Treaty platform fishing and commercial treaty gillnetting will begin this month for summer chinook and sockeye salmon. Tribes had not had a commercial gillnet fishery during the spring chinook run.
As of last weekend, June 1, the requirement to use barbless hooks to fish for salmon, steelhead and trout in the Columbia River is no longer mandatory.
The number of upriver spring chinook forecasted to return to the Columbia River in what was already set to be a poor year dropped by 25 percent this week.
Although the abundance of adult white sturgeon in the lower Columbia River is above conservation status as set by a joint Washington/Oregon sturgeon management and conservation plan, the fish have yet to reach desired status abundance levels, a higher number also set by the plan.
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Olympic National Park, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have agreed that it is necessary to extend the fishing closure in the Elwha River for another two years, from June 1, 2019 to July 1, 2021.
Two conservation groups have sued NOAA Fisheries to make the agency revisit its 2009 decision finding that commercial and recreational fisheries did not jeopardize survival of Southern Resident killer whales.
As a new contractor comes on board that will count adult fish at Columbia and Snake river dams over the next five years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says there will be a longer than normal transition period that will include delays in posting fish counts at six of the eight dams for as long as up to June.
NOAA Fisheries says it will take another look at offshore fisheries’ impact on the ability of Southern Resident killer whales to find and eat the prey they favor -- chinook salmon.
Although smelt, also known as eulachon, are running in the Cowlitz River, their numbers are paltry and so Washington fishery managers have decided not to allow smelt dipping in the river this year.