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Fishing Groups Push Sec. Locke On Salmon Populations

A coalition of seven fishing groups is asking Commerce Secretary – and former Washington governor – Gary Locke, to more directly confront the declines in salmon populations. Rob Manning reports.

The letter asks for a meeting with Secretary Locke.  That would be the first step toward involving fishing groups in a new plan to help depleted West Coast salmon.

This summer, for the second year in a row, almost no coastal salmon fishing was allowed.

Liz Hamilton with the Northwest Sportfishing Association says she’s optimistic that Locke will agree to an inclusive approach to salmon.

Liz Hamilton: “We also know that any solution that excludes key partners such as the fishing community, such as states, such as tribes, such as the conservation community, it isn’t a durable solution.”

Fishing groups will soon get a hint of how the Obama Administration differs from its predecessor on the salmon question.

Next week, federal scientists will present any revisions to their plans for the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Those plans are before a Portland judge.