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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 12, 2011 at 10:28 AM

New bill would require commercial fishermen to report derelict gill-nets in a more timely manner

There is a new bill that will require commercial fisherman to report when they lose a gill-net or other commercial fishing gear within a 48 hour time period.

According to Bryan Irwin, the Regional Executive Director Pacific Northwest Region for the Coastal Conservation Association, this bill changes an existing law that allows for voluntary reporting.

“The system has been a total failure, resulting in only two reports of lost or abandoned commercial fishing gear since its inception,” Irwin said.

SB 5661 has been scheduled for a public hearing 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14 at the Senate Natural Resources Committee, Hearing Room Number 2.

For details, visit the Coastal Conservation Association Web site.

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