September 22nd, 2016
The Columbia River Compact convened by teleconference at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2016 to consider ongoing Treaty Tribal and non-Indian recreational fisheries, as well as the experimental commercial seine fishery. Considerable confusion delayed the conference call, due to technical difficulties with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s new phone system. The teleconference proceeded after switching to Washington hosting the teleconference.
The US v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met on Monday, September 19 to review stock status of the various run components of the fall fishery. TAC expects a fall Chinook return of 802,200 fall Chinook in the aggregate, which is 84% of the preseason forecast. Group A steelhead are estimated in-season to be around 100,000 fewer fish than the preseason forecast, but Group B steelhead has been upgraded by about 7,000 fish. However, wild Group B, which are among the most constraining stocks during the fall fishery, have been downgraded by over 2,000 fish. This could limit late fall fisheries.
The non-Indian commercial seine fishery so far has caught much fewer fish than the 4 seine permits were allocated, which is a sure indication that the seine fisheries are not commercially viable.
Fall Fact Sheet No. 7 is appended in the form of a PDF file. The subsequent Compact-Joint State Action Notice is posted as well.