Posts tagged: gillnetting
POACHING — Two Spokane men were arrested last week at Banks Lake after a nighttime patrol of five Washington Fish and Wildlfie police caught them illegally gillnetting about 50 whitefish.
Maxim Andriyenko, 28, and Vladimir Lebedinski, 33, both of Spokane, were booked into the Grant County Jail, according to a report by the Columbia Basin Herald. The other suspect was a 16-year-old boy. A 14-foot boat was seized.
Police said the men are likely part of a “poaching community.” This is not news to anglers who frequent Banks and other regional lakes, but it's good news that some members of this “poaching community” are getting nailed.
The officers reported the suspects argued throughout the search, never admitting to any wrongdoing. Police said one suspect, a convicted felon, allegedly threatened to cut off the fingers of one officer.
FISHERIES — A work group comprised of Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife commissioners on Thursday agreed on recommendations that would change state management of lower Columbia River fisheries by eliminating the use commercial gill nets by non-tribal fishers on the mainstem lower Columbia River.
A report in the Columbia Basin Bulletin says commercial fishing advocates testifying during a meeting of the work group in Seaside, Ore., said such a decision would be the death knell for the industry and the businesses it supports. They said it would pull salmon from the mouths of non-anglers who buy their salmon in the market or order it at restaurants.
Sport fishing interests said the move is necessary to buoy conservation efforts aimed at reviving wild, protected steelhead and salmon caught indiscriminately in fish-choking nets.
FISHING — Trying to head off a ballot measure to ban gillnetting for salmon on the Oregon side of the lower Columbia River, Gov. John Kitzhaber has told state fisheries managers to come up with new regulations that would accomplish a similar goal while still keeping gillnetters on the water.
Sportfishermen like the idea of getting gillnets off the lower Columbia.
The governor’s plan landed with a thud for gillnetters, who said there is no way the state can produce enough hatchery fish to make up for the loss of the high quality wild fish they catch in the main channel or mainstem.
They get $3 a pound for wild fish caught in the main channel, but only 75 cents a pound for hatchery fish they catch in places like Youngs Bay, where hatchery salmon are released specifically for commercial harvest.
Read on for more details in a story by the Associated Press.
COMMERCIAL FISHING — If you don't have a way to catch your own salmon with hook and line, the Columbia River Treaty Tribes are out to fill the voide.
Members of the Warm Springs, Umatilla, Yakama, and Nez Perce tribes have begun their summer commercial fishery and direct-to-public sales. The commercial sales of fresh, locally caught summer chinook, sockeye and steelhead opened at 6 a.m. today and will run until further notice.
Tribal commercial fishermen sell their catch at various locations along the Columbia River including Marine Park at Cascade Locks, Lone Pine at The Dalles, and the boat launch near Roosevelt, Wash.
“We are seeing record returns of sockeye to the Columbia Basin and the tribes are able to provide this top-quality product while they support their families and local economies,” said Paul Lumley, executive director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.
Forecasts for a record return of sockeye are in the process of being fulfilled as a one-day record 15,633 “reds” crossed Bonneville Dam yesterday.
Fish managers have forecast a run of 460,000 sockeye, the largest return since 1938 when Bonneville Dam was constructed.
Tribal fishers expect to harvest just more than 32,000 sockeye.
Read on for more details on the sockeye as well as the summer chinook fishery.
FISHERIES — Purse and beach seines are being deployed in the lower Columbia River in the first test of alternative commercial fishing gear on summer chinook salmon, the Columbia Basin Bulletin reports.
Oregon and Washington fisheries researchers are evaluating the effectiveness of alternatives to the gillnets used in commercial fisheries on the Columbia.
While gillnets kill the fish trapped in their mesh, purse seines theoretically can be used to capture fish alive so that marked, hatchery salmon and steelhead can be harvested while unmarked, potentially wild salmon and steelhead can be released unharmed.