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2013 Management Measures for Ocean Salmon

 

Through this final rule NMFS establishes fishery management measures for the 2013 ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California and the 2014 salmon seasons opening earlier than May 1, 2014. Specific fishery management measures vary by fishery and by area. 

The measures establish fishing areas, seasons, quotas, legal gear, recreational fishing days and catch limits, possession and landing restrictions, and minimum lengths for salmon taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) (3-200 NM) off Washington, Oregon, and California. The management measures are intended to prevent overfishing and to apportion the ocean harvest equitably among treaty Indian, non-treaty commercial, and recreational fisheries. The measures are also intended to allow a portion of the salmon runs to escape the ocean fisheries in order to provide for spawning escapement and inside fisheries (fisheries occurring in state internal waters). This document also announces the availability of an environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes the environmental impacts of implementing the 2013 ocean salmon management measures.

This final rule is effective from 0001 hours Pacific Daylight Time, May 1, 2013, until the effective date of the 2014 management measures, as published in the Federal Register. Comments regarding the reporting burden estimate or any other aspect of the collection-of-information requirements in these management measures may be submitted at any time.

 

ADDRESSES: Copies of the documents cited in this document are available 

 

from Dr. Donald O. McIsaac, Executive Director, Pacific Fishery 

Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 200, Portland, OR 

97220-1384, and are posted on its Web site (www.pcouncil.org).

    Send comments regarding the reporting burden estimate or any other 

aspect of the collection-of-information requirements in these 

management measures, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to 

William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, 

7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-0070 or Rod McInnis, 

Regional Administrator, Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean 

Boulevard, Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4213 and to Office of 

Management and Budget (OMB), by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 

by fax at (202) 395-7285.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Mundy at 206-526-4323, or Heidi 

Taylor at 562-980-4039.

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

 

Background

 

    The ocean salmon fisheries in the EEZ off Washington, Oregon, and 

California are managed under a ``framework'' fishery management plan 

entitled the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (Salmon FMP). 

Regulations at 50 CFR part 660, subpart H, provide the mechanism for 

making preseason and inseason adjustments to the management measures, 

within limits set by the Salmon FMP, by notification in the Federal 

Register.

    The management measures for the 2013 and pre-May 2014 ocean salmon 

fisheries that are implemented in this final rule were recommended by 

the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) at its April 6 to 11, 

2013, meeting.

 

Schedule Used To Establish 2013 Management Measures

 

    The Council announced its annual preseason management process for 

the 2013 ocean salmon fisheries in the Federal Register on December 12, 

2012 (77 FR 73987), and on the Council's Web site at 

(www.pcouncil.org). NMFS published an additional notice of 

opportunities to submit public comments on the 2013 ocean salmon 

fisheries in the Federal Register on February 25, 2013 (78 FR 12713). 

These notices announced the availability of Council documents, the 

dates and locations of Council meetings and public hearings comprising 

the Council's complete schedule of events for determining the annual 

proposed and final modifications to ocean salmon fishery management 

measures, and instructions on how to comment on 2013 ocean salmon 

fisheries. The agendas for the March and April Council meetings were 

published in the Federal Register and posted on the Council's Web site 

prior to the actual meetings.

    In accordance with the Salmon FMP, the Council's Salmon Technical 

Team (STT) and staff economist prepared four reports for the Council, 

its advisors, and the public. All four reports were posted on the 

Council's Web site and otherwise made available to the Council, its 

advisors, and the public upon their completion. The first of the 

reports, ``Review of 2012 Ocean Salmon Fisheries,'' was prepared in 

February when the scientific information necessary for crafting 

management measures for the 2013 and pre-May 2014 ocean salmon 

fisheries first became available. The first report summarizes 

biological and socio-economic data for the 2012 ocean salmon fisheries 

and assesses how well the Council's 2012 management objectives were 

met. The second report, ``Preseason Report I Stock Abundance Analysis 

and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2013 Ocean Salmon Fishery 

Regulations'' (PRE I), provides the 2013 salmon stock abundance 

projections and analyzes the impacts on the stocks and Council 

management goals if the 2012 regulations and regulatory procedures were 

applied to the projected 2013 stock abundances. The completion of PRE I 

is the initial step in evaluating the full suite of preseason 

alternatives.

    Following completion of the first two reports, the Council met in 

Tacoma, WA from March 6 to 11, 2013, to develop 2013 management 

alternatives for proposal to the public. The Council proposed three 

alternatives for commercial and recreational fisheries management for 

analysis and public comment. These alternatives consisted of various 

combinations of management measures designed to protect weak stocks of 

coho and Chinook salmon, and to provide for ocean harvests of more 

abundant stocks. After the March Council meeting, the Council's STT and 

staff economist prepared a third report, ``Preseason Report II Proposed 

Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2013 Ocean Salmon 

Fishery Regulations'' (PRE II),

 

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which analyzes the effects of the proposed 2013 management 

alternatives.

    Public hearings, sponsored by the Council, to receive testimony on 

the proposed alternatives were held on March 25, 2013, in Westport, WA 

and Coos Bay, OR; and March 26, 2013, in Eureka, CA. The States of 

Washington, Oregon, and California sponsored meetings in various forums 

that also collected public testimony, which was then presented to the 

Council by each state's Council representative. The Council also 

received public testimony at both the March and April meetings and 

received written comments at the Council office.

    The Council met from April 6 to 11, 2013, in Portland, OR to adopt 

its final 2013 recommendations. Following the April Council meeting, 

the Council's STT and staff economist prepared a fourth report, 

``Preseason Report III Analysis of Council-Adopted Management Measures 

for 2013 Ocean Salmon Fisheries'' (PRE III), which analyzes the 

environmental and socio-economic effects of the Council's final 

recommendations. After the Council took final action on the annual 

ocean salmon specifications in April, it published the recommended 

management measures in its newsletter and also posted them on the 

Council Web site (www.pcouncil.org).

 

Public Comments

 

    The Council invited written comments on developing 2013 salmon 

management measures in their notice announcing public meetings and 

hearings (77 FR 73987, December 12, 2012). Additionally, comments were 

taken at three public hearings held in March, staffed by 

representatives of the Council and NMFS. The Council received 10 

written comments directly. The three public hearings were attended by a 

total of 89 people; 30 people provided oral comments and three 

additional written comments were submitted. Comments came from 

individual fishers, fishing associations, fish buyers, and processors. 

Comments addressed the 2013 management alternatives described in PRE 

II, and generally expressed preferences for a specific alternative or 

for particular season structures. All comments were included in the 

Council's briefing book for their April 2013 meeting and were 

considered by the Council, which includes a representative from NMFS, 

in developing the recommended management measures transmitted to NMFS 

on April 19, 2013.

    Comments on alternatives for fisheries north of Cape Falcon. For 

fisheries north of Cape Falcon, Alternative I was favored by 6 

commercial and 2 recreational commenters. Alternative II was favored by 

one commercial commenter. Alternative III had no support. There were 2 

commenters favoring a late season non-mark selective coho fishery.

    Comments on alternatives for fisheries south of Cape Falcon. For 

fisheries south of Cape Falcon, commercial fishers were divided in 

support between Alternative I (7 commenters) and Alternative II (10 

commenters). For recreational fisheries south of Cape Falcon, 9 

commenters favored Alternative I. Alternative III had no support.

    Comments on incidental halibut retention in the commercial salmon 

fisheries. Support was divided among the three alternatives.

    Other comments. Hooking mortality was mentioned by three 

commenters, with respect to mark-selective fisheries and size 

restrictions. Two commenters requested the Council revisit the 

perennial commercial fishery closure between Humboldt South Jetty and 

Horse Mountain, California. One commenter requested the Council add a 

seat on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel to represent the Klamath Basin in-

river recreational fishery.

    The Council, including the NMFS representative, took these comments 

into consideration. The Council's final recommendation generally 

includes aspects of Alternatives I and II, while taking into account 

the best available scientific information and ensuring that fisheries 

are consistent with ESA consultation standards, ACLs, PST obligations, 

and tribal fishing rights. The best available information regarding 

hooking mortality is factored into the analysis of the impacts of mark-

selective fisheries and size restrictions. These management tools 

assist the Council in meeting impact limits on weak stocks. The Council 

retained the commercial fishery closure between Humboldt South Jetty 

and Horse Mountain to protect California Coastal Chinook in the Eel 

Canyon area. Finally, the request to add a new seat on the Salmon 

Advisory Subpanel, while an issue for the Council's consideration, is 

not relevant to the content of these management measures.

    NMFS also invited comments to be submitted directly to the Council 

or to NMFS, via the Federal Rulemaking Portal (www.regulations.gov) in 

a proposed rule (78 FR 12713, February 25, 2013). Two comments were 

submitted via www.regulations.gov, both comments opposed genetically 

modified salmon; while NMFS appreciates receiving public comment, the 

issue of genetically modified salmon is not relevant to setting the 

2013 salmon management measures.

 

National Environmental Policy Act

 

    The Council's documents described above (PRE I, PRE II, and PRE 

III) collectively comprise the Environmental Assessment (EA) for this 

action, providing analysis of environmental and socioeconomic effects 

under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA and its 

related Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are posted on the NMFS 

Northwest Region Web site (www.nwr.noaa.gov).

 

Annual Catch Limits and Status Determination Criteria

 

    The Council adopted Amendment 16 to the Salmon FMP in 2011 (76 FR 

81852, December 29, 2011). This amendment brought the Salmon FMP into 

compliance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 

Management Act (MSA) as amended in 2007, and the corresponding revised 

National Standard 1 Guidelines' (NS1Gs) mandate to end and prevent 

overfishing. As modified by Amendment 16, the FMP identifies stocks 

that are in the fishery, describes stock complexes and indicator stocks 

for those complexes, establishes status determination criteria (SDC), 

and establishes formulas for specifying overfishing limits (OFLs), 

acceptable biological catch (ABC), and annual catch limits (ACLs). 

Amendment 16 also added to the FMP ``de minimis'' fishing provisions 

that allow for low levels of fishing impacts on specified stocks that 

are at low levels of abundance.

    Annual catch limits (ACLs) are set for two stocks: Sacramento River 

Fall Chinook (SRFC) and Klamath River Fall Chinook (KRFC). These stocks 

are indicator stocks for the Central Valley Fall Chinook complex and 

the Southern Oregon/Northern California Chinook complex, respectively. 

The Far North Migrating Coastal Chinook complex includes a group of 

Chinook salmon stocks that are caught primarily in fisheries north of 

Cape Falcon, Oregon and other fisheries that occur north of the U.S./

Canada Border. No ACL is set for these stocks because they are managed 

according to the Pacific Salmon Treaty with Canada (PST). Other Chinook 

salmon stocks caught in fisheries north of Cape Falcon are ESA-listed 

or hatchery produced, and are managed consistent with ESA consultation 

standards or hatchery goals. Coho stocks are either ESA-listed, 

hatchery produced, or managed under the PST.

 

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    ACLs for SRFC and KRFC are escapement-based, which means they 

establish a number of adults that must escape the fisheries to return 

to the spawning grounds. They are set based on the annual abundance 

projection and a fishing rate reduced to account for scientific 

uncertainty. The abundance forecasts for 2013 are described in more 

detail below in the ``Resource Status'' section of this final rule. For 

SRFC in 2013, the overfishing limit (OFL) is SOFL = 834,208 

(projected abundance) multiplied by 1 - FMSY (1 - 0.78) or 

183,526 returning spawners. SABC is 834,208 multiplied by 1 

- FABC (1 - 0.70) (FMSY reduced for scientific 

uncertainty = 0.70) or 250,262. The SACL is set equal to 

SABC. For KRFC in 2013, SOFL is 230,473 

(abundance projection) multiplied by 1 - FMSY (1 - 0.71), or 

66,837 returning spawners. SABC is 230,473 multiplied by 1 - 

FABC (1 - 0.68) (FMSY reduced for scientific 

uncertainty = 0.68) or 73,751 returning spawners. SACL is 

set equal to SABC.

    As explained in more detail below under ``Resource Status,'' 

fisheries south of Cape Falcon, which are the fisheries that impact 

SRFC and KRFC, are constrained by impact limits necessary to protect 

ESA-listed salmon stocks including California Coastal Chinook (CCC) and 

Sacramento River winter Chinook (SRWC). For 2013, abundance 

projections, in combination with the constraints for ESA-listed stocks, 

are expected to result in escapements that meet the ACL for KRFC and 

that exceed the ACL for SRFC.

 

Resource Status

 

    Fisheries south of Cape Falcon, OR are limited in 2013 primarily by 

the status of SRWC and CCC, which are both evolutionarily significant 

units (ESUs) listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Fisheries 

north of Cape Falcon are limited primarily by Lower Columbia River 

(LCR) Chinook salmon and LCR coho salmon, stocks which are also listed 

under the ESA, and by Thompson River coho from Canada. At the start of 

the preseason planning process for the 2013 management season, NMFS 

provided a letter to the Council, dated February 28, 2013, summarizing 

its ESA consultation standards for listed species as required by the 

Salmon FMP. The Council's recommended management measures comply with 

NMFS ESA consultation standards and guidance for those listed salmon 

species that may be affected by Council fisheries. In many cases, the 

recommended measures are more restrictive than NMFS's ESA requirements.

    In 2010, NMFS consulted under ESA section 7 and provided guidance 

to the Council regarding the effects of Council area fisheries on SRWC. 

NMFS completed a Biological Opinion that includes a reasonable and 

prudent alternative (RPA) to avoid jeopardizing the continued existence 

of this ESU. The RPA included management area specific fishing season 

openings and closures, and minimum size limits for both commercial and 

recreational fisheries. In 2012, NMFS added a second component to the 

RPA based on a new abundance-based framework which supplements the 

above management restrictions with maximum allowable impact rates that 

apply when abundance is low. The Council's recommended 2013 management 

measures meet the requirements of the RPA.

    NMFS last consulted under ESA section 7 regarding the effects of 

Council area fisheries on CCC in 2005. KRFC are used as a surrogate to 

set limits on ocean harvest impacts on CCC. The Biological Opinion 

requires that management measures result in a KRFC age-4 ocean harvest 

rate of no greater than 16 percent. This objective is met by the 

Council's recommended 2013 management measures.

    In 2012, NMFS consulted under ESA section 7 and provided guidance 

to the Council regarding the effects of Council area fisheries on LCR 

Chinook salmon. NMFS completed a Biological Opinion that applies to 

fisheries beginning in 2012, concluding that the proposed fisheries, if 

managed consistent with the terms of the Biological Opinion, are not 

likely to jeopardize the continued existence of LCR Chinook salmon. The 

LCR Chinook salmon ESU is comprised of a spring component, a ``far-

north'' migrating bright component, and a component of north migrating 

tules. The bright and tule components both have fall run timing. There 

are twenty-one separate populations within the tule component of this 

ESU. Unlike the spring or bright populations of the ESU, LCR tule 

populations are caught in large numbers in Council fisheries, as well 

as fisheries to the north and in the Columbia River. Therefore, this 

component of the ESU is the one most likely to constrain Council 

fisheries in the area north of Cape Falcon, Oregon. Under the 2012 

Biological Opinion, NMFS uses an abundance-based management (ABM) 

framework to set annual exploitation rates for LCR tule Chinook salmon 

below Bonneville Dam. Applying the ABM framework to the 2013 preseason 

abundance forecast, the LCR tule exploitation rate is limited to a 

maximum of 41 percent. This objective is met by the Council's 

recommended 2013 management measures.

    In 2008, NMFS conducted an ESA section 7 consultation and issued a 

Biological Opinion regarding the effects of Council fisheries and 

fisheries in the Columbia River on Lower Columbia River (LCR) coho. The 

opinion depends on use of a harvest matrix for LCR coho. Under the 

matrix the allowable harvest in a given year depends on indicators of 

marine survival and brood year escapement. In 2013, the marine survival 

indicator is in the ``low'' category, while brood year escapements for 

two indicator stocks are in the ``low'' and ``medium'' categories. 

Under these circumstances, ocean salmon fisheries under the Council's 

jurisdiction in 2013, and commercial and recreational salmon fisheries 

in the mainstem Columbia River, including select area fisheries (e.g., 

Youngs Bay), must be managed subject to a total exploitation rate limit 

on LCR coho not to exceed 15 percent. The recommended management 

measures that would affect LCR coho are consistent with this 

requirement.

    The ESA listing status of Oregon Coast (OC) coho has changed over 

the years. On February 11, 2008, NMFS again listed OC coho as 

threatened under the ESA (73 FR 7816); that listing status was 

confirmed following a status review in 2011 (76 FR 35755, June 20, 

2011). Regardless of their listing status, the Council has managed OC 

coho consistent with the terms of Amendment 13 of the Salmon FMP as 

modified by the expert advice provided by the 2000 ad hoc Work Group 

appointed by the Council. NMFS approved the management provisions for 

OC coho through its section 7 consultation on Amendment 13 in 1999, and 

has since supported use of the expert advice provided by the Council's 

ad hoc Work Group. For the 2013 season, the applicable spawner status 

is in the ``high'' category for three of the four sub-aggregate stocks 

and ``low'' for the southern sub-aggregate (although the southern sub-

aggregate is included in the harvest matrix, it is a component of the 

Southern Oregon/Northern California Coastal Coho ESU). The marine 

survival index is in the ``medium'' category. Under these 

circumstances, the Work Group report requires that the exploitation 

rate be limited to no more than 30 percent. The recommended management 

measures that would affect OC coho are consistent with this 

requirement.

    Interior Fraser (Thompson River) coho, a Canadian stock, continues 

to be depressed, remaining in the ``low''

 

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status category under the Pacific Salmon Treaty and, along with LCR 

coho, is the coho stock most limiting the 2013 ocean fisheries north of 

Cape Falcon. The recommended management measures for 2013 satisfy the 

maximum 10.0 percent total U.S. exploitation rate called for by the 

Pacific Salmon Treaty agreements and the Salmon FMP.

 

Management Measures for 2013 Fisheries

 

    The Council-recommended ocean harvest levels and management 

measures for the 2013 fisheries are designed to apportion the burden of 

protecting the weak stocks identified and discussed in PRE I equitably 

among ocean fisheries and to allow maximum harvest of natural and 

hatchery runs surplus to inside fishery and spawning needs. NMFS finds 

the Council's recommendations responsive to the goals of the Salmon 

FMP, the requirements of the resource, and the socioeconomic factors 

affecting resource users. The recommendations are consistent with the 

requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 

Management Act, U.S. obligations to Indian tribes with federally 

recognized fishing rights, and U.S. international obligations regarding 

Pacific salmon. Accordingly, NMFS has adopted the Council's 

recommendations.

    North of Cape Falcon, the 2013 management measures for non-Indian 

commercial troll and recreational fisheries have slightly reduced 

quotas for coho and Chinook salmon, compared to 2012. Conservation 

constraints on Chinook salmon are largely unchanged, including the 

exploitation rate limit for ESA-listed LCR tule Chinook, which remains 

at 41 percent in 2013. Impacts in Alaskan and Canadian fisheries on 

Chinook salmon stocks originating north of Cape Falcon are reduced 

relative to 2012. The North of Falcon fisheries are also managed to 

protect threatened LCR coho, threatened Oregon Coastal Natural coho, 

and coho salmon from the Thompson River in Canada. Washington coastal 

and Puget Sound Chinook generally migrate to the far north and are not 

significantly affected by ocean salmon harvests from Cape Falcon, OR, 

to the U.S.-Canada border. Nevertheless, ocean fisheries in combination 

with fisheries inside Puget Sound are restricted in order to meet ESA 

related conservation objectives for Puget Sound Chinook. North of Cape 

Alava, WA, the Council recommended a provision prohibiting retention of 

chum salmon in the salmon fisheries during August and September to 

protect ESA listed Hood Canal summer chum. The Council has recommended 

such a prohibition since 2002 (67 FR 30616, May 7, 2002).

    Large SRFC and KRFC abundance forecasts allow for substantial 

commercial fishing opportunity south of Cape Falcon in 2013 for all 

salmon except coho. Constraints on the commercial fishery in this 

region include the CCC consultation standard that limits the forecast 

KRFC age-4 ocean harvest rate to a maximum of 16 percent and the 

exploitation rate limit on ESA-listed LCR tule Chinook. Commercial 

fisheries south of Point Arena are also constrained by the maximum 

allowable age-3 impact rate of 12.9 percent on ESA-listed SRWC. 

Recreational fisheries south of Cape Falcon will be directed primarily 

at Chinook salmon, with opportunity for coho limited to the area 

between Cape Falcon and the Oregon/California Border. Recreational 

fisheries south of Cape Falcon will have area specific openings 

throughout the season. The projected abundance of SRFC in 2013 is 

similar to the 2012 projection. Under the management measures in this 

final rule, and including anticipated in-river fishery impacts, 

spawning escapement for SRFC is projected at 462,600. Projected 

abundance for Klamath River Fall Chinook (KRFC) is strong, but lower 

than the historic 2012 projection. Under the management measures in 

this final rule, and including anticipated in-river fishery impacts, 

spawning escapement for KRFC is projected at 73,800.

    The treaty-Indian commercial troll fishery quota for 2013 is 52,500 

Chinook salmon in ocean management areas and Washington State 

Statistical Area 4B combined. This quota is lower than the 55,000 

Chinook salmon quota in 2012, for the same reasons discussed above for 

the non-tribal fishery. The treaty-Indian commercial troll fisheries 

include a Chinook-directed fishery in May and June with a quota of 

26,250 Chinook salmon, and an all-salmon season beginning July 1 with a 

26,250 Chinook salmon sub-quota. The coho quota for the treaty-Indian 

troll fishery in ocean management areas, including Washington State 

Statistical Area 4B, for the July-September period is 47,500 coho, the 

same as in 2012.

 

Management Measures for 2014 Fisheries

 

    The timing of the March and April Council meetings makes it 

impracticable for the Council to recommend fishing seasons that begin 

before May 1 of the same year. Therefore, this action also establishes 

the 2014 fishing seasons that open earlier than May 1. The Council 

recommended, and NMFS concurs, that the commercial season off Oregon 

from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border, the commercial season 

off California from Horse Mountain to Point Arena, the recreational 

season off Oregon from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain, and the 

recreational season off California from Horse Mountain to the U.S./

Mexico border will open in 2014 as indicated in the Season Description 

section of this document. At the March 2014 meeting, the Council may 

consider inseason recommendations to adjust the commercial and 

recreational seasons prior to May 1 in the areas off Oregon and 

California.

    The following sections set out the management regime for the salmon 

fishery. Open seasons and days are described in Sections 1, 2, and 3 of 

the 2013 management measures. Inseason closures in the commercial and 

recreational fisheries are announced on the NMFS hotline and through 

the U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners as described in Section 6. 

Other inseason adjustments to management measures are also announced on 

the hotline and through the Notice to Mariners. Inseason actions will 

also be published in the Federal Register as soon as practicable.

    The following are the management measures recommended by the 

Council and approved and implemented here for 2013 and, as specified, 

for 2014.

Section 1. Commercial Management Measures for 2013 Ocean Salmon 

Fisheries

    Parts A, B, and C of this section contain restrictions that must be 

followed for lawful participation in the fishery. Part A identifies 

each fishing area and provides the geographic boundaries from north to 

south, the open seasons for the area, the salmon species allowed to be 

caught during the seasons, and any other special restrictions effective 

in the area. Part B specifies minimum size limits. Part C specifies 

special requirements, definitions, restrictions and exceptions.

 

A. Season Description

 

North of Cape Falcon, OR

--U.S./Canada Border to Cape Falcon

 

    May 1 through earlier of June 30 or 29,300 Chinook, no more than 

8,700 of which may be caught in the area between the U.S./Canada border 

and the Queets River. Seven days per week (C.1). All salmon except coho 

(C.4, C.7). Chinook minimum size limit of 28 inches total length (B, 

C.1). Vessels in possession of salmon north of the Queets River may not 

cross the Queets River line without first notifying

 

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (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. 

Cape Flattery, Mandatory Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, and 

Columbia Control Zones closed (C.4, C.5, C.6). See compliance 

requirements (C.1) and gear restrictions and definitions (C.2, C.3). An 

inseason conference call will occur when it is projected that 21,975 

Chinook have been landed overall, or 6,525 Chinook have been landed in 

the area between the U.S/Canada border and the Queets River, to 

consider modifying the open period to five days per week and adding 

landing and possession limits to ensure the guideline is not exceeded. 

Vessels must land and deliver their fish within 24 hours of any closure 

of this fishery. Under state law, vessels must report their catch on a 

state fish receiving ticket. Vessels fishing or in possession of salmon 

while fishing north of Leadbetter Point must land and deliver their 

fish within the area and north of Leadbetter Point. Vessels fishing or 

in possession of salmon while fishing south of Leadbetter Point must 

land and deliver their fish within the area and south of Leadbetter 

Point, except that Oregon permitted vessels may also land their fish in 

Garibaldi, Oregon. Oregon State regulations require all fishers landing 

salmon into Oregon from any fishery between Leadbetter Point, 

Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon must notify ODFW within one hour of 

delivery or prior to transport away from the port of landing by either 

calling 541-867-0300 Ext. 271 or sending notification via email to 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Notification shall include vessel name 

and number, number of salmon by species, port of landing and location 

of delivery, and estimated time of delivery. Inseason actions may 

modify harvest guidelines in later fisheries to achieve or prevent 

exceeding the overall allowable troll harvest impacts (C.8).

    July 1 through earlier of September 17 or attainment of the quota 

of 14,700 Chinook, no more than 6,100 of which may be caught in the 

area between the U.S./Canada border and the Queets River, or 14,220 

marked coho (C.8.d). July 1 through 9, then Friday through Tuesday, 

July 12 through August 27 with a landing and possession limit of 50 

Chinook and 40 coho per vessel per open period; Friday through Tuesday, 

August 30 through September 17 with a landing and possession limit of 

20 Chinook and 50 coho per vessel per open period (C.1). 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, coho, 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, coho, and halibut catch aboard, and 

destination. No earlier than September 1, if at least 5,000 marked coho 

remain on the quota, inseason action may be considered to allow non-

selective coho retention (C.8). All salmon except no chum retention 

north of Cape Alava, Washington in August and September (C.7). Chinook 

minimum size limit of 28 inches total length (B, C.1). All coho must be 

marked except as noted above (C.8.d). See compliance requirements (C.1) 

and gear restrictions and definitions (C.2, C.3). Mandatory Yelloweye 

Rockfish Conservation Area, Cape Flattery and Columbia Control Zones, 

and beginning August 9, Grays Harbor Control Zone closed (C.5). Vessels 

must land and deliver their fish within 24 hours of any closure of this 

fishery. Vessels fishing or in possession of salmon while fishing north 

of Leadbetter Point must land and deliver their fish within the area 

and north of Leadbetter Point. Vessels fishing or in possession of 

salmon while fishing south of Leadbetter Point must land and deliver 

their fish within the area and south of Leadbetter Point, except that 

Oregon permitted vessels may also land their fish in Garibaldi, Oregon. 

Under state law, vessels must report their catch on a state fish 

receiving ticket. Oregon State regulations require all fishers landing 

salmon into Oregon from any fishery between Leadbetter Point, 

Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon must notify ODFW within one hour of 

delivery or prior to transport away from the port of landing by either 

calling 541-867-0300 Ext. 271 or sending notification via email to 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Notification shall include vessel name 

and number, number of salmon by species, port of landing and location 

of delivery, and estimated time of delivery. Inseason actions may 

modify harvest guidelines in later fisheries to achieve or prevent 

exceeding the overall allowable troll harvest impacts.

South of Cape Falcon, OR

--Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain

 

    April 1 through August 29;

    September 4 through October 31 (C.9.a).

    Seven days per week. All salmon except coho (C.4, C.7). Chinook 

minimum size limit of 28 inches total length (B, C.1). All vessels 

fishing in the area must land their fish in the State of Oregon. See 

compliance requirements (C.1) and gear restrictions and definitions 

(C.2, C.3) and Oregon State regulations for a description of special 

regulations at the mouth of Tillamook Bay.

    Beginning September 4, no more than 100 Chinook per vessel per 

landing week (Wednesday through Tuesday).

    In 2014, the season will open March 15 for all salmon except coho. 

Chinook minimum size limit of 28 inches total length (C.1). Gear 

restrictions same as in 2013. This opening could be modified following 

Council review at its March 2014 meeting.

 

--Humbug Mountain to Oregon/California Border (Oregon KMZ)

 

    April 1 through May 31;

    June 1 through earlier of June 30, or a 4,000 Chinook quota;

    July 1 through earlier of July 31, or a 3,000 Chinook quota;

    August 1 through earlier of August 29, or a 2,000 Chinook quota;

    September 16 through earlier of September 27, or a 1,000 Chinook 

quota (C.9.a).

    Seven days per week. All salmon except coho (C.4, C.7). Chinook 

minimum size limit of 28 inches total length (B, C.1). Prior to June 1, 

all fish caught in this area must be landed and delivered in the State 

of Oregon. June 1 through August 29 landing and possession limit of 30 

Chinook per vessel per day. September 16 through 27 landing and 

possession limit of 20 Chinook per vessel per day. Any remaining 

portion of the June and/or July Chinook quotas may be transferred 

inseason on an impact neutral basis to the next open quota period 

(C.8). All vessels fishing in this area must land and deliver all fish 

within this area or Port Orford, within 24 hours of any closure of this 

fishery, and prior to fishing outside of this area. Oregon State 

regulations require all fishers landing salmon from any quota managed 

season within this area to notify ODFW within 1 hour of delivery or 

prior to transport away from the port of landing by either calling 541-

867-0300 Ext. 252 or sending notification via email to 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Notification shall include vessel name 

and number, number of salmon by species, port of landing and location 

of delivery, and estimated time of delivery.

 

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See compliance requirements (C.1) and gear restrictions and definitions 

(C.2, C.3).

    In 2014, the season will open March 15 for all salmon except coho, 

with a 28 inch Chinook minimum size limit (C.1). Gear restrictions same 

as in 2013. This opening could be modified following Council review at 

its March 2014 meeting.

 

--Oregon/California Border to Humboldt South Jetty (California KMZ)

 

    May 1 through earlier of May 31, or a 3,000 Chinook quota;

    June 1 through earlier of June 30, or a 3,000 Chinook quota;

    July 15 through earlier of July 31, or a 2,000 Chinook quota;

    August 1 through earlier of August 29, or a 1,500 Chinook quota;

    September 16 through earlier of September 30, or 6,000 Chinook 

quota (C.9.b).

    Seven days per week. All salmon except coho (C.4, C.7). Chinook 

minimum size limit of 27 inches total length (B, C.1). Landing and 

possession limit of 20 Chinook per vessel per day (C.8.g). Any 

remaining portion of the May, June and/or July Chinook quotas may be 

transferred inseason on an impact neutral basis to the next open quota 

period (C.8.c). All fish caught in this area must be landed within the 

area and within 24 hours of any closure of the fishery and prior to 

fishing outside the area (C.10). See compliance requirements (C.1) and 

gear restrictions and definitions (C.2, C.3). Klamath Control Zone 

closed (C.5.e). See California State regulations for additional 

closures adjacent to the Smith and Klamath rivers. When the fishery is 

closed between the Oregon/California border and Humbug Mountain and 

open to the south, vessels with fish on board caught in the open area 

off California may seek temporary mooring in Brookings, Oregon prior to 

landing in California only if such vessels first notify the Chetco 

River Coast Guard Station via VHF channel 22A between the hours of 0500 

and 2200 and provide the vessel name, number of fish on board, and 

estimated time of arrival (C.6).

 

--Humboldt South Jetty to Horse Mountain

 

    Closed.

 

--Horse Mountain to Point Arena (Fort Bragg)

 

    May 22 through 31;

    June 1 through 8 and 21 through 30;

    July 15 through 31;

    August 1 through 29;

    September 1 through 30 (C.9.b).

    Seven days per week. All salmon except coho (C.4, C.7). Chinook 

minimum size limit of 27 inches total length (B, C.1). All fish must be 

landed in California and offloaded within 24 hours of the August 29 

closure (C.6). When the California KMZ fishery is open, all fish caught 

in the area must be landed south of Horse Mountain (C.6). During 

September, all fish must be landed north of Point Arena (C.6). See 

compliance requirements (C.1) and gear restrictions and definitions 

(C.2, C.3).

    In 2014, the season will open April 16 through 30 for all salmon 

except coho, with a 27-inch Chinook minimum size limit and the same 

gear restrictions as in 2013. All fish caught in the area must be 

landed in the area. This opening could be modified following Council 

review at its March 2014 meeting.

 

--Point Arena to Pigeon Point (San Francisco)

 

    May 1 through 31;

    June 1 through 8 and 21 through 30;

    July 15 through 31;

    August 1 through 29;

    September 1 through 30 (C.9.b).

    Seven days per week. All salmon except coho (C.4, C.7). Chinook 

minimum size limit of 27 inches total length prior to September 1, 26 

inches thereafter (B, C.1). All fish must be landed in California and 

offloaded within 24 hours of the August 29 closure (C.6). During 

September, all fish must be landed south of Point Arena (C.6). See 

compliance requirements (C.1) and gear restrictions and definitions 

(C.2, C.3).

     Point Reyes to Point San Pedro (Fall Area Target Zone)

    October 1 through 4, 7 through 11, and 14 through 15.

    All salmon except coho (C.4, C.7). Chinook minimum size limit of 26 

inches total length (B, C.1). All fish caught in this area must be 

landed between Point Arena and Pigeon Point (C.6). See compliance 

requirements (C.1) and gear restrictions and definitions (C.2, C.3).

 

--Pigeon Point to U.S./Mexico Border (Monterey)

 

    May 1 through 31;

    June 1 through 8 and 21 through 30;

    July 15 through 31;

    August 1 through 29;

    September 1 through 30 (C.9.b).

    Seven days per week. All salmon except coho (C.4, C.7). Chinook 

minimum size limit of 27 inches total length prior to September 1, 26 

inches thereafter (B, C.1). All fish must be landed in California and 

offloaded within 24 hours of the August 29 closure (C.6). During 

September, all fish must be landed south of Point Arena (C.6). See 

compliance requirements (C.1) and gear restrictions and definitions 

(C.2, C.3).

    California State regulations require that all salmon be made 

available to a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) 

representative for sampling immediately at port of landing. Any person 

in possession of a salmon with a missing adipose fin, upon request by 

an authorized agent or employee of the CDFW, shall immediately 

relinquish the head of the salmon to the state (California Fish and 

Game Code Sec.  8226).

 

B. Minimum Size (Inches) (See C.1)

 

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                                                Chinook                    Coho

                                      ----------------------------------------------------

           Area (when open)               Total                     Total                           Pink

                                          length      Head-off      length      Head-off

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North of Cape Falcon, OR.............         28.0         21.5         16.0         12.0  None

Cape Falcon to OR/CA Border..........         28.0         21.5  ...........  ...........  None

OR/CA Border to Humboldt South Jetty.         27.0         20.5  ...........  ...........  None

Horse Mountain to Point Arena........         27.0         20.5  ...........  ...........  None

Point Arena to U.S./Mexico Border:

    Prior to Sept. 1.................         27.0         20.5  ...........  ...........  None

    Sept. 1 to Oct. 15...............         26.0         19.5  ...........  ...........  None

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Metric equivalents: 28.0 in = 71.1 cm, 27.0 in = 68.6 cm, 26.0 in = 66.0 cm, 21.5 in = 54.6 cm, 20.5 in = 52.1

  cm, 19.5 in = 49.5 cm, 16.0 in = 40.6 cm, and 12.0 in = 30.5 cm.

 

 

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C. Special Requirements, Definitions, Restrictions, or Exceptions

 

C.1. Compliance With Minimum Size or Other Special Restrictions

    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. Salmon may 

be landed in an area that has been closed for a species of salmon more 

than 96 hours only if the salmon meet the minimum size, landing/

possession limit, or other special requirements for the area in which 

they were caught.

    States may require fish landing/receiving tickets to be kept on 

board the vessel for 90 days after landing to account for all previous 

salmon landings.

C.2. Gear Restrictions

    a. Salmon may be taken only by hook and line using single point, 

single shank, barbless hooks.

    b. Cape Falcon, Oregon, to the Oregon/California border: No more 

than 4 spreads are allowed per line.

    c. Oregon/California border to U.S./Mexico border: No more than 6 

lines are allowed per vessel, and barbless circle hooks are required 

when fishing with bait by any means other than trolling.

C.3. Gear Definitions

    Trolling defined: Fishing from a boat or floating device that is 

making way by means of a source of power, other than drifting by means 

of the prevailing water current or weather conditions.

    Troll fishing gear defined: One or more lines that drag hooks 

behind a moving fishing vessel. In that portion of the fishery 

management area (FMA) off Oregon and Washington, the line or lines must 

be affixed to the vessel and must not be intentionally disengaged from 

the vessel at any time during the fishing operation.

    Spread defined: A single leader connected to an individual lure 

and/or bait.

    Circle hook defined: A hook with a generally circular shape and a 

point which turns inward, pointing directly to the shank at a 90[deg] 

angle.

C.4. Vessel Operation in Closed Areas With Salmon on Board

    a. Except as provided under C.4.b below, it is unlawful for a 

vessel to have troll or recreational gear in the water while in any 

area closed to fishing for a certain species of salmon, while 

possessing that species of salmon; however, fishing for species other 

than salmon is not prohibited if the area is open for such species, and 

no salmon are in possession.

    b. When Genetic Stock Identification (GSI) samples will be 

collected in an area closed to commercial salmon fishing, the 

scientific research permit holder shall notify NOAA Office of Law 

Enforcement (OLE), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), CDFW, and Oregon State 

Patrol (OSP) at least 24 hours prior to sampling and provide the 

following information: The vessel name, date, location, and time 

collection activities will be done. Any vessel collecting GSI samples 

in a closed area shall not possess any salmon other than those from 

which GSI samples are being collected. Salmon caught for collection of 

GSI samples must be immediately released in good condition after 

collection of samples.

C.5. Control Zone Definitions

    a. Cape Flattery Control Zone--The area from Cape Flattery 

(48[deg]23'00'' N. lat.) to the northern boundary of the U.S. EEZ; and 

the area from Cape Flattery south to Cape Alava (48[deg]10'00'' N. 

lat.) and east of 125[deg]05'00'' W. long.

    b. Mandatory Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area--The area in 

Washington Marine Catch Area 3 from 48[deg]00.00' N. lat.; 

125[deg]14.00' W. long. to 48[deg]02.00' N. lat.; 125[deg]14.00' W. 

long. to 48[deg]02.00' N. lat.; 125[deg]16.50' W. long. to 

48[deg]00.00' N. lat.; 125[deg]16.50' W. long. and connecting back to 

48[deg]00.00' N. lat.; 125[deg]14.00' W. long.

    c. Grays Harbor Control Zone--The area defined by a line drawn from 

the Westport Lighthouse (46[deg]53'18'' N. lat., 124[deg]07'01'' W. 

long.) to Buoy 2 (46[deg]52'42'' N. lat., 124[deg]12'42'' W. 

long.) to Buoy 3 (46[deg]55'00'' N. lat., 124[deg]14'48'' W. 

long.) to the Grays Harbor north jetty (46[deg]55'36'' N. lat., 

124[deg]10'51'' W. long.).

    d. Columbia Control Zone--An area at the Columbia River mouth, 

bounded on the west by a line running northeast/southwest between the 

red lighted Buoy 4 (46[deg]13'35'' N. lat., 124[deg]06'50'' W. 

long.) and the green lighted Buoy 7 (46[deg]15'09'' N. lat., 

124[deg]06'16'' W. long.); on the east, by the Buoy 10 line 

which bears north/south at 357[deg] true from the south jetty at 

46[deg]14'00'' N. lat., 124[deg]03'07'' W. long. to its intersection 

with the north jetty; on the north, by a line running northeast/

southwest between the green lighted Buoy 7 to the tip of the 

north jetty (46[deg]15'48'' N. lat., 124[deg]05'20'' W. long.), and 

then along the north jetty to the point of intersection with the Buoy 

10 line; and, on the south, by a line running northeast/

southwest between the red lighted Buoy 4 and tip of the south 

jetty (46[deg]14'03'' N. lat., 124[deg]04'05'' W. long.), and then 

along the south jetty to the point of intersection with the Buoy 

10 line.

    e. Klamath Control Zone--The ocean area at the Klamath River mouth 

bounded on the north by 41[deg]38'48'' N. lat. (approximately six 

nautical miles north of the Klamath River mouth); on the west, by 

124[deg]23'00'' W. long. (approximately 12 nautical miles off shore); 

and on the south, by 41[deg]26'48'' N. lat. (approximately six nautical 

miles south of the Klamath River mouth).

C.6. Notification When Unsafe Conditions Prevent Compliance With 

Regulations

    If prevented by unsafe weather conditions or mechanical problems 

from meeting special management area landing restrictions, vessels must 

notify the U.S. Coast Guard and receive acknowledgment of such 

notification prior to leaving the area. This notification shall include 

the name of the vessel, port where delivery will be made, approximate 

amount of salmon (by species) on board, the estimated time of arrival, 

and the specific reason the vessel is not able to meet special 

management area landing restrictions.

    In addition to contacting the U.S. Coast Guard, vessels fishing 

south of the Oregon/California border must notify CDFW within one hour 

of leaving the management area by calling 800-889-8346 and providing 

the same information as reported to the U.S. Coast Guard. All salmon 

must be offloaded within 24 hours of reaching port.

C.7. Incidental Halibut Harvest

    During authorized periods, the operator of a vessel that has been 

issued an incidental halibut harvest license may retain Pacific halibut 

caught incidentally in Area 2A while trolling for salmon. Halibut 

retained must be no less than 32 inches (81.28 cm) 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. License applications for incidental harvest must be obtained from 

the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) (phone: 206-634-

1838). Applicants must apply prior to April 1, 2013 for 2013 permits 

and mid-March 2014 (exact date to be set by the IPHC in early 2014) for 

2014 permits. Incidental harvest is authorized only during May and June 

of the 2013 troll seasons and April, May, and June of the 2014 troll 

seasons and after June 30 in 2013 or 2014 if quota remains and if 

announced on the NMFS hotline (phone: 800-662-9825). WDFW, ODFW,

 

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and CDFW will monitor landings. If the landings are projected to exceed 

the 30,600 pound preseason allocation or the total Area 2A non-Indian 

commercial halibut allocation, NMFS will take inseason action to 

prohibit retention of halibut in the non-Indian salmon troll fishery.

    Beginning May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014, IPHC license holders 

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).

    Incidental Pacific halibut catch regulations in the commercial 

salmon troll fishery adopted for 2013 will be in effect when incidental 

Pacific halibut retention opens on April 1, 2014 unless modified by 

inseason action.

    A ``C-shaped'' yelloweye rockfish conservation area (YRCA) is an 

area to be voluntarily avoided for salmon trolling. NMFS and the 

Council request salmon trollers voluntarily avoid this area in order to 

protect yelloweye rockfish. The area is defined in Pacific coast 

groundfish regulations (50 CFR 660.70(a)) in the North Coast subarea 

(Washington marine area 3), with the following coordinates in the order 

listed:

    48[deg]18' N. lat.; 125[deg]18' W. long.;

    48[deg]18' N. lat.; 124[deg]59' W. long.;

    48[deg]11' N. lat.; 124[deg]59' W. long.;

    48[deg]11' N. lat.; 125[deg]11' W. long.;

    48[deg]04' N. lat.; 125[deg]11' W. long.;

    48[deg]04' N. lat.; 124[deg]59' W. long.;

    48[deg]00' N. lat.; 124[deg]59' W. long.;

    48[deg]00' N. lat.; 125[deg]18' W. long.;

    and connecting back to 48[deg]18' N. lat.; 125[deg]18' W. long.

C.8. Inseason Management

    In addition to standard inseason actions or modifications already 

noted under the season description, the following inseason guidance 

applies:

    a. Chinook remaining from the May through June non-Indian 

commercial troll harvest guideline north of Cape Falcon may be 

transferred to the July through September harvest guideline, if the 

transfer would not result in exceeding preseason impact expectations on 

any stocks.

    b. Chinook remaining from the June and/or July non-Indian 

commercial troll quotas in the Oregon KMZ may be transferred to the 

Chinook quota for the next open period if the transfer would not result 

in exceeding preseason impact expectations on any stocks.

    c. Chinook remaining from the May, June, and/or July non-Indian 

commercial troll quotas in the California KMZ may be transferred to the 

Chinook quota for the next open period if the transfer would not result 

in exceeding preseason impact expectations on any stocks.

    d. NMFS may transfer fish between the recreational and commercial 

fisheries north of Cape Falcon if there is agreement among the areas' 

representatives on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS), and if the 

transfer would not result in exceeding the preseason impact 

expectations on any stocks.

    e. At the March 2014 meeting, the Council will consider inseason 

recommendations for special regulations for any experimental fisheries 

(proposals must meet Council protocol and be received in November 

2013).

    f. If retention of unmarked coho is permitted by inseason action, 

the allowable coho quota will be adjusted to ensure preseason projected 

impacts on all stocks are not exceeded.

    g. Landing limits may be modified inseason to sustain season length 

and keep harvest within overall quotas.

C.9. State Waters Fisheries

    Consistent with Council management objectives:

    a. The State of Oregon may establish additional late-season 

fisheries in state waters.

    b. The State of California may establish limited fisheries in 

selected state waters.

    Check state regulations for details.

C.10. For the purposes of California Fish and Game Code, Section 

8232.5, the definition of the Klamath Management Zone (KMZ) for the 

ocean salmon season is the area from Humbug Mountain, Oregon, to Horse 

Mountain, California.

Section 2. Recreational Management Measures for 2013 Ocean Salmon 

Fisheries

    Parts A, B, and C of this section contain restrictions that must be 

followed for lawful participation in the fishery. Part A identifies 

each fishing area and provides the geographic boundaries from north to 

south, the open seasons for the area, the salmon species allowed to be 

caught during the seasons, and any other special restrictions effective 

in the area. Part B specifies minimum size limits. Part C specifies 

special requirements, definitions, restrictions and exceptions.

 

A. Season Description

 

North of Cape Falcon, OR

--U.S./Canada Border to Queets River

 

    May 10 through 11, May 17 through 18, and June 22 through 28 or a 

coastwide marked Chinook quota of 8,000 (C.5).

    Seven days per week. Two fish per day, all salmon except coho, all 

Chinook must be marked with a healed adipose fin clip (C.1). Chinook 

24-inch total length minimum size limit (B). See gear restrictions 

(C.2). Inseason management may be used to sustain season length and 

keep harvest within the overall Chinook recreational TAC for north of 

Cape Falcon (C.5).

 

--Queets River to Leadbetter Point

 

    June 8 through earlier of June 22 or a coastwide marked Chinook 

quota of 8,000 (C.5).

    Seven days per week. Two fish per day, all salmon except coho, all 

Chinook must be marked with a healed adipose fin clip (C.1). Chinook 

24-inch total length minimum size limit (B). See gear restrictions 

(C.2). Inseason management may be used to sustain season length and 

keep harvest within the overall Chinook recreational TAC for north of 

Cape Falcon (C.5).

 

--Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon

 

    June 8 through earlier of June 21 or a coastwide marked Chinook 

quota of 8,000 (C.5).

    Seven days per week. Two fish per day, all salmon except coho, all 

Chinook must be marked with a healed adipose fin clip (C.1). Chinook 

24-inch total length minimum size limit (B). See gear restrictions 

(C.2). Inseason management may be used to sustain season length and 

keep harvest within the overall Chinook recreational TAC for north of 

Cape Falcon (C.5).

 

--U.S./Canada Border to Cape Alava (Neah Bay)

 

    June 29 through earlier of September 22 or 7,780 marked coho 

subarea quota with a subarea guideline of 4,900 Chinook (C.5).

    Seven days per week. All salmon except no chum beginning August 1; 

two fish per day, plus two additional pink salmon. All coho must be 

marked (C.1). Beginning August 1, Chinook non-retention east of the 

Bonilla-Tatoosh line (C.4.a) during Council managed ocean fishery. See 

gear restrictions and definitions (C.2, C.3). Inseason management may 

be used to sustain season length and keep harvest within the overall 

Chinook and coho recreational TACs for north of Cape Falcon (C.5).

 

--Cape Alava to Queets River (La Push Subarea)

 

    June 29 through earlier of September 22 or 1,890 marked coho 

subarea quota with a subarea guideline of 1,650 Chinook (C.5).

 

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    September 28 through earlier of October 13 or 50 marked coho quota 

or 50 Chinook quota (C.5) in the area north of 47[deg]50'00'' N. lat. 

and south of 48[deg]00'00'' N. lat.

    Seven days per week. All salmon; two fish per day, plus two 

additional pink salmon. All coho must be marked (see Ocean Boat Limits, 

C.1). See gear restrictions (C.2, C.3). Inseason management may be used 

to sustain season length and keep harvest within the overall Chinook 

and coho recreational TACs for north of Cape Falcon (C.5).

 

--Queets River to Leadbetter Point (Westport Subarea)

 

    June 23 through earlier of September 30 or 27,660 marked coho 

subarea quota with a subarea guideline of 23,500 Chinook (C.5).

    Sunday through Thursday. All salmon; two fish per day, no more than 

one of which can be a Chinook. All coho must be marked (C.1). See gear 

restrictions and definitions (C.2, C.3). Grays Harbor Control Zone 

closed beginning August 11 (C.4). Inseason management may be used to 

sustain season length and keep harvest within the overall Chinook and 

coho recreational TACs for north of Cape Falcon (C.5).

 

--Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon (Columbia River Subarea)

 

    June 22 through earlier of September 30 or 37,380 marked coho 

subarea quota with a subarea guideline of 9,900 Chinook (C.5).

    Seven days per week. All salmon; two fish per day, only one of 

which can be a Chinook. All coho must be marked (C.1). See gear 

restrictions and definitions (C.2, C.3). Columbia Control Zone closed 

(C.4). Inseason management may be used to sustain season length and 

keep harvest within the overall Chinook and coho recreational TACs for 

north of Cape Falcon (C.5).

South of Cape Falcon, OR

--Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain

 

    March 15 through October 31 (C.6), except as provided below during 

the all-salmon mark-selective and September non-mark-selective coho 

fisheries.

    Seven days per week. All salmon except coho; two fish per day (B, 

C.1). Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length (B). See 

gear restrictions and definitions (C.2, C.3).

    Non-mark-selective coho fishery: September 1 through the earlier of 

September 30 or a landed catch of 16,000 non-mark-selective coho quota 

(C.5).

    September 1 through 2, then Thursday through Saturday thereafter; 

all salmon, two fish per day (C.5);

    September 3 through 4, then Sunday through Wednesday thereafter; 

all salmon except coho, two fish per day. The all salmon except coho 

season reopens the earlier of October 1 or attainment of the coho 

quota. Open days may be adjusted inseason to utilize the available coho 

quota (C.5).

    In 2014, the season between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain will 

open March 15 for all salmon except coho, two fish per day (B, C.1, 

C.2, C.3).

    Fishing in the Stonewall Bank yelloweye rockfish conservation area 

restricted to trolling only on days the all depth recreational halibut 

fishery is open (call the halibut fishing hotline 1-800-662-9825 for 

specific dates) (C.3.b, C.4.d).

 

--Cape Falcon to Oregon/California Border

    All-salmon mark-selective coho fishery: July 1 through earlier of 

July 31 or a landed catch of 10,500 marked coho.

    Seven days per week. All salmon, two fish per day. All retained 

coho must be marked (C.1). Any remainder of the mark selective coho 

quota will be transferred on an impact neutral basis to the September 

non-selective coho quota from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain (C.5). The 

all salmon except coho season reopens the earlier of August 1 or 

attainment of the coho quota.

    Fishing in the Stonewall Bank yelloweye rockfish conservation area 

restricted to trolling only on days the all depth recreational halibut 

fishery is open (call the halibut fishing hotline 1-800-662-9825 for 

specific dates) (C.3.b, C.4.d).

 

--Humbug Mountain to Oregon/California Border (Oregon KMZ)

 

    May 1 through September 8, except as provided above during the all-

salmon mark-selective coho fishery (C.6).

    All salmon except coho, except as noted above in the all-salmon 

mark-selective coho fishery. Seven days per week, two fish per day 

(C.1). Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length (B). See 

gear restrictions and definitions (C.2, C.3).

 

--Oregon/California Border to Horse Mountain (California KMZ)

 

    May 1 through September 8 (C.6).

    Seven days per week. All salmon except coho, two fish per day 

(C.1). Chinook minimum size limit of 20 inches total length (B). See 

gear restrictions and definitions (C.2, C.3). Klamath Control Zone 

closed in August (C.4.e). See California State regulations for 

additional closures adjacent to the Smith, Eel, and Klamath Rivers.

 

    --Horse Mountain to Point Arena (Fort Bragg)

 

    April 6 through November 10.

    Seven days per week. All salmon except coho, two fish per day 

(C.1). Chinook minimum size limit of 20 inches total length (B). See 

gear restrictions and definitions (C.2, C.3).

    In 2014, season opens April 5 for all salmon except coho, two fish 

per day (C.1). Chinook minimum size limit of 20 inches total length 

(B); and the same gear restrictions as in 2013 (C.2, C.3). This opening 

could be modified following Council review at its March 2014 meeting.

 

--Point Arena to Pigeon Point (San Francisco)

 

    April 6 through November 10.

    Open five days per week (Wednesday through Sunday) June 1 through 

July 9, seven days per week otherwise. All salmon except coho, two fish 

per day (C.1). Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length 

through July 31; 20 inches thereafter (B). See gear restrictions and 

definitions (C.2, C.3).

    In 2014, season opens April 5 for all salmon except coho, two fish 

per day (C.1). Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length 

(B); and the same gear restrictions as in 2013 (C.2, C.3). This opening 

could be modified following Council review at its March 2014 meeting.

 

--Pigeon Point to U.S./Mexico Border (Monterey)

 

    April 6 through October 6.

    Open five days per week (Wednesday through Sunday) June 1 through 

July 9, seven days per week otherwise. All salmon except coho, two fish 

per day (C.1). Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length 

(B). See gear restrictions and definitions (C.2, C.3).

    In 2014, season opens April 5 for all salmon except coho, two fish 

per day (C.1). Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length 

(B); and the same gear restrictions as in 2013 (C.2, C.3). This opening 

could be modified following Council review at its March 2014 meeting.

    California State regulations require that all salmon be made 

available to a CDFW representative for sampling immediately at port of 

landing. Any person in possession of a salmon with a missing adipose 

fin, upon request by an authorized agent or employee of the CDFW, shall 

immediately relinquish the head of the salmon to the state (California 

Fish and Game Code Sec.  8226).

 

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B. Minimum Size (Total Length in Inches) (See C.1)

 

------------------------------------------------------------------------

       Area (when open)           Chinook        Coho          Pink

------------------------------------------------------------------------

North of Cape Falcon..........         24.0         16.0  None

Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain         24.0         16.0  None

Humbug Mt. to OR/CA Border....         24.0         16.0  None

OR/CA Border to Horse Mountain         20.0  ...........  20.0

Horse Mountain to Point Arena.         20.0  ...........  20.0

Point Arena to Pigeon Point:

    April 6 to July 31........         24.0  ...........  24.0

    August 1 to November 10...         20.0  ...........  20.0

    Pigeon Point to U.S./              24.0  ...........  24.0

     Mexico Border.

------------------------------------------------------------------------

Metric equivalents: 24.0 in = 61.0 cm, 20.0 in = 50.8 cm, and 16.0 in =

  40.6 cm.

 

C. Special Requirements, Definitions, Restrictions, or Exceptions

 

C.1. Compliance With Minimum Size and Other Special Restrictions

    All salmon on board a vessel must meet the minimum size or other 

special requirements for the area being fished and the area in which 

they are landed if that area is open. Salmon may be landed in an area 

that is closed only if they meet the minimum size or other special 

requirements for the area in which they were caught.

    Ocean Boat Limits: Off the coast of Washington, Oregon, and 

California, each fisher aboard a vessel may continue to use angling 

gear until the combined daily limits of Chinook and coho salmon for all 

licensed and juvenile anglers aboard have been attained (additional 

state restrictions may apply).

C.2. Gear Restrictions

    Salmon may be taken only by hook and line using barbless hooks. All 

persons fishing for salmon, and all persons fishing from a boat with 

salmon on board, must meet the gear restrictions listed below for 

specific areas or seasons.

    a. U.S./Canada Border to Point Conception, California: No more than 

one rod may be used per angler; and no more than two single point, 

single shank barbless hooks are required for all fishing gear. [Note: 

ODFW regulations in the state-water fishery off Tillamook Bay may allow 

the use of barbed hooks to be consistent with inside regulations.]

    b. Horse Mountain, California, to Point Conception, California: 

Single point, single shank, barbless circle hooks (see gear definitions 

below) are required when fishing with bait by any means other than 

trolling, and no more than two such hooks shall be used. When angling 

with two hooks, the distance between the hooks must not exceed five 

inches when measured from the top of the eye of the top hook to the 

inner base of the curve of the lower hook, and both hooks must be 

permanently tied in place (hard tied). Circle hooks are not required 

when artificial lures are used without bait.

C.3. Gear Definitions

    a. Recreational fishing gear defined: Off Oregon and Washington, 

angling tackle consists of a single line that must be attached to a rod 

and reel held by hand or closely attended; the rod and reel must be 

held by hand while playing a hooked fish. No person may use more than 

one rod and line while fishing off Oregon or Washington. Off 

California, the line must be attached to a rod and reel held by hand or 

closely attended; weights directly attached to a line may not exceed 

four pounds (1.8 kg). While fishing off California north of Point 

Conception, no person fishing for salmon, and no person fishing from a 

boat with salmon on board, may use more than one rod and line. Fishing 

includes any activity which can reasonably be expected to result in the 

catching, taking, or harvesting of fish.

    b. Trolling defined: Angling from a boat or floating device that is 

making way by means of a source of power, other than drifting by means 

of the prevailing water current or weather conditions.

    c. Circle hook defined: A hook with a generally circular shape and 

a point which turns inward, pointing directly to the shank at a 90[deg] 

angle.

C.4. Control Zone Definitions

    a. The Bonilla-Tatoosh Line--A line running from the western end of 

Cape Flattery to Tatoosh Island Lighthouse (48[deg]23'30'' N. lat., 

124[deg]44'12'' W. long.) to the buoy adjacent to Duntze Rock 

(48[deg]24'37'' N. lat., 124[deg]44'37'' W. long.), then in a straight 

line to Bonilla Point (48[deg]35'39'' N. lat., 124[deg]42'58'' W. 

long.) on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

    b. Grays Harbor Control Zone--The area defined by a line drawn from 

the Westport Lighthouse (46[deg]53'18'' N. lat., 124[deg]07'01'' W. 

long.) to Buoy 2 (46[deg]52'42'' N. lat., 124[deg]12'42'' W. 

long.) to Buoy 3 (46[deg]55'00'' N. lat., 124[deg]14'48'' W. 

long.) to the Grays Harbor north jetty (46[deg]55'36'' N. lat., 

124[deg]10'51'' W. long.).

    c. Columbia Control Zone--An area at the Columbia River mouth, 

bounded on the west by a line running northeast/southwest between the 

red lighted Buoy 4 (46[deg]13'35'' N. lat., 124[deg]06'50'' W. 

long.) and the green lighted Buoy 7 (46[deg]15'09'' N. lat., 

124[deg]06'16'' W. long.); on the east, by the Buoy 10 line 

which bears north/south at 357[deg] true from the south jetty at 

46[deg]14'00'' N. lat., 124[deg]03'07'' W. long. to its intersection 

with the north jetty; on the north, by a line running northeast/

southwest between the green lighted Buoy 7 to the tip of the 

north jetty (46[deg]15'48'' N. lat., 124[deg]05'20'' W. long.) and then 

along the north jetty to the point of intersection with the Buoy 

10 line; and on the south, by a line running northeast/

southwest between the red lighted Buoy 4 and tip of the south 

jetty (46[deg]14'03'' N. lat., 124[deg]04'05'' W. long.), and then 

along the south jetty to the point of intersection with the Buoy 

10 line.

    d. Stonewall Bank yelloweye rockfish conservation area--The area 

defined by the following coordinates in the order listed:

    44[deg]37.46' N. lat.; 124[deg]24.92' W. long.;

    44[deg]37.46' N. lat.; 124[deg]23.63' W. long.;

    44[deg]28.71' N. lat.; 124[deg]21.80' W. long.;

    44[deg]28.71' N. lat.; 124[deg]24.10' W. long.;

    44[deg]31.42' N. lat.; 124[deg]25.47' W. long.;

    and connecting back to 44[deg]37.46' N. lat.; 124[deg]24.92' W. 

long.

    e. Klamath Control Zone--The ocean area at the Klamath River mouth 

bounded on the north by 41[deg]38'48'' N. lat. (approximately six 

nautical miles north of the Klamath River mouth); on the west, by 

124[deg]23'00'' W. long. (approximately 12 nautical miles off shore); 

and, on the south, by 41[deg]26'48'' N. lat. (approximately 6 nautical 

miles south of the Klamath River mouth).

C.5. Inseason Management

    Regulatory modifications may become necessary inseason to meet 

preseason

 

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management objectives such as quotas, harvest guidelines, and season 

duration. In addition to standard inseason actions or modifications 

already noted under the season description, the following inseason 

guidance applies:

    a. Actions could include modifications to bag limits, or days open 

to fishing, and extensions or reductions in areas open to fishing.

    b. Coho may be transferred inseason among recreational subareas 

north of Cape Falcon to help meet the recreational season duration 

objectives (for each subarea) after conferring with representatives of 

the affected ports and the Council's SAS recreational representatives 

north of Cape Falcon, and if the transfer would not result in exceeding 

preseason impact expectations on any stocks.

    c. Chinook and coho may be transferred between the recreational and 

commercial fisheries north of Cape Falcon if there is agreement among 

the representatives of the SAS, and if the transfer would not result in 

exceeding preseason impact expectations on any stocks.

    d. Fishery managers may consider inseason action modifying 

regulations restricting retention of unmarked coho. To remain 

consistent with preseason expectations, any inseason action shall 

consider, if significant, the difference between observed and preseason 

forecasted mark rates. Such a consideration may also include a change 

in bag limit of two salmon, no more than one of which may be a coho.

    e. Marked coho remaining from the July Cape Falcon to Oregon/

California border recreational coho quota may be transferred inseason 

to the September Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain non-mark-selective 

recreational fishery if the transfer would not result in exceeding 

preseason impact expectations on any stocks.

C.6. Additional Seasons in State Territorial Waters

    Consistent with Council management objectives, the States of 

Washington, Oregon, and California may establish limited seasons in 

state waters. Check state regulations for details.

Section 3. Treaty Indian Management Measures for 2013 Ocean Salmon 

Fisheries

    Parts A, B, and C of this section contain requirements that must be 

followed for lawful participation in the fishery.

 

A. Season Descriptions

 

    May 1 through the earlier of June 30 or 26,250 Chinook quota. All 

salmon except coho. If the Chinook quota for the May through June 

fishery is not fully utilized, the excess fish may be transferred into 

the later all-salmon season (C.5.a). If the Chinook quota is exceeded, 

the excess will be deducted from the later all-salmon season (C.5). See 

size limit (B) and other restrictions (C).

    July 1 through the earlier of September 15, or 26,250 preseason 

Chinook quota (C.5), or 47,500 coho quota. All salmon. See size limit 

(B) and other restrictions (C).

 

B. Minimum Size (Inches)

 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                                                Chinook                    Coho

           Area (when open)           ----------------------------------------------------          Pink

                                          Total       Head-off      Total       Head-off

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

North of Cape Falcon.................         24.0         18.0         16.0         12.0  None

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Metric equivalents: 24.0 in = 61.0 cm, 18.0 in = 45.7 cm, 16.0 in = 40.6 cm, and 12.0 in = 30.5 cm.

 

C. Special Requirements, Restrictions, and Exceptions

 

C.1. Tribe and Area Boundaries.

    All boundaries may be changed to include such other areas as may 

hereafter be authorized by a Federal court for that tribe's treaty 

fishery.

    S'KLALLAM--Washington State Statistical Area 4B (All).

    MAKAH--Washington State Statistical Area 4B and that portion of the 

FMA north of 48[deg]02'15'' N. lat. (Norwegian Memorial) and east of 

125[deg]44'00'' W. long.

    QUILEUTE--That portion of the FMA between 48[deg]07'36'' N. lat. 

(Sand Pt.) and 47[deg]31'42'' N. lat. (Queets River) and east of 

125[deg]44'00'' W. long.

    HOH--That portion of the FMA between 47[deg]54'18'' N. lat. 

(Quillayute River) and 47[deg]21'00'' N. lat. (Quinault River) and east 

of 125[deg]44'00'' W. long.

    QUINAULT--That portion of the FMA between 47[deg]40'06'' N. lat. 

(Destruction Island) and 46[deg]53'18'' N. lat. (Point Chehalis) and 

east of 125[deg]44'00'' W. long.

C.2. Gear Restrictions

    a. Single point, single shank, barbless hooks are required in all 

fisheries.

    b. No more than eight fixed lines per boat.

    c. No more than four hand held lines per person in the Makah area 

fishery (Washington State Statistical Area 4B and that portion of the 

FMA north of 48[deg]02'15'' N. lat. (Norwegian Memorial) and east of 

125[deg]44'00'' W. long.).

C.3. Quotas

    a. The quotas include troll catches by the S'Klallam and Makah 

tribes in Washington State Statistical Area 4B from May 1 through 

September 15.

    b. The Quileute Tribe will continue a ceremonial and subsistence 

fishery during the time frame of September 15 through October 15 in the 

same manner as in 2004 through 2012. Fish taken during this fishery are 

to be counted against treaty troll quotas established for the 2013 

season (estimated harvest during the October ceremonial and subsistence 

fishery: 100 Chinook; 200 coho).

C.4. Area Closures

    a. The area within a six nautical mile radius of the mouths of the 

Queets River (47[deg]31'42'' N. lat.) and the Hoh River (47[deg]45'12'' 

N. lat.) will be closed to commercial fishing.

    b. A closure within two nautical miles of the mouth of the Quinault 

River (47[deg]21'00'' N. lat.) may be enacted by the Quinault Nation 

and/or the State of Washington and will not adversely affect the 

Secretary of Commerce's management regime.

C.5. Inseason Management

    In addition to standard inseason actions or modifications already 

noted under the season description, the following inseason guidance 

applies:

    a. Chinook remaining from the May through June treaty-Indian ocean 

troll harvest guideline north of Cape Falcon may be transferred to the 

July through September harvest guideline on a fishery impact equivalent 

basis.

Section 4. Halibut Retention

    Under the authority of the Northern Pacific Halibut Act, NMFS 

promulgated regulations governing the Pacific halibut fishery, which 

appear at 50 CFR part 300, subpart E. On March 15, 2013, NMFS published 

a final rule (78 FR 16423) to implement the IPHC's recommendations, to 

announce fishery

 

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regulations for U.S. waters off Alaska and fishery regulations for 

treaty commercial and ceremonial and subsistence fisheries, some 

regulations for non-treaty commercial fisheries for U.S. waters off the 

West Coast, and approval of and implementation of the Area 2A Pacific 

halibut Catch Sharing Plan and the Area 2A management measures for 

2013. The regulations and management measures provide that vessels 

participating in the salmon troll fishery in Area 2A (all waters off 

the States of Washington, Oregon, and California), which have obtained 

the appropriate IPHC license, may retain halibut caught incidentally 

during authorized periods in conformance with provisions published with 

the annual salmon management measures. A salmon troller may participate 

in the halibut incidental catch fishery during the salmon troll season 

or in the directed commercial fishery targeting halibut, but not both.

    The following measures have been approved by the IPHC, and 

implemented by NMFS. During authorized periods, the operator of a 

vessel that has been issued an incidental halibut harvest license may 

retain Pacific halibut caught incidentally in Area 2A while trolling 

for salmon. Halibut retained must be no less than 32 inches (81.28 cm) 

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. License applications for incidental harvest must be 

obtained from the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) 

(phone: 206-634-1838). Applicants must apply prior to April 1, 2013 for 

2013 permits and mid-March 2014 (exact date to be set by the IPHC in 

early 2014) for 2014 permits. Incidental harvest is authorized only 

during May and June of the 2013 troll seasons and April, May, and June 

of the 2014 troll seasons and after June 30 in 2013 or 2014 if quota 

remains and if announced on the NMFS hotline (phone: 800-662-9825). 

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), ODFW, and CDFW will 

monitor landings. If the landings are projected to exceed the 30,600 

pound preseason allocation or the total Area 2A non-Indian commercial 

halibut allocation, NMFS will take inseason action to prohibit 

retention of halibut in the non-Indian salmon troll fishery.

    Beginning May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014, IPHC license holders 

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).

    Incidental Pacific halibut catch regulations in the commercial 

salmon troll fishery adopted for 2013 will be in effect when incidental 

Pacific halibut retention opens on April 1, 2014 unless modified by 

inseason action.

    NMFS and the Council request that salmon trollers voluntarily avoid 

a ``C-shaped'' YRCA (also known as the Salmon Troll YRCA) in order to 

protect yelloweye rockfish. Coordinates for the Salmon Troll YRCA are 

defined at 50 CFR 660.70(a) in the North Coast subarea (Washington 

marine area 3). See Section 1.C.7. in this document for the 

coordinates.

Section 5. Geographical Landmarks

    Wherever the words ``nautical miles off shore'' are used in this 

document, the distance is measured from the baseline from which the 

territorial sea is measured.

    Geographical landmarks referenced in this document are at the 

following locations:

 

Cape Flattery, WA......................  48[deg]23'00'' N. lat.

Cape Alava, WA.........................  48[deg]10'00'' N. lat.

Queets River, WA.......................  47[deg]31'42'' N. lat.

Leadbetter Point, WA...................  46[deg]38'10'' N. lat.

Cape Falcon, OR........................  45[deg]46'00'' N. lat.

Florence South Jetty, OR...............  44[deg]00'54'' N. lat.

Humbug Mountain, OR....................  42[deg]40'30'' N. lat.

Oregon-California Border...............  42[deg]00'00'' N. lat.

Humboldt South Jetty, CA...............  40[deg]45'53'' N. lat.

Horse Mountain, CA.....................  40[deg]05'00'' N. lat.

Point Arena, CA........................  38[deg]57'30'' N. lat.

Point Reyes, CA........................  37[deg]59'44'' N. lat.

Point San Pedro, CA....................  37[deg]35'40'' N. lat.

Pigeon Point, CA.......................  37[deg]11'00'' N. lat.

Point Sur, CA..........................  36[deg]18'00'' N. lat.

Point Conception, CA...................  34[deg]27'00'' N. lat.

 

 

Section 6. Inseason Notice Procedures

    Actual notice of inseason management actions will be provided by a 

telephone hotline administered by the Northwest Region, NMFS, 206-526-

6667 or 800-662-9825, and by U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners 

broadcasts. These broadcasts are announced on Channel 16 VHF-FM and 

2182 KHz at frequent intervals. The announcements designate the channel 

or frequency over which the Notice to Mariners will be immediately 

broadcast. Inseason actions will also be filed with the Federal 

Register as soon as practicable. Since provisions of these management 

measures may be altered by inseason actions, fishermen should monitor 

either the telephone hotline or Coast Guard broadcasts for current 

information for the area in which they are fishing.

 

 

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