PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will ban all non-resident hunting, fishing and shellfishing activity, starting at midnight Friday, in an effort to stop a surge of non-resident anglers mostly from Washington.

The action follows Washington’s decision to close all hunting, fishing and shellfishing until at least early May.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife cited COVID-19 concerns and said it will last until coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Curt Melcher, director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said north Oregon Coast communities are especially supportive of the action, although the appearance of Washington boats in the lower Willamette River and Multnomah Channel are also a concern.


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