January 31st, 2017
The Columbia River Compact convened by teleconference at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 to discuss multiple fisheries for Treaty Tribal and non-Indian recreational and commercial fisheries during winter and spring seasons, plus the Select Area summer fishery in Youngs Bay, Oregon. Normally, Winter Fact Sheet No. 1 is distributed at a face-to-face Columbia River Compact meeting. The Joint Management Staff decided to try conducting the first Compact meeting by teleconference this year. Considering the amount of rude behavior by individuals on the line who refused to mute their phones, this Compact hearing may the last of these meetings to be conducted by teleconference.
The Compact covered: Treaty winter commercial gillnet and platform fisheries; Zone 6 recreational sturgeon fisheries; non-Indian mainstem research-level smelt fishery; Tributary recreational research-level smelt fishery; and Select Area commercial fisheries. The 2017 Winter/Spring /Summer Joint Staff Report will be distributed prior to February 23 Compact hearing, which will address mainstem spring Chinook fisheries.
Winter Fact Sheet No. 1 is appended in the form of a PDF file. The subsequent Compact-Joint State Action Notice is posted as well.