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Some Backers Of Anti-Gillnet Measure Change Course


A gillnet fisher prepares his boat. Three groups that initially supported a statewide vote to ban the practice in Oregon now support Gov. John Kitzhaber's phase out proposal.

A gillnet fisher prepares his boat. Three groups that initially supported a statewide vote to ban the practice in Oregon now support Gov. John Kitzhaber's phase out proposal.

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PORTLAND — Three groups that had backed a November ballot measure to remove gillnets from the Oregon side of the lower Columbia River are now urging a no vote.

They say they like an alternate proposal Gov. John Kitzhaber advanced after Measure 81 got on the ballot.

Kitzhaber says allowing gillnet fishermen to work off-channel areas would allow them to catch hatchery salmon without accidentally netting wild, endangered fish.

The three groups are the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association and Northwest Guides and Anglers Association.

The Oregonian reports three other groups could do the same: the Coastal Conservation Association, Oregon Wild and The Humane Society of the United States

But those groups say they aren’t sure yet the state Fish and Wildlife Commission will actually approve Kitzhaber’s proposal.

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