Commercials get three more nights of netting in lower Columbia

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Three more nights of gillnetting for salmon and steelhead in the lower Columbia River were approved Tuesday by Washington and Oregon fishery officials.

The commercial fleet will net from 7 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday from Beacon Rock downstream to Buoy 10 at the Columbia River mouth.

There will be an 8-inch minimum mesh net restriction. A maximum of five sturgeon may be possessed per vessel per calendar week.

Washington and Oregon officials will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday to review commercial catches and also to consider whether to reopen sport sturgeon retention upstream of the Wauna power lines.