Federal, state and tribal officials say they need more time to establish
long-term guidelines for Columbia River fish harvest and production activities.
But talks on an extension of the current Columbia River Fish Management
Plan are proving almost as difficult as the yearlong negotiations to create
a new plan. The 1988-1998 CRFMP, negotiated originally as a means to avoid
season-to-season, issue-to-issue legal battles, expires Dec. 31.
U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Marsh on …