Commercial Sturgeon Setline Fishery Regulations for January 1-31, 2021

Posted by Chelsey Dick on 12/17/2021 10:00:00 AM

COMMERCIAL STURGEON SETLINE FISHERY EMERGENCY REGULATIONS

Pursuant to Chapter 2 of the Fish and Wildlife Code of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian
Reservation, the Fish and Wildlife Commission has the authority to establish regulations for Umatilla
ceremonial, subsistence, and commercial fisheries. Pursuant to that authority, the Fish and Wildlife
Commission adopted the following regulations.

Setline Fishery Dates: 7am, Saturday, January 1 through Noon, Monday, January 31, 2022.

Area: All of Zone 6

Restrictions: All standard dam sanctuaries remain in effect, but river mouth sanctuaries are not in
place for setline fisheries.

Gear: Commercial sturgeon fishing may be conducted with setlines only. Hook Size must be 9/0 or
larger. Fishers are encouraged to use circle hooks and avoid J-Hooks.

Allowable Sales: Sales are restricted to Sturgeon only. Salmon and steelhead may not be sold but may be retained for subsistence. Sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length in The Dalles and John Day pools may be sold or retained for subsistence use. Sturgeon between 38-54 inches fork length in the Bonneville pool may also be sold or retained for subsistence use. However, legal size sturgeon taken with legal subsistence gears (hoop nets or hook and line) may be sold during commercial periods. Sturgeon must be delivered to the buyer "in the round", that is fins, guts, scutes, and gills intact.

Note: The delivery in the round regulation is to provide an opportunity to obtain weight and age
information for management. At the point of sale, sturgeon may be "dressed" (guts, scutes, fins, etc.
may be removed) even if a sampler is not available to obtain the information. The sale of sturgeon eggs is allowed for legally caught sturgeon after delivery "in the round."

Winter season gillnet regulations will be set by the tribes later in January.

COVD-I9 Safety Reminders:

The CTUIR Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) encourages' you to practice your treaty rights by
following the COVID-19 "Stay safe, Stay Healthy" preventative measures:

1. Get Covid-19 Vaccinated, unless otherwise directed by your doctor;
2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
3. Wear face coverings and cover coughs and sneezes;
4. Maintain social distancing of 6 feet whenever possible;
5. Stay home if you are sick;
6. Keep groups comprised of no more than six (6) people, from no more than two (2) households;
7. Clean your tools, equipment and/or gear with sanitizer, particularly if/when you have to share.

Additional information:
There's been a CTUIR COVID-19 Resource website established @ www.ctuir-response  and CRITFC
has a website for tribal fisher to reference @ https://www.critfc.org/safe-fishers-safe-fisheries  and
https://www.critfc.org/blog/fishery/covid-safe-harvest-sales-workshop. .

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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). Please consult your tribal Fish
and Wildlife Committee for additional details on tribal regulations.

PLEASE WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS FOR SAFETY and avoid overloaded boats.

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The attached Commercial Sturgeon Setline Fishery Regulations for January 1-31, 2021 were approved by Fish & Wildlife Commission on December 16, 2021.