2013 Ocean Salmon

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) has announced its annual preseason management process for the 2013 ocean salmon fisheries. This notice informs the public of opportunities to provide comments on the 2013 ocean salmon management measures which will publish as a final rule and be effective May 1, 2013.

Written comments on the salmon management alternatives adopted by the Pacific Council at its March 2013 meeting, and described in Preseason Report II, submitted electronically or in hard copy by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, March 31, 2013 will be considered in the Pacific Council's final recommendation for the 2013 management measures.

 ADDRESSES: Documents will be available from Mr. Dan Wolford, Chairman, Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220-1384, telephone:  503-820-2280 (voice) or 503-820-2299 (fax), and posted on the Pacific Council web site at http://www.pcouncil.org. You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2012-0248, by any one of the following methods:

     Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0248, click the ``Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.    

Mail: Mr. Dan Wolford, Chairman, Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220-1384.

     Fax: 503-820-2299, Attn: Mr. Mike Burner.

     Comments can also be submitted via email at PFMC.comments@noaa.gov.

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

address or individual may not be considered by NMFS or the Pacific 

Council. All comments received are a part of the public record and will 

generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without 

change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, 

etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive 

information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly 

accessible. NMFS and the Pacific Council will accept anonymous comments 

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

Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, 

Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Burner, telephone: 503-820-

2280. For information on submitting comments via the Federal e-

Rulemaking portal, contact Peggy Mundy, telephone:  206-526-4323.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Pacific Council has published its annual 

notice of availability of reports; public meetings, and hearings for 

the 2013 ocean salmon fisheries (77 FR 73987, December 12, 2012). The 

Pacific Council will adopt alternatives for 2013 ocean salmon fisheries 

at its meeting, March 6-11, 2013 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, 

Washington. Details of this meeting are available on the Pacific 

Council's Web site (www.pcouncil.org) and will be published in the 

Federal Register in February 2013. On March 20, 2013, ``Preseason 

Report II-Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 

2013 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations'' and public hearing schedule 

will be mailed to the public that have requested to receive these 

documents (see ADDRESSES) and posted on the Pacific Council Web site at 

http://www.pcouncil.org. The report will include a description of the 

salmon management alternatives and a summary of their biological and 

economic impacts.

    Comments on the alternatives the Pacific Council adopts at its 

March 2013 meeting, and described in Preseason Report II, may be 

submitted in writing or electronically as described under Addresses, 

above, or verbally or in writing at any of the public hearings held on 

March 25-26, 2013, or at the Pacific Council's meeting, April 5-11, 

2013, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon. 

Written and electronically submitted comments must be received no later 

than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, March 31, 2013 in order to be included in 

the briefing book for the April Council meeting where they will be 

considered in the adoption of the Pacific Council's final 

recommendation for the 2013 salmon fishery management measures. All 

comments received accordingly will be reviewed and considered by the 

Pacific Council and NMFS.