ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between Humbug Mt. and the Oregon California Border will close to commercial troll salmon fishing effective at 11:59 PM Monday, August 6, 2012. All catch from this fishery must be landed and delivered no later than 11:59 PM on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Salmon landed into this area from outside the area, must still comply with the 30 Chinook single daily landing and possession limit for 96 hours after the closure - through 11:59 PM on Friday, August 10.
RATIONALE: The August quota is anticipated to be met or exceeded by the end of the day on Monday. The first three fishing days in August were relatively slow due to weather limiting access, however the end of July had very good catches. On Saturday and Sunday there was a jump in participating vessels and an increase in catches, with 74% of the quota taken by Sunday night. Weather and participation on Monday, indicated that there will not be enough fish remaining for any additional days of fishing.
Although the June landings in this fishery came 485 short of the quota, the July landings exceeded the allowed catch for July by 411 Chinook. When the impact neutral rollover from June to July was modeled by NOAA Fisheries, a total of 85 Chinook needed to be deducted from the August quota leaving 915 Chinook out of the original 1,000. Cumulative landings on Monday, are forecast to exceed 1,000 Chinook.