Modifications of the West Coast Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries Announced

NOAA Fisheries announces two inseason actions in the ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial fisheries in the area from Cape Falcon, Oregon to Point Arena, California.

The effective dates for the inseason action are set out in this document under the heading Inseason Actions. Inseason actions remain in effect until modified by additional inseason action or superseded by the 2013 annual management measures on May 1, 2013. Comments will be accepted through May 10, 2013.

 

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2012-0079, by any one of the following methods:

 

     Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public 

comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0079, click the ``Comment Now!'' icon, 

complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

     Mail: William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, 

Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA, 98115-

6349.

     Fax: 206-526-6736, Attn: Peggy Mundy.

    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other 

address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, 

may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the 

public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on 

www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 

information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business 

information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily 

by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous 

comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain 

anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in 

Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Mundy at 206-526-4323.

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

 

Background

 

    In the 2012 annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries 

(77 FR 25915, May 2, 2012), NMFS announced the commercial and 

recreational fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada Border to the 

U.S./Mexico Border, beginning May 1, 2012, and 2013 salmon seasons 

opening earlier than May 1, 2013.

    NMFS is authorized to implement inseason management actions to 

modify fishing seasons and quotas as necessary to provide fishing 

opportunity while meeting management objectives for the affected 

species (50 CFR 660.409). Prior to taking inseason action, the Regional 

Administrator (RA) consults with the Chairman of the Pacific Fishery 

Management Council (Council) and the appropriate State Directors (50 

CFR 660.409(b)(1)). Management of the salmon fisheries is generally 

divided into two geographic areas: North of Cape Falcon (U.S./Canada 

Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon) and south of Cape Falcon (Cape Falcon, 

Oregon to the U.S./Mexico Border). The inseason actions in this 

document all apply south of Cape Falcon.

 

Inseason Actions

 

Inseason Action 1

 

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, California 

Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and Oregon Department of Fish 

and Wildlife (ODFW) on March 9, 2013. The information considered during 

this consultation related to projected abundance of Chinook salmon 

stocks for the 2013 salmon fishing season.

    Inseason action 1 adjusted the scheduled opening date for 

the commercial salmon fisheries from Cape Falcon, Oregon to Humbug 

Mountain, Oregon (Newport/Tillamook and Coos Bay subareas) and from 

Humbug Mountain, Oregon to the Oregon/California Border (Oregon Klamath 

Management Zone). These fisheries opened on April 1, 2013 rather than 

March 15, 2013, as previously scheduled in the 2012 management 

measures. This action was taken to conserve impacts on age-4 Klamath 

River fall Chinook salmon (KRFC). On March 9, 2013, the states 

recommended this action and the RA concurred; inseason action 

1 took effect on March 15, 2013. This inseason action remains 

in effect until superseded by inseason action or implementation of 2013 

annual management measures which will be effective on May 1, 2013. This 

inseason action is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1).

 

Inseason Action 2

 

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, ODFW, and 

CDFW on March 9, 2013. The information considered during this 

consultation related to projected abundance of Chinook salmon stocks 

for the 2013 salmon fishing season.

    Inseason action 2 cancelled the opening scheduled in the 

commercial fishery from Horse Mountain, California

to Point Arena, California (Fort Bragg subarea), originally scheduled 

for April 16, 2013. This action was taken to conserve impacts on age-4 

KRFC. On March 9, 2013, the states recommended this action and the RA 

concurred; inseason action 2 took effect on March 15, 2013. 

This inseason action remains in effect until superseded by inseason 

action or implementation of 2013 annual management measures which will 

be effective on May 1, 2013. This inseason action is authorized by 50 

CFR 660.409(b)(1).

    All other restrictions and regulations remain in effect as 

announced for the 2012 Ocean Salmon Fisheries and 2012 fisheries 

opening prior to May 1, 2013 (77 FR 25915, May 2, 2012).

    The RA determined that the best available information indicated 

that the stock abundance, and catch and effort projections supported 

the above inseason actions recommended by the states. The states manage 

the fisheries in state waters adjacent to the areas of the U.S. 

exclusive economic zone in accordance with these Federal actions. As 

provided by the inseason notice procedures of 50 CFR 660.411, actual 

notice of the described regulatory actions was given, prior to the date 

the action was effective, by telephone hotline number 206-526-6667 and 

800-662-9825, and by U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners broadcasts on 

Channel 16 VHF-FM and 2182 kHz.

 

 

 

 

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