Salmon management bill will help Columbia River anglers, businesses, towns
The governor recently signed Senate Bill 830. His signature ushers in a new chapter in lower Columbia River salmon management and the prospect of a brighter future for sports anglers and commercial fishing interests, who both stand to benefit.
This historic bill moves lower Columbia River nontribal commercial gill-nettersoff the main-stem Columbia, where wild fish migrate, and into designated off-channel areas called “SAFE (Select Area Fishery Enhancement)” zones. These zones have been seeded with hatchery salmon smolts to deliver increased harvest opportunities for commercial fishers. The bill is intended to assure the future of commercial harvest in the lower Columbia while expanding sportfishing seasons in the main-stem Columbia River.