Tribes Oppose Oregon Measure to Ban Gillnetting

This is where Natives and environmentalists/conservationists often collide; particularly in the Pacific Northwest. Indigenous ways of resource management were modeled for sustainability. A clan or tribe ensured it’s continued survival by maintaining a sustainable catch. Since then the US has invaded and seized our traditional tribal territory and makes laws to further deprive us of our resources and land.

From Oregon Public Broadcasting

A gillnet fisher prepares his boat. The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission is opposing a measure that would ban gillnet fishing in Oregon. Voters will decide this November. Flickr Creative Commons: sointula

Columbia River Indian tribes are opposing Oregon Ballot Measure 81, which would ban fishing with gillnets in the state. The four tribes, which include the Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Nez Perce, are the latest group to oppose the ban.

The measure does little to rebuild salmon populations, said Kathryn Brigham, chairwoman of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, in a press release.

“Ballot Measure 81 does not save fish or fishing communities,” Brigham said. “All it does is reshuffle who gets to catch the fish in the Lower Columbia. It doesn’t change how many fish can be caught.”

The tribes say a ban on gillnets would threaten cooperative efforts to restore sustainable salmon populations.


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I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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