Fall Fact Sheet No. 6 & Compact Action

September 27th, 2017

The Columbia River Compact convened by teleconference at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2012 to review ongoing Treaty commercial fisheries in Zone 6, and non-Indian commercial fisheries in the Select Areas.

The US v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met on Monday, September 25 to review fall run-sizes. For fall Chinook, TAC maintained the preseason forecast for upriver bright stocks (URBs), but downgraded BPH tule stocks to 79% of the preseason forecast. As for summer steelhead, TAC estimated the combined A/B Index summer steelhead run to be 113,200 fish, of which only 6,500 are B Index steelhead, including 1,000 wild B Index summer steelhead.

The staff recommendation for Treaty Tribal fisheries was for an additional 3.5 days of fishing beginning at 6:00 a.m on Monday, October 2 through 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 5. However, because of the constraints due to extreme scarcity of wild B Index summer steelhead stocks, no consideration was given for additional mainstem fishing time for the non-Indian gillnet fleet in the lower river.

With regards to the ongoing fisheries in the Select Area Fishery Enhancement program terminal fisheries in the lower estuary near Astoria, Oregon, the staff expectation was that the remaining quota for white sturgeon retention would be reached by the end of the week. Therefore, the staff recommendation was that retention of white sturgeon be prohibited beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, October 1, 2017 in the Select Areas.

Fall Fact Sheet No. 6 is appended in the form of a PDF file. The subsequent Compact Action Notice is posted as well.

Fall Fact Sheet No. 6

170927 Compact Action Notice

Leave a Comment