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Joint State Staff Reports

January 20, 2016
2016 Joint Staff Report: Stock Status and Fisheries for Spring Chinook, Summer Chinook, Sockeye, Steelhead, and Other Species, and Miscellaneous Regulations

December 17, 2015
2016 Joint Staff Report Concerning Stock Status and Fisheries for Sturgeon and Smelt

July 14, 2015
2015 Joint Staff Report: Stock Status and Fisheries for Fall Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Chum Salmon, Summer Steelhead, and White Sturgeon

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Joint State Action Notices

2016
January 27, 2016 - Deep River Select Area
January 27, 2016 - Blind Slough/Knappa Slough Select Area
January 27, 2016 - Tongue Point/South Channel Select Area
January 27, 2016 - Spring Chinook Recreational Fishery
January 27, 2016 - Smelt Fisheries
January 27, 2016 - Bonneville Pool Recreational White Sturgeon Fishery
January 27, 2016 - Treaty Indian Commercial Gillnet Fishery

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Fact Sheets

2016 Winter Fact Sheets
No. 1a - January 27, 2016
No. 1b - January 27, 2016

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Other Compact Information

  • January 5, 2016 - Notice of Compact/Joint State Hearing - Weds. Jan. 27, 2016, 10:00 AM

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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.