Bevan Seminar Series, Today with Jim Martin

Please join the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences for our free public symposium, the Bevan Series, featuring internationally-recognized experts.

The 2015 Bevan Series is organized around a collection of current controversies in fisheries, with small groups of speakers to provide alternative perspectives on the issues at hand. We will discuss commercial whaling, seafood certification, the efficacy of marine protected areas, and inter-sectoral allocation in fisheries management.  We invite you to join us for 10 informative lectures and take your place at the leading edge of marine conservation.

Today, February 19, 4:30 PM, social follows

University of Washington, Fishery Sciences Auditorium, 102
1122 NE Boat Street, Seattle, Washington


Restructuring lower Columbia River fisheries: a balancing act in the face of conflict

Over the last several years, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have been implementing a plan to shift Lower Columbia Fisheries to improve economic results, improve conservation of ESA listed stocks and reduce conflict. As is usually the case with change, this process is very conflict ridden with stiff resistance from the commercial fishermen and strong support from recreational sector.

In a nutshell, the plan is to move commercial gillnet fisheries into SAFE (Select Areas for Fisheries Enhancement) areas in bays and sloughs off the main stem Columbia River to reduce bycatch impacts on listed Columbia River stocks. Additional hatchery fish are to be released in the SAFE areas so that the commercial fishermen are compensated with additional hatchery adults in their fisheries.

Tests are being conducted on selective commercial gear, such as purse seines, beach seines and traps to develop these for use in selective commercial fisheries in the future in the main stem Columbia River in replacement for non–selective gillnets. Selective gear means that which can capture harvestable fish for sale and release of non–target fish relatively unharmed.

Jim’s talk will highlight the timetable for the process and what progress has been made to date. He will also note the key uncertainties that will determine the ultimate outcome.


Jim Martin retired after 30 years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and now works as conservation director for the Berkley Conservation Institute, a branch of Pure Fishing. Pure Fishing is the largest fishing tackle company in the World and is an industry leader in conservation advocacy.  During his career with ODFW, Jim spent six years as chief of fisheries and three years as salmon advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber. Jim led the team that developed the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, a state conservation plan to address Endangered Species and clean water issues in Oregon.  Jim has a Bachelors Degree in Wildlife and Masters Degree in Fisheries from Oregon State University. Jim formerly held a courtesy appointment at OSU, where he taught Natural Resource Problem Solving in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.  Jim is the former Chairman of the Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He is a science and policy advisor for the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Assn. In 2005, Jim was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin. He was recognized for lifetime achievement as an alumni fellow by Oregon State University in November, 2011.  Jim is a lifelong sportsman and loves salmon, ducks and Labrador Retrievers. He lives in the small community of Mulino, about 15 miles south of Portland, Oregon. He shares his dream home in the country with his wife of 43 years, Carolyn, and Kodiak and Yukon, the wonderdogs.


The Bevan Series is generously funded by the Donald E. Bevan Endowed Fund in Fisheries, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and Washington Sea Grant. The Bevan Series was founded by Tanya Bevan, as a tribute to her late husband, Don Bevan. Don’s academic career spanned almost 50 years at the University of Washington, during which time he was director of the School of Fisheries and dean of the College of Fisheries. His work focused on the key intersection between science, economics, and politics, and he was deeply involved in the enactment and reauthorization of the Magnuson Act which governs America’s marine fisheries. He worked tirelessly to ensure that fisheries managers, industry and scientists spoke with a unified voice in changing federal regulations, and also helped found what is now the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

The Bevan Series seeks to continue the legacy of Don Bevan’s legacy by examining current issues affecting fisheries and marine conservation. We try to represent as many viewpoints as possible, focusing on solutions, not just problems.

Dr. Daniel Schindler

View the full seminar schedule on the 2015 Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries.

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