Alternatives To Gillnets: Washington Begins Process To Allow Commercial Gillnetters To Use Beach Seines, Purse Seines, Pound Nets

After several years of pre-testing the gear, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said that it will begin a rulemaking process to designate the beach seine, purse seine and pound net as an “emerging commercial fishery” on the lower Columbia River. That allows the state fisheries agency to move ahead on further research that will tell how well the alternative gear works for commercial gillnetters in the river.

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