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Joint State Staff Reports

December 18, 2014
2015 Joint Staff Report Concerning Stock Status and Fisheries for Sturgeon and Smelt

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Joint State Action Notices

2014
December 18, 2014 - 2015 Bonneville Pool Recreational White Sturgeon Fishery
November 25, 2014 - Treaty Commercial Sturgeon Setline Fishery
October 23, 2014 - Treaty Fall Platform and Hook & Line Fishery
October 23, 2014 - Treaty Commercial Sturgeon Setline Fishery
October 23, 2014 - Non-Indian Mainstem Commercial Fishery
October 8, 2014 - Coho Tangle Net Commercial Fishery
October 8, 2014 - Non-Indian Commercial Fisheries
October 8, 2014 - Non-Indian Mainstem Commercial Salmon Fishery
October 8, 2014 - Treaty Indian Fall Commercial Gillnet Fishery
October 1, 2014 - Treaty Indian Fall Commercial Gillnet Fishery
October 1, 2014 - Buoy 10 Recreation Fishery

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Fact Sheets

2014 Winter Fact Sheets
No. 1 - December 18, 2014

2014 Fall Fisheries Update
No. 2 - October, 16, 2014
No. 1 - October 1, 2014

2014 Fall Fact Sheets
No. 13 - November 25, 2014
No. 12a - October 23, 2014
No. 12b - October 23, 2014
No. 11a - October 8, 2014
No. 11b - October 8, 2014
No. 10 - October 1, 2014

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Other Compact Information

  • December 8, 2014 - Notice of Compact/Joint State Hearing via teleconference, 10:00 Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  • December 8, 2014 - Notice of Joint State Hearing via teleconference, 10:00 Thursday, December 18, 2014
  • November 24, 2014 - Notice of Joint State Hearing via teleconference, 2:00 PM, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
  • October 22, 2014 - Notice of Joint State Hearing via teleconference, 10:00 AM, Thursday, October 23, 2014
  • September 30, 2014 - Notice of Joint State Hearing via teleconference, 2:00 PM, Wednesday, October 1, 2014
  • September 23, 2014 - Notice of Joint State Hearing via teleconference, 10:00 AM, Wednesday, Septeber 23, 2014
  • September 17, 2014 -N otice of Joint State Hearing via teleconference, 2:00 PM Thursday, September 18, 2014
  • August 26, 2014 - Notice of Joint State Hearing via teleconference, 1:30 PM Wednesday, August 27, 2014
  • July 8, 2014 - Notice of Joint State Hearing via teleconference, 2 PM Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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The Columbia River Compact is charged by congressional and statutory authority to adopt seasons and rules for Columbia River commercial fisheries. In recent years, the Compact has consisted of the Oregon and Washington agency directors, or their delegates, acting on behalf of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (OFWC) and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (WFWC). In addition, the Columbia River treaty tribes have authority to regulate treaty Indian fisheries.

When addressing commercial seasons for salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon, the Compact must consider the effect of the commercial fishery on escapement, treaty rights, and sport fisheries, as well as the impact on species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Although the Compact has no authority to adopt sport fishing seasons or rules, it is an inherent responsibility of the Compact to address the allocation of limited resources among users. This responsibility has become increasingly demanding in recent years. The Compact can be expected to be more conservative than in the past when considering fisheries that will impact listed salmon and steelhead.