Ore.-Wash. Test Set for
by Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. -- Starting this week, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon will test five types of alternative commercial fishing gear on the lower Columbia River.
The tests, funded primarily by Oregon and NOAA Fisheries, will be conducted from mid-August through October at various sites downstream of Bonneville Dam.
Tests will include five purse seines, five beach seines, two trap nets, two trollers and three different types of tangle nets.
The goal is to identify and develop commercial fishing gear capable of catching large numbers of hatchery salmon, while also allowing for the safe release of wild fish.
Expanding on a pilot project conducted last year, Washington fishery managers will test purse seines, beach seines and trap nets. Oregon will test troll gear and tangle nets during fall chinook and coho salmon runs.
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