August 15, 2012
CLACKAMAS. Ore. – ODFW is asking salmon anglers in the Columbia River estuary to steer clear of research crews that are netting and tagging coho salmon.
According to Tucker Jones, ODFW coho run timing project leader, anglers may encounter one or more research crews pulling seine nets and tagging and releasing coho salmon as part of a study that’s looking at the run timing of wild and hatchery coho.
ODFW has contracted with six commercial fishers to employ four beach seines and two purse seines to capture the coho.
“With the fall chinook and coho fisheries starting to heat up, we wanted to let anglers know they might be seeing some unusual activities on the water,” Tucker said.
The netting will take place Monday through Friday on 28 miles of the river from Sand Island to Jim Crow Sands, and will continue through the end of October.