Hearing on Tuesday to discuss Buoy 10 catches
Friday, August 24, 2012
Washington and Oregon officials will meet in a 10 a.m. Tuesday telephone hearing to review catches in the Buoy 10 sport fishery at the Columbia River mouth and consider the duration of the season.
Chinook retention at Buoy 10 is scheduled to continue through Labor Day. The chinook allocation is 13,900, although the composition of the catch also is important in order to protect weak stocks.
Through Aug. 19, 45 percent of the allocation had been caught and fishing has been good this week. Chinook not caught in the ocean also can play a role in how long Buoy 10 remains open.
Gillnet season — The Columbia River Compact has adopted two additional nights of commercial fishing between Warrior Rock on Sauvie Island and Beacon Rock.
The netters will fish from 9 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
The commercial fleet is anticipated to catch 8,000 to 12,000 chinook and 100 to 200 sturgeon.