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July 18 Summer Tribal Fishery Announcement

Thursday July 18, 2013

Yesterday, the Columbia River Tribes set the following summer season gillnet fishery and made the following changes to the platform and hook-and-line fishery. The Columbia River Compact concurred:

The Zone 6 Gillnet Fishery

The tribes will set the following commercial gillnet openings:

6:00 AM Monday, July 22 through 6:00 PM Thursday, July 25, 2013 (3 nights)

Area:  All of Zone 6

Gear:  Gillnets. There is no mesh size requirement for this opening.

Allowable Sales:  Chinook, sockeye, steelhead, shad, walleye, carp, catfish, bass, and yellow perch may be sold or kept for subsistence. Sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length in The Dalles and John Day pools may be retained only for subsistence use. Sturgeon between 38-54 inches fork length in the Bonneville Pool may also be retained only for subsistence use.

Sanctuaries:  River mouth and dam sanctuaries applicable to gillnets are in effect. The Spring Creek Hatchery sanctuary is not in effect for summer season fisheries.

Zone 6 Platform and Hook-and-Line Fishery and Fisheries Downstream of Bonneville

The tribes have always prioritized ceremonial and subsistence needs over the commercial use of the fishery. They have determined that the tribal ceremonial and subsistence needs weren’t entirely met during the spring season. To fulfill this unmet need, they will be issuing a number of ceremonial and subsistence gillnet permits for a C&S fishery that will begin on July 29 and continue at least through August 3. Under tribal regulations, commercial sales cannot take place during a C&S fishery period. Therefore, the tribes decided to close commercial sales on fish harvested after 6PM on Saturday, July 27 in the Zone 6 platform and hook-and-line fisheries and in fisheries downstream of Bonneville Dam. After that time, fish harvested in these fisheries may be retained for subsistence use only. Commercial sales will reopen sometime in August. The specific date will be announced later.

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To honor the requirements of the July 29 C&S fishery, fish caught in Yakama Nation tributary fisheries after 6PM Saturday July 27 may not be sold. Subsistence regulations remain unchanged. For current information regarding tributary fishing regulations, please contact tribal fisheries departments directly.

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If you have any fishing enforcement problems or need assistance or information, day or night, contact the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Enforcement Office, 4270 Westcliff Drive, Hood River, Oregon.  Phone: (541)-386-6363 or toll-free (800)-487-FISH (3474).  Please consult your tribal Fisheries Department for additional details on tribal regulations.  PLEASE WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS FOR SAFETY and avoid overloaded boats.

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