Oregon Gillnet Fishing Initiative, Measure 81 (2012)
The filed initiative would ban Columbia River commercial salmon fishing with gillnets by non-tribal persons and allow the use of seine nets instead.
Text of measure
The draft ballot title is:
Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote bans non-tribal commercial salmon fishing with "gillnets" (defined) in Columbia River; allows salmon fishers who previously used gillnets to use "seine" (defined) nets.
Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains laws allowing commercial fishing for salmon with gillnets in Columbia River; retains laws prohibiting salmon fishing with seine nets in Columbia River.
Summary: Current law allows Columbia River commercial salmon fishing with gillnets but not with seine nets or fixed fishing gear; allows issuing of new gillnet permits; allows appeal to Commercial Fishery Permit Board (board) if gillnet permit is denied; recognizes Oregon and Washington gillnet licenses as valid in Columbia River in both states. Measure bans Columbia River non-tribal salmon fishing with gillnets; allows non-tribal fishers who previously used gillnets to use seine nets; no new permits would be issued; Fish and Wildlife Commission may allow fixed fishing gear; disallows appeal to board if seine permit is denied; repeals Oregon/Washington gillnet license reciprocity. Measure does not affect tribal fishing rights; effect on fishing management agreements between federal government, Indiana tribes, and states is unclear. Other provisions.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Oregon signature requirements
In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters are required to collect a minimum of 87,213 valid signatures by July 6, 2012.