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All smelt fishing shut down statewide

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Dec. 15, 2010 at 11:32 am |
December 15, 2010 11:32 am

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced this morning that it is closing fishing for eulachon smelt statewide effective today.

The action closes sport fishing for eulachon (Columbia River) smelt in all marine and freshwater areas.

Eulachon smelt are listed under the Endangered Species Act as “threatened.” There are no harvestable populations within the state and the statewide fishing closure will provide additional protection, said the agency’s news release.

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