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Sept 12, 2018 Fall Fishery Update

The chinook and steelhead returns in the fall season have been lower than forecast. Because of continued uncertainty regarding the run sizes, the four Columbia River treaty fishing tribes have postponed a decision on a gillnet fishery for next week until they meet again early next week. This cautionary approach is in recognition of both the need to ensure the platform fishery can stay open and the goal of providing good commercial fishing opportunity. Expect an additional announcement regarding gillnet fishing as soon as any decision is made early next week.

At this time, the regulations for the platform and hook-and-line fishery remain unchanged and it is open for both subsistence and commercial use.

For information on other fisheries, please consult the tribal fishery departments directly.

Note: This announcement is an informational document and does not constitute a fishery regulation. Individual tribes determine actual fishing regulations for their members. Copies of regulations are available from tribal fishery departments.

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). Show pride in your Tribe’s treaty rights by carrying your tribal ID. Please consult your tribal Fisheries Department for additional details on tribal regulations. PLEASE WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS FOR SAFETY and avoid overloading your boats.

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