In 2009, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) approved a Fishery Management and Evaluation Plan (FMEP) for coastal coho salmon. The FMEP is a multi-year plan to implement conservative fisheries on wild coho in healthy populations along the Oregon Coast from the Sixes River in the south to the Necanicum River in the north.
Each year ODFW will submit a proposal for fisheries in those populations that meet the criteria outlined in the FMEP. The intent is to allow conservative harvest in those years where returns are expected to be good and the populations appear to be healthy.
These conservative fisheries were outlined in the 2007 Oregon Coast Coho Conservation Plan.