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 50 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 20, 2012 and will continue through August 21, 2012 or until changed by inseason action.
RATIONALE: Commercial fishery representatives had requested an increase in the open period limit based on the anticipated catch in the fishery, and the fact that the Chinook quota appears unlikely to be attained with the current effort and catch. Through July 17, an estimated 3,136 Chinook had been landed with 12,664 Chinook remaining on the quota.
The NOAA Fisheries revision to the action was to clarify that the originally scheduled change in the open period limit that is scheduled to go into effect on August 24 has not been modified. Unless other inseason action occurs, the North of Cape Falcon troll salmon fishery open periods revert to Friday through Monday with limits of 20 Chinook and 40 coho per vessel beginning August 24.