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The Association of NW Steelheaders have gone on record in oppostion to the indiscrimnate nature of gillnets for the harvest of Columbia River salmon.
The ANWS recognizes the value of a commercial fishery and it's impact on the regions economy but see gillnets as an antiquated and inappropriate method to harvest these fish.
The damage done to wild fish by these nets has been a major concern to all sports angling and conservation groups.
The tangle tooth nets, which was supposed to help reduce the problem, have proven ineffective in reducing incidental catch mortality of wild fish.
The bottom line is there are better ways for commercial interests to harvest their share of the hatchery fish and not impact native runs.
This situation is especially important during the spring chinook run on the Columbia when there are many wild steelhead present along with the native spring chinook.

[ 10-23-2003, 02:06 AM: Message edited by: Stew ]
 

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So, this has never been "official"?? :shrug:

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We've never actually had a policy statement but have fought a few "wars" with the Columbia Gillnetters Association.
 

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Well stated. I made a similar point in a letter to state reps, ODFW, WDFW regarding the springer allocation agreement. What infuriates me, is that they refuse to even consider a fishing method change. And ODFW and WDFW refuse to push the issue. We use selective harvest methods and their selective harvest is a joke (tangle nets.)

The real ironic part is that they would have a viable, recurring commercial season every year if they would opt for these non-lethal methods. Instead we are constantly "surprised" by ESA mortality impacts. How many times has the ODFW been bailed out by upgraded run sizes, because the commercials took more than their allocation?
 
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