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The Ocean Salmon Management Program

Recent Management Actions and Updates:

4/21/17 ACTION NOTICE: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission met today in Klamath Falls, Oregon and took action to adopt the suite of ocean recreational and commercial troll salmon seasons that were recently developed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. In addition, the terminal area recreational and commercial fall Chinook seasons were adopted by the Commission for ocean waters adjacent to both the Elk River and the Chetco River.

Details are available at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/regulations/regindex.asp

 

4/11/17 OCEAN SALMON ACTION NOTICE: The Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized their recommendations for ocean salmon seasons on Tuesday, April 11.  Draft copies of the adopted seasons will be available at the PMFC’s website in the near future (www.pcouncil.org).  Seasons are not official until being given final approval by the Secretary of Commerce, and adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for waters within 3 nautical miles of shore.

The adopted regulations reflect the continuing poor forecasts for numerous ocean salmon populations.  These salmon have variously been affected by several years of extreme drought conditions in California, and by poor ocean conditions resulting from a recent El Nino event along the Pacific Coast. 

For the recreational ocean salmon fishery ocean waters off the Columbia River will be open for the period of June 24 through the earlier of September 4 or quota with a hatchery mark selective coho quota of 21,000 and a Chinook guideline of 13,200.  The daily bag limit will be two salmon, but no more than one Chinook and all coho must have an adipose fin clip.

Recreational seasons on the central Oregon Coast (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) opened for Chinook on March 15 and will continue through October 31 without interruption.   Coho seasons will have reduced quotas of 18,000 fin-clipped coho in the hatchery mark selective season from June 24 through July 31, and an additional 6,000 coho quota in the September non-selective coho season that will open on September 2 and continue through the earlier of September 30 or quota.  In October, the recreational season will be restricted to salmon fishing only inside of the 40 fathom management line.

The area from Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA border will be closed to all recreational salmon fishing in 2017.  A limited state waters fishery off the Chetco River in October will be considered by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in Klamath Falls on April 21. 

The commercial troll salmon seasons North of Cape Falcon will have a very limited coho salmon season this year.  The Chinook quotas will be slightly improved over the 2016 season.  The fishery will also be managed by season length, open periods, and open period landing limits.  From Cape Falcon to the Florence South Jetty the Chinook seasons will have a number of open periods throughout the season, weekly landing limits during the fall period, and will be limited to fishing only shoreward of the 40 fathom curve during September and October. 

All waters from the Florence South Jetty to the OR/CA are closed to commercial salmon trolling.  State waters fall Chinook terminal area fisheries will be considered for waters adjacent to the Elk River and the Chetco River by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission at their meeting in Klamath Falls on April 21.

Both commercial troll salmon fishermen and recreational anglers should review the full regulations prior to participating in the ocean salmon fisheries.  Commercial reporting requirements via phone or email remain in effect for all quota managed salmon seasons.

Questions should be directed to Eric Schindler at (541)867-0300 x252 or Jason Edwards at (541)867-0300 x271.

 

4/10/17 COMMERCIAL TROLL SALMON ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), the State of Oregon, the State of California, and fishery representatives met this morning in Sacramento, California and have taken the following in-season management action to the scheduled April 15 commercial troll Chinook salmon openings off Oregon:

ACTION TAKEN: 
The commercial troll salmon fishery scheduled to open on April 15 in the area from the Florence South Jetty to Humbug Mt. will close to commercial troll salmon fishing for the period of April 15-30.

RATIONALE:  Fishery managers and industry representatives agreed that this closure was needed to reduce impacts on Klamath River fall Chinook.  The forecast abundance of Klamath River fall Chinook is extremely low, and most other Chinook salmon populations that contribute to fisheries South of Cape Falcon are forecast at poor to fair abundances. 

Within the commercial troll salmon season alternatives which are still in development and are anticipated to be finalized by April 11, the area from Cape Falcon to Florence S. Jetty will be open for the period of April 15-30 as well as other periods over the course of the summer and fall.  The PFMC commercial troll seasons will not have any open seasons south of the Florence South Jetty in 2017.  The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be considering options for limited state waters seasons off of the Elk River at Port Orford and the Chetco River at Brookings at their meeting in Klamath Falls on April 21st.

 

3/13/17 PFMC OCEAN SALMON SEASON ALTERNATIVES APPROVED: The ocean salmon season alternatives for ocean recreational and commercial troll salmon seasons were approved by the Pacific Fishery Management Council on Monday, March 13. The PFMC will now be accepting public comment on the alternatives through mail, email, and testimony at public hearings in Westport, WA; Coos Bay, OR; and Fort Bragg, CA. Details on the hearings and the April PFMC meeting in Sacramento, CA are available at www.pcouncil. org Alternatives in full or a series of summary graphics as they apply to waters off Oregon are available at these locations:

 

3/12/17 COMMERCIAL TROLL SALMON ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), the State of Oregon, the State of California, and fishery representatives met this morning in Vancouver, Washington and have taken the following in-season management action to the scheduled March and April commercial troll Chinook salmon openings off Oregon:

ACTIONS TAKEN: 
(1) The commercial troll salmon fishery scheduled to open on March 15 in the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will remain closed to commercial troll salmon fishing for the period of March 15 through at least April 14.
(2) The commercial troll salmon fishery scheduled to open on March 15 in the area from Humbug Mt. to the Oregon/California Border will remain closed to commercial troll salmon fishing until further notice. 

RATIONALE:  Fishery managers and industry representatives agreed that this closure was needed to reduce impacts on Klamath River fall Chinook in order to provide more flexibility in other season options that are currently under development.  The forecast abundance of Klamath River fall Chinook is extremely low, and most other Chinook salmon populations that contribute to fisheries South of Cape Falcon are forecast at poor to fair abundances. 

Within the commercial troll salmon season alternatives which are still in development, there are two potential April 15 openings: (1) Cape Falcon to the Florence South Jetty, and (2) Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.  These two early season alternatives are anticipated to be included with the season alternatives that will be considered early in the April PFMC meeting in Sacramento, California.

Seasons from May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018 are currently being developed. Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting in Sacramento, California on April 6 through April 10.



3/12/17 RECREATIONAL OCEAN SALMON UPDATE: The season for Chinook salmon in ocean waters from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will open as scheduled for the period of March 15, 2017 through April 30, 2017.  This season is open for all salmon except Coho Salmon, with a bag limit of two salmon per day, and minimum sizes of 24 inches total length for Chinook Salmon, and 20 inches total length for steelhead.

Anglers are restricted to no more than two single point barbless hooks when fishing for salmon, and when fishing for any other species if a salmon is on board the vessel.

Anglers fishing in ocean waters adjacent to Tillamook Bay between Twin Rocks and Pyramid Rock and within the 15 fathom depth contour are reminded that only adipose fin-clipped Chinook Salmon may be retained or on board while fishing prior to August 1.

Seasons from May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018 are currently being developed.  Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting in Sacramento, California from April 6 through April 10.

 

2017 PRE-SEASON PLANNING: OCEAN SALMON MEETING NOTICE: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's 2017 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) is scheduled for Monday, February 27, 2017. This pre-season planning meeting will provide an early look at the 2017 salmon forecasts, and develop Oregon preferred recreational and commercial ocean salmon fishing concepts to take forward through the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (PFMC) regulation setting process. The OSIG meeting will be held at the Best Western - Agate Beach, 3019 N. Coast Hwy, Newport, Oregon.

The OSIG meeting is open to all ocean sport fishing anglers and charter operators, commercial salmon troll fishers, and any others interested in participating in the development of ocean salmon fishery regulations for the 2017 ocean salmon seasons. During the morning session staff from ODFW will provide background materials and presentations. Following a break for lunch, ODFW staff will work with meeting attendees to develop preferred season alternatives to take forward to the Pacific Fishery Management Council's season setting process. Doors open at 9:30 AM with the presentations scheduled to start at 10:00 AM and conclude by 3:30 PM. There will be a lunch break between approximately 12:00 PM and 1:15 PM. Links to the agenda and briefing materials for the meeting will be posted here as they come available in January and February.

The first of the two salmon season setting meetings by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) will be held at the Hilton Vancouver Washington March 7-13 (301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA). The meeting in Vancouver will establish a range of alternatives for further review. The final season setting meeting will occur at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Sacramento, California April 6-12 (2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA). More information on these meetings can be found at the PFMC's website.

OSIG Attachments will be posted at the end of this notice as they come available in January and February. All information should be treated as preliminary, and readers should recognize that updated forecasts and information may be made available in future documents from the Pacific Fishery Management Council:

 

 

Project Overview

The Ocean Sampling Project (Ocean Salmon Management Program (OSMP)) monitors ocean commercial and recreational salmon fisheries for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). The project collects and analyzes data from Oregon's commercial and recreational ocean salmon fisheries, including catch and fishing effort, recovers these and other sources to assist in the develop of management.

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ORBS makes estim 04/21/2017 2:06 PM M RBS estimates total ocean sport effort by boat type (charter and private), and interviews are conducted randomly of ocean boats to generate estimates of catch for both salmon and non-salmon species. All sampled salmon are examined for the presence of a CWT. Additional biological data are collected from salmon and non-salmon species, and anglers are also interviewed regarding released fish species.

The Ocean Sampling Project is staffed by a project leader and an assistant project leader at Newport, and two sampling coordinators; one each at Tillamook and Charleston. The sampling coordinators serve as liaison between field samplers, fishery participants, and program staff at Newport; deliver data and coded wire tags to Newport; and also provide additional sampling when needed. We regularly sample fishery landings at all primary Oregon coastal ports, utilizing approximately 20 to 30 seasonal samplers.

Contact:

Eric Schindler
E-mail: Eric.D.Schindler@state.or.us
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
2040 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 867-4741
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