Oregon, Washington continue talks to ease gill-nets from lower Columbia River salmon migration lanes

In 2009, a legislator suggested a commercial fishery in the Portland harbor  reach of the lower Willamette River. The same year, a highly placed official of the Coastal Conservation  Association (CCA) suggested to me we might both live to see the day when  commercial fishermen harvest salmon alongside sport anglers in tributaries. Neither idea, of course, came to pass … or was even seriously considered. Until now. Both still remain far from reality following Thursday’s meeting of fish and  wildlife commissioners and staffs from Oregon and Washington, but neither is as  far-fetched as they seemed three years ago. Netting the lower Willamette is just one of several radical suggestions the  beleaguered commercial community brought to Thursday’s meeting.http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/bill_monroe/index.ssf/2012/10/post_48.html