Oregon gillnet fishing ban supporters may file alternative measure for 2010
SALEM, Oregon: Following a change to the Oregon Gillnet Fishing Ban (2010) ballot title, measure supporters announced that they plan to abandon their efforts. The proposed measure, also known as the "Protect Our Salmon Act," called for using commercial fishing methods, which would have allowed selective harvest of hatchery fish. On February 10, 2010 Attorney General John Kroger's office changed the ballot title to say a "yes vote" would ban "commercial salmon/sturgeon fishing in Columbia River" because the initiative would essentially end all commercial fishing on the river. "The attorneys general's revised certified ballot title we feel is so far away from the intent of our initiative, we feel we are better off re-filing," said Bryan Irwin, a spokesman for the Coastal Conservation Association. According to measure supporters they plan to file another initiative for the 2010 ballot.