New Sportfishing Fees Will Help Move Gill Nets Off The Columbia River
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Friday approved new fees for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing in most of the state's non-coastal rivers.
The fees are part of Gov. John Kitzhaber's plan to move non-tribal gill-nets off the Columbia River channel. That's the area from the mouth of the river to below Bonneville Dam. Recreational anglers will be charged nine dollars and seventy-five cents a year or a dollar a day. Altogether, the fees are expected to generate a million dollars a year. Most of that money will be used to boost production of hatchery fish for gill-netters to catch in off-channel areas. Commissioner Laura Anderson voted against the new fees. She says they should only charged to fisheries in the Columbia River. But under a new law passed this year, they will have to apply to fisheries in Columbia and all of its Oregon tributaries. That includes the Deschutes and John Day rivers east of the Cascades.
Anderson: "I really don't feel good about what I feel is a switcheroo."
The new fees go into effect December 1.
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