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January 29, 2010
Contact: Brad James, (360) 906-6716

Public meeting set to discuss
Columbia River sturgeon fishery

VANCOUVER, Wash. – State fishery managers from Washington and Oregon will hold a public meeting here Thursday, Feb. 11, to discuss the development of this year’s sport fishing regulations for Columbia River sturgeon.

The meeting is scheduled from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver.

Fishery managers from the Washington and Oregon department of fish and wildlife will discuss recent declines in the Columbia River white sturgeon population and management options under consideration for the 2010 fishing season.

Topics for discussion will include proposed reductions in catch guidelines, new ways to protect spawning sturgeon and scenarios for sport fishing seasons.

Fishery managers will consider public comments received at the meeting when they convene to set sturgeon-fishing regulations for the remainder of 2010 at a bi-state public hearing scheduled Feb. 18 in Oregon City.

The Columbia River white sturgeon population has declined significantly in recent years, according to monitoring data from both states. Increasing predation by sea lions has been identified as a contributing factor in that decline by both states.