Ore., Wash., near decisions on gillnet ban

Oregon’s commission is scheduled to vote Friday on the proposed new rules for the lower Columbia. A decision in Washington is scheduled for next week.

The proposed rules would phase in the nontribal gillnet ban over three years and prioritize recreational fisheries on the river’s main stem. By 2017, gillnets would be allowed only in side channels.

The plan has angered many of the roughly 200 commercial fishermen who work the Columbia River and fear they won’t be able to make a living if they’re confined to tributaries and side channels. They’ve taken a skeptical view of the rules.

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