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Old 10-08-2005, 11:31 PM
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Now we need a judge to tell WDFW and ODFW to stop the commercial netting on the Columbia during the time the endangered and threatened salmon and steelhead are ascending the river to keep them from being taken in the commercial net fishery. Perhaps, a judge could also rule that until the salmon and steelhead of the Columbia/Snake systems are no longer threatened or endangered the tribes cannot net them either.

So far, it looks like the federal judges and the environmental groups like Earth justice have decided to leave the commercial fishing by tribal and non-tribal fishers in the Columbia alone. It would appear that the commercial take of threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead is a significant contributor to reducing run sizes, or at the least, slowing down recovery of them.
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