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March 29, 2005

Go Fish, But Not Just Anywhere

Fishingboat Oregon is wrestling with whether to establish marine reserves, where fishing and other extractive industries would be prohibited. Fishing management has been especially contentious since 2000, when the state's once-lucrative groundfish industry collapsed and was declared a "national disaster." Conservationists believe that protected ocean waters will allow fish stocks to rebound. Fishermen, especially sport fishermen, aren't so keen on the idea.

As one old-timer in a Salem Statesman-Journal article puts the issue: "Years and years ago, we could go out and fish all of the bottom fish we wanted to."

It seems like that was exactly the problem.

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