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Why should gill netters be allowed to gill net and take so many fish that they do. I thought that salmon were endangered that was the reason they were put on the endangered list. None of this makes sense at all.
 

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RCW 77.50.120
Maintaining consistent salmon harvest levels.
It is the intent of the legislature to ensure that a sustainable level of salmon is made available for harvest for commercial fishers in the state. Maintaining consistent harvest levels has become increasingly difficult with the listing of salmonid species under the federal endangered species act. Without a stable level of harvest, fishers cannot develop niche markets that maximize the economic value of the harvest. New tools and approaches are needed by fish managers to bring increased stability to the fishing industry.
In the short term, it is the legislature's intent to provide managers with tools to assure that commercial harvest of targeted stocks can continue and expand under the constraints of the federal endangered species act. There are experimental types of commercial fishing gear that could allow fishers to stabilize harvest levels by selectively targeting healthy salmon stocks.

For the longer term, the department of fish and wildlife shall proceed with changes to the operation of certain hatcheries in order to stabilize harvest levels by allowing naturally spawning and hatchery origin fish to be managed as a single run. Scientific information from such hatcheries would guide the department's approach to reducing the need to mass mark hatchery origin salmon where appropriate.


[2001 c 163 § 1.]
 

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Jetsledder,the ODFW feels the word historically carries gargantuan weight. Gillnets were used historically, air go the nets stay. So nets were historically used,but evidently sports anglers were not here historically. Make sense? Well if that makes sense please enlighten me.
 

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What would happen if tomorrow morning it was announced that Gillnetting was outlawed ?
Would the State Continue to support the hatchery program ? Would a sportsfishing only
fishery get the same consideration as it does now ? Same for the federal programs.
It's about the money ! Albiet I doubt if the economy is enriched that much by the Fish they harvest
from nets. How much is a fall Chinook worth on the market ? The economics don't make sense to me but somehow they continue to allow this Obsolete method of fishing continue.
Must be more about politics. Hmmm ! How many IFISH's Vote ?
 
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