Two Arrested For Illegal Gillnettting

Two people were arrested after the Oregon State Police and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement conducted a nighttime river patrol this week on the Columbia River at the Deschutes River Sanctuary after receiving numerous complaints of illegal gillnetting.  The OSP says troopers located a boat operating without required lighting in the sanctuary with three people onboard, and discovered the boaters had an 1100-plus-foot gillnet deployed in the water in an area that is closed to gillnetting and exceeding the state maximum length of 800 feet.  Two adults from Celilo Village, a 26-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, were detained along with their juvenile minor child on the water.  The man was lodged at NORCOR on charges of commercial fishing in closed waters, while the woman was given criminal citations.  The investigation discovered there were 85 Chinook salmon and one steelhead taken with a current market value of over $3500.

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