Olympia this week became the battleground in commercial fishermen's efforts to stop a plan to move gillnetters off the lower Columbia River's mainstem.
Last fall, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber proposed the plan that also, among other things, gives recreational anglers priority in salmon allocations. The fish and wildlife commissions of Oregon and Washington have adopted the plan, and gillnetters have filed court action in both states to challenge implementation of the plan.
Washington gillnetters originally filed their action in Wahkiakum County earlier this month but found they had to move the case to Thurston County in order to file suit against the state.
Read the full story at Wahkiakum County Eagle News>>
National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14
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