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July 18, 2001
Contact: Brad James, (360) 906-6716
or (360) 696-6211

Public meeting to be held Monday on proposed sturgeon season reduction

A proposed Aug. 1 closure of the sport sturgeon fishing season on the lower Columbia River will be the topic of a public meeting Monday (July 23) in Portland.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the Commission room of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) office, 2501 SW First St., in Portland. The meeting is jointly sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and ODFW.

Last December, the two states adopted a three-year sturgeon management plan that called for an annual harvest guideline of 40,000 fish, with an Aug. 16 sport fishing closure. That annual harvest guideline was later lowered to 39,500 fish to stay within the three-year management agreement.

Since then, excellent sturgeon fishing conditions this season have led to a higher harvest than anticipated. The extraordinary fishing season has prompted managers to consider closing the fishery from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 from the Bonneville Dam to the mouth of the Columbia River, to ensure the sturgeon harvest does not exceed the 39,500-fish guideline.