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Wash. phasing out gillnet fishing on the Columbia

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SEATTLE (AP) — The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has voted to phase out gillnet fishing on the main stem of the Columbia River, relegating the primary commercial fishing tool to tributaries and bays. Under the new policy adopted Saturday, the use of gillnets by 2017 in non-tribal fisheries on the Columbia Basin below Bonneville Dam. The policy also includes commitments to increase the number of stocked fish in areas off the main Columbia River channel to offset reductions to commercial fishing opportunities.

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