On Tuesday, a joint-state committee of Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife commissioners voted 4-2 to recommend undoing the 2012 bi-state Columbia River Reforms. Their recommendation would restore non-tribal gillnetting to the lower mainstem Columbia River during the spring and summer seasons and increase mainstem gillnetting during the fall season – harming salmon, steelhead, and angling opportunity throughout the Columbia River basin. Unbelievable.
This recommendation was made despite dismal spring, summer, and fall chinook forecasts which will result in reduced fishing seasons and conservation concerns. The recommendation is a slap in the face to over 165,000 Oregonians who purchase the $9.75 Columbia River endorsement to implement the reforms and move gillnets of the mainstem. Shockingly, ODFW recently asked the legislature to make the endorsement permanent!
Two pro-gillnet Oregon commissioners, Bruce Buckmaster and Holly Akenson, are now working to ram these changes through the full ODFW Commission before their terms end in June. We can’t let this happen – here’s what you can do to stop it!
1 – Click HERE to send your legislators and Governor Kate Brown a pre-drafted email in opposition to this reckless effort. Please take just two minutes to personalize the email to increase its effectiveness. The legislature must hold ODFW accountable – particularly as it seeks to reauthorize the Columbia River endorsement and asks for more funding.
2 – Call Governor Kate Brown at (503) 378-4582. Ask her to block this latest effort by these reckless fish and wildlife commissioners to return gillnets to the mainstem Columbia River. Ask her to restore balance to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission through her upcoming appointments (4 of 7 seats are open this year).
3 – Forward this email/share this post with all your friends. It is critical that we generate thousands of emails and phone calls to stop this madness. We can win this effort if we all unite.