Written by Linc Bedrosian
A joint Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife work group has proposed to ban gillnetting on the the main stem of the lower Columbia River for all non-tribal entities. In addition, the proposal met resistance by the Association of Oregon Counties which asked the Fish and Wildlife commissions to take more public input and slow the assessment of commercial fishing.
Staff members from Oregon and Washington's Fish and Wildlife departments and industry advisers met in Seaside, Oregon, to help finalize a cooperative proposal between the two states., prompted by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's August letter to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for a re-evaluation of fishery management on the lower Columbia River.
His request came when Measure 81, banning the use of gillnets on the main stem entirely, was on the November election ballot. Those in favor of Measure 81 stopped campaigning after the governor's intervention. The measure subsequently failed by a resounding 66 percent margin in Oregon and by 86 percent in Clatsop County.
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