July 6th, 2016
The Columbia River Compact convened by teleconference at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 to consider ongoing Treaty Tribal and non-Indian commercial fisheries during the summer management season. The US v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee met July 5 to review run sizes for the upriver summer Chinook and sockeye salmon runs. TAC updated the run sizes to 91,000 summer Chinook and 350,000 sockeye, compared to the preseason forecasts of 93,300 summer Chinook and 101,600 sockeye salmon.
A total of 566 summer Chinook remain on the allocation for the non-Indian mainstem commercial fishery, leaving room for a limited mainstem fishery. The majority of the fishermen in the non-Indian gillnet fleet are in Alaska for the summer fishery there, thereby limiting participation in the summer fishery here on the lower Columbia River.
Late returning spring Chinook continue to be caught in the Blind Slough/Knappa Slough and Tongue Pt./South Channel Select Area fisheries. Prices have remained stable and the interest high in continuing the fishery. The Joint Staff recommended extensions of those fisheries to continue to provide opportunity for fishermen fishing in the area.
Summer Fact Sheet No. 4 is appended in the form of a PDF file. The Compact Action Notice is posted as well.