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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 19, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Derelict commercial fishing gear bill passes first stage

“Good news!” said Bryan Irwin, Regional Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Region for the Coastal Conservation Association.

“SB 5661 (the derelict gear bill) passed out of the Senate Natural Resources late Thursday (Feb. 17),” Irwin said. “No amendments or discussion. The bill now goes to the Senate Rules Committee.”

The bill 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 Irwin, 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.

For details, visit the Coastal Conservation Association website.

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