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Joint State Staff Reports

July 17, 2018
2018 Joint Staff Report: Stock Status and Fisheries for Fall Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Chum Salmon, Summer Steelhead, and White Sturgeon

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
October 16, 2018 - Treaty Indian Commercial Sturgeon Setline Fishery
October 2, 2018 - Treaty Indian Fall Commercial Gillnet Fishery
September 25, 2018 - Treaty Indian Fall Commercial Gillnet Fishery
September 18, 2018 - SAFE Areas Fall Seasons
September 18, 2018 - Treaty Indian Fall Commercial Gillnet Fishery
September 11, 2018 - Mainstem and Select Area Fisheries
September 6, 2018 - Treaty Indian Fall Commercial Gillnet Fishery
August 28, 2018 - Non-Treaty Mainstem Commercial Early Fall Fishery
August 15, 2018 - Non-treaty Mainstem Commercial Fall Fishery
July 26, 2018 - Treaty Indian Commercial Sturgeon Setline Fishery
July 10, 2018 - Treaty Indian Summer Chinook Commercial Fishery
July 6, 2018 - Mainstem Columbia River Recreational Fishery
June 28, 2018 - Mainstem Columbia River Recreational Fishery
June 28, 2018 - Treaty Indian Summer Chinook Commercial Fishery
June 28, 2018 - Blind Slough/Knappa Slough Commercial Fishery
June 5, 2018 - Treaty Indian Commercial Sturgeon Setline Fishery
June 5, 2018 - Spring Chinook and sturgeon below Wauna recreational fisheries
May 23, 2018 - Mainstem Columbia River Spring Chinook Recreational Fisheries
April 11, 2018 - Sport Spring Chinook Fishery
April 11, 2018 - Sturgeon Sport and Commercial Fisheries
April 11, 2018 - 2018 Select Area Commercial Fisheries

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Fact Sheets

2018 Fall Fact Sheets
No. 9 - October 16, 2018
No. 8 - October 2, 2018
No. 7 - September 25, 2018
No. 6a - September 18, 2018
No. 6b - September 18, 2018
No. 5 - September 11, 2018
No. 4 - September 6, 2018
No. 3 - August 28, 2018
No. 2 - August 14, 2018
No. 1 - July 26, 2018

2018 Summer Fact Sheets
No. 2 - July 10, 2018
No. 1 - June 28, 2018

2018 Spring Fact Sheets
No. 2a - June 6, 2018
No. 2b - June 6, 2018
No. 1 - May 23, 2018

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Salmon Returns and forecast

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.