Appeals court stays new OR gillnet fishing rules

The Oregonian reports ( http://is.gd/IEmzZD) that the court’s order came Monday in response to a request from two Oregon gillnet fishing leaders who argue that the state Fish and Wildlife Commission’s decision last December violated several state laws.

The commission voted to ban the use of gillnets to catch fish on the main stem of the Columbia River, relegating the primary commercial-fishing tool to side channels and tributaries.

The court order noted that neither the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife nor anti-gillnet groups opposed the stay request. The stay will remain in effect while the legal petition proceeds.

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