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Originally published Friday, December 7, 2012 at 8:48 AM

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Oregon commission to vote on gillnet ban

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposal to ban commercial fishing with gillnets on the main stem of the lower Columbia River.

Associated Press

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PORTLAND, Ore. —

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposal to ban commercial fishing with gillnets on the main stem of the lower Columbia River.

The commission will hear public testimony before voting on Friday in Portland. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to vote next week on the same plan.

The proposed rules would phase in the gillnet ban over a three-year period and prioritize recreational fisheries on the river's main stem. By 2017, gillnets would be allowed only in side channels.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber sought the changes to mediate a longstanding conflict between commercial and recreational fishers.

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