• Days are numbered for gill nets on Columbia river

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    Commercial gill nets could be removed from the lower Columbia River in Oregon and Washington within three years. Fish and wildlife stakeholders have just agreed on recommendations that would phase out the use of these nets by non-tribal fishers. Anglers said the move was vital to buoy conservation efforts aimed at reviving steelhead and salmon numbers.  Commercial fishing interests – surprise, surprise – have labelled the proposal a “death knell” for the industry. Shame, huh? Read the full story here.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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