Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gill Net Ban Could Be on Oregon Ballot

Last week the Oregon Secretary of State gave approval to an initiative that would seek to ban the use of gill nets for all non-tribal fisheries in the state. With the initiative passing legal muster, the Coastal Conservation Association who is sponsoring the initiative, must now collect more than 87,ooo signatures to get the proposal on the November 2012 general election ballot. The Columbia River stands as one of the few remaining gill net fisheries left in the state, and Oregon shares jurisdiction of that system with Washington making the ramifications of the ban unclear. In recent years there has been an effort by state agencies to move commercial fisheries away from non-selective gear such as gill nets and towards seines and other nets that allow for the release of ESA listed wild fish and other non-target species. More information in the Columbia Basin Bulletin:

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