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Election 2012: Measures

Voters Say No To Gill Net Ban

Cassandra Profita/OPB

Early results show the measure that would ban non-tribal commercial gill nets in Oregon has been defeated 66-34.

Jim Wells, president of the gill netting group Salmon For All, says he is pleased with the results.

“The voters have said the gill netters have a place to be on the Columbia River,” he said. “We fish for the consumers. When we polled, we asked people about that, and they did not want to lose access to the Columbia River fish.”

Well says the results will help his group in ongoing discussions with Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife commissions over the future of gill netting on the Columbia River.

Gov. John Kitzhaber has proposed an alternative plan that would move non-tribal gill netters off the mainstem Columbia and into side channels.

Wells says gill netters are still busy fighting that proposal.

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