The Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington met Monday to review spring chinook salmon status.
The fishery managers adopted a non-Indian commercial season that runs from 7 p.m. today to 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday for zones 1 through 5. Adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon, sturgeon and shad may be caught and sold, and a maximum total of 15 green or white sturgeon may be possessed or sold by each participating vessel during each calendar week during the open fishing period. Maximum green sturgeon size limit is 60 inches. Each participating vessel is required to have two operable recovery boxes.
The Compact rescinded commercial shad fishing periods adopted in January for the Columbia River mainstem that had been scheduled for today and Thursday.
The Compact modified the ongoing commercial salmon seasons for Blind Slough and Deep River Select Area Commercial Fisheries to prohibit retention of non-adipose fin-clipped spring chinook from 7 p.m. today through midnight Saturday. The state of Oregon made the same change in seasons for the Youngs Bay Select Area's ongoing commercial salmon season.
The next Columbia River Compact meeting is set for 1 p.m. May 30 to review spring Chinook status and consider additional commercial fishing periods.