OLYMPIA—Management of Columbia River chinook salmon and white sturgeon fisheries over the next several years will be the focus of a Nov. 3 joint public meeting of the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions.
The meeting is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Pavilion of the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, in St. Helens, Ore.
The special meeting is intended to allow the commissions to be jointly briefed by Washington and Oregon fish managers, and to discuss development of concurring policies for Columbia River salmon and white sturgeon fisheries for the next several years.
No public comment will be taken at the special joint session, but public testimony will be taken at separate meetings of the two commissions later this fall and winter.
The joint meeting will focus management issues, including Columbia River recreational-commercial fishery allocations for:
- Spring chinook salmon, including impacts to wild winter steelhead caught incidentally in the commercial spring chinook fishery
- Summer chinook salmon
- Fall chinook salmon
- White sturgeon, including recent efforts to protect broodstock
With Washington and Oregon sharing jurisdiction over mainstem Columbia River fisheries, the joint meeting is an important opportunity for the two commissions to discuss a range of fish management issues, said Bill Tweit, Columbia River fish policy lead for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
“This meeting is a chance for both commissions to view fishery management issues from a year-round perspective,” Tweit said.
The Washington and Oregon commissions will vote separately on management policies for the Columbia River chinook salmon and sturgeon fisheries. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to set Washington’s sturgeon management policy at its regular meeting Dec. 2-3 in Olympia. The commission will vote on spring chinook fishery policies, including incidental winter steelhead impacts, during its Jan. 13-14 meeting in Olympia, and will vote on summer chinook and fall chinook fishery issues at its Feb. 10-11 meeting in Olympia.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to take action on sturgeon management policy at its Dec. 2 meeting in Salem. The commission will vote on spring chinook and steelhead fishery policies at its January meeting, and take action on summer and fall chinook fisheries in February. Oregon has not yet scheduled 2006 Commission meetings.
More information on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission and upcoming meetings is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/com/comintro.htm on the WDFW website.
More information on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and upcoming meetings is available at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/.