Oregon voters likely will decide this fall whether to ban gillnet fishing in the Columbia River and other state waters. Campaigners say they turned in enough signatures Monday to qualify their gillnet ban as a ballot measure in the November election. Oregon requires more than 87,000 valid signatures on petitions for initiatives that change state law.
Eric Stachon is spokesman for the Stop Gillnets Now Coalition. He says the group turned in more than 138-thousand signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State.
Stachon: “We’re very confident that that will, indeed, qualify us for the November ballot.”
A group called Salmon For All represents Oregon gillnet fishers. Its spokesman, Hobe Kytr says the group is prepared to campaign against the measure if it qualifies for the ballot. Kytr says the measure threatens to put hundreds of fishing families out of business and won’t save a single fish.
The deadline to turn in signatures for ballot initiatives is Friday.
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