After reading the letter to the editor "Don't support gillnetting" (The Daily Astorian, March 7), I'd like to remind readers that Measure 81 was voted out by all of Oregon, but was pushed through, anyway, by our governor.

Our community was built by gillnetters and loggers, and many families are still supported by these industries. There is factual proof in black and white that gillnets are selective. Groups like the Coastal Conservation Association guide services and sport fishing groups want all the fish for themselves, while the gillnetting community wants to share with everybody.

It just shows the greed that surrounds us. The groups mentioned just keep coming up with new excuses every time one of their schemes is proven false. Where does it stop?

I applaud The Daily Astorian for supporting something that is very important to its community.

MARK HIPPENSTEEL 

Warrenton

 

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