Columbia River Endorsement - are sportsmen and women getting the short end of the deal?

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Food for thought, from a friends Facebook page:

"After a compromise agreement between sport anglers, the fish regulators of Oregon and Washington, and the commercial fleet we find out the hard way that agreements mean nothing to the governor appointed fish commissioners of Washington State. The sport fishing industry once again gets the ol' knife-in-the-back treatment from these folks. We sport anglers agreed to pay a fee for the privilege of fishing access to the Columbia River in order to provide a fund to insure the commercial fleet was kept whole as part of the agreement. We also agreed to allocate a significant portion of hatchery production that would otherwise have been available to all (including sport anglers) so as to enhance the fish availability for the gill netters. We even agreed to using barbless hooks when fishing the Columbia in order to reduce hooking mortality. The agreement guaranteed a more equitable share of fish between all stakeholders. Now, WDFW reverts back to pre-agreement allocations that favor the commercial fleet significantly and does so at the expense of the sport fishing industry. Shame on them. Shame on Governor Inslee who appointed them, and shame on the legislators who only care about who butters their bread best. Perhaps it's time to demand our Columbia River Endorsement fees be refunded. Perhaps it's time to demand our hatcheries return to full production for everyone, not just a few. Perhaps it's time to demand fishing license fees be commensurate with fishing opportunity. And perhaps it's time for a corruption investigation into the workings of the commission and supporting members of government."
 
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Perhaps it's time for a class action lawsuit they sneak in under the cover night to deploy gilnets why is this so we dont see them breaking the agreement I really think it's time for a class action lawsuit or we refuse to by are endorsements and if they ticket us we fight it in court because as you say the states are not holding up to there end the bargain the blood boiling just thinking about this abuse of power šŸ¤¬
 
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Very interesting how it's formulated. "money will help fund the transition". It doesn't sound like "you pay money, we eliminate commercial gill nets", more like "you keep paying money, we keep doing 'transition'".
 
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Perhaps it's time to demand fishing license fees be commensurate with fishing opportunity.
This.

I am a local elected official (in Oregon) and this sentence is speaking their language. Aside from direct opposition, this appeal is a real bargaining chip.

Good luck!
 
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