Washington anglers protest coronavirus fishing closure

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Protesters in boats and on shore are demanding that restrictions on recreational fishing and shellfish harvesting in Washington because of the coronavirus be lifted. About 50 boats along with several hundred protesters on shore gathered on Saturday around Columbia Point Marina in Richland in southwestern Washington. The protesters say the restrictions should be lifted because anglers can practice social distancing while fishing. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife on March 25 temporarily closed recreational fishing and shellfish harvesting. But the anglers say kayakers, jet skis, wake boarders, pleasure boaters and others are on the water.