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Per WDFW - "Columbia River Recreational Advisor group mtg is scheduled for tomorrow August 7 at 2PM - location is WDFW office in Vancouver"

Can any participants give us a summary of the meeting, please?

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Here's some! I was not at the meeting due to state training requirements elswhere.


Above Wauna Recreational Sturgeon Fishery Fact Sheet


August 7, 2007


Fishery Review

· 2006 guideline was12,800 sturgeon for the fishery above Wauna. Total harvest was 8,500 fish, leaving 4,300 fish to roll over into 2007 and/or 2008.
· The surplus was split over the 2-year period (additional ~2,200 fish in 2007 and 2008).
· 2007 (and 2008) guideline for area above Wauna is 14,900 sturgeon
· 2007 season was adopted to include Sundays (one extra day of fishing/wk):
§ 4d/wk (Thr - Sun) January 1 - July 31 and October 1 - December 31
· 2007 catch expectation: 103,000 trips w/ 14,600 wsg (cpue = 0.142)
· Depending on catch rates, the season could be fine-tuned in-season by adding opportunity during September in 2007 and/or 2008.
· Typically, the majority of the harvest occurs during the fall months (Oct- Dec)
· Preliminary catch for the estuary fishery is 19,160 fish. July (4 days) catch was 2,060 fish.
· 2006 catch estimates for the WillametteRiver were greater than background levels. An estimated 3,300 fish were harvested compared to an expectation of 2,500 fish.

2007 Above Wauna Fishery

· Preseason catch expectations included 6,300 fish (40%) during Jan – Jul and 8,600 fish (60%) Oct – Dec.
· Catch during Jan – Jul is estimated at about 2,900 fish, or 50% of the preseason catch expectation.
· If the catch trends continue, harvest will fall an estimated 7,700 fish (52%) short of the 2007 guideline.
· Harvest in the Willamette is projected to be 2,400 fish above background levels.

Fishery modification scenarios

· Liberalizing the fishery to the fullest extent may not be enough to reach the 2007 guideline.
· Modifying the current season to open early (Aug 18?), and allow retention 7d/wk is the most liberal season possible.
· Catch expectations under this scenario include:
§ Jan –Jul catch = 2,800
§ Aug-Sep catch = 1,300
§ Oct – Dec = 6,000
· Harvest above Wauna is projected at 10,100 fish, plus 2,400 fish above background levels in the Willamette for a grand total of 12,500 fish, compared to the 14,900 fish guideline.

2008 Fishery

· 2008 guideline is 14,900 sturgeon plus any roll over from 2007.
· Considering such a large guideline, it is likely the season will be modified from the 4d/wk plan, into perhaps a 7d/wk plan, 12m/yr scenario.
· Under this scenario, catch expectations include 12,700 fish, which is 85% of the 2008 guideline.

WDFW/ODFW

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I have some other info re. the sturgeon numbers. It will not copy and paste properly. If desired I will forward the email to interested parties. If someone who has better computer skills would like, they could figure out how to post the info. I will forward it to them.
 

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"[sturgeon]

4d/wk (Thr - Sun) January 1 - July 31 and October 1 - December 31

· 2007 catch expectation: 103,000 trips w/ 14,600 wsg (cpue = 0.142)"


Wow, that's a lot of sturgeon fishing!

Thanks for the info Captn!
 
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