Fall Fact Sheet No. 2 & Compact Action

August 17th, 2017

The Columbia River Compact convened for a face-to-face meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Rainier, Oregon City Hall to consider treaty Indian and non-Indian commercial fisheries on the Columbia River main stem.

Fall Fact Sheet No. 2 lays out the staff proposals for the fall Chinook fishery above and below Bonneville Dam. For the non-Indian commercial fishery, the staff proposal includes six openers in late August, beginning with Sunday, August 20, and concluding at 6:00 a.m. Friday, September 1. All openers would begin at 9:00 p.m. and end the following morning at 6:00 a.m. Fisheries would be  on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. The Fact Sheet notes that the Commercial Advisory Group proposed dropping the Sunday, August 20 opener, partly because that date typically has very light catch rates, and it would conclude on Monday, August 21, which is the morning of the full eclipse that is expected to cause major traffic jams in Oregon and southwest Washington.

The most constraining factor for the fall Chinook fishery is expected to be projected low abundance forecasts for summer steelhead, particularly wild Group B steelhead, of which only 1,100 have been projected to enter the Columbia River. Due to this expectation, both states will be mounting observers on board non-Indian gillnet boats in Zones 4 & 5 to see if historical steelhead encounters during the fishery hold to be true.

In the subsequent Compact Action Notice, the Sunday, August 20 opener was dropped from the list of openers for the non-Indian commercial fishery.

Fall Fact Sheet No. 2 and the subsequent Compact Action Notice are appended below as PDF files.

Fall Fact Sheet No. 2

170816 Compact Action Notice

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