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Welcome to the Ocean Salmon Management Program

Recent Management Actions and Updates:

7/24/14 ACTION NOTICE #2 - Incidental Troll Pacific Halibut: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season actions with respect to the incidental retention of Pacific Halibut in the commercial troll salmon fishery.

ACTION TAKEN: Retention of Pacific Halibut by IPHC permitted salmon troll vessels in all areas open for Chinook Salmon trolling between the US/Canada Border and the US/Mexico Border are limited to 1 Pacific Halibut for each 4 Chinook Salmon except 1 Pacific Halibut may be possessed and landed without meeting the ratio, and no more than 3 Pacific Halibut may be possessed or landed per trip. This change is effective 12:01 AM Friday, July 25.

RATIONALE: Roughly 4,000 lbs of Pacific Halibut remain on the incidental troll quota. An additional 4,000 lbs will be transferred from the remaining directed hook and line Pacific Halibut fishery quota resulting in a revised quota of approximately 8,000 lbs remaining. Overall troll salmon effort has been decreasing concurrent with the arrival of Albacore Tuna in the area, and Pacific Halibut incidental landings have also been minimal in recent weeks. By increasing the landing cap up to 3 fish per trip, the revised quota can be approached with minimal risk to exceeding the quota.

 

7/24/14 ACTION NOTICE (#1)- Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council has taken in-season action with respect to the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California Border.

ACTIONS TAKEN: The following actions have been taken in the commercial troll salmon fishery from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California Border scheduled to open August 6:

  • The single daily landing limit is reduced to 15 Chinook per vessel
  • The open days are adjusted to August 6-7 (Wednesday-Thursday), and each Wednesday and Thursday until further notice
  • An impact neutral rollover from Chinook remaining from the June and July quotas increased the August quota from 500 Chinook to 580 Chinook

Vessels are required to land and deliver all catch from this fishery within 24 hours into the ports of Brookings, Gold Beach, or Port Orford. All vessels landing from this fishery are required to report their catch within one hour of landing or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 252 with vessel name and documentation number, number of salmon by species, and time and location of delivery.

NOTES AND RATIONALE: Based on recent effort and catch rates in the June and July openings in this area, it was apparent that the August season could not be opened as planned without significant risk of exceeding the quota. By reducing the single daily landing limits and the open days for the fishery, the fishery should be able to proceed in an orderly manner while minimizing the risk of exceeding the quota.

Conference calls will be scheduled on Mondays to consider any possible needed changes or closure to this season.

 

7/10/14 ACTION NOTICE - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season actions with respect to the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, July 11 through Tuesday, July 15, with open period landing and possession limits of 35 Chinook Salmon and 60 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon south of the Queets R., or 35 Chinook Salmon and 40 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon from north of the Queets River.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of Leadbetter Pt., WA must land their catch north of Leadbetter Pt.; vessels in possession of salmon between Leadbetter Pt., WA and Cape Falcon, OR must land their catch within the area from Leadbetter Pt, WA to Cape Falcon, OR or into Garibaldi, OR.

NOTES AND RATIONALE: The first open period with a 60 Chinook landing and possession limit resulted in 27% of the Chinook quota being landed. Without a significant reduction in the Chinook limit, the fishery has a high risk of closing prior to the season target of at least August 19. All vessels landing into Oregon are required to report their catch within one hour of landing or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271 with vessel name and documentation number, number of salmon by species, and time and location of delivery.

 

7/9/14 UPDATE - Commercial Troll Salmon: The July commercial troll Chinook Salmon season from Humbug Mt. to the Oregon / California Border has less than 100 Chinook remaining on the adjusted July quota of 574 Chinook. The remainder of the quota will be added to the August quota on an impact neutral basis.

In late July, fishery managers plan to meet by conference call to discuss changes to the August fishery including open dates and adjustments to the landing and possession limits.

 

6/26/14 ACTION NOTICE - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council has taken in-season action with respect to the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California Border.

ACTIONS TAKEN: The following actions have been taken in the commercial troll salmon fishery from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California Border scheduled to open July 1:

  • The single daily landing limit is reduced to 15 Chinook per vessel
  • The open days are adjusted to July 1-2, and then closed until further notice
  • An impact neutral rollover from Chinook remaining from the June quota increased the July quota from 500 Chinook to 574 Chinook

Vessels are required to land and deliver all catch from this fishery within 24 hours into the ports of Brookings, Gold Beach, or Port Orford. All vessels landing from this fishery are required to report their catch within one hour of landing or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 252 with vessel name and documentation number, number of salmon by species, and time and location of delivery.

NOTES AND RATIONALE: Based on recent effort and catch rates in the June 15 season opening in this area, it was apparent that the July season could not be opened as planned without significant risk of exceeding the quota. By reducing the single daily landing limits and the open days for the fishery, the fishery should be able to proceed in an orderly manner while minimizing the risk of exceeding the quota.

Fishery managers intend to meet early next week to review the landings from the July 1-2 opening, and consider the potential for additional open dates and adjustments to any landing limits for such openings.

 

6/26/14 UPDATE - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, have discussed the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon and has elected to reopen the fishery with no change.

Therefore, the commercial salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, June 27 through Monday, June 30, with an open period landing and possession limit of 20 Chinook salmon.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of Leadbetter Pt., WA must land their catch north of Leadbetter Pt.; vessels in possession of salmon between Leadbetter Pt., WA and Cape Falcon, OR must land their catch within the area from Leadbetter Pt, WA to Cape Falcon, OR or into Garibaldi, OR.

Troll fishery participants are advised that their fish must be unloaded by 11:59PM on Monday, June 30 or their catch will apply towards the July 1-8 open period limit of 60 Chinook. Vessels fishing South of the Queets River will also be allowed 60 adipose fin-clipped Coho for the open period, while vessels fishing North of the Queets River will be allowed 40 adipose fin-clipped Coho for the open period.

 

6/18/14 ACTION NOTICE - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has taken in-season action with respect to the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California Border.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial salmon fishery from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California Border will close to all troll salmon fishing at 11:59 PM Wednesday, June 18.  Vessels are required to land and deliver all catch from this fishery within 24 hours into the ports of Brookings, Gold Beach, or Port Orford. All vessels landing from this fishery are required to report their catch within one hour of landing or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 252 with vessel name and documentation number, number of salmon by species, and time and location of delivery.

NOTES AND RATIONALE: This season from Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA border opened on Sunday, June 15 under a 1,500 Chinook quota. Vessels were limited to single daily landing and possession limits of 30 Chinook. By the end of fishing on June 17, an estimated 81% of the quota had been landed, and it is anticipated that landings today will meet or exceed the quota by the end of today. If any quota remains, it will be added to the July quota on an impact neutral basis; or if a quota overage occurred, it will be deducted from the July quota on an impact neutral basis.

Fishery managers intend to meet sometime next week to make needed adjustments to the July quota and consider additional management measures to the July season in advance of the opening. A fixed set of days for the initial July opening and an adjustment to the daily landing and possession limit are likely to be considered for implementation to better manage the fishery to stay within management objectives.

 

6/12/14 ACTION NOTICE - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season actions with respect to the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, June 13 through Tuesday, June 17, with an open period landing and possession limit of 20 Chinook salmon.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of Leadbetter Pt., WA must land their catch north of Leadbetter Pt.; vessels in possession of salmon between Leadbetter Pt., WA and Cape Falcon, OR must land their catch within the area from Leadbetter Pt, WA to Cape Falcon, OR or into Garibaldi, OR.

NOTES AND RATIONALE: The Friday through Tuesday schedule will continue through June 30 unless modified by another inseason action. All vessels fishing in the area, or in possession of any salmon caught in the area must land and deliver their fish within 24 hours of this closure. Those vessels fishing between Leadbetter Pt., Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon must land their catch within the area or into the port of Garibaldi. During the most recent open period, which was limited by weather conditions, 1,430 Chinook were landed bringing the total landings for this season up to 35,771 Chinook, and leaving 2,129 remaining on the quota. Without adjustment, the fishery had a reasonable chance of exceeding the remaining quota in this next open period. All vessels landing into Oregon are required to report their catch within one hour of landing or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271 with vessel name and documentation number, number of salmon by species, and time and location of delivery.

 

6/5/14 ACTION NOTICE - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season actions with respect to the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTIONS TAKEN:

(1) The commercial salmon fishery from the Queets River to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, June 6 through Tuesday, June 10, with an open period landing and possession limit of 40 Chinook salmon.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of Leadbetter Pt., WA must land their catch north of Leadbetter Pt.; vessels in possession of salmon between Leadbetter Pt., WA and Cape Falcon, OR must land their catch within the area or into Garibaldi, OR.

(2) The commercial salmon fishery from the U.S./Canada border to Queets River (Washington state marine areas 3 and 4) will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, June 6 through Tuesday, June 10, with an open period landing and possession limit of 30 Chinook salmon.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of the Queets River may not cross the Queets River line without first notifying WDFW at 360-902-2739 with area fished, total Chinook and halibut catch aboard, and destination.  Vessels in possession of salmon south of the Queets River may not cross the Queets River line without first notifying WDFW at 360-902-2739 with area fished, total Chinook and halibut catch aboard, and destination.  Vessels may not possess or land more than 30 Chinook salmon north of the Queets River.

NOTE: The Friday through Tuesday schedule will continue through June 30 unless modified by another inseason action. All vessels fishing in the area, or in possession of any salmon caught in the area must land and deliver their fish within 24 hours of this closure. Those vessels fishing between Leadbetter Pt., Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon must land their catch within the area or into the port of Garibaldi. All vessels landing into Oregon are required to report their catch within one hour of landing or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271 with vessel name and documentation number, number of salmon by species, and time and location of delivery.

 

5/29/14 ACTION NOTICE #2 - Incidental Troll Pacific Halibut: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season actions with respect to the incidental retention of Pacific Halibut in the commercial troll salmon fishery.

ACTIONS TAKEN:

(1) Retention of Pacific Halibut by IPHC permitted salmon troll vessels in all areas North of Cape Falcon, Oregon are limited to 1 Pacific Halibut per trip effective 12:01 AM Friday, May 30.

(2) Retention of Pacific Halibut by IPHC permitted salmon troll vessels in all areas South of Cape Falcon, Oregon are limited to 1 Pacific Halibut per trip effective 11:59 PM Friday, May 30. Beginning 12:01 AM Saturday, May 31, any vessels in possession of more than 1 Pacific Halibut must cease all fishing activities until Pacific Halibut in excess of 1 have been landed and delivered. All Pacific Halibut, in excess of 1 per trip, must be landed and delivered no later than 11:59 PM, Saturday, May 31.

RATIONALE: Total Pacific Halibut landings from the commercial troll salmon fishery are estimated at 26,330 lbs. out of the quota of 29,671 lbs. (adjusted for head-off, and ice and slime deductions). With only 3,341 lbs. estimated remaining on the quota, action was required to help insure that the quota was not exceeded. Estimated landings to date are 11,194 lbs. into Oregon and 15,136 lbs. into Washington. April was open off Oregon for Pacific Halibut retention for the first time, and approximately 1,600 lbs. were landed into Oregon during April.

 

5/29/14 ACTION NOTICE #1 - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season actions with respect to the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTIONS TAKEN:

(1) The commercial salmon fishery from the Queets River to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, May 30 through Tuesday, June 3, with an open period landing and possession limit of 50 Chinook salmon.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of Leadbetter Pt., WA must land their catch north of Leadbetter Pt.; vessels in possession of salmon between Leadbetter Pt., WA and Cape Falcon, OR must land their catch within the area or into Garibaldi, OR.

(2) The commercial salmon fishery from the U.S./Canada border to Queets River (Washington state marine areas 3 and 4) will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, May 30 through Tuesday, June 3, with an open period landing and possession limit of 40 Chinook salmon.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of the Queets River may not cross the Queets River line without first notifying WDFW at 360-902-2739 with area fished, total Chinook and halibut catch aboard, and destination.  Vessels in possession of salmon south of the Queets River may not cross the Queets River line without first notifying WDFW at 360-902-2739 with area fished, total Chinook and halibut catch aboard, and destination.  Vessels may not possess or land more than 40 Chinook salmon north of the Queets River.

NOTE: All vessels fishing in the area, or in possession of any salmon caught in the area must land and deliver their fish within 24 hours of this closure. Those vessels fishing between Leadbetter Pt., Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon must land their catch within the area or into the port of Garibaldi. All vessels landing into Oregon are required to report their catch within one hour of landing or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271 with vessel name and documentation number, number of salmon by species, and time and location of delivery.

RATIONALE: Total landings in the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon fishery are estimated at 31,741 Chinook out of the quota of 37,900, leaving 6,159 Chinook to be caught. More than 5,000 Chinook were landed in the last week, and action was needed to insure that the quota will not be exceeded. By setting an open period cap at 50 Chinook in the areas South of the Queets River, it is anticipated that no more than 5,000 Chinook will be landed during this open period. Additional conference calls will be scheduled as needed to review total landings, and consider additional changes as needed to the open fishing days and open period landing and possession limits.

5/22/14 ACTION NOTICE - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season actions with respect to the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTIONS TAKEN:

(1) The commercial salmon fishery from the Queets River to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, May 23 through Tuesday, May 27, with an open period landing and possession limit of 60 Chinook salmon.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of Leadbetter Pt., WA must land their catch north of Leadbetter Pt.; vessels in possession of salmon between Leadbetter Pt., WA and Cape Falcon, OR must land their catch within the area or into Garibaldi, OR.

(2) The commercial salmon fishery from the U.S./Canada border to Queets River (Washington state marine areas 3 and 4) will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, May 23 through Tuesday, May 27, with an open period landing and possession limit of 40 Chinook salmon.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of the Queets River may not cross the Queets River line without first notifying WDFW at 360-902-2739 with area fished, total Chinook and halibut catch aboard, and destination.  Vessels in possession of salmon south of the Queets River may not cross the Queets River line without first notifying WDFW at 360-902-2739 with area fished, total Chinook and halibut catch aboard, and destination.  Vessels may not possess or land more than 40 Chinook salmon north of the Queets River.

NOTE: All vessels fishing in the area, or in possession of any salmon caught in the area must land and deliver their fish within 24 hours of this closure. Those vessels fishing between Leadbetter Pt., Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon must land their catch within the area or into the port of Garibaldi. All vessels landing into Oregon are required to report their catch within one hour of landing or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271 with vessel name and documentation number, number of salmon by species, and time and location of delivery.

RATIONALE: Total landings in the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon fishery are estimated at 26,200 Chinook out of the quota of 37,900, leaving 11,650 Chinook to be caught. More than 10,000 Chinook were landed in the last week, and action was needed to insure that the quota will not be exceeded. By setting an open period cap at 60 Chinook in the areas South of the Queets River, it is anticipated that no more than 7,500 Chinook will be landed during this open period. A conference call will be scheduled for Thursday, May 29 to review total landings, and consider additional changes as needed to the open fishing days and open period landing and possession limits.

5/20/14 ACTION NOTICE - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action with respect to the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial salmon fishery from the Queets River to Cape Falcon will close at 11:59 PM Tuesday, May 20 (the area from the US/Canada Border to the Queets River is currently restricted to a Friday through Tuesday open period). 

NOTE: All vessels fishing in the area, or in possession of any salmon caught in the area must land and deliver their fish within 24 hours of this closure. Those vessels fishing between Leadbetter Pt., Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon must land their catch within the area or into the port of Garibaldi. All vessels landing into Oregon are required to report their catch within one hour of landing or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271 with vessel name and documentation number, number of salmon by species, and time and location of delivery.

RATIONALE: The catches in the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon fishery recently accelerated, and are rapidly approaching the inseason trigger of 28,425 Chinook landed. By closing the fishery at this time, fishery managers will be able to assess the total landings in comparison to the trigger and the overall quota of 37,900 Chinook, and consider adjustments to open days and possible open period limits for the remainder of the May-June season. A second conference call is scheduled for 1:00PM Thursday, May 22 to consider a reopening of the season.

5/7/14 ACTION NOTICE - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action with respect to the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to the Queets River.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial salmon fishery from the U.S./Canada border to Queets River (Washington state marine areas 3 and 4) will close at 12:01 am, Friday, May 9.  All vessels fishing in the area, or in possession of any salmon caught in the area north of the Queets River must land and deliver their fish within 24 hours of this closure.

The commercial salmon fishery from the U.S./Canada border to Queets River (Washington state marine areas 3 and 4) will reopen at 12:01 am, Saturday, May 10 through Tuesday, May 13, with an open period landing and possession limit of 50 Chinook salmon.  Thereafter, open Friday through Tuesday with a landing and possession limit of 50 Chinook salmon per vessel, per open period.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of the Queets River may not cross the Queets River line without first notifying WDFW at 360-902-2739 with area fished, total Chinook and halibut catch aboard, and destination.  Vessels in possession of salmon south of the Queets River may not cross the Queets River line without first notifying WDFW at 360-902-2739 with area fished, total Chinook and halibut catch aboard, and destination.  Vessels may not possess or land more than 50 Chinook salmon north of the Queets River.

RATIONALE: A subarea quota of 12,200 Chinook was instituted for the 2014 season for waters North of the Queets River in the May-June commercial troll salmon fishery. An additional management action trigger was set at 9,150 Chinook. The fishery is rapidly approaching the management trigger, and action was required in order to meet the management guidelines.

4/9/14 OCEAN SALMON ACTION NOTICE: The Pacific Fishery Management Council completed recreational and commercial ocean salmon season development for all seasons from May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015. Summary graphics of the adopted seasons are available in the links at the top of this page. Note that seasons from May 1 forward are not final until approved by both the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The PFMC adopted regulations are available on-line at http://www.pcouncil.org/salmon/stock-assessment-and-fishery-evaluation-safe-documents/preseason-reports/

COMMERCIAL TROLL SALMON ACTION NOTICE - INCIDENTAL PACIFIC HALIBUT AUTHORIZED : Effective immediately, commercial salmon trollers possessing an IPHC license may retain halibut caught incidental to commercial salmon fishing in April 2014.  As previously announced, the landing and possession limits are no more than 1 Pacific halibut per each 4 Chinook , except 1 Pacific halibut may be possessed or landed without meeting the ratio requirement, and no more than 12 Pacific halibut may be possessed or landed per trip.  Halibut retained must be no less than 32 inches in total length, measured from the tip of the lower jaw, with the mouth closed, to the extreme end of the middle of the tail, and must be landed with the head on.

The 2014 Halibut Catch Sharing Plan (CSP), that includes the allocation for incidental halibut retention in the commercial salmon fishery (incidental halibut), files with the Office of the Federal Register, and becomes effective, today, April 1, 2014. 

 

3/29/14 COMMERCIAL TROLL SALMON ACTION NOTICE - INCIDENTAL PACIFIC HALIBUT RETENTION SUSPENDED: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced this afternoon that due to a delay in the implementation of the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan (CSP), that the retention of Pacific Halibut in the salmon troll fishery in Area 2A that was scheduled to begin on April 1, is suspended until further notice.

The length of the delay in the allowed retention is anticipated to be brief, but the actual implementation date and time of the CSP cannot be accurately predicted. Troll fishery participants are advised to check the NMFS hotline at (800)662-9825 or listen to USCG Notice to Mariner broadcasts over the VHF for updates. This page will also be updated with any changes to the status of Pacific Halibut retention.

 

3/11/14 COMMERCIAL TROLL SALMON ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service in consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the State of Oregon, and fishery representatives has taken the following in-season management actions to modify the previously scheduled March 15 commercial troll Chinook Salmon opening off Oregon:

The area between Cape Falcon and the Oregon/California Border will not open for commercial troll salmon fishing for the period of March 15 through March 31. The area will open for commercial troll Chinook Salmon fishing for the period of April 1 - 30. Fishery managers agreed that this was needed to reduce impacts on Klamath River fall Chinook in order to provide more flexibility in the other season options that are under development. Vessels are limited to no more than four spreads per wire, and Chinook must be 28 inches or larger to be retained.

Within the area adjacent to Tillamook Bay, between Twin Rocks and Pyramid Rock, and inside the 15 fathom depth contour, only adipose fin clipped Chinook may be retained or on board a vessel while fishing.

Seasons from May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015 are currently being developed. Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting in Vancouver, Washington by April 10.

3/11/14 RECREATIONAL OCEAN SALMON ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service in consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the State of Oregon, and fishery interests has reviewed the recreational Chinook salmon seasons adopted under the 2013 regulation setting process, and the season scheduled to be open for Chinook salmon from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will occur as scheduled for the period of March 15 through April 30. All retained Chinook salmon must be 24 inches or larger.

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.

Seasons from May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015 are currently being developed. Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting in Vancouver, Washington by April 10.

3/11/14 COMMERCIAL TROLL SALMON ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service in consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the State of Oregon, and fishery representatives has taken the following in-season management actions to modify the previously scheduled April 1 through April 30 landing limits and ratio requirements for the retention of Pacific Halibut caught incidentally in the ocean commercial troll Chinook salmon seasons between Cape Falcon and the Oregon/California Border as specified below:

Incidental troll Halibut license holders  may land or possess no more than one Pacific Halibut per each four Chinook Salmon except one Pacific Halibut may be possessed or landed without meeting the ratio requirement, and no more than 12 Pacific Halibut may be possessed or landed per trip.  All retained Pacific Halibut must be no less than 32 inches in total length (head-on).

Seasons from May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015 are currently being developed. Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting in Vancouver, Washington by April 10.

EARLY SEASON REMINDERS - February 20, 2014: The early 2014 ocean salmon seasons (prior to May 1) were set under the 2013 season setting process. These early seasons, including opening dates, may be modified by inseason action by NOAA Fisheries at the March Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting (March 8-13, 2014). At this point in time, the following seasons are scheduled for the period prior to May 1, 2014:

  • Recreational Ocean Salmon - Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain: Open March 15 through April 30 for all salmon except Coho. All other regulations including length limits, bag limits, gear restrictions, and area restrictions from the 2013 ocean salmon regulations are in effect.
  • Commercial Ocean Troll Salmon - Cape Falcon to Oregon/California Border: Open March 15 through April 30 for all salmon except Coho. All other regulations including length limits, gear restrictions, and area restrictions from the 2013 ocean salmon regulations are in effect.
    • Incidental Commercial Troll Pacific Halibut: Beginning April 1, during open salmon seasons, holders of an International Pacific Halibut Commission incidental halibut harvest license may land or possess no more than one Pacific Halibut per each three Chinook, except one Pacific Halibut may be possessed or landed without meeting the ratio requirement, and no more than 15 halibut may be possessed or landed per trip. Pacific Halibut retained must be no less than 32 inches in total length. All halibut must be caught while trolling for salmon.

2014 PRE-SEASON PLANNING: OCEAN SALMON MEETING NOTICE: The 2014 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2014. This pre-season planning meeting will provide an early look at the 2014 salmon forecasts, and develop Oregon preferred recreational and commercial ocean salmon fishing concepts to take forward through the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) regulation setting process. The OSIG meeting will be held in the downstairs meeting room at the Hallmark Resort, 744 SW Elizabeth Street, Newport.

The OSIG meeting is sponsored by the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and 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 2014 ocean salmon seasons. Staff from ODFW will provide background materials and presentations and then 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 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM, with a no-host lunch available at the Hallmark. Links to the agenda and briefing materials for the meeting will be posted here as they come available in February.

The first of the two salmon season setting meetings by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Sacramento, CA from March 7-13 (2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA). The meeting in Sacramento will establish a range of alternatives for further review. The final season setting meeting will occur at the Hilton Vancouver Washington from April 4-10 (301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA). More information on these meetings can be found at the PFMC's website.

1/17/14 ACTION NOTICE - INCIDENTAL TROLL HALIBUT (update from IPHC on 1/23/14): The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) has set the incidental troll salmon Pacific Halibut quota for Area 2A (Washington, Oregon, and California) at 29,671 lbs for the 2014 season.

The retention of Pacific Halibut is allowed beginning April 1 only in open salmon seasons by licensed troll salmon vessels that have been issued an incidental Pacific Halibut harvest license. Applications for 2014 licenses received by the IPHC must be postmarked by March 17, 2014 (this is an exception for 2014 since March 15 falls on a weekend). Applications are currently available for download from the IPHC website at

http://www.iphc.int/commercial/2a-licensing.html

From April 1 to 30 in open salmon seasons, holders of the IPHC incidental Pacific Halibut license may land or possess no more than one Pacific halibut per each three Chinook, except one Pacific halibut may be possessed or landed without meeting the ratio requirement, and no more than 15 halibut may be possessed or landed per trip. Pacific halibut retained must be no less than 32 inches in total length (with head on).

Note: Although the troll salmon season from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border is scheduled to start on March 15, 2014, this season may be modified by inseason action at the March 8-13 Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meeting in Sacramento, CA. Final ocean salmon seasons for the period of May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015 will be set at the April 4-9 PFMC meeting in Vancouver, WA.

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 coded wire tags (CWTs), and gathers average weight data from commercial salmon landings.The program uses data from these and other sources to assist in the develop of management recommendations for the best use of Oregon's salmon resources, and to evaluate proposed ocean salmon fishery regulations.

The Ocean Sampling Project is made up of two sub-units: The Commercial Troll Salmon Project (CTSP) and the Ocean Recreational Boat Survey (ORBS). ORBS collects the information needed to manage Oregons's ocean sport fisheries, while the CTSP gathers needed information for management of the ocean commercial salmon seasons.

ORBS makes estimate effort and catch in the ocean recreational boat fishery. The ORBS 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.

More information on the Ocean Salmon Management Program

List to other links and marine related resources

Review of Ocean Ecosystem Indicators of Salmon Marine Survival in the Northern California Current (NWFSC - NOAA Fisheries)

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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