It now appears wdfw is pushing in the opposite direction.
They have been, in partnership with a gill netter, conducting a fish trap test fishery near Cathlamet. A wdfw biologist that is working with them, told me that the goal is to employ many (no projected number mentioned) of these in ADDITION to gill nets.
These traps were outlawed by both Oregon and Washington back in the 30's and early 40's as they were far more effective than gill nets and were rapidly wiping out all the runs. Now they want to bring them back??
While, supposedly, no decision has been made the biologist made it clear that if the feds will issue permitting for the use of these the traps will happen.
Perhaps we need to organize a petition drive to get all commercial nets/fishing off all sections of the lower Columbia. No non-tribal commercial fishing.. period.
The spiller is only deployed when the trap is actively being fished. It can be raised to allow fish to swim through without being held in the trap when/if the trap is not being monitored. Typical soaks were less than 60 mins..Really???
Ya don’t say.
Those fish getting scooped up, have to go somewhere...
Is it a dry scow next to the wheel or a live well?
If it’s a live well, we know what happens to those cramped in tight spaces fish...an un-natural occurrence, where disease is rampant.
So, once again...will these wheels be manned 24-7?
Btw...I have that book I mentioned.
Agreed. I think the usual dose of skepticism is appropriate, but we should be generally supportive of measures that protect wild fish.Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. I have my doubts that this will ever come to fruition in my lifetime but it has potential to be very beneficial to wild stocks, which are the future if we want to experience fishing as we know it.