July 12th, 2012
The 2012 Joint Staff Report for fall Chinook, coho, and chum salmon, summer steelhead, and white sturgeon has now been released by the Joint Management Staff of the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish & Wildlife. This report is part of a series of annual reports issued by the two state agencies at the beginning of each season. The report contains a review of the 2011 management guidelines and fishery results, plus an overview of expectations and management guidelines for fall fisheries in 2012. These reports are issued in advance of the first meeting of the Columbia River Compact for the season ahead.
The first meeting of the Columbia River Compact of the 2012 fall fishery is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 26 at the River Street Room, located at 25 River Street in Cathlamet, Washington.
The first Compact meetings of each season typically are face-to-face meetings rather than teleconferences. The general outline of the season, from the perspective of pre-season forecasts and management guidelines, is found in the fall Joint Staff Report appended below. Much of the plan for the year’s fall fishery is shaped at the annual North of Falcon negotiations, which take place during late winter and early spring, with seasons set by the Pacific Fishery Management Council at its April meeting.
The 2012 Joint Staff Report for fall fisheries is appended in the form of a PDF file. For those on dial-up, it is a large file, about 884 KB in size.