August 31st, 2016
The Columbia River Compact convened by teleconference at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 to consider ongoing recreational fisheries during the Buoy 10 sport fishery, and non-Indian commercial fishing in Zones 4 & 5.
Total Chinook retention to-date in Buoy 10 has been much less than expected. Catch rates have been less than modeled preseason. The staff recommendation was extending Chinook retention in the Buoy 10 fishery through September 14.
Total harvest to date in the commercial fishery in Zones 4 & 5 include abut 49,200 fall Chinook. Approximately 51,600 fall Chinook are available during the early fall fishery, leaving room for an additional fishing period on the evening of Thursday and Friday, September 1-2, 2016. However, the managers did not adopt the staff recommendation for an opener, Thursday evening and Friday morning, September 1-2.
Fall Fact Sheet No. 5 is appended in the form of a PDF file. The subsequent Compact-Joint State Action Notice is posted as well.