Commercial fishermen challenge new Ore. gillnet rules; ask Wash. to delay decision

ASTORIA, Oregon — Commercial fishermen turned to the Oregon Court of Appeals on Friday to challenge a recent change in the state’s gillnet fishing rules.

On Dec. 7, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to ban the use of gillnets to catch fish on the main stem of the Columbia River, relegating the primary commercial-fishing tool to side channels and tributaries.

Washington’s fish commission is expected to decide next week on similar rules. That could eliminate the centuries-old practice from both sides of the river. Read More

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