Fishery managers have added harvest time to the Columbia River white sturgeon recreational fishery.

State fishery officials from Oregon and Washington decided Wednesday to allow retention of sturgeon on the mainstem Columbia River from Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam from Saturday through Sept. 30.

The retention of white sturgeon remains prohibited seven days per week through Friday.

"Because the sturgeon fishery below Bonneville Dam is managed for harvest over three-year intervals, it provides flexibility to add this additional fishing time," said John North, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Columbia River Fisheries Manager. "Lower than anticipated catches from 2006 until now have allowed us to add more time this fall and still remain within our management guidelines."

Fish managers set the Columbia River sturgeon fishery harvest guidelines based on recent population estimates, escapement needs, and harvest allocation agreements for Treaty and non-Treaty fisheries.

Additional information may also be found on ODFW's Web page at (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/OSCRP/CRM/action_notes.html)

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