The way this has been managed endangers wild fish, and blocks the largest and most economically significant fishery from taking place. Additionally, WDFW’s own Facebook posting of the announcement ends with a surprising editorial comment: “Read it and weep“.
The Coastal Conservation Association put out a statement today, in part:
Read it and weep? Pretty sad choice of words and situation for sure. While steelhead runs are below forecast for a number of reasons, this closure may have been avoided if managers would’ve cancelled or curtailed the intensive non-selective gillnetting on the Lower Columbia in the late August, early September fishery. Those gillnets easily entrap and kill steelhead, especially in warmer water conditions. Instead, we see selective recreational fisheries limited on the lower river and closed upriver.
Read the full announcement at WDFW