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COVID-19: Washington Closes Recreational Fishing Statewide, Oregon Shuts Down Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Fishing

March 26th, 2020

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Wednesday temporarily closed recreational fishing and shellfishing statewide in the wake of Washington Gov. Jay Insleeā€™s order directing Washingtonians to stay home to limit the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. A few hours later the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that it will close recreational angling for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River, effective Thursday, March 26 at 11:59 p.m.

Stopping Invasive Mussels: Watercraft Inspections Rise Across Four States; Quagga/Zebra Mussel Interceptions Drop Slightly

March 26th, 2020

The number of watercraft inspections completed in 2019 across the four Northwest states rose 6 percent from 2018, but the number of contaminated recreational vessels intercepted at the stations that had invasive quagga or zebra mussels attached dropped 2 percent to 93 boats, according to a draft report by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission that was completed last week.

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