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Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions 15 through 21

NOAA Fisheries announces 7 inseason actions in the ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial and recreational fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon.

The effective dates for the inseason action are set out in this document under the heading Inseason Actions. Comments will be accepted through October 26, 2012.

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 http://www.regulations.gov. 

To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, first click the ``submit a comment'' icon, then enter NOAA-NMFS-2012-0079 in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the ``Submit a Comment'' icon on the right of that line.

     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 must be submitted by one of the above methods to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and considered by NMFS. 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. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on http://www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.) submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. 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, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

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

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).

Inseason Actions

    The table below lists the inseason actions announced in this 

document.

 

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           Inseason action no.                   Effective date                 Salmon fishery affected

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15......................................  August 29, 2012............  Commercial and Recreational fisheries

                                                                        from U.S./Canada Border to Cape Falcon,

                                                                        Oregon.

16......................................  September 1, 2012..........  Recreational fishery from Queets River to

                                                                        Leadbetter Point (Westport subarea).

17......................................  September 3, 2012..........  Recreational fishery from Leadbetter

                                                                        Point to Cape Falcon, Oregon (Columbia

                                                                        River subarea).

18......................................  August 31, 2012............  Commercial fishery from U.S./Canada

                                                                        Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon.

19......................................  September 5, 2012..........  Commercial and Recreational fisheries

                                                                        from U.S./Canada Border to Cape Falcon,

                                                                        Oregon.

20......................................  September 7, 2012..........  Commercial fishery from U.S./Canada

                                                                        Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon.

21......................................  September 5, 2012..........  Commercial fishery from U.S./Canada

                                                                        Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon.

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Inseason actions 15, 16, 17, and 18

The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, Washington 

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

and Wildlife (ODFW) on August 29, 2012. The information considered 

during this consultation related to catch and effort to date in the 

commercial and recreational salmon fisheries north of Cape Falcon. Four 

inseason actions were implemented as a result of this consultation.

    Inseason action 15 transferred 1,000 coho salmon from the 

north of Cape Falcon commercial mark-selective coho salmon fishery 

quota to the north of Cape Falcon recreational salmon fishery quota. 

The quota transfer was distributed 80 percent (800 fish) to the Neah 

Bay subarea (U.S./Canada Border to Cape Alava) and 20 percent (200 

fish) to the La Push subarea (Cape Alava to Queets River). This action 

resulted in the following quota adjustments: north of Cape Falcon 

commercial quota decreased from 13,280 to 12,280 marked coho salmon; 

Neah Bay recreational quota increased from 7,250 to 8,050 coho salmon; 

and La Push recreational quota increased from 1,760 to 1,960 coho 

salmon. This action was taken to prevent closure of recreational 

fisheries, due to projected attainment of quota, by transferring 

unutilized quota from the commercial fishery. On August 29, 2012, the 

states recommended this action and the RA concurred; inseason action 

15 took effect on August 29, 2012, and remains in effect until 

the end of the fishing season. Inseason modification of quotas and/or 

fishing seasons is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i).

    Inseason action 16 adjusted the daily bag limit for the 

recreational salmon fishery in the Westport subarea (Queets River to 

Leadbetter Point) to allow retention of unmarked coho, as anticipated 

in the 2012 annual management measures (77 FR 25915, May 2, 2012). 

Inseason action 16 set the daily bag limit at two fish per day 

only one of which can be a coho salmon and unmarked coho may be 

retained. This action was taken to allow greater access to available 

coho quota in the recreational fishery. On August 29, 2012, the states 

recommended this action and the RA concurred; inseason action 

16 took effect on September 1, 2012, superseding that portion 

of inseason action 13 that applied to the Westport subarea (77 

FR 55426, September 10, 2012), and remained in effect until superseded 

by inseason action 23 on September 13, 2012. Modification of 

recreational bag limits is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(iii).

    Inseason action 17 adjusted the daily bag limit for the 

recreational salmon fishery in the Columbia River subarea (Leadbetter 

Point to Cape Falcon) to allow retention of unmarked coho, as 

anticipated in the 2012 annual management measures (77 FR 25915, May 2, 

2012). Inseason action 17 set the daily bag limit at two fish 

per day and unmarked coho salmon may be retained. This action was taken 

to allow greater access to available coho quota in the recreational 

fishery. On August 29, 2012, the states recommended this action and the 

RA concurred; inseason action 17 took effect on September 3, 

2012, superseding inseason action 14 (77 FR 55426, September 

10, 2012), and remains in effect until the end of the fishing season or 

subsequent inseason action. Modification of recreational bag limits is 

authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(iii).

    Inseason action 18 adjusted the landing limit in the 

commercial salmon fishery north of Cape Falcon from 120 Chinook salmon 

and 40 marked coho per vessel per open period to 150 Chinook salmon and 

40 marked coho per vessel per open period. This action was taken to 

allow greater access to available Chinook salmon. On August 29, 2012, 

the states recommended this action and the RA concurred; inseason 

action 18 took effect on August 31, 2012, superseding the 

portion of inseason action 12 that applied to landing limit 

(77 FR 55426, September 10, 2012) and remained in effect until 

superseded by inseason action 20 on September 7, 2012. 

Inseason modification of landing limits is authorized by 50 CFR 

660.409(b)(1)(ii).

 

Inseason actions 19, 20, and 21

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, Washington 

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

and Wildlife (ODFW) on September 5, 2012. The information considered 

during this consultation related to catch and effort to date in the 

commercial and recreational salmon fisheries north of Cape Falcon. 

Three inseason actions were taken as a result of this consultation.

    Inseason action 19 transferred 500 coho salmon from the 

north of Cape Falcon commercial mark-selective coho salmon fishery 

quota to the north of Cape Falcon recreational salmon fishery quota. 

The quota transfer was distributed 60 percent (300 fish) to the Neah 

Bay subarea (U.S./Canada Border to Cape Alava) and 40 percent (200 

fish) to the La Push subarea (Cape Alava to Queets River). This action 

resulted in the following quota adjustments: north of Cape Falcon 

commercial quota decreased from 12,280 to 11,780 marked coho salmon; 

Neah Bay recreational quota increased from 7,250 to 8,350 coho salmon; 

and La Push recreational quota increased from 1,760 to 2,160 coho 

salmon. This action was taken to prevent closure of recreational 

fisheries, due to projected attainment of quota, by transferring 

unutilized quota from the commercial fishery. On September 5, 2012, the 

states recommended this action and the RA concurred; inseason action 

19 took effect on September 5, 2012, and remains in effect 

until the end of the fishing season. Inseason modification of quotas 

and/or fishing seasons is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i).

    Inseason action 20 took effect on Friday, September 7, 

2012, to close the commercial salmon fishery in marine area 4 (U.S./

Canada Border to Cape Alava); marine areas 1, 2, and 3 (Cape Alava to 

Cape Falcon) remain open with a landing and possession limit of 150 

Chinook and 50 coho per vessel per open period, unmarked coho may be 

retained. Vessels fishing, or in possession of salmon while fishing, 

north of Leadbetter Point must land and deliver their fish north of 

Leadbetter Point in any port in marine areas 2, 3, or 4. Vessels 

fishing, or in possession of salmon while fishing, south of Leadbetter 

Point must land and deliver their fish south of Leadbetter Point. 

Inseason action 20 superseded inseason action 18, and 

remains in effect until the end of the fishing season or subsequent 

inseason action. Inseason modification of quotas and/or fishing seasons 

is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i).

    Inseason action 21 adjusted the Chinook salmon quota in 

the commercial salmon fishery north of Cape Falcon for the summer 

season (July 1 through September 17, 2012) by rolling over unused quota 

from the spring season (May 1 through June 30, 2012) on an impact-

neutral basis, effective September 5, 2012. The net effect of inseason 

action 21 was to increase the summer quota by 850 Chinook 

salmon to 16,650. Transfer of unused quota from the spring commercial 

fishery to the summer commercial fishery is anticipated in the 2012 

annual management measures (77 FR 25915, May 2, 2012). Inseason 

modification of quotas and/or fishing seasons is authorized by 50 CFR 

660.409(b)(1)(i).

    All other restrictions and regulations remain in effect as 

announced for the 2012 Ocean Salmon Fisheries (77 FR 25915, May 2, 

2012) and subsequent inseason actions (77 FR 55426) not otherwise 

modified herein.

    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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