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POLICY  TITLE:  Columbia River Smelt (Eulachon) POLICY NUMBER:  POL-C3612  
Cancels:  N/A Effective Date:  December 8, 2000 
    Termination Date:   
See Also: Policy C-3012  Approved by:  /s/ Russ Cahill 
      Fish and Wildlife Commission Vice Chair 

DOWNLOAD: Signed copy of POL-C3612 (PDF)

This policy provides guidance for the harvest and habitat management of Columbia River smelt (Eulachon).

Conservation Policies:

  • The Department shall maintain healthy populations of Columbia River smelt while assuring the integrity of the ecosystem and habitat upon which they depend.
  • Fishery management plans will consider the role of smelt in both the marine and the freshwater ecosystems and the need to maintain sufficient populations of smelt for proper ecosystem functioning.
  • A precautionary approach to resource management shall be utilized.
  • If insufficient information exists, or the condition of the resource is poor, a conservative approach to fisheries will be taken.
  • The Department shall consider the best scientific information available and shall strive to improve the information base for Columbia River smelt.

Harvest Policy:

  • Commercial and recreational fishing opportunity shall be maintained in the lower Columbia River, to include opportunities in both the mainstem and tributaries for both fleets.