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The Ocean Salmon Management Program - Action Notices/Updates

9/17/14 ACTION NOTICE (2 of 2)- Recreational Ocean Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the recreational fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action with respect to the recreational salmon fishery in the area from Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN:

  • Within the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area (Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon), recreational ocean salmon fishing closes effective 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

RATIONALE AND NOTES: The Coho Salmon quota in this area is expected to be met by the end of the day on Sunday, September 21. Recently a transfer of 1,000 non selective Coho from this area was made to the Westport area in order to keep the salmon season open in that area. The Westport area will close to recreational ocean salmon fishing at the end of the day on Friday, September 19. Through a series of shifts of Coho remaining from other commercial and recreational seasons, the 1,000 Coho that had been transferred to Westport has been returned to the Columbia River Area so the full quota within this area was restored back to 10,750 Coho, and then an additional transfer of Coho remaining from the commercial troll salmon fishery resulted in a final non-selective Coho quota of 13,100.

 

9/17/14 ACTION NOTICE (1 of 2)- Recreational Ocean Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the recreational fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action with respect to the recreational salmon fishery in the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt..

ACTION TAKEN:

  • Cape Falcon, Oregon to Humbug Mountain, Oregon: Retention of Coho Salmon closes effective 11:59 PM on Friday, September 19, 2014. Retention of all salmon except Coho remains open through October 31, 2014 within this area.

RATIONALE AND NOTES: The non selective Coho Salmon fishery opened in this area on August 30 under an adjusted quota of 35,000 Coho. The season was scheduled to run through the earlier of September 30 or the quota.

The Labor Day Weekend opening presented anglers with optimal ocean conditions and hungry Coho. Fishing has remained excellant through this season with catch rates over a salmon per angler from Newport north throughout the season. Coho catches through Sunday, September 14 totaled 29,500 leaving 5,500 remaining on the quota. Forecasts for catches this week indicated that the quota would be exceeded if the season remained open past Friday.

The recreational Chinook Salmon season remains open through October 31 within the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. Anglers are reminded to be careful in identifying their catch correctly to species.

9/10/14 ACTION NOTICE (1 of 3)- Incidental Troll Pacific Halibut Closes Thursday Night: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, California 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 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 South of the US/Canada Border closes effective 11:59PM Thursday, September 11. Vessels in possession of any Pacific Halibut must cease fishing for salmon until all Pacific Halibut have been offloaded. All Pacific Halibut must be landed and delivered no later than 11:59PM Friday, September 12.

 

9/10/14 ACTION NOTICE (2 of 3) - 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:

  • The commercial salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 AM, Friday, September 12 through 11:59 PM Tuesday, September 16 (this is the final open period for the 2014 ocean salmon seasons).
  • Open period landing and possession limits of 15 Chinook Salmon and 200 Coho Salmon (no fin clip requirement) for all areas south of the Queets River to Cape Falcon; and 15 Chinook Salmon and 20 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon for all areas north of the Queets River. 

RATIONALE AND NOTES: There are an estimated 843 Chinook remaining on the quota for all areas North of Cape Falcon, but there are 7,287 Coho remaining on the non-mark selective quota. The areas N. of the Queets River have a separate limitation on coho salmon impacts and are excluded from the non-selective coho salmon fishery.

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. Mandatory reporting of delivery for all landings into Oregon at 541/867-0300 x271 within one hour of delivery or prior to transport away from the port of landing. Any vessels landing into Garibaldi must be in compliance with the landing and possession limits from both areas which means that no more than 15 Chinook and 15 coho (no more than one coho per Chinook) may be landed from North of Cape Falcon into Garibaldi. In addition, any salmon landed into Garibaldi from the North of Cape Falcon fishery would apply against the landing week limits of 65 Chinook and 20 coho that are in effect for the Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. area.

 

9/10/14 ACTION NOTICE (3 of 3)- Recreational Ocean Salmon Coho Quota Transfer: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and representatives from the recreational salmon fishery, has taken in-season actions with respect to the recreational ocean salmon quotas in the Westport and Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Areas.

ACTION TAKEN: The recreational non-selective ocean Coho Salmon quota in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area (Leadbetter Pt. to Cape Falcon) will be reduced from 10,750 to 9,750. The Coho Salmon removed from this quota will be transferred to the Westport Ocean Salmon Management Area (Queets River to Leadbetter Pt.) resulting in a quota increase of 11,400 to 12,400.

RATIONALE: During the most recent week of fishing, anglers out of Westport had landed an estimated 5,388 Coho leaving only 6,012 on the quota. Anglers fishing within the Columbia River Area had landed 3,558 Coho leaving 7,142 Coho on the quota. This transfer is not expected to result in any reduction to the season length in the Columbia River Area, but will help insure that no management action is required in the Westport Area before next week.

9/8/14 CLARIFICATION OF COMMERCIAL TROLL SALMON REGULATIONS:

Several questions have come up recently regarding the commercial troll salmon regulations. Please review the following for clarification, and if you have any questions please call the Marine Resources Program at (541)867-4741. In addition, landings from North of Cape Falcon are required to be reported to (541)867-0300 ext. 271 within an hour of delivery, and landings of coho from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. are required to be reported to (541)867-0300 ext. 252 within an hour of delivery.

Crossing the Cape Falcon Management Line: The Federal salmon management regulations on landing in a management area that has different regulations in place such as weekly or open period limits, possession limits, size limits, etc. are detailed in the footnotes to the salmon regulations under C.1 (these can be downloaded in PreSeason Report III at http://www.pcouncil.org/salmon/stock-assessment-and-fishery-evaluation-safe-documents/preseason-reports/2014-preseason-report-iii/ ).

As in past seasons, the rule listed, C.1, specifies that "All salmon on board a vessel must meet the minimum size, landing/possession limit, or other special requirements for the area being fished and the area in which they are landed if the area is open or has been closed less than 96 hours for that species of salmon."

This rule applies to the current seasons in effect for both Leadbetter Pt., WA to Cape Falcon, OR area where the current open period (Friday-Tuesday) landing and possession limits are 15 Chinook and 100 coho (no fin clip restriction), and Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. area where the current weekly (Wednesday-Tuesday) landing and possession limits are 65 Chinook and 20 coho (no fin clip restriction, but must have at least 1 Chinook for each coho in possession).

The effects of this regulation on a boat fishing North of Cape Falcon and delivering into Garibaldi are that:

  • The maximum number of Chinook that could be caught and delivered would be 15 (due to the current North of Cape Falcon open period limit of 15 Chinook)
  • The maximum number of coho that could be caught and delivered would be 15, and there must be at least 1 Chinook for each coho delivered
  • Since both the Chinook and coho were also in possession South of Cape Falcon, they would also apply against the 65 Chinook and 20 coho weekly limit for the South of Cape Falcon area. This would reduce the vessel's remaining South of Cape Falcon weekly limit to 50 Chinook and 5 coho for the remainder of the Wed-Tues landing week, and the North of Cape Falcon open period limit to 0 Chinook (landed the full open period limit) and 85 coho in this scenario (100 coho open period limit minus 15 already landed)

For a boat fishing South of Cape Falcon and delivering North of Cape Falcon, the regulations have the following effects:

  • The maximum number of Chinook that could be caught and delivered would be 15 (due to the North of Cape Falcon open period limit of 15 Chinook)
  • The maximum number of coho that could be caught and delivered would be 15, and there must be at least 1 Chinook for each coho delivered
  • Since both the Chinook and coho were also in possession North of Cape Falcon, they would apply against both the South of Falcon weekly limit of 65 Chinook and no more than 20 coho, and against the North of Cape Falcon 15 Chinook and 100 coho open period limits. This would reduce the remaining allowable North of Cape Falcon open period limit to 0 Chinook and 85 coho, and the South of Cape Falcon weekly limit to 50 Chinook and 5 coho in this scenario

A fisherman wishing to maximize landings would need to keep fishing trips and deliveries of fish completely separate for Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon area and the Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. area. A fisherman landing catch in either area may transport their catch by truck to a buyer in the other area and only the limits in the area where the fish were landed would be affected. Also note that the only port South of Cape Falcon where salmon from North of Cape Falcon may be landed is Garibaldi.

Landing week delivery requirement: In the Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. area where the Wednesday through Tuesday landing week limitations are in effect, troll fishermen are reminded that any salmon not landed and delivered by Tuesday night count againt the future week's landing and possession limit as well as the current week. For example a vessel returns to port on Tuesday with 25 Chinook and 10 coho salmon, but is unable to offload the catch at the fish buyer until Wednesday morning. That vessel is now limited to 40 Chinook (65-25=40), and 10 coho (20-10=10) for the week starting that Wednesday.

Correct salmon ID: Rumors have surfaced that some buyers have incorrectly identified some coho salmon as Chinook. Troll fishermen are advised that if this occurs, they should correct the buyer or a violation may occur in the total weekly allowable catch. For example a troll fisherman lands 35 Chinook and 15 coho on Friday which would leave a balance of 30 Chinook and 5 coho on their weekly landing and possession limit. However, the buyer incorrectly identifies 10 of the purchased coho as Chinook, and the fish receiving ticket shows a landing of 45 Chinook and 5 coho. This would now leave only a balance of 20 Chinook and 15 coho for the remainder of the week.

 

9/5/14 ACTION NOTICE - Commercial Bluefin Tuna Closure: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is closing the U.S commercial fishery for Pacific bluefin tuna (PBF) effective on 5:00pm PDT, September 5, 2014.

Per the intent of the Final Rule (79 FR 28448, May 16, 2014) implementing PBF management measures, NMFS has closely monitored the U.S. commercial catch of PBF in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) to ensure that the U.S. catch limit is not exceeded.

Based on recent communications with California Department of Fish and Wildlife and fishery stakeholders, the U.S. commercial PBF fishery is expected to reach the 2014 catch limit. As a result, NMFS is closing the U.S. commercial PBF fishery in the EPO.

As of 5:00pm PDT on September 5, 2014, U.S. commercial vessels may not target, retain on board, transship, or land Pacific bluefin tuna in the IATTC Convention Area, or EPO, with the following exception: any PBF already on board may be retained, transshipped, and/or landed within 14 days of the closure, or September 19, 2014.

9/4/14 ACTION NOTICE (1 of 2) - Recreational Ocean Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the recreational fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season actions with respect to the recreational salmon fishery in the area from Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon.

ACTIONS TAKEN (Leadbetter Pt. to Cape Falcon: Effective Saturday, September 6):

  • Bag limit may include up to 2 Chinook Salmon.
  • Coho Salmon may be retained without a fin clip.

RATIONALE AND NOTES: There are 2,970 Chinook remaining on the quota of 13,100, and fishery managers concluded that the risk of reaching the quota early by allowing 2 Chinook Salmon per angler was now low enough to allow for the change. Similarly, converting the remaining fin clipped Coho Salmon quota to a non selective fishery resulted in a remaining quota of 10,750 Coho, and should be sufficient to allow fishing through the remainder of the month.

Anglers are reminded that they must be in compliance with both the area they are fishing and what they have already retained on board. Currently the Columbia River is closed to retention of Chinook, and only open for adipose fin-clipped Coho and steelhead. Anglers are not allowed to fish for Coho or steelhead inside the Columbia River upstream from Buoy 10 with either a Chinook Salmon or non-clipped Coho Salmon in possession.

 

9/4/14 ACTION NOTICE (2 of 2) - 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:

  • The commercial salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 AM, Friday, September 5 through 11:59 PM Tuesday, September 9 (and each subsequent Friday through Tuesday through September 16 unless modified by inseason action).
  • Open period landing and possession limits of 15 Chinook Salmon and 100 Coho Salmon (no fin clip requirement) for all areas south of the Queets River to Cape Falcon; and 15 Chinook Salmon and 20 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon for all areas north of the Queets River. 

RATIONALE AND NOTES: There are only 1,075 Chinook remaining on the quota for all areas North of Cape Falcon, but there are 19,489 Coho remaining on the mark selective quota. By converting the remaining Coho from the mark selective fishery South of the Queets River into non mark selective catch on an impact neutral basis, it allows for subarea allocations of 3,500 Coho to the Westport Ocean Salmon Managment Area (Queets River to Leadbetter Pt.) and 6,400 Coho to the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area (Leadbetter Pt. to Cape Falcon). The open period limits are expected to keep the fishery within management guidelines for this open period, and will be adjusted as needed prior to the final open period scheduled for September 12 through 16.

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. Mandatory reporting of delivery for all landings into Oregon at 541/867-0300 x271 within one hour of delivery or prior to transport away from the port of landing.

 

8/27/14 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:

  • The commercial salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 AM, Friday, August 29 through 11:59 PM Tuesday, September 2 (and each subsequent Friday through Tuesday through September 16 unless modified by inseason action).
  • Open period landing and possession limits of 20 Chinook Salmon and 150 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon for all areas south of the Queets River to Cape Falcon; and 20 Chinook Salmon and 50 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon for all areas 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. Mandatory reporting of delivery for all landings into Oregon at 541/867-0300 x271 within one hour of delivery or prior to transport away from the port of landing.

8/21/14 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, 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) In all areas North of Cape Falcon, Oregon retention of Pacific Halibut is 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 effective 12:01 AM Friday, August 22, 2014.

(2) Retention of Pacific Halibut by IPHC permitted salmon troll vessels in all areas South of Cape Falcon, Oregon is 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 effective 11:59 PM Friday, August 22. Beginning 12:01 AM Saturday, August 23 any vessels in possession of more than 3 Pacific Halibut must cease all fishing activities until Pacific Halibut in excess of 3 have been landed and delivered. All Pacific Halibut, in excess of 3 per trip, must be landed and delivered no later than 11:59 PM, Saturday, August 23, 2014.

 

8/21/14 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:

  • The commercial salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 AM, Friday, August 22 through 11:59 PM Tuesday, August 26 (and each subsequent Friday through Tuesday until further notice).
  • Open period landing and possession limits of 35 Chinook Salmon and 150 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon for all areas South of the Queets River, and 35 Chinook Salmon and 50 adipose fin-clipped Coho for all areas 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. Mandatory reporting of delivery for all landings into Oregon at 541/867-0300 x271 within one hour of delivery or prior to transport away from the port of landing.

8/18/14 ACTION NOTICE #3 - Recreational Ocean 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 recreational ocean salmon fishery in the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain.

ACTION TAKEN: There were 31,470 Coho Salmon remaining on the Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border recreational mark selective quota of 80,000 Coho. An impact neutral transfer of a portion of these Coho resulted in an increase of 15,000 Coho in the August 30 through September 30 Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. recreational non mark selective Coho quota. This increased the quota for this season from 20,000 up to 35,000 Coho Salmon.

RATIONALE: The preseason intent in the ocean salmon season development was to allow for any remaining quota from the summer mark selective season to bolster the September non mark selective season. It was also determined that the September season was unlikely to need more than 35,000 total Coho in September to continue through the entire month. Consideration would be given to transfer any excess quota above the recreational fishery needs for September to the commercial troll salmon fishery for incidental Coho retention during the September 3-30 portion of the remaining Chinook season. Commercial troll salmon vessels will be allowed no more than one Coho for each Chinook landed, up to a maximum of 20 Coho per week. The overall transfer from the summer recreational season resulted in 15,000 Coho added to the recreational quota, and a quota of 5,300 for the commercial troll salmon fishery.

 

8/18/14 ACTION NOTICE #2 - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, California 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 Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain.

ACTIONS TAKEN:

  • A portion of the remaining June 21 - August 10 recreational mark selective Coho quota which was in excess of projected recreational fishery needs for the September season was transferred on an impact neutral basis to the Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. troll fishery. This transfer results in a September troll quota in this area of 5,300 Coho Salmon (non mark selective).
  • This season is structured to allow incidental Coho retention for vessels fishing for Chinook.
  • Beginning September 3 and continuing through the earlier of September 30 or the quota of 5,300 Coho; vessels may land one Coho for each Chinook landed up to a maximum landing week limit of 20 Coho (landing week defined as Wednesday through Tuesday).
  • All vessels landing any Coho from this season are required to notify Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife of the landing within an hour of delivery or prior to transport away from the port of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 252. Notification shall include the vessel name and number, number of Coho being landed, port of landing, location of delivery, and estimated time of delivery.

 

8/18/14 ACTION NOTICE #1 - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, California 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.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California Border will re-open for Wednesday and Thursday August 20-21 with a single daily landing and possession limit of 15 Chinook per vessel.

A conference call will be scheduled early next week to assess the landings from this opening and consider whether any additional open days can occur.

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.

Through the most recent opening 348 Chinook had been landed leaving 232 Chinook on the August quota.

 

8/14/14 UPDATE - Commercial Troll Salmon North of Cape Falcon: The commercial troll salmon season from Leadbetter Pt., WA to Cape Falcon, OR will continue for the next open period of Friday, August 15 through Tuesday, August 19 without any changes to the open period limits of 75 Chinook Salmon and 150 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon.

 

8/11/14 ACTION NOTICE - Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, California 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 re-open August 13:

  • The single daily landing and possession limit remains 15 Chinook per vessel
  • The open days are adjusted to August 13-15 (Wednesday-Friday of this week only), and remain Wednesday and Thursday of each following week until further notice
  • A conference call will be scheduled early next week to assess the landings from this opening and consider any additional changes needed

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.

 

8/7/14 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, 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 7 Pacific Halibut may be possessed or landed per trip. This change is effective 12:01 AM Friday, August 8..

RATIONALE: Roughly 2,400 lbs of Pacific Halibut remain on the incidental troll quota. An additional 4,000 lbs has been transferred from the remaining directed hook and line Pacific Halibut fishery quota resulting in a revised quota of approximately 6,400 lbs remaining. Pacific Halibut incidental landings have been relatively low in recent weeks. By increasing the landing cap up to 7 fish per trip, it is expected that the revised quota can be approached with minimal risk of exceeding it.

 

8/7/14 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:

  • The commercial salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 AM, Friday, August 8 through 11:59 PM Tuesday, August 12 (and each subsequent Friday through Tuesday until further notice).
  • Open period landing and possession limits of 75 Chinook Salmon and 150 adipose fin-clipped Coho 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: Sufficient remaining catch is available on all quotas and caps to allow for this increase. Participating boats off Oregon have been landing more Coho than Chinook, while boats North of Leadbetter have had more success for Chinook than Coho. 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.

 

7/31/14 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:

  • The commercial salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, August 1through Tuesday, August 5 (and each subsequent Friday through Tuesday until further notice).
  • Open period landing and possession limits of 50 Chinook Salmon and 80 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon south of the Queets R., or 50 Chinook Salmon and 50 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: Overall landings have been lagging behind expectations due to reduced participation due to weather conditions and boats switching to fish Albacore Tuna. Sufficient remaining catch is available on all quotas and caps to allow for this increase. Participating boats off Oregon have been landing more Coho than Chinook, while boats off Northern Washington have primarily been doing just the opposite. 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.

 

7/24/14 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 (amended 7/28/14)- 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 (and each subsequent Friday through Tuesday until further notice), 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, 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: 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 15, 2014. Applications are expected to be available for download from the IPHC website at http://www.iphc.int/commercial/2a-licensing.html in late February.

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.

9/11/13 ACTION NOTICE: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the recreational salmon fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to modify the open days for the non-selective recreational coho salmon fishery between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt.

ACTION TAKEN: Effective September 12, the non-selective coho salmon fishery between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt. will be open seven days per week through the earlier of September 30 or attainment of the coho quota.

RATIONALE: This fishery opened September 1-2 and then was scheduled on a weekly cycle of Thursday through Saturday open for all salmon, and Sunday through Wednesday open for all salmon except coho. During the first five open days of the season, a total of 2,410 coho were landed out of the quota of 19,580 leaving 17,170 coho for the remainder of September.

Fishery managers had the flexibility built in to the season structure to allow for additional open days during September, and it now appears unlikely that limiting the fishery to three open days per week is necessary. The all salmon except coho from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will remain open through the end of October.

9/5/13 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to reopen the commercial troll salmon fishery in the areas North of Cape Falcon, Oregon under modified open period limits.

ACTION TAKEN: The ocean between the Queets River and Cape Falcon will reopen effective Friday, September 6th on the open period schedule of Friday through Tuesday of each week through the earlier of September 17th or quota attainment. Open period limits of 75 Chinook and 50 adipose fin-clipped coho apply.

RATIONALE: Following the most recent open period in the North of Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery 740 Chinook were landed leaving 3,142 Chinook on the quota. Raising the Chinook limit from 35 to 75 is expected to provide a more realistic opportunity to access most of the remaining quota.

There were only 245 adipose fin-clipped coho landed during the most recent opening, and 3,750 coho remain on the quota. A modest increase in the coho limit from 40 to 50 will insure that the fishery is able to access the Chinook without having to close early due to attainment of the coho quota.

Oregon based trollers are reminded to revisit the regulations regarding the very specific landing and call-in restrictions in the fishery to the North of Cape Falcon.

 

8/28/13 ACTION NOTICE (2 of 2): NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the recreational fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action in the recreational ocean salmon fishery from Leadbetter Pt., Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon.

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Sunday, September 1, the daily catch limit in the ocean recreational fishery between Leadbetter Pt., Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon is modified to allow the retention of unclipped coho salmon. The daily limit will become two legal size salmon.

RATIONALE: Currently, almost 20,000 coho remain uncaught from the quota in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area. The remainder of the quota after Saturday will be converted from mark selective to non mark selective equivalents next week after this week's catch is deducted. The conversion will result in the remaining quota being reduced by 50% in this area.

Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to be fishing in an area with a prohibited fish in possession, so anglers with a legally caught "wild" Chinook or "wild" coho that are unclipped from the ocean are not allowed to come into the Columbia River and continue fishing with those fish on board since the Columbia River is currently under fin clipped only Chinook and coho restriction.

 

8/28/13 ACTION NOTICE (1 of 2): 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 to reopen the commercial troll salmon fishery in the areas North of Cape Falcon, Oregon under modified open period limits.

ACTION TAKEN: The ocean between the Queets River and Cape Falcon will reopen effective Friday, August 30th on the open period schedule of Friday through Tuesday of each week through the earlier of September 17th or quota attainment. Open period limits of 35 Chinook and 40 adipose fin-clipped coho apply.

RATIONALE: Following the most recent open period in the North of Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery 4,230 Chinook were landed leaving only 1,901 Chinook remaining on the quota. A trade with of 4,000 coho from the commercial troll fishery to the recreational fishery in exchange for 3,200 Chinook from the recreational fishery to the commercial troll salmon fishery (converted rate of 2,000 Chinook) will leave the commercial troll fishery with a revised Chinook quota of 3,900 and a revised adipose fin-clipped coho quota of 4,000. The revised landing limits are expected to stretch the season out to allow for continued flow of salmon into the markets until mid-September. Trollers are reminded to revisit the regulations regarding the very specific landing and call-in restrictions in the fishery to the North of Cape Falcon.

8/22/13 ACTION NOTICE (2 of 2): NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the recreational fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action in the recreational ocean salmon fishery from Leadbetter Pt., Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon..

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Friday, August 23, the daily catch limit in the ocean recreational fishery between Leadbetter Pt., Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon is modified to allow up to two Chinook salmon in the daily limit of two salmon. The daily limit is now two salmon, but all coho salmon must be marked with a healed adipose fin clip.

RATIONALE: Fishery managers started the season in this area with a sublimit of no more than one Chinook. Action was taken as the overall recreational Chinook quota for the North of Cape Falcon seasons does not appear to require this limitation any further.

A recent change in the daily limit within the Columbia River that will require all retained Chinook to have a healed adipose fin clip or healed complete left ventral fin clip. The daily bag limit within the area between Buoy 10 and Tongue Point allows the retention of two salmon, but only one may be a Chinook (finclipped as noted above), and all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.

Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to be fishing in an area with a prohibited fish in possession, so anglers with a legally caught "wild" Chinook from the ocean are not allowed to come into the Columbia River and continue fishing 09/17/2014 3:29 PM

8/22/13 ACTION NOTICE (1 of 2): 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 to immediately suspend the commercial troll salmon fishery in the areas North of Cape Falcon, Oregon.

ACTION TAKEN: Effective immediately, the commercial troll salmon fishery North of Cape Falcon is closed until further notice. A conference call will be convened next week to discuss possible options for any further openings.

RATIONALE: During the most recent open period in the North of Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery 4,230 Chinook were landed leaving only 1,901 Chinook remaining on the quota. Fishery managers and industry representatives need more time to consider possible options, including impact neutral trades with the recreational fishery prior to any possible reopening in the commercial troll salmon season North of Cape Falcon. A conference call will be convened next week to discuss options for possible openings.

 

8/8/13 ACTION NOTICE (3 of 3): NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to make the impact neutral rollover of coho quota remaining from the Cape Falcon to OR/CA Border July recreational fin-clipped selective coho salmon to the Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. September recreational non-selective coho salmon season.

ACTION TAKEN: The remaining 3,920 coho salmon from the July recreational selective coho salmon fishery from Cape Falcon to the Oregon / California border were transferred on an impact neutral basis to the September recreational non-selective coho quota for the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. The net transfer results in an increase to the September quota of 3,580 coho, and brings the September quota to 19,580 coho.

RATIONALE: The July selective fishery was largely limited by poor ocean conditions for much of the month. A total of 6,580 coho were landed during July leaving 3,920 coho for transfer to September. By making preseason estimates of impacts to Oregon Coastal Natural (OCN) coho, and insuring that the total allowable impact rate on OCN coho would not be exceeded by any transfer to September, the transfer of fish into September was only constrained by Lower Columbia Natural (LCN) coho. As the presence of LCN coho is extremely reduced to the South of Cape Falcon in September, this allowed for the net impact neutral transfer to not be reduced significantly. The September non-selective coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. is scheduled to be open on Sept. 1-2, and each Thurs-Sat during September or until the quota is met. Fishery managers plan to evaluate the landings after the first two open periods to determine if additional days might be added to the season. Salmon angling within this area is open for all salmon except coho on all days of the week through October 31.

 

8/8/13 ACTION NOTICE (2 of 3): 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 to adjust the open period Chinook and coho salmon limits in the commercial troll salmon fishery in the areas North of Cape Falcon, Oregon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery North of Cape Falcon continues open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods of Friday through Tuesday of each week as described in the “2013 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following change to the open period landing and possession limits: The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon between the Queets River and Cape Falcon is increased from 100 to 150 Chinook per vessel per open period. The open period landing and possession for adipose fin-clipped coho in the entire area North of Cape Falcon is increased from 40 to 80 coho per vessel per open period. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, August 9, 2013 and will continue through September 17, 2013 or unless changed by further inseason action.

RATIONALE: There are approximately 9,600 Chinook remaining on the North of Cape Falcon quota. The area North of the Queets River is under a more restrictive guideline for Chinook and is not included in the increase in the Chinook landing limits. The fin-clipped coho quota has approximately 11,400 coho remaining, and landings have been less than 1,000 coho per week. Trollers participating in the North of Cape Falcon fishery are advised to review the regulations for special call-in requirements and landing restrictions. Boats fishing North of Leadbetter Pt. are required to land all catch North of Leadbetter Pt., and boats fishing South of Leadbetter Pt. are required to land all catch between Leadbetter Pt. and Cape Falcon or into Garibaldi. All landings from North of Cape Falcon into Oregon must be reported to ODFW within one hour of delivery or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271.

 

8/8/13 ACTION NOTICE (1 of 3): 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, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to close the incidental troll halibut fishery.

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Thursday, August 8 at 11:59PM; the commercial troll salmon incidental Pacific halibut landing and possession will be prohibited for all vessels fishing North of Cape Falcon. For vessels fishing South of Cape Falcon, the fishery will continue through Saturday, August 10 at 11:59PM, however landing and/or possession of any Pacific halibut is prohibited after that time. Holders of International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) troll salmon incidental fishery licenses are limited to 5 halibut per trip within IPHC area 2A and South of Cape Falcon. Troll fishers continue to be limited to no more than one Pacific halibut for each three Chinook per trip, except that one Pacific halibut may be possessed or landed without meeting the ratio requirement.

RATIONALE: Approximately 400 lbs remain on the troll salmon incidental quota of Pacific halibut. Landings in the South of Cape Falcon area have averaged less than 200 lbs per week in most weeks this year. As the South of Cape Falcon fishery was already in progress, vessels may already have Pacific halibut on board, and the allowance of landings through Saturday night provides a more orderly close to the fishery in this area. All Pacific halibut are required to be landed and delivered by 11:59PM Saturday, August 10.

 

8/2/13 ACTION NOTICE (1 of 2): NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to make the impact neutral rollover of Chinook quota remaining from the July commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the Humbug Mt. to the Oregon/California Border.

ACTION TAKEN: The August Chinook quota in the commercial troll salmon fishery between Humbug Mt. and the Oregon/California Border is increased from 2,000 Chinook to 2,714 Chinook, by moving unused quota from the July season to the August season on an impact neutral basis.

RATIONALE: This fishery had taken an estimated 3,988 Chinook during July out of an adjusted July quota of 4,760 (June to July rollover). The remaining 772 Chinook from July when converted to equivalent August impacts resulted in a net increase to the August quota of 714 Chinook. All other rules remain as established in the 2013 ocean salmon regulations including mandatory call-ins from troll fishers at the time of landing to (541)867-0300 ext. 252, and single daily landing and possession limits of 30 Chinook per vessel.

8/2/13 ACTION NOTICE (2 of 2): NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to close the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the Oregon/California Border to Horse Mt., California.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the Oregon/California Border and Horse Mountain, California will close to all commercial troll salmon fishing effective 11:59 PM, Saturday, August 3. Vessels must land and deliver all catch within 24 hours of this closure.

RATIONALE: This fishery reopened on August 1st with good catches and participation. Califorina Dept of Fish and Wildlife anticipates that the August quota will be exhausted by Saturday night.

7/25/13 ACTION NOTICE (1 of 2): 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, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to adjust the incidental troll halibut landing limit.

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Thursday, August 1; the commercial troll salmon incidental Pacific halibut landing and possession limit for valid permit holders of International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) license holders is reduced to 5 halibut per trip within IPHC area 2A (Washington, Oregon, and California). Troll fishers continue to be limited to no more than one Pacific halibut for each three Chinook per trip, except that one Pacific halibut may be possessed or landed without meeting the ratio requirement.

RATIONALE: Approximately 75% of the incidental troll Pacific halibut quota of 30,600 has been landed through July 25th, leaving less than 8,000 lbs. remaining to be caught. At the current catch rates, it was expected that close to half of the remaining quota was likely to be caught within the next week. By adjusting the trip limit downward to 5 fish effective with the next North of Falcon open period, it is expected that the fishery will be able to maximize the utilization of the remaining quota without exceeding the quota.

7/25/13 ACTION NOTICE (2 of 2): 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 to adjust the open period Chinook salmon limits in the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to the Queets River, Washington.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon continues open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods of Friday through Tuesday of each week as described in the “2013 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following change to the open period landing and possession limits: The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon between the US/Canada Border and the Queets River is decreased from 50 to 40 Chinook per vessel per open period. As modified by action on July 11, the open period limit for Chinook between the Queets River and Cape Falcon is 100 Chinook. The open period landing and possession for adipose fin-clipped coho continues at 40 coho per vessel per open period. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, July 26, 2013 and will continue through September 17, 2013 or unless changed by further inseason action.

RATIONALE: The subarea landing cap for Chinook in the areas North of the Queets River is close to being met. With this adjustment to the landing limits, the subarea quota is not expected to be exceeded within this next open period, and is likely to remain open for at least one additional open period. Vessels fishing both North of the Queets River and South of the Queets River are limited by an overall open period limit of 100 Chinook of which no more than 50 may be taken North of the Queets River. Trollers participating in the North of Cape Falcon fishery are advised to review the regulations for special call-in requirements and landing restrictions. Boats fishing North of Leadbetter Pt. are required to land all catch North of Leadbetter Pt., and boats fishing South of Leadbetter Pt. are required to land all catch between Leadbetter Pt. and Cape Falcon or into Garibaldi. All landings from North of Cape Falcon into Oregon must be reported to ODFW within one hour of delivery or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271.

7/19/13 ACTION NOTICE: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to close the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the Oregon/California Border to Horse Mt., California.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the Oregon/California Border and Horse Mountain, California will close to all commercial troll salmon fishing effective 11:59 PM, Sunday, July 21. Vessels must land and deliver all catch within 24 hours of this closure.

RATIONALE: The fishery in this area opened on July 15 with a 20 Chinook per vessel daily landing and possession limit. Landings through Thursday, July 18 were estimated to total 1,371 out of the quota of 2,547 Chinook. Forecasting the catch for the next several days is complicated by increasing winds and rough seas for the next several days, but CDFW is estimating that a potential catch of just over 1,000 Chinook is possible through Sunday night. Managers are planning to meet again by conference call early next week to evaluate the status of the quota and whether any additional days might be opened.

 

7/11/13 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to adjust the open period Chinook salmon limits in the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the Queets River, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the Queets River and Cape Falcon continues open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods of Friday through Tuesday of each week as described in the “2013 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following change to the open period landing and possession limits: The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon is increased from 50 to 100 Chinook per vessel per open period. The open period landing and possession for adipose fin-clipped coho continues at 40 coho per vessel per open period. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, July 12, 2013 and will continue through September 17, 2013 or unless changed by further inseason action.

RATIONALE: Following the rollover of the Chinook from the May-June fishery, the quota in this area increased to 19,300. The initial effort and catch rates in the fishery indicate that the quota is unlikely to be taken with the existing open period limits. The fishery North of the Queets River will remain under the 50 Chinook per open period cap due to the reduced subarea catch quota for this zone. Vessels fishing both North of the Queets River and South of the Queets River are limited by an overall open period limit of 100 Chinook of which no more than 50 may be taken North of the Queets River. Trollers participating in the North of Cape Falcon fishery are advised to review the regulations for special call-in requirements and landing restrictions. Boats fishing North of Leadbetter Pt. are required to land all catch North of Leadbetter Pt., and boats fishing South of Leadbetter Pt. are required to land all catch between Leadbetter Pt. and Cape Falcon or into Garibaldi. All landings from North of Cape Falcon into Oregon must be reported to ODFW within one hour of delivery or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271.

 

7/3/13 ACTION NOTICE: 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, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action with respect to Chinook salmon quota "impact neutral rollovers" in the commercial troll salmon fisheries from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon, from Humbug Mt. to the Oregon/California Border (OR-KMZ), and from the Oregon/California Border to Horse Mt., CA (CA-KMZ).

ACTIONS TAKEN: Commercial troll Chinook salmon quotas were adjusted by rolling over quota remaining from the prior quota as follows:

  1. The US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon troll Chinook quota for the season beginning July 1 was increased from 14,700 Chinook with a subarea restriction of 6,100 in the areas North of the Queets River to 19,300 with a subarea restriction of 6,600 in the areas North of the Queets River. Open period limits and dates remain as listed in the adopted regulations.
  2. The Humbug Mt. to OR/CA Border (OR-KMZ) July troll Chinook quota was increased from 3,000 to 4,782. Fishery remains limited by single daily landing and possession limit of 30 Chinook.
  3. The OR/CA Border to Horse Mt., CA (CA-KMZ) July troll Chinook quota was increased from 2,000 to 2,587. This season does not open until July 15, and is limited by a single daily landing and possession limit of 20 Chinook.

RATIONALE: Rollover provisions to the regulations provide that, in specified seasons, remaining quota from one season may be moved forward to the next season provided that the projected impacts to management critical stocks are not exceeded in the "rollover". If an earlier rollover eligible season exceeded its allowable quota, then an impact neutral equivalent may also be deducted from the following season. In the three rollovers in this management action, the North of Falcon fishery impact neutral transfer of 5,263 Chinook from the May-June fishery to the July-September fishery resulted in a net increase of 4,600 Chinook. The OR-KMZ impact neutral transfer of 2,475 from the June season resulted in a net increase to the July season of 1,782 Chinook. And the CA-KMZ impact neutral transfer of 387 from the June fishery to the July fishery resulted in a net increase of 547 Chinook.

6/21/13 UPDATE: The conference call scheduled for Tuesday, June 25th at 1:00 PM to discuss the North of Cape Falcon troll salmon fishery has been canceled. Catches over the past week slowed substantially thereby eliminating any need to discuss any management action in the fishery at this time. It is expected that the fishery will continue through June 30 for all salmon except coho as described in the season regulations.

6/18/13 UPDATE: A conference call was held today between NOAA Fisheries, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and commercial troll salmon representatives to discuss the status of the Queets River to Cape Falcon troll Chinook fishery. Currently there are approximately 5,200 Chinook remaining on the May-June quota of 29,300 Chinook. Current catch rates and forecast marine conditions indicate that no action is needed at this time. Another conference call is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18 at 1:00 PM to review the status of the fishery and evaluate the need for any possible action at that time.

5/20/13 ACTION NOTICE: 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 troll salmon fishery will close North of the Queets River, Washington (Neah Bay and LaPush fishery management areas) effective at 11:59 PM on Monday, May 20.

RATIONALE: A subarea quota of 8,700 Chinook was instituted for the 2013 season for waters North of the Queets River in the May-June commercial troll salmon fishery. The fishery was rapidly approaching the quota for this area, and WDFW fishery managers needed to close the fishery in order to insure an accurate tally of landings to date before considering any possible future openings with reduced landing limits. A conference call is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 23 to consider a possible reopening and any fishery dampening actions that may need to be implemented.

5/10/13 ACTION NOTICE: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today approved permanent rules to adopt the ocean recreational and commercial troll salmon seasons for state waters from 0-3 nautical miles to match up with seasons proposed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council on April 10 for ocean waters from 3-200 nautical miles from shore. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife had adopted temporary rules in April to address the time lag between implementation of the seasons on May 1 for federal waters and when the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission was scheduled to meet to consider adopting seasons for state waters.

5/10/2013 COMMERCIAL TROLL SALMON ACTION NOTICE: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has taken in-season action to close the May OR/CA Border to Humboldt South Jetty, CA commercial troll salmon fishery effective at noon, Friday, May 10, 2013 due to attainment of the May Chinook salmon quota of 3,000 Chinook. The season is scheduled to reopen in this area on June 1 with a quota of 3,000 Chinook. Only vessels with a valid California commercial troll salmon permit are allowed to participate in this fishery, and all catch from this fishery are required to be made within this area and within 24 hours of any closure in the season.

4/11/13 ACTION NOTICE: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has adopted a set of final ocean salmon fishery seasons. These seasons must still be approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, as well as, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission before becoming law. The final PFMC proposed commercial and sport regulations are available on the PFMC website at http://www.pcouncil.org/2013/04/25020/council-adopted-draft-salmon-mgmt-measures-april13/

A graphic summary of the commercial seasons proposed off Oregon is availabler: Oregon Troll Seasons (pdf). Troll fishers are advised to make sure to print and review the full regulation package from the PFMC website prior to fishing.

A graphic summary of the recreational seasons proposed is available here: Oregon Sport Seasons (pdf) and a synopsis of the proposed regulations is available in this Sport Season Regulation Summary (pdf)

3/9/13 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 openings in the ocean commercial troll Chinook salmon seasons off Oregon:

The area between Cape Falcon and the Oregon/California Border will open for commercial troll Chinook 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, 2013 through April 30, 2014 are currently being developed. Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting in Portland, Oregon by April 11.

3/9/13 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 2012 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, 2013 through April 30, 2014 are currently being developed. Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting in Portland, Oregon by April 11.

2013 PRE-SEASON PLANNING: OCEAN SALMON MEETING NOTICE: The 2013 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2013. This pre-season planning meeting will provide an early look at the 2013 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 Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina, 1000 SE Bay Blvd., 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 2013 season. 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. The meeting doors will 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 Embarcadero. 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 Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington from March 6-11. The meeting in Tacoma will establish a range of alternatives for further review. The final season setting meeting will occur at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel from April 6-11. More information on these meetings can be found at the PFMC's website.

9/18/12 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Oregon, Washington, and California have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery. The following action was taken relative to the coho non-selective recreational ocean salmon season between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain:

ACTION TAKEN: The ocean recreational non-selective coho salmon season in the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 22, and will be open for non-selective coho on Friday, Sept. 21.

RATIONALE: There are approximately 1,490 coho salmon remaining on the quota of 11,800 coho. Fishery managers forecast that there were not enough coho for two days of fishing or to fish on Saturday without a reasonable chance of exceeding the remaining quota. Friday was selected as a better option than Thursday for recreational angling opportunity. Anglers are reminded that the ocean salmon fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain remains open for all salmon except coho through October 31.

9/7/2012 ACTION NOTICE: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Dept. of Fish and Game, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to close the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from Humbug Mt. to the Oregon/California Border.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between Humbug Mt. and the Oregon California Border will close to commercial troll salmon fishing effective at 11:59 PM Friday, September 7, 2012. All catch from this fishery must be landed and delivered no later than 11:59 PM on Saturday, September 8, 2012. Salmon landed into this area from outside the area, must still comply with the 30 Chinook single daily landing and possession limit for 96 hours after the closure - through 11:59 PM on Tuesday, September 11.

RATIONALE: The September quota is anticipated to be met or exceeded by the end of the day on Friday.  The first two fishing days in September accounted for 49% of the total quota of 1,000 Chinook. Based on observed levels of effort and catch rates in the fishery, forecasts of cumulative landings do not appear to support more than one additional day of fishing.  Following the closure of the fishery, landings will be reviewed to determine if sufficient numbers of fish remain in the quota for a later opening in September.

9/5/2012 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to adjust the regulations in the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods as described in the “2012 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following changes to the open area and the open period landing and possession limits: The Neah Bay salmon management area is closed for the remainder of the 2012 season. In the LaPush, Westport, and Columbia River management areas, the Chinook open period landing and possession limit remains 150 fish per boat, but the coho salmon open period landing and possession limit is increased to 50 coho salmon with no fin clip restriction. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 and will continue through Monday, September 17, 2012 or until changed by inseason action.

RATIONALE: The remaining Chinook quota is expected to be able to support this current open period limit, and the remaining fin clipped coho quota will be converted to non-selective impact equivalents of approximately 5,000 coho. This is expected to be sufficient to last through the final two scheduled open periods.

8/29/12 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the area from Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean salmon seasons in the "Columbia River" Ocean Salmon Management Area:

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Monday, September 3, 2012, the daily bag limit in the recreational ocean salmon seasons in the "Columbia River" Ocean Salmon Management Area (Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon) is modified to allow non-fin clipped coho in the bag limit. The daily bag limit will become: 2 salmon per day.

RATIONALE: In the regulation setting process earlier this spring, a provision was included to allow for a non-selective coho season in September if sufficient coho quota remained. An estimated 24,800 coho will remain on the selective coho quota in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area, which should convert to approximately 9,500 coho in a non-selective fishery. The 9,500 coho was adopted as a preliminary quota until final numbers from the selective fishery are tallied.

8/29/2012 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to adjust the regulations in the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods as described in the “2012 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following change to the open period landing and possession limits: The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon is increased to 150 Chinook per vessel per open period. The open period landing and possession for adipose fin-clipped coho continues at 40 coho per vessel per open period, and the open periods will continue to run from Friday through Tuesday of each week. . This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, August 31, 2012 and will continue through Monday, September 17, 2012 or until changed by inseason action.

RATIONALE: The remaining quota is expected to be able to support this modest increase in the landing limit. Another conference call is anticipated to occur on or before 9/6/12 to consider moving the remaining commercial troll coho quota on an impact neutral basis to a non-selective coho season for the final two open periods.

8/22/12 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the area from Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean salmon seasons in the "Columbia River" Ocean Salmon Management Area:

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Monday, August 27, 2012, the daily bag limit in the recreational ocean salmon seasons in the "Columbia River" Ocean Salmon Management Area (Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon) is modified to allow up to 2 Chinook salmon in the bag limit. The daily bag limit will become: 2 salmon per day, and all retained coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.

RATIONALE: In the regulation setting process earlier this spring, the bag limit was set with a limitation of only one Chinook per day. This limitation was established to ensure that adequate Chinook would be available for the full season. The sampling data indicates that the “no more than one Chinook” bag limit restriction will be unnecessary given the remaining quota and the rate of Chinook catch.

8/15/12 ACTION NOTICE: NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Fishery Management Council, and Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean coho salmon season scheduled for September:

ACTION TAKEN: In the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt., the scheduled non-selective coho salmon quota for September is increased from 10,000 to 11,800, following the impact neutral rollover of the remainder of the Cape Falcon to OR/CA border July selective coho season quota.

RATIONALE: The season regulations adopted in April, allowed for an impact neutral rollover of any remaining quota from the July season to the September season. That impact neutral rollover allowed the September quota to be increased by 1,800 coho to 11,800 coho. The non-selective coho season is scheduled to be open September 1-3, and each Thursday through Saturday through the earlier of attainment of the quota or the scheduled ending date of September 22.

8/15/2012 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to adjust the regulations in the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods as described in the “2012 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following changes to the open periods and open period landing and possession limits: The open periods will be Friday through Tuesday of each week. The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon is increased to 120 Chinook per vessel per open period. The open period landing and possession for adipose fin-clipped coho is increased to 40 coho per vessel per open period. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, August 17, 2012 and will continue through Monday, September 17, 2012 or until changed by inseason action.

RATIONALE: The current rate of landings of Chinook are not on pace to catch the full quota prior to the scheduled end of the fishery. The adopted regulations were scheduled to reduce the open periods to Friday through Monday and increase the coho open period limit to 40 beginning on August 24. At the current pace of the fishery, the restriction to four day open periods was not needed, and to simplify the transition, the 40 coho limit change was moved to this current open period.

8/6/2012 ACTION NOTICE: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Dept. of Fish and Game, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to close the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from Humbug Mt. to the Oregon/California Border.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between Humbug Mt. and the Oregon California Border will close to commercial troll salmon fishing effective at 11:59 PM Monday, August 6, 2012. All catch from this fishery must be landed and delivered no later than 11:59 PM on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Salmon landed into this area from outside the area, must still comply with the 30 Chinook single daily landing and possession limit for 96 hours after the closure - through 11:59 PM on Friday, August 10.

RATIONALE: The August quota is anticipated to be met or exceeded by the end of the day on Monday. The first three fishing days in August were relatively slow due to weather limiting access, however the end of July had very good catches. On Saturday and Sunday there was a jump in participating vessels and an increase in catches, with 74% of the quota taken by Sunday night. Weather and participation on Monday, indicated that there will not be enough fish remaining for any additional days of fishing.

Although the June landings in this fishery came 485 short of the quota, the July landings exceeded the allowed catch for July by 411 Chinook. When the impact neutral rollover from June to July was modeled by NOAA Fisheries, a total of 85 Chinook needed to be deducted from the August quota leaving 915 Chinook out of the original 1,000. Cumulative landings on Monday, are forecast to exceed 1,000 Chinook.

8/1/2012 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to adjust the Chinook salmon open period landing and possession limit for the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods as described in the “2012 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following change to the open period landing and possession limits. The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon is increased to 90 Chinook per vessel per open period. The open period landing and possession for adipose fin-clipped coho remains at 35 coho per vessel per open period. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, August 3, 2012 and will continue through August 21, 2012 or until changed by inseason action.

RATIONALE: The open period limit for Chinook was increased to 60 Chinook for the most recent open period, but landings are continuing at a slow pace with a number of troll vessels switching to albacore. This increase is not anticipated to result in the quota being attained early.

7/25/2012 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to adjust the Chinook salmon open period landing and possession limit for the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods as described in the “2012 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following change to the open period landing and possession limits. The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon is increased to 60 Chinook per vessel per open period. The open period landing and possession for adipose fin-clipped coho remains at 35 coho per vessel per open period. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, July 27, 2012 and will continue through August 21, 2012 or until changed by inseason action.

RATIONALE: The open period limit for Chinook was increased to 50 Chinook for the most recent open period, but landings are continuing at a slow pace with a number of troll vessels switching to albacore. This modest increase is not anticipated to result in the quota being attained early.

7/18/2012 ACTION NOTICE (revised with NOAA Fisheries clarification from late 7/18 in italics below): 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 to adjust the Chinook salmon open period landing and possession limit for the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods as described in the “2012 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following change to the open period landing and possession limits. The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon is increased to 50 Chinook per vessel per open period. The open period landing and possession for adipose fin-clipped coho remains at 35 coho per vessel per open period. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, July 20, 2012 and will continue through August 21, 2012 or until changed by inseason action.

RATIONALE: Commercial fishery representatives had requested an increase in the open period limit based on the anticipated catch in the fishery, and the fact that the Chinook quota appears unlikely to be attained with the current effort and catch. Through July 17, an estimated 3,136 Chinook had been landed with 12,664 Chinook remaining on the quota.

NOAA Fisheries revision to the action was to clarify that the originally scheduled change in the open period limit that is scheduled to go into effect on August 24 has not been modified. Unless other inseason action occurs, the North of Cape Falcon troll salmon fishery open periods revert to Friday through Monday with limits of 20 Chinook and 40 coho per vessel beginning August 24.

7/3/2012 ACTION NOTICE: NOAA Fisheries has taken in-season action to close the incidental Pacific halibut retention in the commercial troll salmon fishery effective immediately.

ACTION TAKEN: The retention of Pacific halibut incidentally caught while trolling for salmon by IPHC permitted vessels is closed effective Tuesday, July 3. All of Pacific halibut management area 2A is closed. Vessels with halibut on board must land all halibut no later than 11:59 PM on Tuesday, July 3rd.

RATIONALE: Total landings of Pacific halibut caught incidental to salmon trolling by IPHC permitted vessels were projected to have met the 30,568 lb quota by July 3rd. The majority of the incidental halibut catch has come from boats fishing off the Washington Coast, with Oregon landings of halibut making up approximately 15% of the total catch.

6/19/12 ACTION NOTICE: 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 following regulation changes to the fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon have been adopted: The fishery will close to all commercial salmon fishing effective at 23:59 on Wednesday, June 20. Vessels have 24 hours to land and deliver their catch from this period.

The troll salmon fishery will reopen at 00:01 on Friday, June 22 and continue through 23:59 on Friday, June 29 with an open period landing and possession limit of 35 Chinook per vessel for period of June 22-29. Vessels will have 24 hours to land and deliver any catch from this open period.

RATIONALE: The commercial troll fishery in the area from the US/Canada border to Cape Falcon is estimated to have landed 25,300 Chinook through Sunday, June 17, with an additional 2,000 Chinook expected to be landed by Wednesday, June 20, thereby leaving approximately 4,500 Chinook on the May/June quota of 31,700 Chinook.

The adopted regulations for 2012 included a provision to consider modifying the fishery open days and imposing open period limits when the landings had reached 24,975 Chinook. By closing Wednesday night, and implementing the 35 Chinook landing and possession limit, the fishery is expected to come close to meeting the season objective of allowing fishing throughout June without exceeding the spring quota.

The fishery will reopen on July 1 with open periods and open period landing and possession limits as listed in the adopted ocean salmon regulations. Copies of the adopted seasons are available at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/Regulations/regindex.asp

3/6/12 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 openings in the ocean commercial troll Chinook salmon seasons off Oregon:

The area between Cape Falcon and the Oregon/California Border will open for commercial troll Chinook fishing for the period of April 1 - 30. Fishery managers agreed that this was needed to reduce impacts on Columbia River tule 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, 2012 through April 30, 2013 are currently being developed. Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting in Seattle, Washington by April 6.

3/6/12 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 2011 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, 2012 through April 30, 2013 are currently being developed. Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting in Seattle, Washington by April 6.

OCEAN SALMON MEETING NOTICE: The 2012 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2012. This pre-season planning meeting will give an early look at the 2012 salmon forecasts, and develop recreational and commercial ocean salmon fishing concepts to take forward through the Pacific Fishery Management Council regulation setting process. The OSIG meeting will be held at the Hallmark Resort Hotel, 744 SW Elizabeth St., 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 anglers, commercial salmon troll fishers, and others interested in participating in the development of ocean salmon fishery regulations for the 2012 season. Staff from ODFW will provide background materials and presentations and then work with meeting attendees to develop preferred alternatives to take forward to the Pacific Fishery Management Council's season setting process. The meeting is expected to start at 9:30 AM and conclude by 3:30 PM.

The first of the two salmon season setting meetings by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento from March 2-7 (salmon issues are scheduled to be concluded by March 6). This meeting in Sacramento will establish a range of options for further review. The final season setting meeting will occur at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel from April 1-6. More information can be found at the PFMC's website.

9/6/11 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean non-selective coho salmon season that opened on September 1:

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Wednesday, September 7 at 11:59 pm the non-selective ocean coho salmon fishery on the central coast will CLOSE for coho retention. The entire month of September remains open to retention of all other species of salmon within this area.

RATIONALE: Due to higher than anticipated effort and a catch rate more that double what fishery managers had predicted (based on previous years non-selective coho fisheries), the 5,900 fish quota will have been attained by Wednesday night.

8/31/2011 ACTION NOTICE: 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 troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will reopen for two final four day open periods of Saturday through Tuesday on Sept. 3-6 and Sept. 10-13. Vessels will be limited to open period landing and possession limits of 20 Chinook and 100 adipose fin-clipped coho salmon. All fish must be landed and delivered within 24 hours of the end of each open period. Vessels landing catch into Oregon are required to report their landings within 1 hour of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271.

RATIONALE: At this time, an estimated 948 Chinook remain on the commercial troll quota. During the most recent open period of August 27-29, the troll fishery landed 174 Chinook and 280 coho. Chinook catch rates have been declining and participation in the fishery has decreased, this allowed for an increase in the open period limit from 12 to 20 Chinook. Fishery managers will assess the landings after the first of these two open periods to determine if any additional action needs to be taken prior to the Sept. 10-13 open period. In addition, the coho open period landing limit was increased from 75 to 100 adipose fin clipped coho to allow more access to coho that should be more available at this time.

8/31/11 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the areas from the US/Canada Border south to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean salmon seasons in all Ocean Salmon Management Areas North of Cape Falcon including: " Neah Bay", "LaPush", " Westport", and " Columbia River":

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Monday, September 5, 2011, the daily bag limit in the recreational ocean salmon seasons North of Cape Falcon, Oregon is increased to allow the retention of up to one Chinook salmon.

RATIONALE: On August 23 rd an assessment of the North of Cape Falcon recreational salmon fishery indicated that there would not be enough Chinook salmon to support continued retention of Chinook salmon in the ocean recreational ocean fishery in this area. Action was taken to prohibit retention of Chinook beginning Monday, August 29 th. Catch updates for the period of August 22-28 indicated that the Chinook catch per angler, and the overall Chinook landings were much lower than expected. This allowed fishery managers the flexibility to reopen the ocean areas for Chinook retention beginning on Labor Day.

8/25/11 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean coho salmon season scheduled for September:

ACTION TAKEN: In the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt., the scheduled non-selective coho salmon quota for September is increased from 3,000 to 5,900, following the impact neutral rollover of the remainder of the July-August quota. The open days of this season are adjusted to include all days from September 1-10. Therefore, retention of all legal sized coho will be allowed from September 1 through the earlier of September 10 or attainment of the quota of 5,900 coho. The entire month of September is open to retention of all other species of salmon within this area.

RATIONALE: The season regulations adopted in April, were established to allow for a non-selective coho season (no fin-clip requirement) on September 1-3 and September 8-10 (Thursday through Saturday) with a quota of 3,000 landed coho. The adopted regulations also allowed for an impact neutral rollover of any remaining quota from the July 2 through August 13 season to the September season. That impact neutral rollover allowed the September quota to be increased to 5,900 coho. With the increased quota, the additional four days of September 4-7 could be included in the fishery with little risk of exceeding the quota. Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife staff will monitor landings to insure that the quota is not exceeded.

8/24/2011 ACTION NOTICE: 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 troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will reopen for three days of fishing beginning Saturday, August 27 and ending Monday, August 29. Vessels will be limited to an open period landing and possession limit of 12 Chinook and 75 adipose fin-clipped coho salmon. All fish must be landed and delivered within 24 hours of the end of this open period. Vessels landing catch into Oregon are required to report their landings within 1 hour of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271.

RATIONALE: At this time, only an estimated 1,123 Chinook remain on the commercial troll quota. Additional days were added to this open period to address weather and catch issues with smaller vessels. In addition, the coho open period landing limit was increased to allow more access to coho that should be more available at this time.

8/23/11 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Wa09/17/2014 3:29 PM the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the areas from the US/Canada Border south to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean salmon seasons in all Ocean Salmon Management Areas North of Cape Falcon including: "Neah Bay", "LaPush", "Westport", and "Columbia River" :

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Monday, August 29, 2011, the daily bag limit in the recreational ocean salmon seasons North of Cape Falcon, Oregon is restricted to non-retention of Chinook salmon. Those areas that have been open 5 days per week will open to 7 days per week.

RATIONALE: Current catch assessments indicate that all areas are nearing their Chinook guidelines, but appear to still have sufficient coho remaining to support several more weeks of fishing. Any remaining Chinook will be used as hook and release mortality to allow the coho (and pink salmon) season to continue.

8/17/2011 ACTION NOTICE: 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 troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will reopen for a single day of fishing on Friday, August 19. Vessels will be limited to a single day landing and possession limit of 12 Chinook and 50 adipose fin-clipped coho salmon. All fish must be landed and delivered within 24 hours of the end of this one day opening. Vessels landing catch into Oregon are required to report their landings within 1 hour of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271

RATIONALE: At this time, only an estimated 1,070 Chinook remain on the commercial troll quota. This was not enough Chinook to reopen on the 30 Chinook per open period based on participation and catch rates. In addition, late fish ticket reports in Washington have added the concern that there may still be additional unreported catch that would lower the remaining quota further. There are no anticipated trade options available with the recreational fishery, as it appears that they will need their full allocation of Chinook this year. If sufficient fish remain after the Friday opening, a conference call will be scheduled to discuss any possible reopenings sometime next week.

8/12/11 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the areas from the US/Canada Border south to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean salmon seasons in the "Westport" and "Columbia River" Ocean Salmon Management Areas:

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Sunday, August 14, 2011, the daily bag limit in the recreational ocean salmon seasons in the "Westport" and "Columbia River" Ocean Salmon Management Areas is further restricted to allow no more than 1 Chinook salmon in the bag limit of 2 salmon and all retained coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.

RATIONALE: In the regulation setting process earlier this spring, the bag limit was set with a limitation of only one Chinook per day. This limitation was established to ensure that adequate Chinook would be available for the full season. Effective on August 7, that restriction was lifted, but Chinook catches have escalated, especially in the Westport Area, to the point where it appears that without reverting to the one Chinook restriction the fishery would likely close before Labor Day weekend. Fishery managers with support from the fishing community have taken this as a first step action to keep the fishery open as long as possible.

8/11/2011 ACTION NOTICE: 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 troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon scheduled open period of August 12-16 has been suspended. Another conference call will occur on Wednesday, August 17 to consider options to reopen the season.

RATIONALE: At this time, only an estimated 1,080 Chinook remain on the commercial troll quota. This would not have be enough fish to reopen the fishery with the current regulations as the last three open periods had landings of 1,132; 1,600; and 1,564 Chinook respectively. In addition, late fish ticket reports in Washington have added the concern that there may still be additional unreported catch that would lower the remaining quota further. There are no anticipated trade options available with the recreational fishery, as it appears that they are likely to need their full allocation of Chinook this year. There is a conference call scheduled for 11:00AM on Wednesday, August 17 to evaluate the status of the fishery and consider any possible reopenings.

8/11/11 INFORMATIONAL UPDATE: Recently questions have been coming in regarding the status of the recreational selective coho salmon season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. As the season is scheduled to end on August 13, but only 35% of the quota had been taken as of August 7, there will undoubtably be a large portion of the quota remaining.

The adopted regulations for 2011 included an ending date of August 13 to the selective coho salmon season with a provision for the first time to roll any remaining quota to the September non-selective coho salmon season on an impact neutral basis. The impact neutral will likely result in a roughly a 4:1 transfer rate, in other words transferring 1,000 coho from the summer selective fishery will result in approximately 250 coho added to the September quota.

At this point the September non-selective (open for clipped and non-clipped coho) is scheduled to be open for September 1-3 and September 8-10 (Thursday through Saturday). If enough additional coho are rolled into the September season, then a request to open some or all of the days between September 1 and 10 that are currently closed to coho retention (open for Chinook) may occur. It is important to note that these are federal regulations, and any changes must follow the adopted management plan as well as be approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The management plan does not allow for an extention beyond the scheduled ending date of a season, so the selective coho salmon season must end on or before August 13, and the non-selective coho salmon season must end on or before September 10.

For our federally managed ocean salmon season; when a quota is applied to a season, the quota is the maximum catch allowed within the season structure. A quota is not a guarantee of catch, and when a quota is not met seasons are not extended in an attempt to catch the remaining quota.

The 2011 September coho season will be the first non-selective ocean recreational coho season South of Cape Falcon since 1993. We are expecting a strong return of Oregon Coastal Natural coho this fall, and this September fishery is one way to access those coho within the impacts allowed on other critical coho stocks.

8/3/11 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the areas from the US/Canada Border south to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean salmon seasons in the "Westport" and "Columbia River" Ocean Salmon Management Areas:

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Sunday, August 7, 2011, the daily bag limit in the recreational ocean salmon seasons in the "Westport" and "Columbia River" Ocean Salmon Management Areas is increased to allow up to 2 Chinook salmon in the bag limit. Daily bag limit will now be 2 salmon per day, and all retained coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.

RATIONALE: In the regulation setting process earlier this spring, the bag limit was set with a limitation of only one Chinook per day. This limitation was established to ensure that adequate Chinook would be available for the full season. Early fishery sampling data indicates that the “no more than one Chinook” bag limit restriction will be unnecessary given the ratio of Chinook in the catch. In order to more fully utilize the available Chinook quota, the removal of the no more than one Chinook in the bag limit restriction was made.

7/28/2011 ACTION NOTICE: 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 incidental Pacific halibut season for commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border through California - International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) area 2A.

ACTION TAKEN: The retention of Pacific halibut by commercial troll salmon fishers who are holders of IPHC incidental troll halibut permits will be authorized effective Friday, July 29 through the earlier of attainment of the remaining halibut quota or October 31. Trollers are limited to 1 Pacific halibut with a minimum length of 32 inches per each Friday through Thursday, seven day period. Trollers landing Pacific halibut into any Oregon port are required to notify the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271. The notification must be made within one hour of landing the halibut and include the vessel name and number, the number of pounds of Pacific halibut landed, the port of landing, and the location and estimated time of delivery.

RATIONALE: There are an estimated 2,598 lbs of Pacific halibut remaining on the area 2A incidental troll halibut quota of 28,126 lbs. This equates to an estimated 118-148 landed halibut. In order to better utilize this limited remaining quota, fishery managers and industry agreed to limit landings to one fish per week. Due to the open periods for the salmon fishery between the US/Canada border and Cape Falcon of Friday through Tuesday, it was decided to adopt a Friday through Thursday week to better match the entire open area 2A salmon seasons. In addition, due to the low number of remaining catch, Oregon has instituted a call-in requirement to monitor the landings in a timely manner.

7/18/2011 ACTION NOTICE: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the California Dept. of Fish and Game, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action with respect to the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the OR/CA Border to the Humboldt South Jetty.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the OR/CA Border to the Humboldt South Jetty, CA will close to all salmon fishing at 11:59PM, Monday, July 18, 2011.

RATIONALE: This fishery opened on July 2nd with a daily landing and possesion limit of 15 Chinook per vessel, open fishing days of Saturday through Wednesday, and a quota of 1,400 Chinook. As of Sunday, July 17, an estimated 1,100 Chinook had been landed and over 375 Chinook were estimate to have been landed on Monday already. Fishery managers needed to close the fishery as soon as possible to avoid any additional catch over the quota. Any catch overage above the July quota will need to be subtracted from the August quota of 1,000 Chinook on an impact neutral basis. The Oregon troll Chinook fishery between Humbug Mt. and the OR/CA border is not affected by this closure, and will continue until further notice.

7/14/2011 ACTION NOTICE: 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 following regulation change to the fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon has been adopted and is in effect beginning with the Friday July 15, 2011 opening period: The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon is reduced to 30 Chinook per vessel per open period. The open period landing and possession limit for adipose fin-clipped coho will remain at 50 coho per vessel per open period.

RATIONALE: With additional information regarding estimated fleet participation and abundance of Chinook salmon, fishery managers recognized that, in order to meet the industry goal of an extended summer season, the landing and possession limits adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council in April would likely result in the Chinook quota being caught prior to early August. In order to attempt to reach mid to late August, managers adjusted the catch limits downward to allow for a more consistent flow of product into the market place. Since July 1, commercial landings of Chinook salmon in the area between the US/ Canada Border and Cape Falcon were estimated to be 3,961 out of the Summer quota of 10,300 Chinook as of Tuesday, July 12. With over 2,440 Chinook caught in the previous 5 day open period with a landing and possession limit of 50 Chinook, managers decided that a modification to the Chinook landing limit was necessary to maintain the extended season.

6/20/2011 ACTION NOTICE: 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 following regulation changes to the fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon have been adopted: The fishery will close to all fishing effective 00:01 on Wednesday, June 22, and reopen at 00:01 on Thursday, June 23 through June 30 with an open period landing and possession limit of 30 Chinook per vessel per the open period of June 23-30.

RATIONALE: The commercial troll fishery in the area from the US/Canada border to Cape Falcon is estimated to have 2,000 Chinook remaining on the May/June quota of 20,600 Chinook as of Sunday, June 19. By closing Tuesday night, and implementing the 30 Chinook landing and possession limit, the fishery is expected to be able to reach the scheduled June 30 ending date without exceeding the spring quota.

5/26/2011 ACTION NOTICE (Commercial Troll Salmon Fishery): NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), representatives from the commercial troll fishery, the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), and the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), has taken in-season action to close the commercial troll salmon fishery to retention of incidentally caught Pacific halibut.

ACTION TAKEN: The retention of Pacific halibut incidentally caught while trolling for salmon by IPHC permitted vessels will close effective 11:59PM Saturday May 28. All of Pacific halibut management area 2A is closed. Vessels with halibut on board must land all halibut prior to continuing to participate in the salmon fishery.

RATIONALE: Total landings of Pacific halibut caught incidental to salmon trolling by IPHC permitted vessels was estimated to be at 84% of the commercial troll incidental Pacific halibut quota of 28,126 lbs as of May 25th. The majority of the incidental halibut catch has come from boats fishing along the Northern Washington Coast, with Oregon landings of halibut making up approximately 12% of the total catch.

4/13/11 ACTION NOTICE: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has adopted a set of final ocean salmon fishery seasons. These seasons must still be approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, as well as, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission before becoming law. The final PFMC proposed commercial and sport regulations

A graphic summary of the commercial seasons proposed off Oregon: Oregon Troll Seasons (pdf). Troll fishers are advised to make sure to print and review the full regulation package from the PFMC prior to fishing.

A graphic summary of the recreational seasons proposed is available here: Oregon Sport Seasons (pdf) and a synopsis of the proposed regulations is available in the Sport Season Regulation Summary (pdf)

3/9/11 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 openings in the ocean commercial troll Chinook salmon seasons off Oregon:

The area between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt. will be open for commercial troll Chinook fishing for the period of April 15 - 30. Vessels are limited to no more than four spreads per wire. 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.

The area between Humbug Mt. and the Oregon/California border will not open for any commercial salmon season prior to May 1.

Seasons from May 1, 2011 through April 30, 2012 are currently being developed. Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting in San Mateo, California on April 9-13.

3/9/11 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 2010 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. 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, 2011 through April 30, 2012 are currently being developed. Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting in San Mateo, California on April 9-13.

1/4/11 MEETING NOTICE : The 2011 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2011. This pre-season planning meeting will give an early look at the 2011 salmon forecasts, and develop recreational and commercial ocean salmon fishing concepts to take forward through the Pacific Fishery Management Council regulation setting process. The OSIG meeting will be held at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn, 3019 North Coast Hwy., 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 anglers, commercial salmon troll fishers, and others interested in participating in the development of ocean salmon fishery regulations for the 2011 season. The meeting is expected to start at 9:30 AM and conclude by 3:30 PM.

The first of the two salmon season setting meetings by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) will be held at the Vancouver Washington Hilton from March 5-10 (salmon issues are scheduled to be concluded by March 9). This meeting in Vancouver will establish a range of options for further review. The final season setting meeting will occur at the San Mateo Marriott in San Mateo California from April 9-14. More information can be found at the PFMC's website.

10/29/2010 ACTION NOTICE: Fishery managers of the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife have discussed the status of the commercial troll ocean Chinook salmon fishery within state waters (0-3 nautical miles) off the Elk River at Port Orford.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll ocean Chinook salmon fishery within the Elk River Terminal Area between Cape Blanco and Humbug Mt. will close to fishing effective 11:59PM on Friday, October 29, 2010.

RATIONALE: The Elk River Fall Chinook commercial troll season was scheduled to be open for the period of October 15 through the earlier of November 30 or a quota of 1,250 landed Chinook, with a single daily possession and landing limit of 20 Chinook. As of the end of fishing on Wednesday, October 27, 1,140 Chinook had been landed, and it was expected that landings on Friday would result in attainment of the authorized quota.

10/19/2010 ACTION NOTICE: Fishery managers of the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife have discussed the status of the commercial troll ocean Chinook salmon fishery within state waters (0-3 nautical miles) off the Chetco River at Brookings.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll ocean Chinook salmon fishery within the Chetco River Terminal Area between Twin Rocks and the Oregon/California border will reopen to fishing for one day on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Participating trollers will be limited to a single daily landing and possession limit of 10 Chinook per vessel.

RATIONALE: The Chetco River Fall Chinook commercial troll season was scheduled to be open for the period of October 13 through the earlier of October 31 or a quota of 500 landed Chinook, with a single daily possession and landing limit of 20 Chinook. On the opening day of the fishery, commercial trollers harvested nearly half of the quota, but the fish bite dropped off and landings after the second day of the season totaled 71% of the quota. Fishery managers took action to close the fishery after 3 days of fishing. There are 79 Chinook remaining on the quota, and managers identified that a single open day of fishing with a reduced landing and possession limit would likely bring the landings in close to the 500 Chinook quota with minimal risk of exceeding the quota.

10/15/2010 ACTION NOTICE: Fishery managers of the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife have discussed the status of the commercial troll ocean Chinook salmon fishery within state waters (0-3 nautical miles) off the Chetco River at Brookings.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll ocean Chinook salmon fishery within the Chetco River Terminal Area between Twin Rocks and the Oregon/California border will close to fishing effective 11:59PM on Friday, October 15, 2010.

RATIONALE: The Chetco River Fall Chinook commercial troll season was scheduled to be open for the period of October 13 through the earlier of October 31 or a quota of 500 landed Chinook, with a single daily possession and landing limit of 20 Chinook. On the opening day of the fishery, commercial trollers harvested nearly half of the quota, but the fish bite dropped off and landings after the second day of the season totaled 71% of the quota. Fishery managers will evaluate the total landings next week to see if enough Chinook remain on the quota to reopen for another day.

9/2/2010 ACTION NOTICE: 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, representatives from the recreational salmon fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to transfer additional Chinook from the recreational quota to the commercial troll guideline and set a closing date for the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for a final Friday through Tuesday open period from September 3 through 7 with open period landing and possession limits of 30 Chinook and 50 coho per vessel. A transfer of 1,000 Chinook from the recreational fishery to the commercial fishery (on an impact neutral basis) will occur to allow this final open period adequate Chinook for the potential landings.

RATIONALE: The commercial troll salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon has approximately 540 Chinook remaining on their catch quota. During the most recent open period the troll fleet landed an estimated 817 Chinook. The troll fishery would likely exceed their remaining quota with any additional openings, but the recreational fishery has almost 15,000 Chinook remaining on their quota and they are not in any jeopardy of meeting their quota and needing to close early. The adopted action also established that the commercial troll season will close for the remainder of 2010 with this open period.

Trollers landing any salmon into Oregon from this or any other quota managed salmon fishery are reminded that they are required to report landings to the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife at (541)867-0300 ext. 271 within one hour of delivery, or prior to transport away from the point of landing.

8/26/2010 Update: The North of Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery will reopen for another five day fishing period of Friday through Tuesday (8/27-31). Open period limits remain unchanged at 30 Chinook and 50 marked coho per vessel.

Trollers landing any salmon into Oregon from this or any other quota managed salmon fishery are reminded that they are required to report landings to the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife at (541)867-0300 ext. 271 within one hour of delivery, or prior to transport away from the point of landing.

8/19/2010 Update: The North of Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery will reopen for another five day fishing period of Friday through Tuesday (8/20-24). Open period limits remain unchanged at 30 Chinook and 50 marked coho per vessel.

Trollers landing any salmon into Oregon from this or any other quota managed salmon fishery are reminded that they are required to report landings to the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife at (541)867-0300 ext. 271 within one hour of delivery, or prior to transport away from the point of landing.

8/12/2010 Update: The North of Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery will reopen for another five day fishing period of Friday through Tuesday (8/13-17). Open period limits remain unchanged at 30 Chinook and 50 marked coho per vessel.

Trollers landing any salmon into Oregon from this or any other quota managed salmon fishery are reminded that they are required to report landings to the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife at (541)867-0300 ext. 271 within one hour of delivery, or prior to transport away from the point of landing.

8/5/2010 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to adjust the Chinook open period landing and possession limit for the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the Friday through Tuesday open periods with the following modification to the open period landing and possession limits: Beginning August 6 the fishery will be limited to open period landing and possession limits of 30 Chinook and 50 coho per vessel. Vessels must land and deliver their catch within 24 hours of each closure. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, August 6, 2010.

RATIONALE: There are approximately 2,400 Chinook and 9,300 marked coho remaining on the North of Cape Falcon troll quotas. During the most recent open period of July 30 through August 3, trollers landed an estimated 6,600 Chinook and 690 coho. Based on the high catch of Chinook and low number of Chinook remaining on the quota, managers needed to lower the open period landing limit for Chinook. In addition, a trade of coho from the commercial troll fishery for Chinook from the recreational fishery was agreed to with the intent of transferring Chinook from the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area recreational guideline in exchange for a transfer of coho from the commercial troll salmon fishery to the recreational fishery in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area. These trades are expected to allow for a longer recreational coho season in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area and for the commercial troll fishery to better utilize their quotas. The trade involved a transfer of 7,000 coho from the commercial troll quota for 2,500 Chinook from the recreational quota. The Salmon Technical Team will evaluate the coho transfer to consider possible adjustments to keep the transfer on an impact neutral basis for stocks of critical concern. Fishery representatives from both the recreational and commercial fisheries were in agreement to the trade.

Trollers landing any salmon into Oregon from this or any other quota managed salmon fishery are reminded that they are required to report landings to the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife at (541)867-0300 ext. 271 within one hour of delivery, or prior to transport away from the point of landing.

7/29/2010 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to adjust the open days and the Chinook open period landing and possession limit for the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods as described in the “2010 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following changes: Beginning July 30 the fishery will be open Friday through Tuesday of each week with open period landing and possession limits of 75 Chinook and 50 coho per vessel. Vessels must land and deliver their catch within 24 hours of each closure. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, July 30, 2010.

RATIONALE: There are 9,000 Chinook and nearly 10,000 marked coho remaining on the quotas. The remaining Chinook quota includes 2,700 Chinook that were “rolled over” from the May-June season. The most recent open period resulted in total landings of 2,900 Chinook and 705 marked coho, and the fishery is expected to be able to proceed for the next open period with the modest increase in the Chinook open period limit without risk of closure. Industry representatives expressed concern that Chinook would soon become much less available as they begin to enter the Columbia River, and that they want to insure that they access the majority of the remaining quota while the fish are available and market prices are high. The overall management intent for this fishery remains a steady flow of product to the markets through at least the third week in August. Trollers landing any salmon into Oregon from this or any other quota managed salmon fishery are reminded that they are required to report landings to the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife at (541)867-0300 ext. 271 within one hour of delivery, or prior to transport away from the point of landing.

7/15/2010 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to adjust the open period landing and possession limits for the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods as described in the “2010 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following changes to the open period landing and possession limits. The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon is increased to 60 Chinook per vessel per open period, and the open period landing and possession limit for adipose fin-clipped coho is increased to 50 coho per vessel per open period. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, July 16, 2010.

RATIONALE: Fishery managers had reduced the open period limits to 40 Chinook and 30 coho in an action taken on June 24 to insure both a flow of product into the market and a season that would last a minimum of 5-6 weeks. With two open periods in July for reference, the fishery appears able to withstand somewhat higher open period limits, and still be able to meet the objective of fishing into mid-August. Industry representatives were advocating for a Chinook open period limit of 75 Chinook, but managers were concerned that might result in running out of Chinook before allowing access to the coho. If state managers feel changes to the open period limits are warranted prior to the next open period, they will request another call with NOAA Fisheries for 11:00AM on Thursday, July 22.

7/6/10 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the areas from the US/Canada Border south to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean salmon seasons in the Neah Bay, LaPush, Westport, and Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Areas:

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Thursday July 8, 2010, the daily bag limit in the recreational ocean salmon seasons in all ocean areas from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon is increased to allow up to 2 Chinook salmon in the bag limit. Daily bag limit will now be 2 salmon per day, and all retained coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.

RATIONALE: In the regulation setting process earlier this spring, the bag limit was set with a limitation of only one Chinook per day. This limitation was established to ensure that adequate Chinook would be available for the full season. Early fishery sampling data indicates that the “no more than one Chinook” bag limit restriction will be unnecessary given the ratio of Chinook in the catch. In order to more fully utilize the available Chinook quota, the removal of the no more than one Chinook in the bag limit restriction was made.

6/24/2010 ACTION NOTICE #2: 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 to adjust the open period landing and possession limits for the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon which is scheduled to open on July 1.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods as described in the 2010 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries with the following changes to the open period landing and possession limits. The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon is reduced to 40 Chinook per vessel per open period, and the open period landing and possession limit for adipose fin-clipped coho is reduced to 30 coho per vessel per open period.

RATIONALE: With additional information regarding estimated fleet participation and abundance of Chinook salmon, fishery managers recognized that, in order to meet the industry goal of an extended summer season, the landing and possession limits adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council in April were too high. In order to achieve a 5-6 week season, managers adjusted the catch limits downward to allow for a more consistent flow of product into the market place.

6/24/2010 ACTION NOTICE #1: 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 to adjust the open period landing and possession limit for the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll Chinook salmon fishing for the period of Friday through Tuesday, June 25-29 with an open period landing and possession limit of 25 Chinook per vessel for the open period.

RATIONALE: Commercial landings of Chinook salmon in the area between the US/ Canada Border and Cape Falcon were estimated to be 38,551 out of the quota of 42,000 Chinook as of Tuesday, June 22. With over 8,000 Chinook caught in the previous 5 day open period with a landing and possession limit of 75 Chinook, there were not enough Chinook to open without modification to the landing limits. Any Chinook remaining from this quota will be transferred to the fishery scheduled to open on July 1 on an impact neutral basis.

6/15/2010 ACTION NOTICE #2: 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 to close the commercial troll salmon fishery to retention of incidentally caught Pacific halibut.

ACTION TAKEN: The retention of Pacific halibut incidentally caught while trolling for salmon is closed from 11:59PM Wednesday June 16 through the remainder of 2010. All of Pacific halibut area 2A is closed. Vessels with halibut on board must land all halibut prior to continuing to participate in the salmon fishery.

RATIONALE: The commercial troll incidental Pacific halibut quota of 25,035 lbs has been met.

6/15/2010 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to reopen the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll Chinook salmon fishing for the Friday through Tuesday periods of June 18-22 and June 25-29 with an open period landing and possession limit of 75 Chinook per vessel per open period.

RATIONALE: The commercial troll fishery in the area from the US/Canada border to Cape Falcon closed to fishing on June 12 in order to allow for some limited fishing opportunity for the remainder of June. Estimated catches through June 12 were 31,900 Chinook out of the quota of 42,000 Chinook. Based on estimated fleet size, managers were confident that the overall quota would not be exceeded with an open period limit of 75 Chinook. Managers will meet by conference call at 2:00PM on June 24 to determine if any other changes need to be made for the final open period of June 25 through 29.

6/10/2010 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to close the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTION TAKEN: The fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will close to all troll salmon fishing effective at 11:59PM on Saturday, June 12 th. Troll fishers have 24 hours from the end of the fishery to land and deliver their catch.

RATIONALE: Catch in the commercial fishery North of Cape Falcon had been progressing at a moderate pace towards the quota until this week. Catches through June 6 were estimated at 14,200 Chinook, but in the first three days of this week, over 10,000 Chinook were estimated to have been landed. Increasing fishing effort and catch per boat indicated that the commercial catch would likely total 34,000-37,000 by Saturday night.

One goal established for this season in the regulation setting process was to allow harvest available throughout the entire May through June period. In order to achieve that goal, a “trigger” at 35,000 landed Chinook catch was adopted to evaluate catches and consider options for additional fishing for the remainder of June and the total quota of 42,000 Chinook. Following the closure, fishery managers will evaluate total landings in this season, and a conference call is scheduled for 1:00PM on Tuesday, June 15 to consider additional fishing days, landing limits, and other options for the remainder of June.

6/4/10 ACTION NOTICE: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved the ocean commercial and recreational state waters fall Chinook terminal area seasons for waters off Tillamook Bay, the Elk River, and the Chetco River. Detailed charts and regulations are available by following the links on the Special State Waters Chinook Seasons page.

A table summarizing the adopted seasons follows:

Fishery Open Area Open Dates Catch Limits Special Restrictions
Tillamook Terminal Area Sport Twin Rocks to Pyramid Rock (0-3 miles) Sept. 1- Oct. 31, 2010 2 Chinook per day, but no more than 1 non-finclipped, and no more than 10 in aggregate from all NW Zone waters (Aug. 1 - Dec. 31)

Chinook 24" minimum length

If coho season is still open, then restricted to no more than 2 single point barbless hooks
Tillamook Terminal Area Commercial Troll Twin Rocks to Pyramid Rock (0-3 miles) Sept. 1- earlier of Oct. 31, 2010 or 600 Chinook quota

25 Chinook per calendar week

Chinook 28" minimum length.

Single point barbless hooks, 4 spreads per wire

Mandatory catch reporting: 541-867-0300 x271

Elk River Terminal Area Sport Shoreward of a line drawn from Cape Blanco to Black Rock to Best Rock to Humbug Mt. Oct. 15 - Nov. 30, 2010 2 Chinook per day.

Chinook 24" minimum length

No more than 2 single point barbless hooks
Elk River Terminal Area Commercial Troll Shoreward of a line drawn from Cape Blanco to Black Rock to Best Rock to Humbug Mt. Oct. 15 - earlier of Nov. 30, 2010 or 1,250 Chinook quota Daily landing and possession limit of 20 Chinook

Chinook 28" minimum length

Single point barbless hooks, 4 spreads per wire

Mandatory catch reporting: 541-867-0300 x252

Chetco River Terminal Area Sport Twin Rocks to OR/CA Border (0-3 miles) Oct. 1-12, 2010 1 Chinook per day, no more than 5 for the season

Chinook 24" minimum length

No more than 2 single point barbless hooks
Chetco River Terminal Area Commercial Troll Twin Rocks to OR/CA Border (0-3 miles Oct. 13 - earlier of Oct. 31, 2010 or 500 Chinook quota Daily landing and possession limit of 20 Chinook

Chinook 28" minimum length

Single point barbless hooks, 4 spreads per wire

Mandatory catch reporting: 541-867-0300 x252

4/23/10 ACTION NOTICE: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved the ocean commercial troll salmon and ocean recreational salmon seasons as proposed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). A regulation map of the sport ocean seasons (pdf) is now available.

Complete copies of the PFMC sport and commercial regulations are available on the PFMC website.

4/15/10 ACTION NOTICE : The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has adopted a set of final ocean salmon fishery seasons. These seasons must still be approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, as well as, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission before becoming law. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will review and consider for adoption the PFMC adopted seasons on Friday, April 23 rd. The proposed commercial troll regulations (pdf) are available on the PFMC website and the proposed sport regulations(pdf) are also available

A graphic summary of the commercial seasons proposed off Oregon is available here: Oregon Troll Regulations (pdf)

A graphic summary of the recreational seasons proposed is available here: Oregon Sport Regulations (pdf)

3/10/10 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service in consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the State of Oregon, and fishery interests has taken in-season management action to cancel the March 15 openings in the ocean Chinook salmon seasons off Oregon.

ACTION TAKEN (1): The commercial ocean troll salmon fishery for all species except coho between Cape Falcon, Oregon and the Oregon/California Border that was scheduled to open for the period of March 15 through April 30 has been closed by in-season management action by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

ACTION TAKEN (2): The recreational ocean salmon fishery for all species except coho between Cape Falcon, Oregon and Humbug Mt., Oregon that was scheduled to open for the period of March 15 through April 30 has been closed by in-season management action by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

RATIONALE: Chinook salmon forecasts for numerous runs that contribute to ocean salmon fisheries off Oregon are expected to allow some fisheries in 2010, but in order to develop the best range of fishing options for the remainder of 2010, the March and April seasons were eliminated this spring. Of specific concern is the continued low number of fall Chinook within the Sacramento River.

1/8/10 MEETING NOTICE: The 2010 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2010. This pre-season planning meeting will give an early look at the 2010 salmon forecasts, and develop recreational and commercial ocean salmon fishing concepts to take forward through the Pacific Fishery Management Council regulation setting process. The OSIG meeting will be held at the Hallmark Resort Hotel, 744 SW Elizabeth St., 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 anglers, commercial salmon troll fishers, and others interested in participating in the development of ocean salmon fishery regulations for the 2010 season. The meeting is expected to start at 9:30 AM and conclude by 3:30 PM. OCZMA Letter (pdf) and Agenda (pdf) can be downloaded.

10/19/09 ACTION NOTICE: Fishery managers of the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife have discussed the status of the commercial troll ocean Chinook salmon fishery within state waters (0-3 nautical miles) off the Elk River.

ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll ocean Chinook salmon fishery within the Elk River Terminal Area off the Elk River between will close to fishing effective 11:59PM on Monday, October 19, 2009.

RATIONALE: The Elk River Fall Chinook commercial troll season was scheduled to be open for the period of October 15 through the earlier of November 30 or a quota of 300 landed Chinook, with a single daily possession and landing limit of 20 Chinook. As of Sunday October 18 a total of 269 Chinook had been landed in the fishery. In order to stay within the 300 Chinook quota, it was determined to be necessary to close the commercial troll season by Monday night.

9/10/09 UPDATE COMMERCIAL TROLL SALMON FISHERY: The commercial troll salmon season in the area between the Leadbetter Pt., Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon will continue for the final scheduled open period of September 12-15. Fishermen are reminded that the open period landing and possession limits are currently 100 adipose fin clipped coho salmon and 75 chinook salmon.

9/3/09 ACTION NOTICE #1: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management area from Leadbetter Pt., Washington southto Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken:

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Monday, September 7, 2009, the ocean recreational salmon fishery between Leadbetter Pt., Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon will reopen to fishing. Fishing will continue through the earlier of September 30 or the coho quota of 96,500 fin-clipped coho. Daily bag limit remains two salmon, but all coho salmon must have a healed adipose fin clip.

RATIONALE: Action was taken on August 26 to close the season in the Columbia River Ocean Area effective at the end of the fishing day on August 31 when landings were projected to meet the allowable catch quota. However, catches came in substantially lower than projected due to weather issues, and over 13,000 coho remain on the quota. Delaying the reopening until Monday is expected to provide a better chance to allow the fishery to continue through the end of September without any additional management action.

9/3/09 ACTION NOTICE #2: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, state of Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery from Cape Falcon, Oregon to the Oregon/California border. The following action was taken:

ACTION TAKEN: The remainder of the June-August recreational adipose fin-clipped coho quota of 110,000 coho is transferred to the September ocean recreational selective coho quota and to the September ocean commercial troll non-selective coho quota on an impact neutral basis. This transfer results in a transfer of 2,560 coho to the recreational quota for a revised quota of 9,560, and 10,240 coho to the commercial troll quota for a revised quota of 21,240 coho.

RATIONALE: This transfer of coho was established at the April Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting, and is expected to insure that the recreational September selective coho season between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt. will continue for the entire month of September without closure, and that the remaining allowable impacts are available for the commercial troll salmon fishery.

9/3/09 ACTION NOTICE #3: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border south to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken:

ACTION TAKEN: The open period landing and possession limit of adipose fin clipped coho salmon is reduced from 200 per open period to 100 per open period effective with the September 5-8 open period.

RATIONALE: An estimated 2,400 coho remain on the quota of 33,600 coho. In the most recent two open periods, 2,550 coho and 2,680 coho were landed respectively. Reducing the open period limit was identified by fishery managers as the most effective means by which to stay within the overall catch quota. Another conference call will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, September 10 to consider whether another open period will be possible in this fishery.

8/27/09 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: Regarding the August 26 action taken on the Columbia River ocean area recreational fishery, the following questions and answers are provided:

Q: Why can’t fish be transferred from S. of Cape Falcon quota to N. of Cape Falcon quota?

A: The Ocean Salmon Management Plan established by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) contains the rules that govern what inseason fishery management actions can and cannot be taken. The plan can be found on the PFMC’s website. Direct link to the plan (pdf)

The rule that prohibits the transfers between N and S of Cape Falcon will be found in section 10: Inseason Management Actions and Procedures. The reasons behind prohibiting transfers between N and S of Cape Falcon goes back to the root of how seasons are set in the first place, with modeled impacts on numerous salmon stocks, allocation planning between all the different fishing groups (recreational ocean S of Falcon, commercial ocean S of Falcon, recreational ocean N of Falcon, commercial ocean N of Falcon,, recreational river, commercial river, recreational Puget Sound, commercial Puget Sound, tribal ocean, tribal river, and tribal coastal WA), and conservation limitations.

In the initial season setting process, there were plans established on transferring any remaining portion of the June-August S of Cape Falcon coho quota (on an impact neutral basis) to the September recreational and commercial fisheries. Those transfers will be made in early September after the catch numbers from the summer recreational fishery have been finalized. Any other transfer would violate the adopted regulations as established through the PFMC season setting process that concluded in April.

Q: Why can’t more coho be transferred from Westport?

A: The transfer of fish from Westport to the Columbia River area was made only with the consent of the Westport recreational fishery port representative. That transfer was made with the expectation that it would not result in a closure to the Westport area prior to the scheduled ending date for their season. At this point, the forecast for the coho required to reach the end of the season at Westport, does not allow for the transfer of any additional coho.

It is also important to remember that quotas are not a guaranteed catch, but rather a cap that is not to be exceeded. If a quota is not reached prior to the scheduled ending date for a season, the season still ends on the scheduled date. Also, managers are mandated to stay within the total allowable catch (TAC) for fisheries N of Cape Falcon. Any overage from one coho quota would need to come out of another area or other non-tribal fishery’s quota.

Q: The ocean conditions are going to keep people off the water, why wasn’t the weather taken into consideration when making the decision?

A: Fishery managers have a tough enough time predicting the fish and fishing activity, and meteorologists have not proven to much more reliable at predicting ocean and weather conditions more than a couple of days in advance. Past experience of fishery managers trying to take the weather into account has resulted in several major miscalculations. Fishery managers did try and temper the catch estimate this week due to observed weather issues between Monday and Wednesday, and the realization that conditions were likely to be less than ideal for the remainder of the week, but that still came down to a reasonable chance that the quota would be approached by early in the week of August 31 through September 6.

Q: How fast is the coho quota being caught?

A: The rate of approach to the coho quota had been running at about 16% per week for the three weeks prior to the most recent week. Last week weather conditions slowed the catch to 9% of the quota. With 20% of the adjusted coho quota remaining, and the possibility that almost 18% could be taken during the final eight days of fishing; the only real choice available to managers was to close Monday night. If it turns out that catches were very light and a substantial number of coho remain on the quota, managers will consider the possibility of reopening the season.

Q: Doesn’t the Buoy 10 fishery take some of the pressure off of the ocean fishery?

A: Past experience shows just the opposite. A good Buoy 10 fishery, brings lots more anglers to the lower Columbia River. When the ocean is open, almost all charter vessels will fish the ocean. On top of that, the ocean catch rates tend to be better than the river catch rate (especially early in August), and if ocean conditions are good, many private boat anglers that came to fish Buoy 10 will end up heading outside to fish the ocean.

8/26/09 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area from Leadbetter Pt., Washington south to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean salmon season in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area:

ACTION TAKEN: Effective Monday, August 31, at 11:59PM, the recreational ocean salmon season between Leadbetter Point, Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon will close to all salmon fishing.

RATIONALE: The Columbia River ocean area is rapidly approaching their adjusted catch quota of 96,500 fin-clipped coho. Landings slowed last week and early this week with poor weather conditions, and allowed fishery managers to leave the season open through the weekend. Note: This closure does not include the ongoing recreational fishery inside the Columbia River upstream of Buoy 10.

8/20/09 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area from Leadbetter Pt., Washington south to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean salmon season in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area:

ACTION TAKEN: Effective August 21, 2009, a transfer of 8,750 coho from the Westport ocean salmon management area coho quota will be made to the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area recreational coho quota. This transfer, which must remain impact neutral to critical stocks, will result in a realized increase of 8,300 coho in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area with a resulting total quota of 96,500 fin clipped coho (up from 88,200).

RATIONALE: The Columbia River ocean area is rapidly approaching their catch quota of 88,200 fin-clipped coho, and the coho quota was expected to be met sometime around the middle of next week. This transfer will allow the recreational fishery to continue with another evaluation of the fishery scheduled for 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 26. This transfer of coho is not anticipated to result in an early closure in the Westport area.

8/13/09 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the areas from the US/Canada Border south to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean salmon season in the LaPush Ocean Salmon Management Area off Washington:

ACTION TAKEN: Effective August 14, 2009, a transfer of 1,250 coho from the Neah Bay ocean salmon management area coho quota and a transfer of 1,250 coho from the Westport ocean salmon management area coho quota will be made to the LaPush ocean salmon management area coho quota.

RATIONALE: The LaPush ocean salmon management area coho catches were predicted to meet the ocean coho quota for this area sometime this week. The transfer of 2,500 coho to the LaPush quota is expected to allow their season to continue through at least August 23 rd, and the transfer is not expected to result in an early closure in either the Neah Bay or Westport areas.

NOTE: Another conference call has been tentatively scheduled for 1:00 PM Thursday, August 20 to discuss the North of Cape Falcon fisheries. It is anticipated that action will need to be taken with respect to the Columbia River ocean salmon management area at that time as catches are forecast to be approaching the coho quota.

8/12//09 DISCUSSION POINT - RECREATIONAL ALBACORE LANDINGS: The 2009 recreational albacore fishery off Oregon got a late start this year due to weather and ocean conditions, but has now had two strong weeks of landings. Total 2009 Oregon sport albacore landings have already exceeded all years except 2007. Two graphs comparing the annual catches from 1999 through 2008 to the 2009 landings through August 9th are available here (pdf) and here (pdf)

7/31/09 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the areas from the US/Canada Border south to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the recreational ocean salmon seasons in the Neah Bay , LaPush, Westport , and Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Areas:

ACTION TAKEN: Effective August 1, 2009, the daily bag limit in the recreational ocean salmon seasons in all ocean areas from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon , Oregon is increased to allow up to 2 chinook salmon in the bag limit. Daily bag limit will now be 2 salmon per day, and all retained coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.

RATIONALE: In the regulation setting process earlier this spring, the bag limit was set with a limitation of only one chinook per day. This limitation was established to ensure that adequate chinook would be available for the full season. Through July 26, chinook catches in the areas between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon had only reached 24% of the quota, and historical average catches in August indicate that less than 50% of the quota would be likely to be taken in August. In order to more fully utilize the available chinook quota, the removal of the no more than 1 chinook in the bag limit restriction was made. Anglers are reminded that the chinook minimum length is 24 inches.

7/16/09 ACTION NOTICE: 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 to modify the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.

ACTIONS TAKEN: (1) The open period landing limit of 40 chinook per vessel is increased to 75 chinook per vessel per open period effective with the July 18-21 open period, and (2) the remainder of the chinook quota from the May-June troll fishery was tentatively transferred to the summer fishery on an impact neutral basis. This resulted in a transfer of 2,800 chinook to the summer fishery increasing the quota from 6,765 to 9,565 fish. This tentative transfer will be reviewed by the Salmon Technical Team before being finalized.

RATIONALE: The commercial troll salmon fishery has averaged 545 chinook (8% of original and 6% of the revised quota) and 4,421 coho (13% of quota) during the first two open periods. In order to better match up the landings and quotas, the increase in the chinook open period limit is expected to result in chinook and coho landings to approach their respective quotas at the approximately the same rate. Managers will continue to closely monitor the landings, and may propose additional changes to open period landing limits to maximize the utilization of both quotas.

6/26/09 DISCUSSION POINT - RECREATIONAL SELECTIVE FISHERY: The advent of selective (fin-clipped hatchery) coho fisheries in recent years has been an effective tool to allow for longer fishing seasons and larger quotas than could be allowed in a fishery where non-clipped coho are allowed in the bag limit. Selective fishing seasons are considered in those areas where hatchery salmon will make up the majority of the catch, where the majority of the hatchery salmon are fin-clipped, and where conservation concerns do not allow for a non-selective season of acceptable length. Allowable impacts to some of our wild coho populations have meant that as little as 8% of the population can be impacted. In 2009, ocean fisheries for coho were limited to 13% of the wild run for Lower Columbia River coho (LCN) and 15% of the Oregon Coastal Natural coho (OCN). When divided up between all of the ocean fisheries that intercept those coho, LCN coho was the stock that most limited fisheries along the Oregon Coast, and only 2.6% of the LCN coho were allowed to be impacted in the South of Cape Falcon recreational salmon fishery.

The most common concern expressed by anglers about selective fisheries is that some of the released fish will not survive. That is the tradeoff that has to be made for a selective fishery to work. The hook and release mortality rate for ocean sport caught salmon is estimated to be about 15% of the fish handled. This mortality is included in the analysis when the ocean salmon seasons are developed in the spring. In a non-selective fishery every wild coho encountered counts against the allowable impact, but in a selective coho fishery only 15% of the wild coho caught and released will count against the allowable impact. In most years, that means a selective fishery coho quota that will be at least three to four times greater than if anglers were allowed to retain all coho.

Currently, about 70% of the hatchery coho in the ocean off Oregon were fin-clipped at their hatchery of origin. When combined with the wild coho, the fin-clipped rate should be somewhat better than 50% of the coho anglers encounter in 2009. This rate will vary depending on when and where you are fishing. Highest fin-clipped rates will be encountered prior to mid-August, and should be higher on the North and Central Oregon Coast than on the South Coast. This is because the majority of hatchery coho in the ocean off Oregon come from releases in the Columbia River basin. Those fish begin to return to the Columbia in August, and tend to be in greater abundance closer to the Columbia. Of the fish that are unclipped, roughly half of those are actually of wild origin with the remainder being unclipped hatchery coho.

For example, using a rough breakdown of the preseason expectations from this season, out of 100 coho hooked and brought to a boat, if 58 of those were fin-clipped hatchery coho that would be kept, there would be 25 non fin-clipped hatchery coho that would have to be released, and 17 wild coho that would be released. Of the 17 released wild coho, the expectation is that 2-3 would not survive (15% mortality). For the same 58 retained coho catch in a non-selective fishery, the catch would consist of 48 hatchery coho and 10 wild coho. So for that same boat to stay with the same number of impacted wild coho as in the selective fishery, their catch in a non-selective season would decline from the 58 retained fin-clipped hatchery coho to a total of 15 retained coho (12-13 hatchery coho and 2-3 wild coho).

When the public has been presented the option of a larger selective quota vs. a much smaller non-selective coho quota, they have always chosen the selective fishery option. This year, the choice for the Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California Border season was between a selective quota of 117,000 fin-clipped coho and a non-selective quota that would have been about 30,000 coho. Other changes to season dates, bag limit, and days open per week would have likely been made as well.

Some of our local runs of OCN coho have been doing very well over the past several years, and this year we are planning to allow for limited harvest of coho in four of our coastal estuaries and two of our lakes where we have seen the strongest populations. The four newly adopted estuary seasons will be managed with very conservative quotas to insure that harvest does not put the spawning population at risk.

As the Oregon Coastal Natural coho population continues to rebound, we remain hopeful that we may yet be able to move towards more of the traditional non-selective fisheries. In the meantime, we will continue to strive towards providing fish and fishing opportunities where we can.

6/26/09 UPDATE: The May/June commercial troll salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon will continue without modification through the final scheduled open period of June 27-30. Trollers are reminded that any chinook from this open period must be landed and delivered prior to participating in the coho season that opens on July 1.

6/17/09 UPDATE: The commercial troll salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon that opened on May 1 has taken an estimated 10,320 Chinook out of the quota of 13,735 through the first seven open periods. This leaves 3,416 Chinook on the quota, and the fishery is expected to continue without modification at this time, through the next opening scheduled for June 20-23.

6/12/09 UPDATE: The commercial troll salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon that opened on May 1 has taken an estimated 9,759 Chinook out of the quota of 13,735 through the first six open periods. This leaves 3,976 Chinook on the quota, and the fishery will continue without modification at this time, but a conference call to discuss the status of the fishery and potential inseason changes may occur prior to the opening scheduled for June 20-23. Catches have been best along the central Washington Coast, but continued very poor in the Columbia River ocean area. Oregon landings have totaled less than 300 Chinook during the first six open periods.

6/8/09 ACTION NOTICE: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted State Waters (0-3 NM) fall chinook seasons for sport and commercial fisheries off Tillamook Bay and Elk River on Friday, June 5, 2009. No State Waters fall seasons were approved off the Chetco River for fall 2009. Links to the regulations for these approved seasons can be found on the Special State Waters Chinook Seasons webpage.

6/4/09 UPDATE: The commercial troll salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon that opened on May 1 has taken an estimated 8,103 Chinook out of the quota of 13,735 through the first five open periods. This leaves 5,632 Chinook on the quota, and the fishery will continue without modification at this time, but a conference call to discuss the status of the fishery and potential inseason changes are likely prior to the opening scheduled for June 13-16. Catches have been best along the central Washington Coast, but continued very poor in the Columbia River ocean area. Oregon landings have totaled less than 250 Chinook during the first five open periods.

5/22/09 UPDATE: The commercial troll salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon that opened on May 1 has taken an estimated 3,401 Chinook out of the quota of 13,735 through the first three open periods. This leaves 10,334 Chinook on the quota, and the fishery will continue without modification at this time. Catches have been best along the North Washington Coast, but very poor in the Westport and Columbia River ocean areas. Oregon landings were less than 100 Chinook during the first three open periods.

5/15/09 UPDATE: The regulations for ocean salmon seasons as proposed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council have been ratified by both the Secretary of Commerce and by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.

4/16/2009 MEETING NOTICE:
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Ron Boyce (971) 673-6081
Bob Buckman (541) 265-8306
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023
Internet: www.dfw.or.us Fax: (503) 947-6009

ODFW seeks input on upcoming coho, fall chinook salmon seasons

SALEM – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting public meetings in several coastal communities to solicit input on regulations for the 2009 fall chinook salmon season and on new wild coho fisheries being proposed for selected waters on the Oregon coast.

The meetings are planned for April 28-30 in North Bend, Newport, Gold Beachand Tillamook.

While fishery biologists predict another weak return of fall chinook to coastal rivers, bays and estuaries, they also are anticipating a large wild coho salmon return that could mean the first wild coho fisheries in an Oregon coast river basin since 1994. These proposed fisheries will have daily and seasonal bags limits and overall quotas similar to fisheries on wild coho that have been open in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes since 2003.

“We anticipate the final 2009 regulations for coastal fall chinook may look a lot like the emergency regulations put in place last year for some rivers but may need to be more restrictive for other rivers,” said Ron Boyce, ODFW Ocean Salmon Columbia River Program manager.

“I think chinook anglers who were on the coastal rivers and bays last year saw just how poor the return was,” Boyce said. “We’re not predicting this year’s return to be much better.”

But the prediction for coastal coho salmon is much brighter, according to Bob Buckman, ODFW district fish biologist inNewport.

Buckman credits a combination of factors for the large coho return, including a good spawning population in 2006 (the parents of this year’s returning fish), favorable ocean conditions, and the habitat protection and restoration activities that have occurred under the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.

The proposed regulations call for limited wild coho fisheries in the tidewater areas of the Nehalem, Yaquina, Coos, and Coquille rivers. The Oregon Coast coho is currently listed as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act. This has required ODFW to conduct extensive biological analysis and take a very precautionary approach in proposing the fisheries.

The recent history of coho returns has been good,” said Buckman. “Combine that with the expected large return this year and we’re confident that a conservative fishery is consistent with the continued conservation of these fish populations.”

Any plan to allow the harvest of wild coastal coho must first be approved by NOAA-Fisheries and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.

At the upcoming public meetings ODFW staff will present information on the run forecasts and proposed structures of the seasons.

“We also hope to get some feedback from the public that we can present to the Fish and Wildlife Commission when it considers these fisheries at its June meeting,” Boyce said.

All meetings are from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The meeting dates and locations are:

North Bend, April 28
North Bend Community Center, 2222 Broadway St, North Bend
Contact: Gary Vonderohe, ODFW, (541) 888-5515

Newport, April 29
Hallmark Resort Newport, 744 Elizabeth, Newport
Contact: Bob Buckman, ODFW, (541) 265-8306 X224

Gold Beach, April 30
Curry Showcase Bldg., Curry Co. Fairgrounds, 29392 Ellensburg Ave.(Hwy 101), Gold Beach
Contact: Todd Confer, ODFW, (541) 247-7605

Tillamook, April 30
Oregon Dept. of Forestry, 5005 Third St. , Tillamook
Contact: Chris Knutsen, ODFW, (503) 842-2741

4/8/09 UPDATE: The Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized their recommendation to Department of Commerce for the 2009 ocean salmon seasons. The final sport and commercial troll salmon recommendations can be found on the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s website Summary graphics of the 2009 proposed seasons are available on this site for both commercial troll (pdf) and recreational seasons (pdf).

3/12/09 UPDATE: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) completed development of a range of recreational and commercial ocean salmon fishing options for the 2009 season. These options now go out for public review and comment prior to March 31. The PFMC will reconvene for the week of April 5-10 to select a final set of recommended salmon season that will then be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Secretary of the Department of Commerce for final approval. A copy of the proposed options can be found on the PFMC website.

3/11/09 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service in consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the State of Oregon, and fishery interests has taken in-season management action to cancel the March 15 openings in the ocean Chinook salmon seasons off Oregon.

ACTION TAKEN (1): The commercial ocean troll salmon fishery for all species except coho between Cape Falcon, Oregon and the Oregon/California Border that was scheduled to open for the period of March 15 through April 30 has been closed by in-season management action by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

ACTION TAKEN (2): The recreational ocean salmon fishery for all species except coho between Cape Falcon, Oregon and Humbug Mt., Oregon that was scheduled to open for the period of March 15 through April 30 has been closed by in-season management action by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

RATIONALE: Chinook salmon forecasts for numerous runs that contribute to ocean salmon fisheries off Oregon are estimated to be very low. Of specific concern is the critical low number of fall Chinook within the Sacramento River, which is at the head of the list of issues facing salmon managers this year. This closure will allow fishery managers to better develop a full range of fishing options for the 2009 ocean salmon seasons. A decision on the structure of the salmon seasons will be made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Millbrae, CA during the week of April 4-9.

1/12/2009 MEETING NOTICE: The 2009 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) is scheduled for Thursday, February 26, 2009. This pre-season planning meeting will give an early look at the 2009 salmon forecasts, and develop recreational and commercial ocean salmon fishing concepts to take forward through the Pacific Fishery Management Council regulation setting process. The OSIG meeting will be held at the Hallmark Resort Hotel, 744 SW Elizabeth St., 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 anglers, commercial salmon troll fishers, and others interested in participating in the development of ocean salmon fishery regulations for the 2009 season. The meeting is expected to start at 9:30 AM and conclude by 3:30 PM.

Archived Action Notices/Updates from 2003 through 2010

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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