Gillnets – Washington
On January 12, 2013, following a plan proposed by Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission passed a new policy that will eliminate the use of gill nets in the lower main channel of the Columbia River.
Considered a tremendous victory for recreational anglers, the groundbreaking action was very similar to that taken by the Oregon Commission on December 7, 2012. These moves mark a cooperative agreement to better manage the salmon and steelhead fisheries in the Columbia River.
These actions will make recreational fisheries a priority and eliminate the use of non-tribal gill nets in the lower Columbia’s main stem after a transition period. The plan also calls for an increase in the number of hatchery fish released in off-channel areas to offset reductions in main-stem commercial fisheries.