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                         SENATE BILL 5442



State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Senators Snyder, Jacobsen, Morton and Oke; by request of Department of Fish and Wildlife


Read first time 01/23/2001.  Referred to Committee on Natural Resources, Parks & Shorelines.

Allowing the use of certain salmon fishing gear with an experimental fishery permit.

    AN ACT Relating to salmon fishing gear; and amending RCW 77.50.030.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 77.50.030 and 1998 c 190 s 77 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) A person shall not use, operate, or maintain a gill net which exceeds ((1500)) one thousand five hundred feet in length or a drag seine in the waters of the Columbia river for catching salmon.

    (2) A person shall not construct, install, use, operate, or maintain within state waters a pound net, round haul net, lampara net, fish trap, fish wheel, scow fish wheel, set net, weir, or fixed appliance for catching salmon or steelhead except under the authority of a trial or experimental fishery permit, when an emerging commercial fishery has been designated allowing use of one or more of these gear types to assist in salmon recovery.  The director may authorize the use of this gear for scientific investigations.

    (3) The department, in coordination with the Oregon department of fish and wildlife, shall adopt rules to regulate the use of monofilament in gill net webbing on the Columbia river.


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