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October 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Public meeting Tuesday to discuss state of Lower Columbia River coho

Columbia River coho will be the topic of a public meeting by state Fish and Wildlife, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the state Fish and Wildlife’s regional office, 2108 Grand Blvd., in Vancouver.

State fishery managers from Washington and Oregon will meet with recreational and commercial fishery advisory groups to review results of a new scientific assessment of harvest options for Lower Columbia River coho, and will examine risks posed by various rates of fishing.

State fisheries is preparing a recommendation to NOAA Fisheries for a new harvest management framework for coho designed to help ensure protection for wild coho while expanding fishing opportunities for hatchery fish during years of strong runs.

Wild coho salmon returning to the Lower Columbia River are listed as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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