Hundreds protest ban on recreational fishing, shellfishing due to stay home order

RICHLAND, Wash. — Hundreds protested an aspect of Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order Saturday in Richland.

The protesters were taking a stand against the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s ban on recreational fishing and shellfishing statewide in response to the governor’s order.

The concern surrounds people traveling to fish and the potential for overcrowding at boat ramps and river banks.

Protesters said keeping their distance wasn’t a problem.

“I am sitting here over 6 feet away every time I come here. I am over 6 feet away,” one protester said.

Fish and Wildlife said the ban will remain in effect until at least May 4.

All state parks and wildlife areas, including water access, are also closed.