Category: Management and Conservation
Published: February 8, 2019
Author(s): Joint Columbia River Management Staff; Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife; Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
This report describes winter, spring, and summer season fisheries in the mainstem Columbia River, and includes a review of those fisheries that occurred in 2018. This is the second report of an annual series produced by the Joint Columbia River Management Staff of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) prior to each major Columbia River Compact/Joint State hearing. Members of the U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) have reviewed this report.
THE COMPACT/JOINT STATE PROCESS
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). The Columbia River treaty tribes have authority to regulate treaty fisheries.
When addressing commercial seasons for Columbia River fisheries, the Compact considers the effect of the commercial fishery on escapement, treaty rights, and the impact on species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Working together under the Compact, the states have the responsibility to address the allocation of limited resources between recreational, commercial, and treaty fishers. This responsibility has become increasingly demanding in recent years. The states maintain a conservative management approach when considering Columbia River fisheries that will affect species listed under the ESA.