Naturalist, the men identified some obvious things that were impacting the population. They wrote about how mining on the Sacramento River was destroying spawning grounds for the Chinook, and about the threat of over-fishing along the Columbia River, where canners packed 26 million pounds of salmon in 1880.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Employment in Oregon is almost back up to prerecession levels — and employers are having to work harder to entice talented staff to join their ranks. This year’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project showcases the kind of quality workplaces that foster happy employees.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Janet LaBar, Executive director, Greater Portland Inc.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY ROBERT MULLIN
A new energy-sharing agreement sparks concerns about independence and collaboration in the region's utility industry.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Founded 12 years ago, Keen Inc. likes to push the envelope, starting with the debut of the “Newport” closed toe sandal in 2003. Since then, the company has opened a factory on Swan Island and a sleek new headquarters in the Pearl District. The brand’s newest offering, UNEEK, is a sandal made from two woven cords and not much more.
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Leslie Carlson channels the big idea.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
On Wednesday night, a couple days ahead of the 2015 season kickoff, Major League Soccer and the Players Union reached an agreement.
Friday, February 27, 2015
BY OB STAFF
The 100 Best list recognizes large, medium and small companies for excellence in work environment, management and communications, decision-making and trust, career development and learning, and benefits and compensation.
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A new report highlights how Oregon bankers are giving back to their communities.
Since 1932 Tidewater Transportation & Terminals (operating as Tidewater Barge Lines and Tidewater Terminal Company) has operated a multicommodity transportation and terminal company based in Vancouver, Washington. The friendly expression on the company’s shipping containers reflects the attitude of about 330 safety and community-conscious employees but belies how complicated the barge business really is.
The Port of The Dalles has run marine facilities since the 1930s, but they are part of a larger mission to strengthen the local economy. They focus on regional economic development with a strong bent toward adding good-paying jobs in high tech, manufacturing and other industries.
The Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Like the advent of the locomotive, the cloud creates business opportunities that simply weren’t possible before now. Get up to speed fast in May at an exciting cloud-empowered Portland event.
Registration is now open for Portland Business Alliance’s Annual Meeting, one of the largest business gatherings in Portland each year.