The Columbia Upriver Spring Chinook run has been downgraded to 139,000 at the mouth of the Columbia River. The allowable treaty harvest rate according to the Management Agreement in US v OR is 7.4%, which is projected to be exceeded before the end of the spring management period June 15. The Snake River wild component could be low enough to restrict the Treaty Harvest Rate down to 7% from the Management Agreement; therefore the Fish and Wildlife committee hereby close the Platform/ H&L Fishery in the Columbia River at 6pm Thursday May 18, 2023. This closure will remain in effect through 6am June 16, 2023 or until enough Spring Chinook are available for tribal harvest not to exceed the allowed harvest rate.
Wednesday, May 17