Columbia River Fishery Notice
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife October 9, 2003
The Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington met today to review salmon stock status and consider non-Indian commercial fishing options for the mainstem Columbia River and took the following actions:
Commercial Mainstem Salmon Fishery
· Adopted non-Indian commercial salmon season as follows:
Season: 6 PM Sunday October 12 to 6 PM Monday October 136 AM Wednesday October 15 to 6 AM Friday October 176 PM Sunday October 19 to 6 PM Monday October 206 AM Wednesday October 22 to 6 AM Friday October 246 PM Sunday October 26 to 6 PM Monday October 276 AM Wednesday October 29 to 6 AM Friday October 31 (1 day)(2 days)(1 day)(2 days)(1 day)(2 days)
Area: During October 12-27: The mouth upstream to Beacon Rock (Zones 1-5).During October 29-31: From a line between Harrington Point on the Washington shore to Settler Point on the Oregon shore upstream to Beacon Rock (Zones 2-5).
Sanctuaries: Elokomin-A, Abernathy Creek, Cowlitz River, Kalama-A, Lewis-A, Washougal River, and Sandy River.
Gear: No minimum and 9¾-inch maximum mesh size restriction.
Allowable Sales: Salmon and sturgeon.
A maximum of nine green or white sturgeon in the aggregate may be possessed or sold by each participating vessel during each calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) of the open fishing periods.
Washington Reporting Rule: WDFW adopted a regulation requiring all Washington wholesale buyers purchasing fish from all Columbia River commercial mainstem salmon fisheries to send a report of their landings to WDFW by 10 AM on the day after the purchase date via either:a) FAX transmission to (360) 906-6776 or (360) 906-6777b) E-mail to [email protected]) Telephone to 1-866-791-1281
Treaty Indian Setline Sturgeon Fishery
· Adopted a treaty Indian setline season as follows:
Season: 6 AM Monday October 13 until attainment of pool specific harvest guidelines.
Area: Bonneville (Zone 61) and John Day (Zone 63) pools.
Gear: Setline with hook size 9/0 or larger.
Sanctuaries: All standard river mouth and dam sanctuaries are in effect.
Allowable Sales: Sturgeon only.
Miscellaneous Rules: 48 inch minimum and 60 inch maximum commercial size limits in effect. Scaffold caught sturgeon between 4 and 5 feet may be sold during open commercial fishing periods.
· Effective 6 PM Saturday October 11, fish caught in platform and hook and line fisheries may not be sold.
· Effective noon October 14 through 6 PM December 13 only chinook and coho salmon landed in the Klickitat tributary fishery may be sold during regularly scheduled fishing periods. Steelhead may not be sold, buy may be kept for subsistence purposes.
FUTURE COMPACT HEARING
· A Columbia River Compact hearing is scheduled for 1:30 PM Monday, October 20, 2003 via telephone for the purpose of evaluating coho salmon stock status and consider modifications to the ongoing non-Indian commercial fishery in the mainstem Columbia River.
why are they allowing these guys to keep the sturgeon , kill the excess , then intern close it down for us??????????
we have one screwed up system here, the ODFW Does NOT know how to manage our fisheries.
Thanks to the gillnetters we are going to have a closed fishery for sturg starting next month, now they are going to let them have 9 fish instead of the 7? and they say there are not enough???? whats up with that?
if they allow them to have 9 why on earth are they closing it for?????
Will some one help me start a petition to ban these guys?
we , us sportsmen need to start doing something before they take it all away from us period!!
if we dont do something its going to wind up just like what was going on in the ocean 10 yrs ago with the high seas drift netters , killing everything , then turning back what is not needed ,
for example , you know those dead oversize we haver been seeing this yr on the CR? their death is not from us 90% isnt , its the netters.
then they wanna increase the quota on sturg for them , but then close it down saying that there isnt enough?
people please help me.
I will start a petition to ban these guys , only if people will help out.
you can call me at 503-7202772