May 30th, 2012
The Joint Management Staff of the Washington and Oregon Departments of Fish & Wildlife cancelled a previously scheduled Columbia River Compact/Joint State Action Hearing for the afternoon of Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The US v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) had met earlier in the day and downgraded the upriver spring Chinook run size from 216,500 to 209,400 at the river’s mouth. The actual and projected non-Indian catch plus release mortalities of upriver spring Chinook total 18,086 adult fish, which will require a final upriver run size of 198,750 to remain within impact limitations.
Spring Fishery Update No. 2 outlines the details of Treaty Tribal and non-Indian fisheries for spring 2012. Tribal fisheries are expected to yield a total landed catch of 17,510 upriver spring Chinook by the end of the season. Further Columbia River Compact teleconferences for the spring 2012 season will be scheduled as appropriate, but none were set as of this date. The first Compact of the summer 2012 season will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:0 0a.m. in the River Street Room in Cathlamet, Washington.
Spring Fishery Update No. 2 is appended as a PDf file.