Commercial gill netting on the Columbia

bk paige

Wishin I was on the Sauk
Nice try , but purse seines or beach seines are not presently legal for non tribal fishers on the Columbia river nor are fish wheels or fish traps. Those selective fishing methods where outlawed many years ago on the Columbia river.

And who made those illegal? You guessed it the gill netters, because those other methods where far superior to gill netting. What they spend on lobbyists must be far more than what they make in Washinton. And "LEGAL" is easily changed!
 

FinLuver

Active Member
And who made those illegal? You guessed it the gill netters, because those other methods where far superior to gill netting. What they spend on lobbyists must be far more than what they make in Washinton. And "LEGAL" is easily changed!
A pretty good read regarding fishwheels… “Fishwheels of the Columbia” [Ivan J Donaldson and Frederick K Cramer 1971]. Some interesting excerpts…
  • 1879 to 1935, there were at least 79 different stationary wheels on the Columbia.
    • Perhaps seven of these can be considered truly outstanding because they caught fish adequately every year… The Dalles-Celilo area, five stationary wheels were in this category.
  • In the move to outlaw these fishwheels, the statements of each side were strongly biased toward their own position.
  • While both sides in these verbal battles argued that conservation was a good thing, and that it was necessary to perpetuate the salmon funs for future use, both side were likewise convinced that if the “greedy adversary” (the opposition) would only take less fish – or if their gear were outlawed – then the salmon runs would be saved. The battle was long and heated with considerable “horse trading” politics thrown in.
  • The long drawn out “fishwheel fight” on the Columbia was actually not fought for conservation, as depicted. Rather, the compelling reasons were economic, each side striving to catch as many fish as possible, with the low-cost production on the Upper river being particularly irritating to the Lower river operators.
  • Use of these wheels was prohibited by Oregon law in 1926, and by Washington law in 1934,…

Fishwheels.jpg
 

bennysbuddy

the sultan of swing
And who made those illegal? You guessed it the gill netters, because those other methods where far superior to gill netting. What they spend on lobbyists must be far more than what they make in Washinton. And "LEGAL" is easily changed!
The other methods were outlawed in the 30’s by a public vote as was eliminating all in river commercial fishing of any kind south of the Columbia river by the people in the state of Oregon. The battle over who is going to get to profit from the fish has been a long ongoing political battle and will continue until there are no fish left
 

bk paige

Wishin I was on the Sauk
The other methods were outlawed in the 30’s by a public vote as was eliminating all in river commercial fishing of any kind south of the Columbia river by the people in the state of Oregon. The battle over who is going to get to profit from the fish has been a long ongoing political battle and will continue until there are no fish left

What about Washington?
 

bennysbuddy

the sultan of swing
What about Washington?
Don’t know how Washington decided to ban the other methods in fact they didn’t until a few years later. The vote in Oregon at the time from the articles I have read about it , was to prevent the cannery interests from having a monopoly on the fish as the cannery’s owned most of the fish traps & fish wheels.
 

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