CCA allowed to intervene in Columbia gillnet lawsuit

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SALEM — The Oregon Court of Appeals will allow the Coastal Conservation Association to intervene in the lawsuit filed by commercial fishing interests seeking to over a new bi-state Columbia River fish management plan.

Washington and Oregon adopted the plan during the winter. It phases out most gillnet use in the lower Columbia and shifts much of the commercial fishing into off-channel areas.

CCA will intervene on behalf of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“We expected lawsuits from the gillnet industry and will work tirelessly to keep the new management policy for the Columbia on track,” said Dave Schamp, chairman of the board of CCA Oregon. “We are confident that the Court will ultimately uphold the new rules.”