In 2012, a compromise plan was developed to improve the conservation of 13 species of Columbia River salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act and resolve decades of bitter controversy about the use of non-tribal gillnets below Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. Across the U.S. and the world, gillnets have been banned due to concerns about how they indiscriminately snare and kill fish and wildlife species, including food sources for our precious orcas.
Our salmon and orca populations are in danger.
Unfortunately, state regulators in Oregon and Washington – under pressure from the gillnet industry – are seeking to undo the plan and return non-tribal gillnets to the Columbia River, threatening ESA-listed salmon and steelhead identified as critical orca feed.
We can’t let that happen.
Our region can’t go backwards on its salmon recovery efforts or improving commercial and recreational fishing practices in the Columbia River basin. Don’t let our government go back on its word. We must keep gillnets off the main stem of the Columbia. For the sake of our salmon, orcas and all river wildlife.
New Hope in Washington state
Senate Bill 5617, introduced into the Washington state Senate, would ban the use of all non-tribal gillnets in Washington state. This bill needs your support! Please offer a quick comment in support of the legislation through the Washington state Legislature website.
Call or email Governor Brown and Governor Inslee NOW and tell them NOT to go back on their word. We need to stay the course, continue to protect the health of the Columbia River, our precious salmon runs, and all wildlife that counts on the Columbia for a home. The emails will display pre-populated with text, but please edit to suit.