March 30th, 2010
In the sometimes contentious world of Columbia River fisheries management, it is useful to stop to consider who the fishery resource actually belongs to: it belongs to all of us. That was the ultimate point of the name chosen by our organization more than a half century ago. That is our reason for being.
In an era in which harvest of the fishery resource is increasingly being directed at hatchery fish in order to protect ESA-listed wild stocks, it behooves us to consider who pays for the costs of hatchery programs: we all do. Figures revealed in 2009 concerning the sources of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatchery funding are plain as day: ODFW Hatchery Funding Pie Chart.
Salmon For All represents those who protect the consumers’ access to our fishery resource. At least 98% of us are consumers who depend on commercial fishermen to supply us with the fish we find in the fish market or restaurant of our choice. Columbia River spring Chinook are not harvested in any appreciable numbers in any other commercial fishery than the in-river gillnet fishery. If you are a consumer who cherishes the taste of Columbia River spring Chinook, you can thank a gillnet fisherman that you get to enjoy this great delicacy at all.
Going on at this very minute is a 12-hour, mark-selective commercial fishing opener in which the non-Indian gillnet fleet of the Columbia River is fishing for the general public. Our fishermen are using the tangle net and live recovery box gear so well-depicted in the five-minute video on our website: Tangle Net Fishing on the Columbia.
For further information about Salmon For All, consider reading About Salmon For All.