The state Fish and Wildlife Commission earlier today unanimously adopted a policy that establishes a new management framework for salmon fisheries on the lower Columbia River.
The commission, the nine-member citizen panel that sets policy for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, took action after completing a series of public meetings that began in October. In all, the commission received about 1,000 public comments on the proposal.
Here is the rest of the news release:
Key provisions of the new policy will allocate more of the catch to sport fisheries, gradually shift non-tribal commercial gillnets to off-channel areas stocked