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Public meeting set to discuss Columbia River sturgeon fisheries

January 29, 2010


SALEM, Ore. – State fishery managers from Oregon and Washington will hold a public meeting in Vancouver, WA on Thursday, Feb. 11, to discuss development of sturgeon sport fishing regulations on the Columbia and Willamette rivers for the remainder of 2010.

The meeting is scheduled from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver.

Fishery managers from the Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife will discuss Columbia River white sturgeon population trends and management options under consideration for the 2010 fishing season including catch guidelines, additional protective measures for spawning sturgeon, and scenarios for sport fishing seasons.

Fishery managers will consider public comments received at the meeting when they convene to set white sturgeon fishing regulations for the remainder of 2010 at the next Columbia River Compact meeting scheduled for Feb. 18 in Oregon City. 

The Columbia River white sturgeon population has declined in recent years, according to monitoring data from both states.  Increasing predation by sea lions has been identified as a contributing factor in that decline.




John North (971) 673-6029
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

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