As you may know, Washington Senate Bill 5617 was recently introduced to ban the use of non-tribal gillnets statewide. The legislation now has 27 co-sponsors out of 49 total Senators. This is a major victory for conservation!!! However, we need to show that the bill enjoys strong public support to help it advance through the Senate.
As a first step, please send your legislators a pre-drafted email in support of the legislation. You can greatly increase the impact of the email by taking just a couple minutes to personalize the subject line and content of your email.
Here is a short summary of what Senate Bill 5617 will do:
- Ban the use of non-tribal gillnets for taking of salmon statewide beginning on January 1, 2023;
- Authorizes a voluntary buyback of non-tribal gillnet permits.
- Inactive permits would initially receive a $1,000 buyout while the buyout for active fishers would be tied to their landings;
- The buyout amounts decline over time, so fishers have an incentive to participate by December 31, 2020.
It is expected that SB 5617, a statewide ban of non-tribal gillnets, will receive a hearing on Tuesday, February 12 at 1:30 P.M. in the Senate Ag, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee - JA Cherberg Building, State Capitol Campus, Olympia (more details here). We hope that you are able to make it to the hearing and sign-in as supporting SB 5617. A strong presence is vital to the passage of this legislation, and we look forward to seeing you in Olympia.