Local sardine fishery avoids premature canning

Jim Stiebritz, owner of Sunrise Seafoods, supervised the unloading of about 90 tons of sardines last Wednesday after National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration-Fisheries shifted part of Southern California's quota to Washington and Oregon at the urging of the two Northwest state's congressional delegations, including U.S. Rep. Brian Baird. MACK FUNK photo

ILWACO - U.S. Rep. Brian Baird successfully joined U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, the Ports of Ilwaco and Woodland, the Pacific County Commissioners, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) in urging NOAA Fisheries (formerly NMFS) to help local sardine fishermen return to work by moving up the Oct. 1 reallocation date.

The earlier reallocation deadline allows commercial sardine fishermen, dock workers and processing plant employees in Ilwaco and Astoria to return to their jobs immediately, rather than remaining jobless until Oct. 1.

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