Washington Fish Traps and Fishing Regulations, Initiative 77 (1934)

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The Washington Fish Traps and Fishing Regulations Initiative, also known as Initiative 77, was on the November 6, 1934 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure prohibited the use of fish traps for catching salmon within state waters, prohibited drag seines for catching salmon in the Columbia River, created special fishing areas for trolling and provided for salmon fishing seasons.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 77 (1934)
Approveda Yes 275,507 64.17%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An Act relating to fishing; prohibiting the use of fish traps or other fixed appliances for catching salmon and certain other fish within the waters of the State of Washington; prohibiting the taking or fishing for salmon and certain other fish within a certain area therein defined and created by any means except by trolling, regulating trolling in such area, and permitting the operation of gill nets therein under certain conditions; providing for open and closed seasons, prohibiting drag seines and limiting the length of gill nets in the Columbia River; prescribing penalties; and repealing all laws in conflict therewith.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 77 was filed on February 1, 1934. Signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1934 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 13, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People," accessed September 13, 2013