Oregon departs from Washington in banning Columbia gillnets

Yesterday we were left scratching our heads when we learned that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife had “lost” 514,000 hatchery steelhead and cutthroat smolts.

Now it’s the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s turn to jump behind the wheel of the clown car.

Oregon officials spanked recreational anglers by declining to ban gillnetting outright on Friday. The decision puts the state at odds with neighboring Washington when it comes to managing protected salmon and steelhead.

Oregon’s decision raises the potential for the two states having different sport and commercial seasons in the lower Columbia in 2017, possibly ending 99 years of concurrent fishing regulations.

LINK (via: The Spokesman-Review)

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