Columbia River managers, advisers discuss coho options

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comOctober 20, 2013 

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon will meet for the second time with recreational and commercial fishery advisory groups to review harvest options for lower Columbia River coho salmon.

The Oct. 29 meeting in Cathlamet will include a review of a new scientific assessment of the options. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be from 3-5 p.m. at the Cathlamet Fire Hall, 255 Second St., at the corner of Second and Una.

The new assessment, developed by the Washington and Oregon departments of fish and wildlife, examines the risks posed by various rates of fishing on lower Columbia River coho populations.

The departments are preparing a recommendation to NOAA Fisheries for a new harvest management framework for coho designed to help ensure protection for wild coho while expanding fishing opportunities for hatchery fish during years of strong runs.

Wild Columbia River coho salmon are listed as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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