Gillnetters file fresh challenge to restrictions

An amended petition that challenges proposed changes to gillnet use on the lower Columbia River was filed Monday in the Oregon Court of Appeals.

The new petition responds to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission’s adoption of rules June 6, which replaced similar rules adopted by the commission in December.

Steve Fick, Jim Wells and Fishhawk Fisheries challenged the first set of rule changes in January.

“They have not addressed the issues in any substantial way or from a technical standpoint,” said Fick about the recent update to the rules.

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