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Net ban upheld on Columbia River

Nets banned

ASTORIA (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld state rules curtailing the use of gillnets on the main stem of the Columbia River.

Commercial fishermen shunted to side channels and tributaries by the rules challenged them in court. The nets have long been the primary method of commercial fishing on the Columbia. Critics said the nets hurt salmon because they catch fish indiscriminately, hauling in endangered species.


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