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LONGVIEW, Wash. — Lower Columbia River gillnetters say the Trump administration’s recent decision to withdraw protections from Bristol Bay could pave the path for a giant gold and copper mine in southwest Alaska that would threaten their source of sockeye salmon — and their chief livelihood as fishermen.

Fish trap operators can pick out the hatchery salmon for harvest and release the wild salmon so they can return to their spawning grounds.

An experimental fish trap on the Lower Columbia River has repurposed an old fishing method in search of a more sustainable way to catch salmon.