7/25/2012 ACTION NOTICE: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to adjust the Chinook salmon open period landing and possession limit for the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.
ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods as described in the “2012 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following change to the open period landing and possession limits. The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon is increased to 60 Chinook per vessel per open period. The open period landing and possession for adipose fin-clipped coho remains at 35 coho per vessel per open period. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, July 27, 2012 and will continue through August 21, 2012 or until changed by inseason action.
RATIONALE: The open period limit for Chinook was increased to 50 Chinook for the most recent open period, but landings are continuing at a slow pace with a number of troll vessels switching to albacore. This modest increase is not anticipated to result in the quota being attained early.