Oregon Gillnet Fishing Ban (2010)
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The proposed measure, also known as the "Protect Our Salmon Act," called for using commercial fishing methods, which would allow selective harvest of hatchery fish. Additionally, the measure called for establishing a fund to compensate commercial fishermen for the transition to the new methods. At the time the measure was filed gillnets made of mesh were used. Gillnets, according to reports, can make it difficult for caught fish to back out. If the measure was approved by voters the effective date would have been January 1, 2011.
Text of measure
The certified ballot title read:
Bans Columbia River commericial salmon/sturgeon fishing; redirects habitat restoration funds to new commission's control
Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote bans commercial salmon/sturgeon fishing in Columbia River; creates commission redirecting fish restoration/enhancement funds to alternative selective fishing methods not currently legal.
Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains laws allowing Columbia River commercial salmon/sturgeon fishing with gillnets; continues using recreational fishing license surcharges to fund fish restoration/enhancement projects.
Summary: Current laws allow commercial gillnet fishing for salmon/sturgeon in Columbia River; provides that Oregon and Washington gillnet licenses are valid in Columbia River in both states; allows limited transfer of gillnet licenses; dedicates surcharge on fishing licenses to fund fish restoration/enhancement projects. Measure bans gillnet fishing for salmon/sturgeon in Columbia River waters; ban applies to some nets used in other fisheries. Repeals law allowing for Oregon/Washington gillnet license reciprocity; abolishes license transfer; creates commission redirecting license surcharges from fish restoration/enhancement programs to fund compensating fishers' transition to alternative fishing methods, although none are currently authorized. Measure does not intend to affect Indian fishing rights; effect on fishing management agreements between federal government, Indian tribes, and states is unclear. Other provisions.
Attorney General amendment
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.
Previously the "Yes" vote read: "Yes" vote bans commercial salmon/sturgeon fishing with gillnets in Oregon; creates commission, redirects fishing license surcharges to fund gillnet users' transition to alternative methods.
Measure proponents argued that replacing the nets with fish traps and fish wheels would reduce the mortality of released native fish. The measure was proposed by the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). Bryan Irwin, the president of CCA said, "We feel it's important to not be eliminating this industry, but to be helping them to reform it...We feel that even though it's likely that the current gillnet fishermen will oppose this, this is better for them in the long run."
Gary Soderstrom of Clatskanie, the vice president of the Columbia River Fishermans Protective Association argued, "Traps and stuff, and seines, you're talking million- dollar operations and big crews. Their idea of selectivity is trying to get us to where we can't afford to go fishing."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Oregon signature requirements
Initiative petitions for statutes required six percent of 1,379,475, or 82,769 signatures. The deadline for filing signatures for the November 2, 2010 ballot was July 2, 2010. No signatures were filed.
- Oregon gillnet fishing ban supporters may file alternative measure for 2010
- Oregon group proposes banning gillnet fishing
- The Oregonian,"Bill Monroe: Does CCA's bet in gill-net gamble indicate its hand was forced?," January 23, 2010
- ↑ The Columbian,"Group will try to land gillnet ban on Oregon ballot," March 18, 2010
- ↑ The Oregonian,"Initiative to ban Columbia River gill net fishing dead for now," February 12, 2010
- ↑ The Columbian,"CCA files initiative in Oregon to ban gillnets, tangle nets," December 30, 2009
- ↑ The Oregonian,"Bill Monroe: Does CCA's bet in gill-net gamble indicate its hand was forced?," January 23, 2010
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Oregon Secretary of State,"Initiative 74," February 10, 2010
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Statesman Journal,"Group to collect signatures on gillnetting ban," January 1, 2010
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