May 17th, 2012
The Columbia River Compact convened a Joint State Hearing by teleconference at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 to consider non-Indian sport fisheries in Zone 6, above Bonneville Dam. All non-Indian fisheries are currently on hold, pending an indication there is additional room under the non-Indian impact limit to allow further fishing time.
the US v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) reviewed the run again the morning of May 17, and revised the run-size estimate upwards to 216,500 fish. At that run size, the non-Tribal impact rate is 1.9%. Commission guidance further directs the managers to allocate the impacts 60% sport/35% commercial. However, the table on page 2 of the Fact Sheet tells a much different story. The table says that the in-season allocation at 216,500 fish allows 4,749 fish in mainstem commercial fisheries, and another 325 in Select Area fisheries, for a total of 5,074 fish out of a total non-Treaty impact limit of 19,702 upriver spring Chinook. But, 5,074 is less than 26% of 19,702. It would appear that under this scenario, the Joint Staff is managing for a greater than 74% allocation to sport fisheries. Is this fair?
Spring Fact Sheet No. 7 and the subsequent Joint State Action Notice are appended as PDF files.