Uncertainty about gillnets on Columbia hurts the bottom line for repair, equipment businesses

ASTORIA, Oregon — Uncertainty over the future of the gillnet fishery on the Columbia River has begun to hurt the businesses that supply the trade. “We’ve had the slowest year so far that we’ve ever had,” said Bob Zakrzewski, a co-owner an Astoria business that repairs boats and motors for gillnet fishermen and that is up for sale. “They’re not sure what to do at this point,” said Steve Fick, owner of Fishhawk Fisheries. “They’re surprised and frustrated.” [email protected] republic

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