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Joint State Staff Reports

February 20, 2018
2018 Joint Staff Report: Stock Status and Fisheries for Spring Chinook, Summer Chinook, Sockeye, Steelhead, and Other Species

January 18, 2018
2018 Joint Staff Report Concerning Stock Status and Fisheries for Sturgeon and Smelt

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Joint State Action Notices

2018
April 11, 2018 - Sport Spring Chinook Fishery
April 11, 2018 - Sturgeon Sport and Commercial Fisheries
April 11, 2018 - 2018 Select Area Commercial Fisheries
March 28, 2018 - 2018 Select Area Commercial Fisheries
March 13, 2018 - SAFE Commercial Fishery Seasons
March 12, 2018 - Treaty Indian Winter Commercial Gillnet Fishery
February 21, 2018 - Mainstem Columbia River Spring Chinook Recreational Fishery
February 21, 2018 - Treaty Indian Winter Commercial Gillnet Fishery
February 21, 2018 - Columbia River Fall Chinook 2017 Forecast/Actual Returns and 2018 Preseason Forecasts
February 14, 2018 - Treaty Indian Winter Commercial Gillnet Fishery
January 30, 2018 - White Sturgeon Sport Fishery
January 30, 2018 - Winter Commercial Gillnet Fishery
January 30, 2018 - Mainstem Commercial Smelt Fishery
January 30, 2018 - Youngs Bay Select Area
January 30, 2018 - Tongue Point/South Channel Select Area
January 30, 2018 - Blind Slough and Knappa Sough Select Area
January 17, 2018 - White Sturgeon Recreational Fisheries

2017
December 8 - Treaty Indian Commercial Sturgeon Fishery
October 26, 2017 - Sturgeon Sport Fishery Opener
October 26, 2017 - Night Fishing
October 26, 2017 - Treaty Platform and Hook & Line Fisheries
October 11, 2017 - Wauna-Bonneville Dam Recreational White Sturgeon

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Fact Sheets

2018 Winter/Spring Fact Sheets
No. 1 - April 26, 2018

2018 Winter Fact Sheets
No. 7 - April 11, 2018
No. 6 - March 28, 2018
No. 5 - March 13, 2018
No. 4 - March 12, 2018
No 3a - February 20, 2018
No. 3b - February 20, 2018
No. 2 - February 14, 2018
No. 1a - January 30, 2018
No 1b - January 30, 2018

2017 Fall Fact Sheets
No. 9 - December 7, 2017
No. 8a - October 26, 2017
No. 8b - October 26, 2017
No. 7 - October 11, 2017

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Other Compact Information

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The Columbia River Compact is charged by congressional and statutory authority to adopt seasons and rules for Columbia River commercial fisheries. In recent years, the Compact has consisted of the Oregon and Washington agency directors, or their delegates, acting on behalf of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (OFWC) and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (WFWC). In addition, the Columbia River treaty tribes have authority to regulate treaty Indian fisheries.

When addressing commercial seasons for salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon, the Compact must consider the effect of the commercial fishery on escapement, treaty rights, and sport fisheries, as well as the impact on species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Although the Compact has no authority to adopt sport fishing seasons or rules, it is an inherent responsibility of the Compact to address the allocation of limited resources among users. This responsibility has become increasingly demanding in recent years. The Compact can be expected to be more conservative than in the past when considering fisheries that will impact listed salmon and steelhead.