– Blue north fishers: We have to catch ’em all, not just some article The Blue North Fisheries Association, a Washington-based group representing blue-water fishers, said Thursday that the Obama administration was pushing for expanded use of commercial fishing in the region.
“The administration has made a commitment to expand commercial fishing opportunities for the Blue North,” the group’s president, Jim Jones, said in a statement.
“The president’s proposed plan to expand fishing in that region is the last thing we need right now.”
The plan, which would allow more commercial fishing, has been in the works for several years, Jones said.
It would allow fishers to hunt and catch larger fish such as salmon, steelhead, blue crabs and walleye.
The White House said Thursday the administration was considering expanding commercial fishing for walleyes and other fish in the Blue-water Basin.
Fisheries officials have long pushed for expanded commercial fishing because of the threat from global warming and pollution.
But they have been concerned about the potential for a major fish kill on the region’s pristine beaches.