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The Washington Outdoors Report: The politics of fish, fishing, and boating

 

February 26, 2020

John Kruse

SAFER BOATING?: The use of Personal Flotation Devices may become mandatory for anyone under 18 in a human-powered boat in Washington. Nicole Lewis kayaking in the Columbia River near Bateman Island and Richland.

The states of Washington and Oregon have taken a number of actions in the last week that will affect both our fish populations and those who fish for them. Here's a brief rundown of the four issues at the forefront this week:

GILLNETS TO REMAIN IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER IN 2020: The Directors of the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife released a joint announcement on Valentines Day as to how salmon will be allocated between commercial and recreational anglers in the Columbia River this year.

The main thing that stands out in this announcement is gillnetting will again be allowed on the mainstem of the Columbia River for fall Chinook, a practice that was supposed to end in 2...



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