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December 10, 2012

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Votes to Ban Gillnets on the Lower Columbia River

Gillnet Ban Would Become Fully Effective in 2017, if it Survives Legal and Legislative Challenges

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday voted 4-2 to ban commercial gillnets, which target returning salmon, from the main portions of the lower Columbia River, according to oregonlive.com. Scheduled to take place in phases, the ban would be become fully effective in 2017, according to the web story.

The Oregon chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association, CCA Oregon, has worked tirelessly in advocating a gillnet ban in the river with goal of improving recreational fishing opportunities for salmon and steelhead. 

"This is the result of a grassroots team effort that achieved what many thought was impossible. We successfully uprooted the commercially dominated status-quo," wrote 
Dave Schamp, chairman of CCA Oregon, in a letter to members. 

The next step in the process is for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to consider and adopt the same, or very similar, rules at its meeting December 14-15, 2012, as the river lies on the joint jurisdictional area on the Oregon-Washington border.

For the full report, visit oregonlive.com.