In 2012, Oregon and Washington agreed to a phased-in, compromise plan to remove non-tribal gillnets and prioritize recreational fishing on the Columbia River. Thousands of CCA members like you were instrumental in achieving this victory. You attended Commission...
In 2012, Oregon and Washington agreed to a phased-in, compromise plan to remove non-tribal gillnets and prioritize recreational fishing on the Columbia River. Thousands of CCA members like you were instrumental in achieving this victory. You attended Commission meetings, testified, sent letters, and made phone calls - thank you! The plan is set to go into full effect next year, including a mainstem gillnet ban, but forces are at work to gut the plan.
From Day 1 the gillnet lobby has done everything in its power to block the reforms - through lawsuits, legislative maneuvers, and foot dragging on adopting alternative, selective commercial gears. With Governor Kate Brown's addition of gillnet industry advocate Bruce Buckmaster to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission last year, there is a major push underway to scrap the whole plan and turn back the clock to the days of intensive Columbia River gillnetting. We can't let that happen.
What's at stake?
- Improved conservation of our wild, ESA-listed salmonids and other bycatch species
- Increased opportunity for recreational fisheries throughout the Columbia River basin
- Greater recognition of the economic and license revenue value of Columbia River sport fisheries
- Millions of dollars that have been spent to implement this plan - most of it coming from a $9.75 Columbia River endorsement paid by recreational anglers!
What can you do?
- Visit www.ccaoregon.org/advocacy
to learn more and weigh in with Governor Brown and the ODFW Commission
- Forward this email to your friends and relatives and ask them to do the same - tell them to watch the educational video!
- Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 9 and plan on being in Salem to let the ODFW Commission know you won't stand by while they gut this plan!
Now is the time to act - for the fish and to protect our opportunity to fish!