Washington State Legislature

Gillnets are non-selective killers.

Keep gillnets off the Lower Columbia.

 

Timing Is Critical

 
 

Our Governors Must Protect the Columbia.

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.

 

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It

 
 

Trusted and Respected Members of the Conservation Community Condemn Gillnetting

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Speak Up

 
 

Reach Out to Your Governor

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.

OREGON

Governor Kate Brown

Email:

info@katebrownfororegon.com

Phone:

(503) 378-4582

Twitter:

@OregonGovBrown

WASHINGTON

Governor Jay Inslee

Email (Chief of Staff):

david.postman@gov.wa.gov

Phone:

(360) 902-4111

Twitter:

@GovInslee

 

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Recent News About the Initiative

The Washington state Senate bill to ban the use of non-tribal gillnets statewide was introduced just over a week ago. The legislation, SB 5617, now has 27 co-sponsors out of 49 total Senators. Anglers, conservationists and private citizens need to show that the bill enjoys strong public support to help it advance through the Senate.

The bill is expected to receive a hearing on Tuesday, February 12 at 1:30 P.M. in the Senate Ag, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee - JA Cherberg Building, State Capitol Campus, Olympia. If you are able to make it to the hearing, be sure to sign-in as supporting SB 5617.

If you can't make it, be sure to call 800-562-6000 and urge your senator to support SB 5617 and show their support for our fish.
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Washington Senate Bill 5617 has been introduced to ban the use of non-tribal gillnets statewide. It already has 24 co-sponsors out of 49 total Senators. This is a HUGE victory for conservation! Essentially, the bill would ban the use of non-tribal gillnets for taking of salmon statewide beginning on January 1, 2023 and also authorizes a voluntary buyback of non-tribal gillnet permits. We must do all we can to support these lawmakers who are standing up for our fish! After decades of effort, we've never been in a better position to stop the use of this indiscriminate fishing gear.

After decades of effort, we've never been in a better position to stop the use of this indiscriminate fishing gear. But the fish need your help! Please call 800-562-6000 and urge these “Undecided Senators” to sign onto SB 5617 and show their support for our fish.

Undecided Senators: Andy Billig, Barbara Bailey, Bob Hasegawa, Brad Hawkins, Curtis King, Dean Takko, Doug Ericksen, Hans Zeiger, Jeff Holy, John McCoy, Keith Wagoner, Lisa Wellman, Manka Dhingra, Mark Mullet, Mark Schoesler, Maureen Walsh, Mike Padden, Patty Kuderer, Randi Becker, Reuven Carlyle, Shelly Short, Steve Hobbs, Steve O'Ban and Tim Sheldon.

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4 months ago

Keep Gillnets off the Columbia

There is no way a gillnet can discern a wild fish from a hatchery fish; it kills all fish that swim through it. ... See MoreSee Less

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