Monday, December 13, 2010

Oregon Refuses Barbless Regulation on Columbia

The Washington Department of Fish and wildlife is urging anglers to use barbless hooks when fishing for salmon on the Lower Columbia River. The department had hoped to adopt a rule requiring the use of barbless hooks but co-managers in Oregon refused. Salmon fisheries in the lower Columbia target hatchery raised salmon however every year substantial numbers of ESA listed wild fish are caught and released. A barbless rule would maximize survival of wild fish which by law must be released and there is absolutely no reason why Oregon should oppose this rule. Their position is especially perplexing in light of their long running involvement in other issues on the Columbia including opposition to the 2008 BiOp. More information in the Columbia Basin Bulletin:

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