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Oregon Fishermen's Cable Committee

2019 Port Meetings

All Trawler Owners, Captains and Crew (draggers, shrimpers, whiting) - you are invited to attend one of our local port meetings. We'll buy lunch and give you information on a new cable coming offshore from Pacific City. Cable route thumb drives will be distributed. Enter drawings for $300, $200, and $100 gift cards from Cabela's and Englund Marine Supply. GPS EPIRB Grand Prize from SubCom. Drawings March 27 include all entries. All meetings will start at noon.

Warrenton El Compadre Restaurant
119 S. Main Ave.
Tues. March 19
Brookings Blue Water Café & Lounge
97900 Shopping Center Ave.
Mon. March 25
Charleston Fisherman's Grotto
91149 Cape Arago Hwy
Tues. March 26
Newport Englund Marine Supply
880 SE Bay Blvd.
Wed. March 27

We hope you will attend! For more information, please call our office at (503) 325-2285, Scott McMullen at (503) 440-3569, or email us at staff@ofcc.com

Successful Science Platform and Gear Recovery

On July 7th the RV Bold Horizon, using a small Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV), successfully recovered fishing gear and the sub-surface platform the gear was fouled on. The science platform, part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, was struck by trawl gear on September 16, 2017, disabling the platform and the shallow-water profiler that was onboard. Pelagic Research Services, which was contracted to recover the platform and gear, found the platform and a trawl door about 38 fms off the bottom in 304 fms of water. OFCC Board member and fisherman Gary Wintersteen assisted with the recovery. Photos courtesy of Gary Wintersteen. More photos and video are available on our Facebook page.

New Version 10 Thumbdrive

OFCC Version 10 is available for your plotters adding the as-laid NCP Cable and Hawaiki Submarine Cable routes. They were installed off Pacific City in May and October/November 2017. V10 thumbdrives will be distributed at Port Meetings or stop by the OFCC office at 2021 Marine Dr., Suite 102; email: staff@ofcc.com; or call (503) 325-2285.

FASTER Cable Completed

The OFCC and Google began working on a route for the FASTER cable in July 2014. As part of this process, Google and OFCC reps worked with fishermen on their trawlers in Charleston to design the route to maximize burial in the fishing grounds by using the local knowledge of the trawl fleet. This was highly effective, as the route resulted in good burial through the trawl fishing grounds out to over 800 fms. Google continues to work closely with and has good relations with the OFCC.
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New Cross Pacific Cable

The NCP cable, slated to be ready for service at the end of 2017, will span more than 13,000 km and extend from Pacific City to Japan, Korea, two points in China, and Taiwan.
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Hawaiki Submarine Cable

Hawaiki Submarine Cable USA LLC joined the OFCC on October 14th, 2016, becoming the eighth submarine cable owner, joining General Communications, Inc. (GCI), Alaska Communications (ACS)...
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The Oregon Fishermen's Cable Committee is an association of concerned Oregon commercial trawl fishermen who have negotiated cooperative agreements with fiber optic cable companies to protect the integrity of the fiber optic network and the fishing grounds.

Since its inception, the committee works to follow the goals of its charter - to facilitate communication, coordination and cooperation between the fishing industry and the submarine cable industry and to inform the fishing fleet of appropriate operation procedures.

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