CLACKAMAS, Ore. — State fishery officials from Oregon and Washington met today and agreed that the Buoy 10 fishery will remain open for retention of chinook salmon through Sept. 3, as originally planned.
The Buoy 10 fishery is currently open from the Columbia River mouth upstream to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line for the retention of chinook, adipose fin-clipped coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The daily bag limit through September 3 is two fish, of which only one can be a chinook. From September 4 – December 31, the Buoy 10 fishery will remain open for retention of adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead with a two fish bag limit.
“There was some concern when the fishery opened last week because catch rates were somewhat higher than anticipated. If catch rates had stayed at that level, the fishery could have been closed prior to Labor Day weekend,” says John North, ODFW Columbia River Fisheries Manager. “This week the catches dropped and have remained lower. We’re pleased that we can keep one of Oregon’s favorite fisheries open through the holiday weekend as planned.”
Plans and catch allocations for the 2007 Buoy 10 and other Columbia River fall fisheries were developed during the Pacific Fishery Management Council North of Falcon public process in March and April of 2007. As a result of this process, the Buoy 10 fishery was planned to be open for retention of chinook salmon from August 22 through September 3.
Additional information may also be found on ODFW's Web page at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/OSCRP/CRM/action_notes.html.