Sportsmen protest Astoria port parking fee

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ASTORIA — Sport fishermen at the mouth of the Columbia River are protesting a decision to raise parking fees at the Port of Astoria.

Guide Bob Rees says the $20-a-day fee strikes many in the sport-fishing groups he represents as price-gouging, or revenge for recent changes in gillnetting on the river that restrict commercial fishing.

But a member of the port's commission, Stephen Fulton, says the port is "bleeding money" and needs the revenue. He says the gillnetting controversy has nothing to do with the parking fees.