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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018
Fishing: Most gillnetters captain small boats alone
Continued from Page 1A
Concerns
It was a hard year for most
gillnetters. Legislation passed
in 2012 has phased them off
the river’s main stem almost
entirely. Though they had a
decent extended spring sea-
son in the off-channel fishing
grounds, or select areas, money
was tight and expectations
were low, fishermen said.
The only time gillnetters
had on the river’s main stem
was during the fall, and only
for seven fishing periods. They
were also limited to what fish-
ery managers refer to as Zones
4 and 5, a section of river that
extends southeast from St. Hel-
ens to Beacon Rock near Bon-
neville Dam.
While fishing in these
zones, a handful of gillnetters,
including Jim Wells, the pres-
ident of commercial fishing
advocacy organization Salmon
For All, and Port of Astoria
Commissioner Bill Hunsinger
were cited for refusing to allow
state observers on their boats in
August and September.
Their reasons ranged from
safety issues, to questions about
liability, to confusion over what
the state had promised in terms
of how often any single fisher-
man would be asked to carry an
observer. Some of the concerns
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Some gillnetters resisted state observers last year.
they and other gillnetters raised
still need to be addressed, state
fishery managers said.
Tweit and others thought
they understood the maritime
insurance issues that might
arise going into the season. The
20 observers — six from Ore-
gon, 14 from Washington state
— would be covered by the
states’ workers’ compensation
programs if anything happened
to them on board a boat.
“What I think we didn’t
understand as well as we do
now is that just because they’re
covered under workers’ comp
doesn’t necessarily preclude
them from going after the skip-
per,” Tweit said. “And we don’t
have any real coverage for that
under current law.”
Most gillnetters fish alone.
They captain small boats with
gear they can manage by them-
selves. When they do bring
along crew, it’s usually a fam-
ily member. With a crew that
is just themselves or a person
they trust, few fishermen carry
insurance policies to protect
themselves from being sued if
something goes wrong on the
water, Wells said.
“We’re just wide open for a
lawsuit, and guys our age, our
earning power is worn out,”
Wells said. “If I lost (money in
a lawsuit) now, I could never
recoup it.”
The men who faced cita-
tions ranged in age from their
late 60s to 74 years old.
‘Unexpected benefit’
For Wells, though, the big-
ger issue concerned the num-
ber of times he was asked to
carry an observer.
“To ensure broad sample of
the fleet, ODFW and WDFW
will maintain a list of observed
vessels for each fishing period,
and the same vessel will not be
observed on consecutive fish-
ing periods,” states a sampling
plan for the two states.
Wells fished one period,
missed a second and then
came back for a third. He
mistakenly believed that
because he was observed for
the first period, he would not
be observed again. When the
state boat approached him to
put an observer on board, he
refused. It was a rough night
and wasn’t safe, he said.
When he later received
notice from the Oregon State
Police that he was being
charged for violating the
law, he decided to get a law-
yer and fight it. Hunsinger,
who had also refused to take
an observer on board because
of liability concerns, repre-
sented himself. Their charges
were lowered to citations and
the Multnomah County Cir-
cuit Court judge who heard
their case fined them the min-
imum amount of $225, a sus-
pended fine that will evaporate
if the men don’t have any con-
victions or tickets in the next
year.
Roger Stecker, another
gillnetter who refused to let
an observer board his boat,
decided to plead guilty. His
charge was knocked down to
a citation and he was fined
$750. His concerns were over
safety, he said. The night the
observer wanted to board his
boat, Stecker said the wind
was blowing hard and he
was in the middle of fixing a
net that had been shredded
when a sport boat ran over it
the day before. He plans to
talk with the Coast Guard
about what his options are
for denying access to his boat
if he believes conditions are
unsafe.
Stecker estimates he has
had observers on his boat
more than a dozen times over
the course of his career. It has
usually been a positive experi-
ence and he said he has always
tried to follow the rules. The
citation and his guilty plea
have weighed on him.
For the most part, the states
saw a high amount of vol-
untary compliance, and the
observation plan met its goals,
one of which was to validate
data about the ratio of steel-
head-to-Chinook salmon that
fishermen encounter.
“Not only did it validate
our models, I think it allowed
us to have as much fishing as
we did,” Tweit said. The new
data about steelhead mortality
was “a sort of unexpected ben-
efit from the work.”
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