VANCOUVER– Management of the Columbia River's spring chinook fisheries will be the topic of a public meeting planned here next week by Washington and Oregon fish managers.
The session, to begin at 6 p.m., Sept. 19 in the Water Resources Education Center at 4600 SE Columbia Way in Vancouver, Wash., will focus on a discussion of future spring chinook management, including sport/commercial allocations.
Fish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) are seeking to develop a policy governing non-treaty spring chinook fisheries in the Columbia River in 2002.
"The goal is for both agencies to have a policy to take to their respective commissions," said Cindy LeFleur, WDFW Columbia River harvest manager. "If a spring chinook management policy is adopted by the two states, it would provide guidance for developing recreational and commercial fishing options for the Columbia River."
The policy is being developed to guide sharing of the non-Indian harvest opportunity between sport and commercial fishers. Total allowable non-Indian harvest levels were set earlier this year in a multi-year plan developed by both states and Columbia River treaty tribes. The plan set conservation goals for weak wild salmon stocks on the Columbia and Snake rivers.