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Oregon seeks compromise on Columbia salmon fishing reforms

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — The chairman of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has offered to compromise with the Washington commission over their differences regarding the Columbia River salmon reforms.Earlier this year, the two state commissions approved reforms starting this year in how salmon are allocated between sport and commercial fishermen and allowable commercial fishing methods.Oregon opted for a plan more friendly to commercial fishing than did the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown then scolded the Oregon commission for reneging on a 2013 agreement to limit gillnetting to off-channel areas and told it to change the policy by April 3.Michael Finley, chair of the Oregon commission, sent a letter to Brad Smith, chair of the Washington commission, on Tuesday detailing his compromise proposals.By species, here is a look at Finley’s proposals:Spring chinook — The states agree on an allocation of 80 percent of the Endangered Species Act impacts to sportsmen and 20 percent to the commercials.last_img

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